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June - July, 2015

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 Wednesday, July 15th to
From the Dean's Desk ...


For the past few weeks, I have been engaged in a review of annual evaluations from across the college. Once more, I am struck by the breadth and quality of work being done in every one of our departments. It is, at times, too easy to become complacent or to take for granted the excellence that attends the teaching, scholarly activities and remarkable service of our faculty members. We have many areas in which we may improve; there is no question. In fact, through your efforts and vision, we have made great strides during the 2014/2015 academic year. It is wonderful to find that we have such a solid foundation of outstanding work upon which to base future growth. This has happened only a year after creation of the new college. I could not possibly be more positive or ... Read more. 

Dr. Steve Brown, Dean

President Bense recently communicated with the university a message on performance-based funding.  The news was mixed.  Clearly, it is true that we must continue to emphasize progress on the metrics for the future institutional sustainability.  But it is also true that we have much to celebrate.  I would draw your attention to her summary of our accomplishment this year.  
“I am proud to say that the improvement plan we submitted to correct our 2014 ranking has been accepted by the Board of Governors and we have had our 2014-15 fiscal funding restored. As you know, UWF had the largest improvement of any institution in the State University System and scored a 37/50 for the 2015-16 performance based funding evaluation (tied for 5th with Florida Atlantic University among the 12 state institutions).”
That improvement was directly the result of ... Read more. 

Dr. Jocelyn Evans, CASSH Associate Dean 

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CASSH In the Classroom ... 
UWF students participate in the 2014-2015 "Irish Experience." 

UWF Students Return from ‘Irish Experience’ with a Wealth of Memories

By Kerry Sandell, UWF student and program participant
c/o Pensacola News Journal 

All fantastic journeys must come to an end. And as our time in Ireland wound to a close, we sucked the marrow out of each day that remained on the Emerald Isle.

Our final week of “The Irish Experience” provided the theatre students with an unparalleled opportunity to receive concentrated training from outstanding talents within the world of theatre. Bryan Burroughs, the award-winning actor, … Read more by Sandell, at the Pensacola News Journal 

Heather Anderson and Joshua Wood receive a class donation check on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 


Students Choose the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 

Rick Scott, Instructor, Department of Communication Arts, takes a philanthropic approach toward teaching his Business and Professional Communication classes. By fostering healthy classroom competition, Scott encourages his students to promote and give back to causes close to their hearts.

Each semester, Scott asks his students to prepare and present the most persuasive class presentation. Students each choose a non-profit organization, crafting two presentations to promote their cause. The first presentation allows students to introduce their organizations of choice in an informative style. In the second round of presentations, students convince the class why their organization should be chosen. The class votes on the most persuasive speech and collectively donates to support the cause of the students' choosing. 

According to the class’ votes, this semester, Joshua Wood, Business Management major, and Heather Anderson, Communication Arts major, gave the most persuasive presentations. Thanks to their advocacy, and a match from Scott, the class collectively donated $140 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The foundation is close to Wood’s heart as his son, Caleb, has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Wood and his family participate in the annual Great Strides walk in Pensacola, hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Scott  will continue this tradition with his students in the fall. 

UWF students were among those featured in one of Salamanca, Spain's newspapers in June. 


UWF Students Welcomed in Spain 

The local government in Salamanca, Spain welcomed UWF students, along with students from several other universities, who were studying abroad. Laura Arguea, Instructor with English and World Languages, led the UWF in Spain Experience, held May 21-June 27. UWF students were featured on a local television program and in the local newspaper, La Gaceta, during their experience. 

CASSH Brags - Have you Heard? 

Faculty and Staff Brags    

Student Brags 


Congratulations to the following UWF Music Performance alumni who have recently been accepted into the following prestigious programs: 

Patricia Izbicki - Iowa State University - Neuroscience Doctoral Program, Piano, 2015
Rob St. John - San Francisco Conservatory, Voice, 2015
Audrey Naffe - Cleveland Institute of Music, Viola , 2012

Renee Richardson - Cleveland Institute of Music,Voice, 2015
Eunji Tuttle - Florida Atlantic University, Piano, 2015

Congratulations to these Writing Lab assistants for their outstanding achievements during the Spring 2015 semester: 

Fana van der Graaf, Outstanding New Lab Assistant, Undergraduate Assistant
Alden Martinez, Outstanding Lab Assistant, Undergraduate Assistant
Kyndall Turner,
Outstanding Lab Assistant, 
 Undergraduate Assistant

Faculty Brags 

Dr. Joanne Curtin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, is contracted with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for investigative work on relevant legal cases. Her recent analyses have revealed integral evidence that has led to two criminal convictions within the year.  

The Academic Technology Center recognizes Valerie George, Associate Professor, Department of Art. Her fully-online course, History of Photographyreceived the Quality Matters certification! The course was reviewed and recognized for aligning with national standards of best practice in online course design. 

Congratulations to the following UWF faculty members: 

Dr. Sheila Dunn, Chair, Department of Music,  
Received tenure and was promoted to associate professor;

Joseph Herring, Department of Art,
Received tenure and was promoted to associate professor;

Jim Jipson, Department of Art,
Promoted to full professor. 

Congratulations to all UWF faculty who have received tenure and promotion

Congratulations to these Writing Lab assistants for receiving the Outstanding Writing Lab Adjunct Administrator Award during the Spring 2015 semester: 

Gabriela Bustamante, Instructor, English and World Languages 
Rustian Phelps, Lab Support Staff, English and World Languages 

In Other News

The Data Analytics Lab will be ready for student use beginning in fall, 2015. 

UWF Department of Government to Develop Grant-funded Data Analytics Lab

The UWF Department of Government has been issued a grant to pilot “A Data Analytics Lab Promoting Job Readiness and Skill-Building Beyond STEM Through Hands-On Active Learning Experiences.”

Awarded funds, in the amount of $280,000, are part of Technology Fee revenues intended for instructional technology enhancements of unit-wide or university-wide scope. The Department of Government will ...Read more at the UWF Newsroom

Certificate in Public, Technical and Workplace Writing will be offered beginning fall 2015.

New UWF Certificate Program to Develop Professional Writing Skills 

Beginning in the fall semester of 2015, The University of West Florida will offer a Certificate in Public, Technical, and Workplace Writing through the Composition and Rhetoric Program of the English Department.

The program’s required coursework and internship aim to give students the writing background they need to be competitive in today’s workforce, as employers increasingly seek candidates with skills in the production of public, technical and digital texts. Upon completion ... Read more at the UWF Newsroom

The Department of Music accepts a gift on behalf of the newly established Larry Butler Memorial Music Award. 

Celebrated Musician's Memorial Supports Music Students

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 ...Read more at the UWF Newsroom

Jessica Rojas and Sabrina McLaughlin receive an award on behalf of UWF's ClubAd chapter. 

UWF Receives National Recognition for ClubAd Growth

Jessica Rojas, 2015 alumna with Communication Arts, and Sabrina McLaughlin, UWF National Student Advertising Competition Advisor, attended the American Advertising Federation National Conference in Las Vegas, June 10-13. UWF received national recognition for the highest membership growth out of any school in the country (with 210%), thanks to QEP funding. Dr. Ying Huang, who was unable to attend, is the ClubAd advisor. 


An Important Announcement from ITS


On Wednesday, June 24th, Information Technology Services began providing access to a new version of Blackboard Collaborate called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Experience. The Classic version of Blackboard Collaborate will remain available, but users will have the ability to switch between versions. The look of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is very similar to other video conference products, but still provides whiteboard, screen share, and chat functions.  

Please be aware that while faculty will be able to access Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (as of June 24th), ITS and ATC will also begin testing the features and functionality on that date. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will be accessible through the Collaborate Session Management app in MyUWF, but Ultra is not available through eLearning or Online Rooms at this time.

Training and additional resources will be provided in the following weeks. For additional information and assistance with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, please call the ITS Help Desk at 474-2075 or the Academic Technology Center at 474-2056.

For more information on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, please visit the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra website.
Have You Read?

Students participating in the UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology Campus Field School. 


News From the Field  

This summer, UWF is hosting five field schools: three terrestrial archaeology, one combined maritime/terrestrial archaeology and one forensic anthropology field school. Follow the blogs below to learn more about the Pensacola Colonial Frontiers and UWF Arcadia Mill projects. 

Maritime Field School Blog
Pensacola Colonial Frontiers Blog
Arcadia Mill Field School Blog

Follow on Facebook: 
UWF Maritime Archaeology Facebook Page
Campus Field School Facebook Page


Tim Thumb, Archaeology student, is pictured in the Spring 2015 edition of Life on the Water


Everything Old is New Again 


The Spring 2015 edition of "Life on the Water" featured the work of UWF's Division of Anthropology and Archaeology and the historical Emanuel Point I and Emanuel Point II shipwrecks in Pensacola Bay. The Florida Division of Historical Resources recently awarded UWF's Archaeology Institute with a Special Category Grant of $290,000 to continue the excavation.  

"Sixteenth Century Spanish explorer and conquistador Tristan de Luna y Arellano would likely have given away the keys to the mythical city of El Dorado to see Jim Cantore standing on the middle of downtown Pensacola, lashed with wind and rain, warning of an incoming storm. Unfortunately, de Luna dispatched to present-day" ... Read More: Everything Old is New Again in Life on the Water 

View UWF's coverage in the UWF Newsroom.

Calling for Submissions...

Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grants
Deadline: 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. 

CASSH Tech Tip  

Fear Not - Not All is Lost: Recovering Word Docs

Ever lost a Word document because of an unexpected computer shutdown or for any other reason? Well, don’t fret. Microsoft Word is automatically set-up with an auto-save feature.

In Word, simply go to File > Options > Save. The Auto Recover File is located at the top of the window. Clicking the "browse button" redirects users to where the perceived lost document is located! Users can also change in minutes how often Word auto saves documents for you!

To reach the CASSH Tech Team, contact
Mark Your Calendars ...

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

Second Annual Feminist Open Mic Night
July 10 from 6 p.m. - 11. p.m.
End of the Line Cafe 

UWF's Women's Studies Collective is hosting the Second Annual Feminist Open Mic Night at End of the Line Cafe. Poet Laureate of Northwest Florida, Jamey Jones will also be hosting. 

For additional events at UWF, be sure to visit the university calendar

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