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Starting Strong in 2015. 
January 2015
From the Dean's Desk ...

Call for CASSH News Submissions! 

Do you have news, events, staff, faculty or students that you would like featured in an upcoming newsletter? Please send submissions for the next newsletter to Brandy Gottlieb by Friday, February 6th to

Messages from the Deans

One of the facets of our college that has continually amazed me since my arrival at UWF has been the extraordinary level of productivity among both faculty members and students within the college. As I look through this month's newsletter, I am filled with both anticipation and gratitude. The anticipation is a result of a recognition that the excellent student work outlined here and is a precursor to so many extraordinary professional careers. It's always uplifting to see this level of academic and professional excellence displayed among both graduate and undergraduate students.
The gratitude I feel is a result of the recognition that our faculty members are not only setting extremely high standards through their own professional accomplishments, but are also passing those expectations and standards along to our students, through their guidance of student activities. UWF truly is a setting where scholarship informs teaching, and where our focus on professional excellence results in continual opportunities for student growth and development. Thanks so much to all those students and faculty members who worked so diligently to develop, maintain and display the excellence of CASSH. Thanks also to those of you who connect with us through these newsletters, and who pass along your messages of support. We are proud of our faculty members, proud of our students, and extremely proud of CASSH!
Dr. Steven Brown, CASSH Dean 

We are finally seeing a light at a very long tunnel of change for the college and the institution as a whole.  The learning curve has been steep with new people, new roles and responsibilities, new processes, new platforms and new data.  Additionally, all eyes have been on us with SACSCOC reaffirmation looming.  I cannot tell you how much I have appreciated working with the faculty, staff and students in CASSH.  All of the positive attitudes and energy around the college helped us traverse this tunnel with flying colors.  Thank you for everything you did to contribute to the collective good.

Dr. Jocelyn Evans, CASSH Associate Dean 


Dean's Report:    
What We've Accomplished December 2014

If you've missed the December 2014 publication of the Dean's report, here's another look. This report represents the accomplishments of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities from July to December 2014. Thank you to the staff, faculty and students of CASSH for the successes. 
Featuring Our Students, Staff and Faculty 

Archaeology Grad Student Offers Her Perspective 
Featuring the work of Jennifer Knuston

Jennifer Knuston, Graduate student with the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, asks, "Is it really within the power of an archaeologist to make the world a better place?"  In her review of Archaeology, Heritage and Civic Engagement by Barbara J. Little and Paul A. Shackel, Knuston looks at the roles of civic engagement and social justice within the archaeological practice. 

Read her review. 

Dr. Suzette Doyon appears with Mr. John Markowitz, Art Department Chair, and Dr. Steve Brown, CASSH Dean. 

CASSH Says "Thank You" to Retiring Professors 

Dr. Suzette Doyon is retiring from UWF after more than 31 years of distinguished service. John Markowitz, Coordinator of UWF's Department of Art, says, "Suzette not only added immeasurable value to the department and our students, she also worked tirelessly to improve the curricula for all of the art programs as Chair of the Art Department for nine years. Her unwavering dedication to her discipline, her students and the prosperity of the department as a whole made her an extraordinary art historian, teacher and colleague. Suzette’s sense of humor and professionalism made her loved by her students and valued by her colleagues. To say she will be missed is a tremendous understatement. We all wish her the very best."

CASSH would also like to say "thank you" to Keith Goldschmidt, who retired on January 9 from Communication Arts after nearly 14 years of service. Thank you to Bill Tankersley is also retiring from 22 years with UWF and has been an active contributor to the political science graduate level courses in the Department of Government. 

UWF Forensics competitors prepare for a round of competition in Parliamentary Debate. 

UWF Forensics Team Hosts Marks Invitational 

The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities wishes to extend its congratulations to competitors of UWF's Forensics Speech and Debate team for their placement during the Jan. 16-17 Marks Invitational competition, hosted by UWF. Hosted annually, the Marks Invitational is one of UWF’s oldest academic events.
Congratulations to finalists Ben Woodberry, who received 6th place in Program of Oral Interpretation; Brandon James, who received 6th in Dramatic Interpretation; and Mahalia Hall, who received 5th in Novice Impromptu.
Dr. Steve Brown, Dean of CASSH, commented on his experience as competition judge, "I was so pleased to have an opportunity to take part in the Marks Invitational Forensic competition. It was highly enjoyable to hear such accomplished students in a broad range of speech and debate categories. The level of preparation and refinement exhibited by these competitors provides strong evidence of excellent coaching and guidance.  Additionally, the organization and management of the tournament by the leadership and student members of the UWF forensics team was simply outstanding."

UWF’s team will compete in an additional three regional tournaments, a state championship and three national championships for the 2014-2015 season.
Chris Fenner has served as UWF’s Director of Forensics for the past two years and is currently in his seventh year serving as the vice president of the Florida Interstate Forensic Association, which runs the Florida State Championship. In 2014, Fenner was voted president of the Novice National Association, which runs the largest tournament in the country for first year competitors. UWF will host Novice Nationals in 2017.  Visit UWF's Newsroom to learn more about the 2015 Marks Invitational.  
CASSH "Brags". Have you Heard? 

CASSH  Faculty Brags  

The Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA) recognized Spanish Instructor Laura Arguea for her contributions to the profession. She was one of the recipients of the 2014 Most Valuable Teacher recognition, during the FFLA conference held in Miami, on October 16, 2014.

Roslyn Brown, M.A. graduate (Dec 2014) in Political Science with concentration in Security & Diplomacy, was recently hired at the UWF Confucius Institute, a center dedicated to the study of Chinese language and culture. 

David Earle, Associate Professor of English and World Languages, was recently cited for his work, "Re-Covering Modernism" in the New Yorker. The Jan. 5th article, "Pulp's Big Moment", looks at the role pulp art has played in the literary mass-market paperback phenomenon. 

Assistant Professor Jenna Emery was nominated as one of Pensacola's "rising stars" for 2015. Since 2006, the Independent News has honored the top Rising Stars in the greater Pensacola area. Rising Stars are those individuals, under the age of 35, who are seen as up-and-coming leaders in their professions and/or the community. To date, over 300 young leaders have been so recognized. Be on the lookout for IN Weekly's list on Thursday, Jan. 29. Visit InWeekly's 2014 publication to view last year's list. Good luck Jenna! 

Congratulations to Jonathan Fink, whose leadership is responsible for UWF's Department of English and World Languages' launch of a new book series last year in partnership with the University Press of Florida.  The first book, Jason Ockert's Wasp Box, is starting to garner critical and glowing praise as described in The Rumpus' review.
Dr. Jackie Giddens' article "Prayers to the Living Dead" has been accepted for publication in one of the spring, 2015 editions of the Association of Professional Chaplains E-Journal.

Congratulations to Mamie Hixon, the director of the UWF Writing Lab for being chosen as the Grand Marshal of Pensacola's MLK Day parade for 2015. 
Congratulations to Dr. Brian Hood for being recognized by the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation for having provided high quality and impartial evaluations of project proposals submitted for state sponsored research grants. 


CASSH Student Brags       

Congratulations to UWF's All-State Intercollegiate Band

The All-State Intercollegiate band is comprised of the best undergraduate band members from all of Florida's universities.  Pictured is Rick Glaze, UWF Director of Bands; Daniel Campbell, trumpet; Kevin Fails, French horn; Brooke Haigler, flute. Not pictured is Garrett Lambert, percussion. 

Congratulations to Brooke Haigler for making second chair on flute and Kevin Fails for making first chair on French horn. 

Congratulations to the Spring 2015 Comm Arts         Scholarship Recipients
Madison Boukas 
Pat Lloyd/Tiger Bay Scholarship             $250
Josie Doucette
Pensacola Press Club Scholarship          $400

Daniel Mota
Dr. Eddie Myers Scholarship                   $250 
UWF Bookstore Scholarship Award          $200

Antoinette Odom
Eric B. Calcagni Scholarship                   $500

Candy Roosa
James J. Marks Forensics Scholarship      $400
Casey Warner
UWF Bookstore Scholarship Award          $200

Benjamin White
Eric B. Calcagni Scholarship                    $500

Benjamin Woodberry
James J. Marks Forensics Scholarship       $400
In Other News

Tim Thumb holds an an artifact recovered from the Luna fleet. 
 UWF Archaeology Institute Receives a $290,000 Grant


Congratulations to the University of West Florida's Archaeology Institute for receiving a Special Category Grant totaling more than $290,000 from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to explore a Spanish fleet associated with Tristan Luna from the 1500s. The grant will enable UWF archaeologists to conduct fieldwork, laboratory analysis, artifact conservation and curation, archival research in Spain and public outreach for two years. Read more. 


CASSH in the Media                      


In case you've missed the headlines, here's a look at CASSH's news mentions Dec. 20, 2014- Jan. 16, 2015. 


CASSH Tech Tip  

Safety first! The CASSH Tech Team offers a great tip for maintaining system safety.  

Read Installers:
Even major programs can install toolbars and other unwanted pieces of software during installation. Take a few seconds to read each step to make sure you are not agreeing to install something other than the program you were actually seeking.

Far too often, people just push
next over and over, and end up with a browser covered in various search bars that just aren’t needed. In the worst scenario, these can have nefarious intentions.
To reach the CASSH Tech Team, contact
Calling for Submissions...

Call for Student Works 

Conference Submissions - January 30th Deadline

The Women's Studies Collective is now
 accepting undergraduate and graduate student submissions to the 14th Annual Women's Studies Conference to be held Monday, March 16th, 2015. Works must investigate women, gender, or sexuality-related topics and may include academic research papers, creative prose or poetry, artwork, original choreographies, musical numbers or poster presentations. The Deadline for submissions is this Friday, January 30th. Please forward all inquiries or submissions to

Feminist Spaces - February 6th Deadline

The deadline for manuscript submissions for the next edition of Feminist Spaces, a new, online international student journal founded by the UWF Women's Studies Collective, is Friday, Feb.6.  The upcoming issue focuses on works related to women and technology.  This affords a great opportunity for students in the sciences. Submissions being accepted now!  


Women's Studies Faculty Award                           Nominations due Feb. 15th.  


The Women’s Studies program at UWF solicits nominations and applications for the 2014-15 Mary F. Rogers Women’s Studies Faculty Award, given annually to a faculty member who has made significant contributions to the field of Women’s Studies at UWF. Nominations of teaching faculty at UWF who have made a substantial contribution to Women’s Studies with a record of scholarship and/or teaching in this area are encouraged. The winner of the award will receive a $500 award and be invited to speak at the Annual Women’s Studies Conference on March 16, 2015.  The nomination package should include the nomination form and a brief vita, highlighting relevant accomplishments. The deadline for nominations, including self-nominations, is Feb. 15.  Materials should be submitted to Katherine Romack, Department of English, Building 50, Room 242.

Please view the nomination form.

For additional Information, contact Dr. Katherine Romack at, 261-4163.


Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grants Deadlines: March 2, 11, June 1, Sept. 1


Community Project grants provide support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities. Projects may include lecture series and panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, oral history projects, exhibitions, and the development of cultural resources that complement public programming. View the 2014-2015 Community Project Grant Application Guidelines for more information. 
Mark Your Calendars ...

Experience UWF Downtown 
Lecture Series 

Mark your calendars for the Experience UWF Downtown lecture series. 

February 26, 2015
Thomas Asmuth, M.F.A.
Art as an Exo-Discipline
RSVPs appreciated by Feb.23rd to

March 25, 2015
Sebastian Junger
The Front Lines of History:
Twenty Years of Reporting
From Around the World

RSVPs appreciated by March 20th to

Event Hospitality: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Lecture: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Museum of Commerce
201 East Zarragossa Street, Pensacola

All events are free and open to the public. 


Here's What's Coming Up in CASSH! 

Have an event you'd like to feature on the UWF or CASSH News calendar?           Email Brandy Gottlieb at

Beaches, Creatures and Cowboys:
Florida Movie Posters 

Through February 5th 
Historic Pensacola Campus 

Reception: Points of Departure
January 29

Return of the Creature from the Black Lagoon -Film Screening 
Jan. 31
5:30pm- 8:00pm
UWF Historic Trust

Mozart Requiem Mass 
Featuring the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and UWF Singers
January 31st
Visit the Pensacola Symphony for more information. 

Jazz Combo

Feb. 3

Commons Auditorium
Chamber Music Concert

Feb. 4

Old Christ Church 


Viewing of the Labyrinth 
Feb. 9-11
UWF University Commons

The History and Uses of the Labyrinth- Lecture with Dr. Marie Champagne
Feb. 9
7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Trio 238
Feb. 11

Music Hall
Runge Strings & Jazz Combo
Feb. 12

Music Hall

All-Steinway School Piano Celebration
Feb. 16
Music Hall

Symphonic Band 
Feb. 17  

Pensacola Little Theatre 

TAGGED Student Art and Design Exhibition - Opening Reception 
Exhibit runs Feb. 19-March 13

Feb. 19
5pm - 7pm 


The Mystery of Edwin Drood
by Rupert Holmes; based on the book by Charles Dickens
Feb. 20-22 & Feb. 27-March 1

Experience UWF Downtown with Thomas Asmuth, MFA
Feb. 26
Museum of Commerce 

Music Hall Artist Series
Jamie Van Eyck, soprano
March 2

Music Hall

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