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CASSH Broadcast 
October/November 2016

Presenting CASSH's recent accomplishments and accolades. 
From the Dean's Desk
Message From the Deans 

From Dr. Steve Brown, Dean 
At the beginning of the fall term, during the annual fall faculty forum, I made reference to our entrance into a season of change. Without question, we are certainly well into that season. You are all surely aware of many of the more notable changes ... Read more. 

From Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Associate Dean 
The fall semester has been full of big news for the university and our college.  The naming of Provost and Executive Vice President Martha Saunders as the next president of the University is remarkable.  The kick-off of the 50th Anniversary of the institution with our first football season ... Read more. 

From Katie Riesenberg, Assistant Dean 
The stories that follow illustrate the several ways that members of CASSH excel outside of the traditional classroom. Building upon that theme, it’s important to me to highlight a few of the many opportunities on the horizon for advisors to get involved and excel in new ways. ... Read more. 
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Staff News and Features
Mike Thomin of FPAN Receives Excellence Award

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, Mike Thomin of the Florida Public Archaeology Network received the 2016 Museum Excellence Award from the Florida Association of Museums.

Thomin manages the Destination Archaeology Resource Center at the FPAN headquarters in Pensacola. He learned he would receive the award on the same day his daughter was born. Read more... 

CASSH Thanks Octoberfest Volunteers
2016 CASSH Oktoberfest

This year’s Oktoberfest was a tremendous success. More than 110 faculty, staff and family members gathered for the CASSH Oktoberfest to celebrate the hard work of everyone in the college and enjoy time together with food and fun." The event included a chili cook-off, dessert competition, group games and activities for the children. Congratulations to Cindi Jackson, Division of Anthropology and Archaeology, for winning the chili cook-off and Diana Williams (CASSH Dean's Office) for winning the dessert competition. 

CASSH would like to thank Recreation and Sports Services, along with Intercollegiate Athletics who provided prizes for the winners in each event. 

Thank you to Juliette Moore, Division of Anthropology and Archaeology; Kaitlin Englund, CASSH dean's student assistant; and all of the volunteers from the Graduate Anthropology Association and Undergraduate Anthropology Association who made this event possible! 
In the Classroom 
Speech and Debate Prepares for an Active Season, Judges Need 
CASSH Communications 

The UWF Speech and Debate team will host the annual Marks Invitational, November 4-5. Since the early 1970s, UWF has had a long-standing tradition of hosting at least one speech tournament on campus each year.

UWF hosted the 2015-2016 Marks Invitational this past January. Students from 14 universities participated in 13 different public speaking events and parliamentary debate. During the season, UWF competitors received over 20 awards. 

This season, three competitors from last season have returned and three are new to the team. Students will compete in the Marks Invitational, which has been moved from January 2017 to November 2016 in anticipation of the 2017 Novice Nationals Tournament. 

In March 2017, UWF will host the Novice Nationals Tournament. 

Those interested in serving as judges for the November 4-5 Marks Invitational or the Novice Nationals Tournament in March, should contact Dr. Chris Fenner, director of the UWF Speech and Debate Program, at
UWF Hosts Brit Lit Symposium 
UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity, Oct. 21, 2016  

The Department of English at the University of West Florida held a symposium Oct. 14 called “British Romantic Literature and Culture.”

David Baulch, UWF associate professor of English, moderated the event.

Dr. Tim Fulford, professor of English from De Montfort University of Leicester, United Kingdom, researches Romantic literature within the context of colonialism, landscape, exploration and the picturesque. Read more... 

Constitution Day: Commitment to Freedom
CASSH Communications

Dr. Adam Carrington addresses a student's question following his lecture. Carrington addressed the Constitution's commitment to freedom during the Department of Government's 2016 Constitution Day Celebration. 

September 16, the Department of Government celebrated Constitution Day. In honor of the occasion, Dr. Adam Carrington, assistant professor of politics at Hillsdale College, spoke to students, staff, faculty and guests from the Pensacola community. 

Carrington presented "Liberty as Lodestar: The Constitution's Commitment to Freedom." During his lecture, Carrington honored the Constitution as a document that has established and continues to defend the concept of U.S. liberty. He also highlighted the Constitution's role to both establish the government and enable the preservation of individual rights. 

Raleigh Kaplan, a senior studying pre-law political science, attended the event to hear a new perspective on the Constitution. Dominick Lucci, a senior studying history and pre-law, said that he often hears a lot of interesting views on the Constitution and believes that a lot of people have taken the Constitution for granted.

In Other CASSH News...

UWF Archaeology Program Discovers Third Shipwreck from Luna fleet
October, 21, 2016 
UWF Newsroom 

UWF archaeologists investigate the Emanuel Point III discovery. 

The University of West Florida archaeology program announced today the discovery of a third shipwreck from the Spanish fleet linked to Tristán de Luna y Arellano’s 16th century expedition to modern-day Pensacola. The discovery comes less than one year after UWF archaeologists identified the terrestrial site of Luna’s colony in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola, marking the earliest multi-year European settlement in the U.S.

The third shipwreck was found in Pensacola Bay near Emanuel Point I and II, the first two shipwrecks linked to the Luna expedition. Emanuel Point I was found by archaeologists from the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research in 1992 and was later investigated by BAR and UWF. Emanuel Point II was discovered by UWF during a summer field school in 2006. Read more... 

Experience UWF Series Launch - Philosopher: Audience Skepticism Key to Theatrical Magic’s Appeal

By Brandy Allport, CREO/ Photography by Michael Spooneybarger, CREO

As part of the Experience UWF Downtown lecture series, Dr. Jason Leddington brought a little theatrical magic to Pensacola’s historic Museum of Commerce Thursday evening.

In a talk called “Magic: Enjoying the Impossible,” Leddington, a prize-winning essayist and associate professor of philosophy at Bucknell University, explored the nature of the art form.

Using a philosopher’s approach, Leddington applied a framework for explaining the fascination with theatrical magic. Read more...

Distinguished UWF Professor Part of Election Forecasting Project
By Richard Conn, October 23, 2016
Center for Research and Economic Opportunity 

Dr. Alfred G. Cuzán, distinguished UWF professor recently spoke about his work with PollyVote, an election forecasting instrument during a Data Dialogues session. Data Dialogues is an ongoing series of lectures that focuses on data visualizing and analysis in research across disciplines. The UWF Department of Government sponsors the series.

Forecasters use many methods to predict the outcomes of presidential elections. But research suggests the most accurate approach is to combine multiple forecasts made with different methods that process different sources of information

That’s what PollyVote does, and its results have been strikingly accurate.

PollyVote launched in 2004. Dr. Alfred G. Cuzán, a distinguished professor in the University of West Florida Department of Government, co-founded the project with Dr. Scott Armstrong, professor of marketing at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Randy Jones, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. The current ... Read more. 

UWF-Connected PollyVote Predicting Victory 
WUWF, Oct. 11, 2016

For the last three election cycles, PollyVote has successfully projected the winner of the U.S. presidential race. University of West Florida political science professor Al Cuzan has been involved with the political forecasting project since it was created in 2004. Read more... 
Visit PollyVote online. 
UWF Writing Lab Conducts Offers Training
By Mamie Hixon, Director of the UWF Writing Lab 

The UWF Writing Lab satellite location is located at Booker T. Washington High School. 

On August 3, 2016, during pre-service training week for Escambia County School District teachers, a few paper readers from the Writing Lab staff and I met with Booker T. Washington High School (BTWHS) English faculty members for a Writing Lab @ BTWHS training session to discuss the Writing Lab's paper reading services for BTWHS students. The orientation was held in BTWHS's Innovation Center.

The one-hour session included an overview of the Lab's paper reading rules and procedures at BTWHS, a review of the statistical data, and simulated paper readings involving the teachers as students and the paper readers simulating an interactive reading session using a high school student's paper. Eighteen BTWHS English teachers were divided among seven lab assistants who led an interactive reading session with the "student" faculty member. Afterwards, everyone assembled to discuss common features of paper-reading sessions.

One BTWHS English teacher, who is from California and who participated in one of the simulated paper readings, commented to the Innovation Specialist, Alicia Wilson, that he was "blown away" by what the labbies did and that he had never seen anything like it.  
Alumni News and Features 
The 50th Alumni Exhibition, Until
November 10


(Top and Above) The Art Gallery at UWF (TAG) and alumni install exhibition pieces for the 50th Alumni Exhibition. Photos by Michael Spooneybarger, CREO. 

The 50th Alumni Exhibition runs through November 10. The exhibition will conclude with a gallery talk from UWF alumna Haley Lauw. The talk will be at 5pm in Building 82, Room 226 of the UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public. 

Josh Green, Alumni, Artist in Residence 

In August, alumni Josh Green completed his artist in residence at UWF's Department of Art. He shared the expertise he learned while recently studying figure drawing techniques in Florence, Italy. View and read more about this summer experience. 

By Brandy Allport, CREO

Josh Green, 2016 Artist in Residence, videography by Michael Spooneybarger, CREO

Josh Green points out that artists who paint or draw trees can get away with a lot more than artists who render people.

“If most of the tree-like elements are there, you’re OK,” he said. “But if there is something even a few millimeters off with a body or a face, even an untrained eye will notice.”

Green, who graduated from UWF in 2014, has been in Florence, Italy, studying drawing  ...Read More

Alumni Mentions 

UWF alumna Rebekah Johnson Bydlak ran for Florida’s First Congressional District seat. Though she lost in the primaries, Bydlak received national coverage during her race. She received both her BA and MA in Political Science from UWF. If elected, Bydlak would have become the youngest women elected to the US Congress. 

UWF alumna Amanda Lanum, MA History, has accepted a position at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX.  

UWF Music alumna Emily Nolan is a music teacher at Callaway Elementary in Panama City, FL. She was recently recognized for having developed a ukulele program at the school. 
Faculty Features

Creating Standard-Setting Costumes Takes Passion, Research

By Brandy Allport, CREO/ Photography by Michael Spooneybarger, CREO

Mention costumes any time, anywhere at the University of West Florida, and chances are you’ll hear about Glenn Avery Breed.

Breed, an associate professor in the theater department, teaches a variety of theater courses, including costume construction, musical-theater history and costume history.

But, when he’s not teaching, Breed oversees costume design for theater department productions.

“There is nothing better than sitting in the audience and hearing the oohs and aahs when costuming helps tell the story,” Breed said. Read more...

UWF Adjunct History Instructor Explores Lincoln's Home Life in New Book

By Brandy Allport, CREO/ Photography by Michael Spooneybarger, CREO

Alan Manning grew up loving history, which he learned first-hand from his grandfather who used to regale him with stories of World War I.

As the title suggests, “Father Lincoln” focuses on the aspects of fatherhood in Abraham Lincoln’s life. 

When he was 8, his grandparents gave him a book about American presidents. He read it over and over. He started to collect campaign buttons, and he continued to read about the presidents. When he was in college, he read “The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt” by Edmund Morris.

“It was the first history book I ever read that felt as though someone was just telling a good story,” Manning said. “I told myself then ... Read more. 

CASSH Brags - Have You Heard? 
Student Announcements and Brags

The Florida Public Relations Association  recently chose Jodi Sanders, communication major, to serve as the student liaison for the 2016-2017 academic year. Sanders was chosen in a competitive process and will have full voting rights as a member of the FPRA board.

Austin Burkhard, a graduate student in the UWF Historical Archaeology program was recently invited to submit a paper to Horizon and Tradition, the newsletter of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.  His feature submission "From Sea Turtles to Shipwrecks: A Public Program to Monitor Marine Cultural Resources in Coastal Virginia and Maryland," was published in the October 2016 edition. Austin's paper describes his pilot shipwreck tagging program designed for the Fish and Wildlife Service at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. His method focuses on the documentation, protection and monitoring of cultural resources. Burkhard aspires to apply this method of study to Florida's beach regions and incorporate the subject as part of his MA thesis.

Katherine Sims and Emily Dietrich, UWF historical archaeology graduate students and Florida Public Archaeology Network interns, recently were awarded scholarship grants from the Blackwater Pyrates. The Blackwater Pyrates is a service association dedicated to the conservation of the Blackwater River and the preservation of archaeology, history, and heritage of the surrounding communities. The Pyrates annually support UWF archaeology students who are conducting thesis research in the Blackwater River and basin. Many thanks to the Blackwater Pyrates and congratulations to Emma and Katherine! (Sims and Dietrich pictured below.) 

Faculty Announcements and Brags 

Gabriel Blackwell, Department of English visiting creative writer, recently published his new book, "Madeleine E." 

Jonathan Fink, Department of English professor, will release his new book of sonnets in November. More information on "Barbosa, the German Invasion of the Soviet Union" can be found online. 

Dr. Brian D. Williams, Department of Government postdoctoral associate, was accepted into "Political Science Research and Methods" for his co-write with Dr. Indridi Indridason, associate professor of political science at UC Riverside. 

Dr. Joseph Spaniola is honored to be The Florida State Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer for 2016, which results in the commissioning of a new work. The UWF Faculty Quintent performed his work, "TENACIOUS" at the 2016 FSMTA Conference on Oct. 28 in Altamonte Springs, Florida. 

Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy, Department of Music's director of strings and orchestra, will be a featured violinist at Carnegie Hall on November 5. Yanovskiy will perform in the recital “Romantic Impressions,” which opens the InterHarmony® International Music
2016 Concert Series. Dr. Yanovskiy is the Festival’s Artist
Faculty, the concertmaster of the Pensacola and Northwest Florida
Symphony Orchestras, and principal violinist of the Washington Square
Music Festival, NYC.

Useful Resources 
Funding Opportunities 
Have You Considered a Fulbright Program?  
Did you know that you may qualify to participate in a Fulbright opportunity as an administrative staff member, faculty member or student? Whether designing your own program, or participating in a currently offered program, there may be a Fulbright fit for you!  Visit Fulbright online to learn more. (Fulbright Student, Fulbright Scholar)

Or, contact Rachel Hendrix, assistant dean in International Student Services, for faculty, staff, and student opportunities. Rachel can be reached at or (850) 474-2479. 

The US Department of Education Offers Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Education is offering grant opportunities for research and education in foreign languages and international studies. Grant recipients may use funding to support a variety of activities including undergraduate studies, travel, faculty and staff stipends, teaching and research materials, conferences, and publication and dissemination of outreach materials. 

View here for the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program. 

iew here to view more on the American Overseas Research Centers Program. 

Alumni Relations Grants 

The UWF Alumni Association Board of Directors established its Alumni Grant program in 1999 to benefit special projects and provide funds to student organizations and faculty for educational opportunities that fulfill the university's mission. For more information, apply here. 
Graduate Student Researcher Travel Award Program 
Research and Sponsored Programs is providing funding support for graduate students and accompanying faculty members presenting at professional conferences. Applicants must be graduate degree candidates in good standing with the University of West Florida. For more details, visit Research and Sponsored Programs. 
Funding Opportunities from Research and Sponsored Programs 
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has provided a directory of external funding opportunities. Visit the latest newsletter to learn about the most current opportunities. 
In Other News...
World Languages Programs Teaches Valuable Lessons, From the Provost's Blog 

Learning to speak another language takes students far beyond vocabulary and syntax. Dr. Sylvia Fischer, assistant professor of German and World Languages Program coordinator, said, “Through foreign languages students learn to negotiate for meaning in communication. They learn ... Read more from the Provost's Blog. 
Dr. Adam Cayton Explains What Enshrining Policy in State's Constitution Means.

Dr. Adam Cayton, UWF assistant professor of political science, was recently featured in the  London School of Economics US Cenre's blog on USA Politics and Policy blog. Read more. 


CASSH News &
Reading Resources

Archaeology Digs, Fall 2016

Read the most recent edition of Archaeology DigsArchaeology Digs is produced by the Florida Public Archaeology Network's Northwest Division

CASSH in the News
In case you've missed the news, check out CASSH's media mentions for September - October!

UWF Newsroom
Visit the UWF Newsroom to read the latest in UWF news events and updates. 

CREO Research News
Visit the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity to read the latest in research, business and economic news from UWF. 
Feminist Spaces, Dec. Submission Deadline

Feminist Spaces is now accepting general submissions for its fifth issue. The deadline for submission is Sunday, December, 11, 2016, with a tentative release date scheduled for early January.

Feminist Spaces welcomes work across genres and disciplines and invite students, faculty, and independent scholars to submit academic papers, creative writings, and artistic pieces that address topics in feminist, gender, sexuality or women’s studies as a primary focus. 

Read the most recent edition of Feminist Spaces, produced by the UWF Women's Studies Collective. 

Please forward all works and inquires
 Visit Online for more information. 
Blogs from the Division 

Follow the work of the staff, faculty and students of the Division of Archaeology and Anthropology. Here are a few blogs to follow! 
Mark Your Calendars ...

Data Dialogues

The Department of Government presents Data Dialogues, an ongoing series of lectures that focuses on data visualizing and analysis in research across disciplines. The UWF Department of Government sponsors the series.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Red data, blue data, fast data, slow. Little data, big data, grow, Grow, GROW!," with Dr. Dallas Snider, UWF Department of Computer Science 

Friday, Dec. 8 - TBD 

All lectures are held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Data Analytics Lab, Building 79. 

For more information, contact
Experience UWF Downtown in 2016-2017

Nov, 15 - "Different Languages, Different Names: Poetry as a Universal Fact and the Power of Translation" with Dr. Raquel Lanseros

When presented in different languages, literature offers a cultural richness to its readers. In her lecture, Different Languages, Different Names: Poetry as a Universal Fact and the Power of Translation, Dr. Raquel Lanseros, award-winning contemporary Spanish poet, will raise awareness of this literary richness. Lanseros will delve into the translation process of Spanish poetry works into the English language, while addressing the challenges of this process.

Learn more at

2016-2017 Lectures

October 6, 2016
Dr. Jason Leddington
Associate Professor Philosophy, Bucknell University 
Magic: Enjoying the Impossible
November 15, 2016
Dr. Raquel Lanseros
Award-Winning Contemporary Poet 
Different Languages, Different Names: Poetry as a Universal Fact and the Power of Translation
February 1, 2017
Division of Anthropology and Archaeology, Faculty Panel  
Archaeology of the Luna Expedition in Pensacola 
March 3, 2017* 
Elizabeth Demaray
Associate Professor of Fine Art, Rutgers University, and Interdisciplinary Artist  
Art and Science: Transdisciplinary Collaboration

March 29, 2017
Ron Finley, The Gangsta Gardener

Up and Coming Events... 

To see all of the lectures and CASSH related events coming this year, please visit the UWF calendar

Have an upcoming event? Don't forget to submit your event on the UWF calendar or to the CASSH Submissions Form. For questions or additional thoughts, contact
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