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CASSH News Monthly:
June - July 2016 
From the Dean's Desk
Message From the Deans 

From Dr. Steve Brown, Dean 
Faculty and staff members are likely aware of the extreme importance of metrics established by the Board of Governors.  These ten metric expectations form much of the basis for annual funding for the University.  It would not come as a surprise ... Read more

From Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Associate Dean 
Here in the CASSH Dean's Office, we're turning to the annual report.  And what could be more fun than annual reporting?  Annual reporting without SPOL!  (And the crowd goes wild!!!)  As I look back at last year's report, I see that ... Read more

From Katie Riesenberg, Assistant Dean 
The quiet campus days are undoubtedly here, but that does not mean we’re not all hard at work on classes and preparation for the next academic year. The most important item I have to share comes from CCR-world. ... Read more
Dean Brown Expresses Gratitude, Names New Chair of Art 

The Art Department has been so extremely fortunate to have grown and developed under the guidance of Professor John Markowitz through the past few years.  Upon his decision to return to his faculty role, we didn’t have to look far to find a tremendous replacement.  Dr. Barbara Larson has outstanding experience within the program, and is very highly regarded regionally, nationally and internationally as an accomplished and highly knowledgeable art historian.  Her background, both at UWF and within the broader world of art in academia, gives her a tremendous overview of the potential and possibilities within the program.  

Our Art program has been one of the College’s most dynamic and fastest growing programs through the past few years, under Professor Markowitz’s leadership.  Dr. Larson is poised to extend and expand that growth and development through the coming years.  We are thrilled to have her step into the role, and look forward to working closely with her, and with all the excellent colleagues in the Art Department. 
Dr. Steve Brown, CASSH Dean

CASSH Celebrates Its Stars During the CASSH BASH! 

In June, CASSH celebrated the department and division administrators who provide daily support to the essential functions of  the CASSH departments and college as a whole. CASSH is grateful for the diligence and commitment that the administrators give.

Congratulations to Yvonne LeBrun who has accepted the administrative role in the Department of Art and Miriam Hoover who accepted the administrative position in the Department of Theatre. 

Back Row: (Left to Right) Rebecca Steward, Philosophy; Bernita Bryant, Communication; Karen Haworth, English; Karen Mims, Archaeology Institute; Juliette Moore, Anthropology/Archaeology; Gabbi Grosse, History; Hannah Denaro, Music
Front Row: (Left to Right) Yvonne LeBrun, Art; Sheila Freeman, Government; Miriam Hoover, Theatre
Not Present: Cheryl Phelps, FPAN 

CASSH's Bachelor of General Studies Provides Adaptability, Versatility, Flexibility

Fall 2016, CASSH will launch the Bachelor of General Studies degree program. The program offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning by incorporating courses from sixteen different departments and four colleges across campus. Courses are grouped by cognates (or skills) rather than discipline, which allows students to hone their abilities in the areas of communication, information literacy, problem solving/decision making, and community leadership.

The program will offer adaptability, versatility and flexibility for non-traditional students and students with broad study and career goals. To learn more, visit

CASSH Announcements

Now The 'Department of Communication' 

As of July 1, the Department of Communication Arts has been changed to the Department of Communication. Please visit the department site, or contact the department at (850) 474-2874 for any questions. 

The New Social Tags! #UWFCASSH 

Are you talking about us on social media? We want to know! When posting items related to the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, be sure to use #UWFCASSH in the post! Doing so will create greater post visibility and allow us to see the great CASSH stories you're telling! 

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New Publicity Submission Form for CASSH! 

Do you have news, events, staff, faculty or students that you would like featured by CASSH? Check out our new online submission form for publicity and content! 

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In the Classroom 

UWF Team Unearthing What Luna Left Behind

Pensacola News Journal, June 7, 2016

History beckons each morning when Michelle Pigott hears her alarm clock ring. Consequentially, her days of hitting the snooze button are over.This summer, University of West Florida archaeologists, faculty and students are exploring a Pensacola residential neighborhood where, in 1559, Spaniard Don Tristan de Luna and ... Read more.

UWF Team Unearths More Than Just Luna Artifacts
Pensacola News Journal, June 13, 2016

Two University of West Florida students drenched in sweat on this mid-Monday morning bend down inside a dug up section of land with trowels in hand. The site mirrors three others in the backyard of the house until Cathryne Miller steps out and sprays the area. A square-print stain surfaces.

Elizabeth Benchley, director of the UWF archaeology program, stands near the site and says the stain indicates a European post, probably timber, once existed at that location. ... Read more.

For more on the Luna Settlement or UWF archaeology field schools, visit the Pensacola News Journal online.  

The Irish Experience: Art, Music, Theatre 

Courtesy of the UWF Newsroom 

For the third year in a row, University of West Florida students have taken their talents abroad through the UWF Irish Experience program, “The Emerald Coast Meets the Emerald Isle.”

From May 25 to June 23, 2016, UWF theatre, music and art students experienced the arts and culture of Ireland in this innovative study abroad program.  ... Read more from the UWF Newsroom. 

The Pensacola News Journal shared UWF students' experiences! Read a few of the students' blogs on experiences studying their respective disciplines. 

Jasmine Bennett, Art ...Read more. 
Alex Brookins, Theatre ... Read more. 

Students Choose the Gulf Coast Kids House

Photo: Rick Scott, lecturer in the Department of Communication, presents a check to Parker Eiler and Don Kerrigan on behalf of the Gulf Coast Kids House.

By Brandy Gottlieb, CASSH Communications 

Each semester the course is offered, students of Rick Scott's Business and Professional Communication class give presentations in support of causes that are important to them. After listening to students' informative and persuasive speeches, the class votes on an organization and voluntarily donates to the representative cause. Scott provides a financial match to students' contribution. 

This semester, the class donated $150.00 to the Gulf Coast Kids House. The Gulf Coast Kids House is a child-advocacy organization that provides support to victims of child abuse and their families. Parker Eiler, business management major, and Don Kerrigan, software engineering major, chose to present in support of the Gulf Coast Kids House. According to Eiler and Kerrigan, the organization is "very impactful and doing good things in our community and we knew child abuse was a big issue in Escambia County."  
Student Feature 
Communication Student Speaks on Resilience
Photo and article c/o U.S. Army News, April 21, 2016

Navy veteran Timothy Jones brought his story of survival and resiliency to the Military District of Washington community April 13 during its annual Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Program training session held at Conmy Hall on the Fort Myer portion of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Jones told the assembled Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department ... Read more. 

Alumni Features
Cynthia Catellier Recognized For Historic Contribution 
UWF Newsroom, June 10

The Palafox Historic District, spanning from Chase to Zaragoza streets and Spring to Tarragona streets in downtown Pensacola, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to the organizing efforts of University of West Florida public history alumna Cynthia Catellier.

The National Register of Historic Places, administered through the National Park Service... Read more.

Charles Bendig is a 2016 UWF alumnus, having received his MA in Anthropology. Bendig will begin the doctoral program in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M University in August. 

Anthropology Graduate Accepted into Doctoral Program
Brandy Gottlieb, CASSH Communications

When he was in 2nd grade, Charles Bendig, 2016 graduate from the MA in Historical Archaeology program, decided that he wanted to be an Egyptologist. However, as he grew older and learned more about archaeology, Bendig discovered that he was attracted to underwater archaeology. Eventually, he settled on wanting to learn as much as possible about 16th-century ship construction.
In June, Bendig defended his thesis, "Studying the 'Hearts' of Ships: Sixteenth-Century Mainmast Steps and Bilge Pump Assemblies Through an Annales Nautical Archaeological Perspective." He says the first goal of his thesis research was to create a reference guide to understand the long-term development of central hull construction and bilge pump assemblies up until the end of the 16th century. His second goal was to apply the analysis to the Emanuel Point II shipwreck that sank during a hurricane in Pensacola Bay as part of the failed 1559 expedition led by Tristán de Luna y Arellano.
Bendig credits Drs. John Bratten , Gregory Cook and John Worth for guiding him through his research process.
Among his accomplishments in the program, Bendig says he has accumulated approximately 250 dives and 300 hours underwater excavating and recording date on the Emmanuel Point II. In August, Bendig will begin a doctoral program in nautical archaeology at Texas A&M University. 
In Other CASSH News...
Pensacola Museum of Art to Become Part of UWF As of July 1
UWF Newsroom, June 15

The University of West Florida has entered into a gift agreement with the Pensacola Museum of Art to transfer the museum to the University of West Florida – effective July 1, 2016.

This agreement will complement art education at UWF as the University assumes responsibility for nurturing an endowment and maintaining the museum’s art collection – including several hundred pieces of 20thand 21st century art on paper, as well as three-dimensional works. ... Read more. 

UWF Design Student to Audition for 'America's Greatest Makers'

By Brandy Allport, Jul 4, 2016, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity

Alea Kittell came up with a bright idea.

Kittell, a University of West Florida senior majoring in graphic design, created a black shirt embedded with rainbow colored LED lights. The lights blink when activated by motion. The garment was a final project submission for her Interactive Design class.

“I wanted to create something unique and fun,” Kittell said. As required by the class, Kittell posted the instructions for how to make the shirt on a Web site called Instructables. A representative from the TBS show “America’s Greatest Makers” saw the video and contacted Kittell about auditioning for “Makers” in September. ... Read more

UWF Violinist Practices Craft for Hours Each Day

By Brandy Allport, June 23, 2016
Center for Research and Economic Opportunity 

Ramel Price plays violin in the University of West Florida Runge String Orchestra, and he practices for four hours every day.

“I love the violin because I think that more than any other instrument it has the power to move people,” Price said. “I love the tone, the sound.”

Price, a music performance major in his senior year at UWF, has been playing the violin since he was 9 years old. He took beginner’s lessons for about a month, and then he played by ear throughout high school.  A few months before graduating from high school, he met professional violin player and professor Dr. Leonid Yanovskiy ... Read more

CASSH Brags - Have you Heard? 
Student Brags 

Congratulations to the following  graduates who have recently been hired to teach in various music programs: 

* Daniel Campbell has been appointed as the music educator at Scenic Heights Elementary School in
* Christal Gibson has accepted the position as new band director at Bellview Middle School in
* Stephany Heath-Tucker has been appointed music educator at Rhodes Elementary School  in
   Santa Rosa County.
* Rebecca Moeller is the new music educator at Sherwood Elementary in Tampa, FL. 

Abigail Megginson Awarded Joe Oldmixon Scholarship
Photo C/O David H. Stafford, Escambia County Supervisor of Elections, June 3, 2016

Congratulations to Abigail Megginson, who was awarded the Joe Oldmixon 2016 Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections college scholarship. The FSASE awards three scholarships to juniors or seniors attending an accredited Florida university or college ...Read more. 

Useful Resources 
Dr. Evans' Resource Corner 
Boost Your Scholarly Profile with the UWF Libraries Do-It-Yourself Guide! 

This summer, take some time away from your scholarly and creative activities to actually promote your scholarly and creative activities.  With the Library's help, make your work easier to find online. The UWF Libraries now provide a series of straightforward tasks to help faculty create, update, and maintain an online scholarly presence. Visit for more information and sign up to receive an email each time the library staff releases a new task.

Contact: Amanda Ziegler, Professional Studies and Online Outreach Librarian Subject Specialist for
Education and Social Work                       

Funding Opportunities 

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...

Viewpoint: What Is Our Role in the World? with Dr. Jacob Shively

Pensacola News Journal recently interviewed Dr. Jacob Shively, associate professor of political science.
June 12, 2016

What is America’s role in the world?

Voters in Northwest Florida have a chance to answer this question. With U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller stepping down, new candidates are vying to represent District 1 in Washington.

In the presidential race, foreign policy remains a live issue. What did Hillary Clinton know about Behghazi? Are Trump’s wall and his ban on Muslims serious proposals? Specific questions like these help us vet particular candidates.

More generally, though, broader questions have arisen. How responsible is the United States for international stability? What about trade — what are the benefits of open commerce? Terrorism, the environment, prosperity, leadership and more. ... Read more

Dr. Jacob Shively on Orlando Shootings

Dr. Jacob Shively, assistant professor of political science, spoke with Rick Outzen regarding the recent shootings in Orlando. 

Listen to his June 14 interview. 
Read Outzen's "Outakes" in the InWeekly.
Dr. Michelle Williams on Brexit

Dr. Michelle Williams, chair of the Department of Government, speaks with Rick Outzen and WUWF regarding Brexit. 

Pensacola Speaks: Listen to her June 28 interview.

WUWF: Listen to her July 5 interview:
'LISTEN: What You Wanted to Know About Brexit But Where Afraid to Ask' on WUWF, July 5

CASSH News &
Reading Resources

Archaeology Digs, Summer 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 June!

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 2.2, Spring-Summer 2016

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

Feminist Spaces is now accepting general submissions for its next issue. Submission are due by Friday, November 18.
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 ...
Get Ready for Pizza and History at ArchaeoCafé!

The Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Destination Archaeology Resource Center welcomes you to its next ArchaeoCafé on Thursday, July 21st

At ArchaeoCafé, guests can order food, drinks, and participate in a casual and relaxed environment. No lecture halls; just interesting and inclusive archaeology conversation. ArchaeoCafé is held inside Ozone Pizza Pub and is free and open to the public! Seating is unreserved and limited to 55 guests.

The talk starts at 6:30pm and guests are recommended to show up by 5:30pm to receive food and drink orders before the talk begins. Ozone Pizza Pub is located at 1010 N 12th Ave. in Pensacola.

Here's What's Coming Up ! 

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
Archaeo Cafe @ Ozones
July 21

Feminist Open Mic Night @Sluggo's
July 22 

Staff Senate Meeting 
August 9

New Student Convocation
August 19

First Day of Classes
August 22, Fall 2016, Part of Term 1

To view more events, visit the UWF Calendars. 
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