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Studying the Past to Thrive in the Present and Build a Better Future


THE DE ANS College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

From Left: Michelle Doyle, Katie Riesenberg, Zackery Mitchell, Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Dr. Steve Brown, Brandy Gottlieb, Lori Glaze

Recent studies provide clear evidence regarding the sort of university graduate most highly valued by employers. The characteristics that employers most often mention include: a strong understanding of history and society; adaptability to ongoing change in the workplace; critical thinking and clear communication; and bringing creativity to bear upon development of new directions for the profession. At the nexus of all these characteristics, you will find the departments that comprise the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Our departments develop these abilities within UWF students, whether through general education courses or through intensive study in one of our 30 undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Students studying in CASSH participate in applied research, community engagement and service learning. Faculty explore human experience through cutting-edge scholarship and creative activities, and give back to the region through meaningful professional service. This publication highlights some of the college’s wonderful achievements for the 2016-2017 academic year. Highlights include: • Launching the Bachelor of General Studies degree program. The program offers an interdisciplinary approach to learning by incorporating courses from sixteen departments and five colleges across campus. The program offers adaptability, versatility, and flexibility for non-traditional students and students with broad study and career goals.



• Announcing 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. • Hosting more than 30,000 people during 80 performance events and nine Art Gallery Exhibitions at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. • Developing a gift agreement with the Pensacola Museum of Art to transfer the museum to the University. This agreement complements art education at UWF as the University assumes responsibility for maintaining the museum’s collection. These are only a few of the ways in which CASSH is making a difference. Throughout this report, you will find numerous examples of the excellence that defines our programs. We invite you to become part of the activities and experiences that combine to make this a unique and notable college.

STEAM AND THE VALUE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK During the 2016-2017 academic year, our college strategically emphasized the intellectual value of interdisciplinary work. Several of our departments and faculty engaged in work related to STEAM, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The liberal arts, classically conceived, included all knowledge necessary for true freedom in a civilized society. It included rhetoric and music as well as mathematics and astronomy. Only through a broad and holistic education could one attempt to understand and find meaning in our world. Today, our college recognizes and celebrates the important role our disciplines have in promoting, deepening and enriching STEM education. Integration of the arts and sciences opens new possibilities for collaboration, sparks new ideas for solving complex problems and offers students multifaceted ways to apply their studies to the real world. We celebrated the creative energy this work produces through our community events. The UWF Downtown Lecture Series hosted philosopher Dr. Jason Leddington who marries human cognition and magic to explore the timeless attraction to the art of illusion. The series also hosted artist Elizabeth Demaray who collaborates with mechanical engineers to explore ways in which humans as a species can assist other species in our habitat and create beauty in the process. The Department of Art and The Art Gallery at UWF sponsored a series of events centered around the STEAM2017 exhibition, led

Dr. Steve Brown, Dean

by Thomas Asmuth and Nicholas Croghan. During this exhibition, TAG showcased work inspired by interdisciplinary ideas and trans-disciplinary partnerships. Included in the show were works by 16 artists and scientists from across the country. Among the art and research was photography by UWF biology professor Wade Jeffrey, a projected algorithm by the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition research scientist David Fries, and a multi-media sculpture co-produced by Claudia O’Steen, a UWF postdoctoral teaching associate and Aly Ogasian of the Rhode Island School of Design. Additionally, UWF students exhibited an experiment using science and design to develop selfhydrating plants. Dr. Marie Therese Champagne built a labyrinth replica from the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres and partnered with Dr. Peter Steenblik and the UWF Singers to bring to life the experience of medieval meditation. She is now working with faculty in physics, mechanical engineering and art to expand this vision of experiential history in the coming years. These are just a few of the innovative collaborations taking place among our faculty and students in CASSH. We hope you enjoy the highlights included in this publication.

Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Associate Dean

Katie Riesenberg, Assistant Dean

“Physical Geography of the Sea” by Claudia O’Steen a Postdoctoral Fellow-Digital/New Media on during the STEAM 2017 exhibit.

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CONTRI BUTORS Editors: Brandy Gottlieb,

CASSH Communications Coordinator

Dr. Jocelyn Evans, CASSH Associate Dean

Writers: Brandy Hillboldt Allport, Division of Research and Strategic Innovation

Jerre Brisky, Center of Fine and Performing Arts

Richard Conn, Division

of Research and Strategic Innovation

Brandy Gottlieb, College

of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Matt Rowley, University Marketing and Communications

Photographers: John Blackie, University Marketing and Communications

John Perkins, University

The artwork chosen to represent STEAM2017 is described by its creator John Paoletti as a computer iteration that grew geometrically while referencing waves, curves and mothwings.

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Michael Spooneybarger, Division of Research and Strategic Innovation

Designers: Shelley Henseler,

University Marketing and Communications

Jennifer Peck,

University Marketing and Communications

Contributors: Brittany Boyd,

University Marketing and Communications

Nick Croghan, Director The Art Gallery at UWF

Megan Gonzalez,

University Marketing and Communications

Julia Thorpe, University Marketing and Communications

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Pola Young, University Marketing and Communications

CASSH extends a special thanks to our Communications Advisory Working Group, department chairs and faculty for contributing valuable insight and direction toward this year’s publication.

Why STEAM 2 Thank You to Our Donors


Who We Are 5




Distinctiveness 9 Innovation 11 Quality 15 Relevance 19 Alumni: Honoring the Past 23 Support Through Grants 25




G E N E ROU S DONOR S During this past year, individuals and groups made wonderful gifts impacting programs, initiatives and scholarships. We would like to highlight a few of them. In November 2016, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival hosted the Nashville’s Songwriters Hall of Fame show at the Museum of Commerce in Historic Pensacola. Ticket sales and donations of more than $27,800 were given to benefit the Larry Butler Memorial Music Fund. Created in memory of Pensacola native Larry Butler, an award winning songwriter and producer, the award will be used to support UWF music students in academic competitions and performance–related travel. Dr. Ralph Knowles continued his significant support of our Department of Music by providing student scholarships and support for students engaging in numerous experiential learning opportunities.

Dr. Wayne Adkisson, Jerry & Rhonda Maygarden and Tim & Marguerite Burr continued their support of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. The series welcomed a year of record attendance, engaging the community in conversations promoting the value of the liberal arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture. Our college also received a generous gift of $200,000 from the estate of the late Jane G. Seligman, which will support an annual First Amendment Lecture, fostering dialogue and stimulating discussion of complex and cutting edge insights into First Amendment issues.

YOUR GIFTS MAKE AN IMPACT A special thank you to all who supported the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Your gifts are sincerely appreciated, and we hope that you will continue your support in 2017-2018. Visit to make your donation.

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The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities aspires to be the first choice of students interested in a high-impact learning environment with quality faculty committed to academic excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative activities and service to the broader community. We are committed to the educational enrichment and professional development of students. The college’s mission is to provide distinctive faculty programming and partnerships. Together, our faculty, programming and partnerships uphold the values that make our college and university distinctive. This year’s report focuses on the following five University values:

BY THE NUMBERS Students Enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate Programs



COMMUNICATION FOR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS From exhibitions to performances, competitions and scholarly and creative presentations, CASSH students demonstrated and excelled in communication for professional success.

students participated in “Daily Life in Ancient Rome,” a series of presentations on life in Rome and the Mediterranean world, 300 BC-300 AD.


students presented scholarly and creative activities at the National Council for Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tennessee.

students presented in 14 panels at CompCon, the student-led conference for first-year UWF composition students to share in and celebrate the writing processes.

students presented work at the 16th Annual Women’s Studies Conference.

students participated in the UWF Student Scholar Symposium.


students performed in various music ensembles.

students exhibited work in eight exhibitions throughout the year.


students competed in five music competitions.

students were involved, both onstage and behind the scenes, in six theatre productions.

communication and art students participated in the ADDYs competition and won awards.

student competitors on the UWF Forensics Team completed prepared events, giving a total of presentations during the competition season under the direction of Dr. Chris Fenner.

CENTER FOR FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS The Center for Fine and Performing Arts welcomed more than 30,000 people to the UWF campus and venues across Pensacola for performances during the 2016-2017 season. The departments of music and theatre presented over 80 events and the Department of Art housed 10 exhibitions. Among these exhibitions was the five-week long STEAM2017 exhibition. In addition, the CFPA hosted an additional 40 events, in partnership with area community groups and campus departments. These included interdisciplinary lectures by guest scholars and guest artist performances. The CFPA hosted other notable events, which included the Science Olympiad Award Ceremony, multiple Army ROTC commissioning ceremonies and the Presidential Inauguration for UWF’s sixth President, Dr. Martha Saunders.

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Finley’s visit sparked classroom and community dialogue, calling students and consumers to challenge the food access system through community gardening.


Nicknamed the “Gangsta Gardener,” Ron Finley is known as a creative phenomenon and gangsta horticulturist. He has a strong vision for investing in community and pushing us to change how we eat. Thanks to supporters of the UWF Downtown Lecture Series; PACE funds and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Finley’s Pensacola visit showcased collaborative efforts from University and community partners. He sparked classroom and community dialogue, calling for students and consumers to challenge the food access system through community gardening. His advocacy and artistic approach to cultivating community through horticulture demonstrates the importance of combining the arts and sciences in promoting positive social change. “He’s talked to science classes, visited community gardens, met with public health advocates, visited with health care practitioners and visited elementary schools,” said Dr. Jocelyn Evans, associate dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. “In each of these settings he’s challenged us to be better.” As part of his artist in-residency, Finley joined faculty scholars in communication, anthropology and political science. During



the “Rhetoric, Food Access and Public Health” panel discussion, Finley and faculty members discussed Finley’s work as a framework for analyzing cultural and societal approaches to public health. The faculty members on the panel also discussed ways Finley has used food as a tool to address inadequacies in the healthcare system, reclaim public spaces and create opportunities for sparking community engagement. In partnership with the UWF Kugelman Honors Program, the UWF Student Community Garden welcomed Finley and the community to walk the garden during his visit. Dr. Greg Tomso, UWF Garden faculty coordinator, commented on Finley’s presence in this environment. “Ron Finley’s visit to the UWF Garden challenged us to think about our work in a larger context of social justice. I was impressed with the way Mr. Finley linked issues of food security to issues of racial justice and economic opportunity,” Tomso said. Collaborators on Finley’s visit included the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; College of Education and Professional Studies; the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering; the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health; the UWF Kugelman Honors Program; the UWF Student Community Garden; Baptist Hospital; C.A. Weis Elementary School; Live Well Northwest Florida; and United Way of Escambia County.



“Question everything, especially where the food on your table comes from.” This was one of the messages that Ron Finley shared with the crowd on March 29 at the final installment of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. “We need to care where our food comes from, and that’s one of the reasons I started growing my own food,” Finley said. “Because I got tired of being in my community and seeing all the people on medications and people sick.” Ron Finley spoke during the Experience UWF Down Lecture Series at the Museum of Commerce in Historic Pensacola. Finley planted organic vegetables in front of his home in South Central Los Angeles in 2010 and since then, has helped usher in a revolution for community gardening. His mission has grown beyond his home and focuses as much on changing culture as it does on growing organic food. “His strong vision for community gardening has blossomed into a personal quest to change how we eat and even how we think,” said Dr. Jocelyn Evans, associate dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Finley asked the crowd if they know where their food comes from. The answers varied. That is one of the reasons he said he started his own garden. “Getting young people to work in a garden not only shows them how to grow their own food, it teaches them valuable lessons,” Finley said. “They learn love, they learn respect. They learn where life comes from. They learn how to care for things. They learn to share. All of these things are in a garden,” he said. “I literally get to see the trajectory of someone’s life change, just by me showing them how to plant a seed.” Finley explained that when he created his garden, he envisioned a bucolic setting where hummingbirds appeared and butterflies would land on his shoulder. That dream became a reality, he said. It also brought people together and created conversations.

“His strong vision for community gardening has blossomed into a personal quest to change how we eat and even how we think.” —Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Associate Dean “I tell people, we need to inspire each other to think differently, to see differently. We need to respect inspiration,” Finley said. That’s why I started growing food on the street in South Central Los Angeles and it was free for the taking. And it worked.” The lecture served as a catalyst for sparking dialogue about community gardening and public access to healthy foods in Escambia County. Read more at

Ron Finley, the “Gangsta Gardner,” speaks with attendees of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series.

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The University of West Florida archaeology programs discovered Emanuel Point III, a third shipwreck from the Spanish fleet linked to Tristán de Luna y Arellano’s 16thcentury expedition to modern-day Pensacola. UWF archaeologists and students discovered the shipwreck in Pensacola Bay during the Combined Archaeological Field Methods course on June 20, 2016. After identifying the terrestrial site of Luna’s colony in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola 2015, the UWF team narrowed the field of search for the remaining shipwrecks. “We chose a shallow spot with a sandy bottom to dive in order to give the students a break after we’d been in another part of the bay where it was deeper and darker,” said Dr. Greg Cook, assistant professor of anthropology and principal investigator of the Emanuel Point II shipwreck. “We thought there probably wasn’t anything there, but had found an anomaly when we surveyed and decided to let the students have fun investigating it. Within two minutes, the divers came up and said they felt stones with their probes. Later that afternoon, the first artifacts were found.”

“Finding the third ship is highly significant because it confirms we have the whole fleet in Pensacola Bay,” —Dr. John Worth, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. John Bratten, chair and associate professor of anthropology and co-principal investigator of Emanuel Point II commented on the ship. “Because it was found in shallower water than the others, it might be smaller, possibly what they called a barca. This discovery is significant in understanding 16th-century ship construction.” The UWF archaeology program’s exploration of the Luna fleet has been funded in part by a Special Category Grant totaling more than $290,000 from the Florida Division of Historical Resources. The matching grant, awarded to UWF in 2014, provided funding for faculty, staff and students from UWF to conduct fieldwork, laboratory analysis, artifact conservation and curation, archival research in Spain and public outreach in all seasons for two years. Maritime field investigations by UWF, including continued surveys and excavations, have mainly focused on the six ships that were lost during a hurricane that hit Pensacola Bay in September 1559. “Finding the third ship is highly significant because it confirms we have the whole fleet in Pensacola Bay,” added Dr. John Worth, associate professor of anthropology and principal investigator of the Luna land settlement. UWF’s research related to the Luna expedition is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, and the State of Florida. Other sponsors include the UWF Archaeology Institute and the Florida Public Archaeology Network. To learn more about the Emanuel Point shipwrecks and the Luna land settlement, visit

Dr. Greg Cook serves as principal investigator for the maritime field investigation of the Emanuel Point II and III shipwrecks.




Dr. Elizabeth Benchley, Director of the Division and the Archaeology Institute with archaeology grad students assessing artifacts from the Luna land settlement.


On Feb. 1, a standing-room only crowd of over 250 guests arrived to hear details and view artifacts from both the shipwrecks and land settlement associated with the 16thcentury Spanish expedition led by explorer Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano. Six UWF faculty anthropologists and archaeologists gave the panel presentation as part of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series. “The Luna settlement site is in a Pensacola neighborhood with 100 percent private land,” said Dr. Elizabeth Benchley, director of the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology and the Archaeology Institute. “We have contacted over 120 property owners for permission to search for evidence of Luna on their land, and so far only five owners have turned us down. So, this is truly an amazing neighborhood, and we are very grateful to them all.” Benchley said materials from the Luna land settlement so far have been found across at least nine city blocks or 27 acres. Dr. John Bratten, chair and associate professor of anthropology, said the most common discoveries made from the Luna terrestrial and maritime sites are pottery. The artifacts are found in varying conditions, and some require more research and cleaning in the lab.

Jan Lloyd, UWF Archaeology laboratory director, educates guests of the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series on artifacts from the Luna Expedition.

“The rule of thumb is for every two months you’re going to spend in the field you’re going to spend a year in the lab,” Bratten said. “We make as many discoveries in the lab as we do in the water.” Dr. Ramie Gougeon, associate professor of anthropology, said he’s studying the centuries before Luna’s arrival, attempting to discover the different identities and ethnicities of people who came through the area by using the artifacts that are found. Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, associate director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network, shared about the public outreach and education FPAN and UWF has done for the Luna discoveries. To learn more about outreach, education and joint community efforts, visit FPAN online at Read the entire article at

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This year, UWF artists welcomed voices from science, technology,

engineering and math disciplines to engage in collaborative learning experiences. STEAM2017, a fiveweek initiative, sparked conversation around water and the preservation of a clean environment. Advocates of STEAM argue for the inclusion of the arts and humanities into core STEM disciplines. Doing so reinforces and strengthens communication, innovation and human factors for the sciences. Alternately, the sciences offer expertise in empirical analysis and technical training to the


The STEAM2017 exhibition provided an interactive experience, at the intersection of art and science, while generating discussion on environmental issues. Claudia O’Steen is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the art department at UWF, and the exhibit included one of her sculptures, “Physical Geography of the Sea.” The piece documented an expedition that moved from Pensacola to the island where Arctic explorer S.A. Andree built his balloon house during an 1897 expedition and then to the pack ice just 9 degrees away from the North Pole. O’Steen and a colleague from the Rhode Island School of Design, Aly Ogasian, went on the journey during the summer of 2016. On display, as part of “Physical Geography of the Sea,” were water samples from different locations along the route as well as rocks that O’Steen and Ogasian collected during the trip.

next generation of artists. Thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, the UWF Department of Art hosted STEAM2017. Thomas Asmuth, assistant professor of art and digital media, and Nick Croghan, director of The Art Gallery at UWF, led the efforts. STEAM2017 welcomed 19 presenting participants, including artists and research scientists from 13 institutions. Each participated in exhibitions, lectures, workshops and panel discussions.


Experience UWF Downtown and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities welcomed artist Elizabeth Demaray, artist and program director at Rutgers University. Demaray presented “Art and Science: Transdisciplinary Collaboration” at the Pensacola Museum of Art. The lecture also served as the keynote speech of STEAM2017, which culminated with the March 4 colloquium at the Pensacola Museum of Art. Demaray’s art projects explore boundaries between art and science and often concentrate on the intersection of manufactured and natural environments. “When artists and scientists collaborate, wonder and whimsy get added to weighty environmental issues and open the door for discussion,” Demaray said. Read more at

The theme of stewardship ran strong through STEAM2017 installations and artwork. “By focusing on ecological and environmental issues and awareness, we create a more meaningful experience,” Croghan said. Read the full story at

Visitors look at the installations that combine art and science in the STEAM2017 exhibit.



Elizabeth Demaray STEAM 2017 Downtown Lecture.



Artists Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki run PlantBot Genetics, a parody of a biotech corporation that develops combinations of robots and plants. Their mission: Spark a discussion about the environment. The PlantBot duo delivered a presentation recently at First City Art Center in downtown Pensacola, as part of STEAM2017.


The STEAM2017 colloquium, hosted at the Pensacola Museum of Art, welcomed artists and research scientists from six institutions, with five salon-style discussions.

“We use silly singing and dancing plants to call attention to serious issues,” Schmuki said. “Humor is a way to engage people and get them to listen to your message.” Schmuki and DesChene talked to the crowd of more than 100 people for about an hour. Topics ranged from planting native wildflowers and avoiding the use of chemical pesticides to helping counteract the declining bee population. Read more at

The second discussion panel addressed the overlap among art, science and activism and how these three worlds might deal with environmental challenges of the future. Panel members talked about how artists bring a different perspective to scientific issues. “Art teaches people to see and look carefully at issues,” said Nick Croghan, an artist and the gallery director at The Art Gallery at UWF. “It’s like getting back to beginner’s mind during a drawing class … art can make people interested in big issues (like the environment) and aware of what’s going on around them.” The last panel discussion of the day focused on wonder.

“By asking what art is, we create a natural bridge between humanities and science,” Thomas Asmuth, UWF assistant professor of art and digital media. “Artists and scientists come together to share exploratory visions.”

“Wonder occurs in the space between perception and knowledge,” Asmuth said. “The awe of the natural world inspires artists and scientists alike, instilling the need to try and make sense of surroundings.”

Panel members David Fries, an artist and research scientist at the Institute for Human Machine Cognition in Pensacola, and Jiayi Young, an artist and assistant professor of design at the University of California, Davis, led the day’s first discussion.

Elizabeth Demaray said “When they work together, people are often more comfortable with the artists asking the questions. Wondering about certain aspects of an issue can often focus a greater sense of value about that topic. Often, artists explore things and see things with new eyes… when it comes to big environmental issues, art can promote awareness first and then activism. Artists present us with new ways to frame problems.” Demaray is an associate professor of Fine Art and the head of Sculpture Concentrations for Rutgers University. Read the full article at

“In this day and age, big data often emerges when scientists explore issues, and that’s a major factor,” Fries said. “Scientists want to have different ways to articulate their data, and that presents motivation to depart from traditional methods. Artists can definitely help look at data with fresh eyes.”

Panel members Thomas Asmuth, Jiayi Young and David Fries led the discussion during the wrap up of STEAM2017 at the Pensacola Art Museum.

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The Data Analytics Lab allows students to analyze and manipulate data as faculty members model the analysis process.


interpret and effectively communicate it.

By Brandy Gottlieb

The software and computer lab environment allows students to work in clusters, while collaborating in the data analysis and learning process.

A 2015 UWF grant has redefined the way students in social science disciplines interface with data analyses. The twoyear grant has supported the development and operation of a data analytics lab for students in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Under the grant’s provisions, the lab space has primarily served undergraduate students of the Department of Government during a piloting phase. Dr. Michelle Williams, chair for the UWF Department of Government, says the Data Analytics Lab is preparing students to speak the language of STEM disciplines. Research shows gaps in communication between management and those who work with technical data. She says that students are being trained as social science practitioners to bridge those gaps. Not only do they posses the skills to collect and analyze the data, but also to



Without a structure for supervised trial and error, students often are left to interpret and maneuver through data challenges on their own. Williams explains that this has caused complications and frustrations for both students and faculty.

Williams calls the process of data analyses “data play.” “A lot of what we do when we analyze data is manipulate it and play around with it until we are starting to see patterns that we are interested in,” Williams said. Now, we [faculty] can model the analysis process step by step, while they [students] do it themselves.” Undergraduate students are not the only ones benefiting from the space. Synchronous online graduate students are now able to virtually join graduate research seminars, in “playing with data.” The Department of Government also uses the lab to host the Data Dialogues lecture series, which allows faculty and students from across disciplines to showcase data research for the university and broader community.



April Noke received her first master’s degree in education through a traditional online program. While the degree helped her achieve higher pay, she admits that she didn’t learn as much as she had hoped to through the program. She decided to pursue another master’s degree after a 14year high school teaching career. During a two-year search for a quality online program, Noke said she stumbled upon the synchronous online offering for UWF’s master’s degree in English. As a military spouse, Noke now not only has the flexibility she needs to accommodate her family, she’s found the graduate experience for which she’s been searching. For her, the program offers the opportunity to participate with her graduate community in a way that is authentic and organic. Cynthia Seaburn is pursuing her MA in English with a focus in creative writing. She said the synchronous online program has given her both the class interaction and camaraderie that she wanted but knew she wouldn’t find in a traditional online program. Seaburn said, “I think what this program is doing is allowing students to get back to that more traditional graduate program that too many universities are getting away from.” In 2015, the Departments of English and Government received an Instructional Enhancement Technology Project grant. Designed to address the gap in graduate enrollment, the funding supported a pilot for two synchronous online graduate program experiences. Synchronous online students interface with technology that places them virtually within the classroom. Each synchronous student joins the classroom via webcam. Online students see the classroom students, and resident students see the distance learners as well. Online students can communicate with each other through a chat box or virtually raise their hands to interact with the class. They also are able to present virtually and collaborate with classmates for team-based projects.

online programs don’t offer students are the opportunities to engage in cornerstone graduate experiences, such as the graduate seminar and faculty-student scholarship collaboration. These programs bridge that gap.” Dr. Michelle Williams, chair of the Department of Government and program director for the Master of Art in Political Science, said that her program more than doubled in size when the synchronous online option was added. She believes the program’s flexibility enables a diverse group of backgrounds and cultural experiences, such as military, to join the classroom.

“Online options offer the flexibility and convenience that non-traditional students often seek,” —Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Associate Dean The political science program strives to offer the same extracurricular lectures and opportunities resident students receive to synchronous students. She believes that UWF is on the front lines of delivering this format. Bobby Lint has been coaching high school speech and debate in south Florida for the past seven years. In April, Lint, a UWF political science graduate student, met one of his UWF faculty professors and a fellow student colleague face to face for the first time. The group was presenting research at the Florida Political Science Association. “I feel I get as much out of this program as somewhere else. I really don’t think I could have found a better fit,” Lint said. He says that he communicates with faculty regularly during their office hours and feels like he is getting just as much out of the program as if he were attending in person.

Students can fully obtain an master’s degree in English through the synchronous online format. While not all elective classes are currently available for the Master of Art in Political Science, efforts are being made to expand synchronous online courses. Dr. Greg Tomso, chair for the UWF Department of English and English graduate program director offers his perspective on the format. “Nothing can replace the experience of live interaction with professors and peers in the classroom. I don’t think there can be much personal or professional growth for English MA students who sit alone behind a computer screen and don’t have professional interaction with a peer group and mentors. We offer deep engagement with people, texts, and ideas. That’s the core of who we are and what we do,” Tomso said. Dr. Jocelyn Evans, associate dean for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, said university systems face growing demand for online graduate programs. “Online options offer the flexibility and convenience that nontraditional students often seek,” Evans said.“What traditional

The synchronous online format allows students to engage in the traditional graduate seminar through distance-learning.

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Dr. Marie-Thérèse Champagne is an associate professor of history with expertise in the European history of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, medieval women and ancient Rome. She invests her time in creating opportunities for her students to experience history firsthand. Her scholarship and creative activities promote an interdisciplinary approach to learning and offer students a unique and rich lens into the past. This year, Champagne was named the recipient of the 2017

CASSH Faculty Excellence Award. The award will offer Champagne the time and funding to develop and host a program of special events at UWF based on Roman culture and society throughout history. Each semester, “Rome, the Eternal City: from its Origins to the Modern Age” will invite internationallyknown scholars scholars to deliver public lectures and facilitate student discussions on Rome. The award will also expand the annual “Daily Life in Ancient Rome” experience into a multidisciplinary, STEAM event.


University of West Florida students dressed in authentic Roman garb and delivered research presentations as part of the “Daily Life in Ancient Rome” symposium on Oct. 27. “You walk away from this really feeling like you know the material,” said Montana Delagarza, a junior art history major. Delagarza was one of 25 presenters from Dr. Marie-Thérèse Champagne’s 3000-level history class called “Rome and the Mediterranean World” who participated in the day-long forum.

Dr. Champagne assigned each of her 25 students in this class a topic on which to speak, and each speech had to be based on research from primary sources. Everyone dressed in the wardrobe of the period to make give presentations to the audience. UWF professor Glenn Avery Breed and his students in the costume shop of the theatre department created all the clothing the presenters wore. Under the broad umbrella of “From the Public Arena to Private Life,” students captured a day in the life of the Romans. Besides midwifery, food and military tactics, there were presentations on the lives of the Vestal Virgins, charioteers, long-distance traders, religious officials, gladiators, galley and house slaves and augers. Other students portrayed specific people from history including the poet Ovid and the writer Juvenal. Champagne used a $5,000 Quality Enhancement Plan grant from the University to fund the high-impact learning event, which concentrated on life in Rome from about 300 BC to 300 AD. High-impact learning is an immersive approach designed to engage students directly with material rather than relying on the traditional lecture format. “This is a real-life tool,” Champagne said. “No matter what you go on to do, it’s important to be able to communicate clearly with people.”

a topic on which to speak, and each speech had to be based

“The Daily Life in Ancient Rome” event closed with a guest lecture called “From Simplicity to Sumptuous: The Dinner Party in Ancient Rome.” Dr. Kara Burns, a classical art historian from the University of South Alabama, gave the talk. She said the ancient Romans used the dining experience as a way to impress their friends and business associates, to elevate their social status, execute political maneuvers and illustrate their power. Read the full article at

Jared Sutherland, a senior history major, dressed as a centurion and invited people into the library for the “Daily Life in Ancient Rome” symposium at the University of West Florida John C. Pace Library.





A painted canvas replica of the labyrinth design from the stone floor of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres was installed in the Commons Auditorium at the University of West Florida from March 27-30. The Chartres labyrinth design symbolizes the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and is based on earlier spiral designs from prehistory. Such labyrinths have been discovered on every continent. “Completing the labyrinth is a form of meditation,” said Patrick Dickson, a UWF senior. “It’s a good chance for people to focus on nothing more than walking.” Dickson was one of dozens of volunteer guides to the labyrinth from Dr. Marie-Thérèse Champagne’s 3000-level history class called “The High Middle Ages.” At four separate times during the installation of the labyrinth, The UWF Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Peter Steenblik, UWF director of choral activities, sang Gregorian chants. They wore authentic habits as they chanted in Latin. “Doing the labyrinth in this atmosphere was an inspiring and peaceful process,” Cody Sutton, a UWF senior said. Sutton

stopped by the Commons Monday morning to walk. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, but with the music in the background you can definitely feel a presence.” Champagne said that not only is walking the labyrinth a relaxation tool, it’s a chance to put aside 21st century perspectives and understand the concepts of another time. Having the labyrinth available is an example of high-impact learning, she said. High-impact learning is an immersive approach designed to engage students directly with material rather than relying on traditional lectures by the professor. Champagne has organized the labyrinth project numerous times since 2009. “People can really get into it and experience it,” Champagne said. “They are walking around in a darkened interior. They are hearing music. They are smelling incense. The only thing we are missing is the kind of stone ceiling that would have been in the cathedral around 1200.” Read the full article at

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Susanna Rogers practicing with her Speech and Debate team members.

SPEAKING UP By Brandy Gottlieb

In March, the UWF Speech and Debate team hosted the 35th annual Novice National Speech & Debate Championship. One hundred thirty-five students, from 25 institutions across 15 states, participated in over 416 rounds of speech and debate events during the tournament. The championship is a collegiate event that advances speech and forensic education for first-year competitors. The American Forensic Association defines forensics as the study and skill of public speaking, and the use of reasoned discourse in public life. Showcasing their skills, undergraduate students compete in public speaking events including debate, impromptu speaking, communication analysis and slam poetry. During the 2016-2017 season, 10 UWF students competed in a total of 150 event rounds at eight season tournaments, including state and national championships. Following the Novice National Championship, UWF students Susanna Rogers and Lovely Sainsurin competed in the National Speech Championship held at Northwestern University. Rogers was a quarter finalist in Persuasive Speaking, and Sainsurin was a quarter finalist in Poetry Interpretation. Sainsurin explained the transformational impact that competitive public speaking has had in her life, as she pursues a



bachelor’s degree in communication. “The Speech and Debate team has had an amazing influence on the way I communicate and the way I research topics. It has given me confidence to take on anything, really,” Sainsurin said. In forensics, competitors base arguments and positions on research and analysis, and work to master their delivery. Chris Fenner, director of the UWF Speech and Debate program, believes that competitive speech and debate empowers students to assess new information, make sense of it and share it logically and analytically. Fenner said student speech and debate competitors quickly learn to become reflective critical thinkers. In a diverse competitive community, they are challenged to consider multiple sides of an issue. Fenner said that the training offers students the ability to speak off the cuff and appear poised and confident in diverse professional environments. He believes this makes student speech competitors the go-to choices for management looking to hire team members with strong presentational and interpersonal skills. UWF holds a rich heritage in public speaking competition. Though this is only the second time that UWF has hosted the Novice National Speech and Debate Competition, UWF is not a novice to the academic tradition of speech and debate. Since the 1970’s, UWF has hosted the annual Marks Invitational Tournament, welcoming competitors from across the nation.


SHOWCASING STUDENT SCHOLARLY AND CREATIVE ACTIVITIES By Richard Conn, with contributions by Brandy Gottlieb

Each year, the UWF Student Scholars Symposium & Faculty Research Showcase invites undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to showcase their research, scholarly and creative activities.

Voices of Pensacola available to future researchers.

Dr. Martha Saunders, UWF president, said “The Student Scholars Symposium and Faculty Research Showcase lets the University celebrate the innovation, academic scholarship, research and creative endeavors of students across all disciplines.”

Jocelyn Evans is associate dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and a UWF Kugelman Honors Program professor. Several of her Honors Core II freshman students presented their original research on the virtual reality phenomenon of Pokemon Go in 2016 and 2017. They drew from original survey data to address the role of nostalgia, gamer identity, public safety and collective identity in shaping the success of the game among players.

On April 20, students in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities participated in nearly 100 symposium presentations. Symposium presentations included threeminute thesis, poster and panel presentations, as well as art exhibitions and a music concerto competition. This year’s format was a modification to previous symposiums, which primarily featured poster presentations. Dr. Allison Schwartz, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, said OUR wanted to broaden the format of this year’s event to better accommodate the wide variety of academic disciplines on campus. “We kind of threw out the format a little bit and really that was because the message I was getting around campus was that a poster doesn’t work for non-science people,” Schwartz said. “It’s not how their professional presentations are done.”

“I want it to be the spark so other people can expand on it . . . because you can only talk so much about it within a 30-minute film,” Hamilton said.

Evans said that by conducting and presenting scholarly research and creative activities, students demonstrate understanding of theoretical principles as well as their practical application. “They build a framework for recognizing important questions and applying appropriate tools to answer them which they carry with them throughout their future academic and professional careers,” Evans said.

However, the symposium did feature poster presentations that have been a classic cornerstone to the research showcase. Kylie Pugh, undergraduate student of philosophy, presented her poster, “The Rhetorics of Public Breastfeeding.” In her research, she examined statements incited by public breastfeeding and addressed what researchers and activists are doing to aid breastfeeding mothers. In addition to the poster and panel presentations as well as the art exhibit on display in the University Commons, the Center for Fine and Performing Arts hosted a concerto competition showcasing piano, violin, trumpet, vocal and other musical performances. “I think what’s special about including the arts is teaching our students what creative activities and scholarly research means in their field, understanding better that what we do every day is research,” said Dr. Sheila Dunn, chair of the Department of Music.

Ramel Price performs Violin Concerto NO. 3, Op. 61 I. Allegro non troppo, Camille Saint-Saens during the Student Scholar Symposium concerto competition. Listen to Price play at

Ian Hamilton, a graduate student in the public history program, presented a poster that detailed his effort to marry the professional standards of public history with the novel post-Ken Burns approach to documentary film making through his production of two films. His first film, “Frida Kahlo: A Documentary,” about the famed Mexican painter, was screened as part of the symposium. Hamilton is now working on a second documentary, “Pensacola Punks,” which details the city’s punk-rock scene. He interviewed musicians, artists and business owners who are involved in the Pensacola punk scene. Those interviews, along with a collection of magazines and concert flyers, will be part of an archive at the

Art students featured a demonstration of a plant’s transpiration process. The piece was also part of the STEAM2017 exhibition.

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Corey McKern boasts over 40 operatic roles with opera companies across the U.S. and overseas. He made his international debut as Marcello in “La Bohème” with Opera Hong Kong, a role he also sang with the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Birmingham, Nashville Opera, Augusta Opera, the Florentine Opera and Opera Grand Rapids. McKern, a UWF visiting instructor in the departments of music and theatre, is no stranger to the stage. Dr. Peter Steenblik, UWF assistant professor, UWF director of choral activities, and Pensacola Opera chorus master, directed the Florida premier show’s chorus.

On a Thursday morning in February, McKern received a call from his agent with an invitation to perform in the Washington National Opera’s rendition of Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking.” The next evening, McKern performed the role for his first time at the Kennedy Center, under the direction of Francesca Zambello. McKern had been studying the role of Owen Hart, whose daughter was one of the story’s victims. He would perform at the Pensacola Opera’s production and Florida premier, March 17 and 19. Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” tells the story of an unlikely friendship that Sister Helen Prejean developed with Joseph de Rocher, a death row inmate convicted for the murder of two teenagers. The story is based on Prejean’s 1993 book “Dead Man Walking” that conveys her journey as a spiritual advisor to inmates on death row in the early 1980’s. de Rocher’s character is an amalgam of several inmates who Prajean befriended. The story, which has also inspired the opera, invites others into a public discourse on capital punishment, while giving honor to the victims and their families. UWF faculty members were well represented in the production’s collaboration. Hanan Tarabay, theatre vocal coach, played de Rocher’s mother. Dr. Sheila Dunn, chair of the Department of Music, played Kitty Hart, the mother of the murdered teenage girl. Glenn Avery Breed, associate professor of costume design, served as costume designer and Charles Houghton, chair for the Department of Theatre, was the show’s lighting designer. Phillip Brulotte, Department of Theatre instructor and technical director, was the technical director. Dunn shares that the experience was one of the most powerful she has had as an artist. “Opera is famous for plot lines that involve murder, but this plot is different because it is based off of a true story,” Dunn said.“We met Sister Helen Prejean and heard her speak about her life’s work. She made us laugh, cry and think about what it means to be human...about what it means to know pain and to experience compassion. If that isn’t good opera, I don’t know what it is.” Additionally, two UWF students and nine UWF alumni participated in the collaboration.

Dr. Peter Steenblik, chorus master, also played a hitchhiker who encounters Sister Prajean on her journey to meet de Rocher.



In preparation for the Florida premier of the show, The Pensacola Opera presented 14 weeks of town-hall style meetings. The meetings encouraged community discussions revolving around capital punishment and were supported by community partners, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and OPERA America: The Opera Fund, the Pensacola Opera. Although the show opens discourse around capital punishment,

Dr. Shelia Dunn (third from left), chair of the Department of Music, and Corey McKern (far right), theatre and music instructor, played the parents of one of the story’s victims.

McKern believes that the show is not politically heavy-handed. He said the victims are the most important piece in this story. Dr. Peter Steenblik, UWF assistant professor and director of choral activities, is also the Pensacola Opera chorus master and directed the show’s chorus. Additionally, he appeared in the show as two minor characters. “​It seems to waken people to various sides of the discussion--perhaps giving them a window into the facets of capital punishment not on public display,” Steenblik said. He said that members of the audience should decide what they take away from the performance. Steenblik believes that once his artistic preparation is finished, his next role is to “step back” and allow the audience members to experience and draw their own conclusions.

She made us laugh, cry and think about what it means to be human...about what it means to know pain and to experience compassion. —Dr. Sheila Dunn, Chair of the Department of Music McKern believes that theatre not only entertains, but also challenges the audience to ask questions that can’t be asked in any other way. “This type of work allows people to think about something in a different way. That’s what’s powerful about this,” McKern

said. “Sister Helen is trying to bring people closer to what she’s witnessed. She believes that the opera brings this through the musical component, in ways that the movie and book can’t.” Abigail Walker, Department of Music adjunct instructor, performed bassoon and contra bassoon in the opera orchestra. Between the two performances, Walker wrote about her experience. She expresses that this opera is a vessel, “a ship that carries us on an unfathomable sea of sorrows.” “This immersive work allows us to face a place filled with fear that occupies a part of each of us, whether we realize it or not, and asks us to stop and listen,” Walker said.“To sit and stare into the black until we can identify marks of definition. Only then, when we experience and engage, can we question its validity. Only then, when we are present, can we see, hear, and qualify this within our own selves.” The performance had a profound effect on the artists who were performing. McKern expressed, “‘Dead Man Walking’ is very visceral, very real. Often times, you perform for an audience, whom you don’t know,” Mckern said of his experience. “It’s different to perform something that moves you so deeply among your family and friends.” Walker reflected on her experience in the performance.“Staring again at shades of darkness, through the lens of art this week, I have cried multiple times,” Walker said. “I have doubted, hated, struggled, been anxious, felt compassion, felt wounds of lost relationship, and had many, many, many thoughts that cannot be put into words adequately...the message of ‘Dead Man Walking’ extends beyond the stage, out of the concert hall doors, and leaves with me in my heart.”

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In Fall 2016, the Haas Center and the UWF Department of Government partnered with the Escambia County Supervisor of Elections Office to study voter satisfaction, voter confidence in the electoral process and voter knowledge about elections. Strikingly, the survey revealed that 99 percent of voters rated poll workers’ performances as excellent or good. Almost all voters said they had no problem finding their polling location, and 96 percent of voters had to wait in line five minutes or less. Dr. Brian D. Williams, UWF postdoctoral research associate, found that overall satisfaction with the voting procedures was very high among early in-person voters, absentee voters, and Election Day voters during both the primary and general elections.

In examining ease of voting, Dr. Adam Cayton, UWF assistant professor of political science, reported that factors such as voter race, gender, age and partisanship did not appear to influence wait times at the polls or the rate of referral to clerks for assistance. College educated voters and voters with more knowledge about the electoral system were less likely than others to be referred to the clerk. Supervisor of Elections David Stafford counts the effort as a success. “We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with UWF and others in initiating this survey,” Stafford said.” The results are encouraging, and we look forward to using the data to provide an even better voter experience for the citizens of Escambia County in the future.”

UWF ANTHROPOLOGIST SPARKING DIGITAL DIALOGUE By Amy Minchin with contributions by Brandy Gottlieb

Dr. Kristina Killgrove, UWF bioarchaeologist and assistant professor of anthropology, is setting the pace for how scholarly research is publicly communicated. In April, the Society for American Archaeology presented Killgrove with its 2017 Award for Excellence in Public Education. Killgrove was selected for her online scholarly writing. The award emphasizes the use of print and/or online media to educate and increase public awareness. Dr. Megan Perry, who nominated Killgrove, said Killgrove is changing the nature of communication in the field. “She not only fosters a community of scholars who follow her posts, but she also is teaching young scholars and students how to communicate their results and properly assess and respond to media reports that sensationalize bioarchaeological research,” Perry said. Since blogging for Forbes in 2015, Killgrove’s posts have received more than five million views. They have covered archaeology and anthropology topics such as ancient DNA, palaeopathology and the ethics of skeleton collecting. In December 2016, the American Anthropological Association also honored Killgrove with the New Directions Award for her efforts to educate the public through online media. Dr. John Bratten, chair of the UWF Department of Anthropology, said Killgrove is encouraging collaboration with other colleagues. He said that through her work, she is raising the profile of the department and college, while attracting new students to the field and to UWF. Read more at To read Killgrove’s blog posts on Forbes, visit




DESIGNING EXCELLENCE By Jerre Brisky with contributions by Brandy Gottlieb

This year, communication and art students grabbed the attention of advertising executives by demonstrating excellence in creative design. T.J. Grier, senior graphic design major, is one of those students. Grier recently won a Student Silver ADDY Award in the “Elements of Advertising: Still Photography” category at the 2017 American Advertising Federation Fourth District American Advertising Awards in Miami. In March, Grier qualified at the Pensacola Chapter of the American Advertising Federation Awards Gala. In total, UWF students won 18 gold and silver student ADDY awards and one silver professional ADDY award at the Pensacola event. In total, more than 170 student entries were represented. Of these, students received 33 gold and 61 silver ADDY awards. The AAF awards students who use their abilities to boldly reimagine the ways audiences are reached across different media. Joseph Herring is an associate professor and head of UWF’s Graphic design program. He said that the awards ceremony allows students to introduce their work to potential employers, including the regional design and advertising community.

TJ Grier, BFA Graphic Design, received a Student Silver ADDY at the 2017 American Advertising Federation Fourth District American Advertising Awards for “Fly,” a food truck branding project.

Sabrina McLaughlin leads UWF’s team for the National Student Advertising Competition. The competition provides students with the real-world experience of creating strategic advertising, marketing and media campaigns for corporate clients. Students apply their writing, design and strategic planning skills to identify and navigate communication challenges. Last year’s NSAC client was Snapple, for which UWF students won 2016 ADDY awards. Visit to read details on award winners.


Thanks to a highly competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. David Ramsey is offering first-year students a new route to beginning their study of philosophy, history and literature at UWF. Ramsey, associate professor of constitutional law and political philosophy with the Department of Government, recently received a $99,000 grant to do so. The NEH grant will fund several sections of a new, discussion-based course for student military veterans. “War: Ancient

and Modern” will facilitate conversation between faculty and military veteran students on the realities of war as a timeless experience. Led by faculty and graduate students, participants will discuss readings and images from scholarly sources that examine these war realities. The grant supports a summer course preparation designed to equip faculty members and graduate student tutors to lead the unique conversational format of the course curriculum. Seven faculty members from the region, including Ramsey, will participate. During the fall

course, faculty and students will rotate course instruction, in small group formats, discussing the classic and scholarly works. Ramsey emphasizes the importance of bringing new generations of students into contact with classic accounts of war. “Writings about war have been around for as long as we have had written histories,” Ramsey said.“War is one of the most universal of human experiences, and reflecting on the written records of that experience is one of the most effective ways we possess of encountering our shared human condition.”

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For 50 years, UWF art students and alumni have been building UWF’s fine arts legacy.

students. Croghan said it was exciting to see how the students have grown artistically.

In October, The Art Gallery at UWF presented “The 50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition.” This invitational exhibition was developed to both celebrate the 50th anniversary of UWF and showcase the current work of UWF Department of Art alumni.

Croghan believes that UWF art faculty members have done a wonderful job over the years in investing in their students. When he considers the successes that alumni have shared, he sees how their passion is still making an impact in the field, long after graduation.

Twenty alumni from the past 20 years participated in the exhibition.

TAG aspires to continue the legacy of academic excellence established during the university’s first fifty years. Through innovative exhibitions, TAG continues to inspire and transform communities through UWF’s students and alumni art.

Installations, sculpture, film, digital work, traditional paintings and drawings were among the showcased work. An exhibition of ephemera documented UWF art exhibitions, from as early as the 1970’s, when UWF’s art gallery was located in the John C. Pace Library. Nick Croghan, art instructor and director for The Art Gallery at UWF, said the exhibition was like a reunion for many of the

The 50th Anniversary Alumni Invitational Art Exhibition featured the work of 20 alumni from the past 20 years. Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Sidwell.



“There’s this history of art, not just in Pensacola but nationally, and we’re trying to figure out what we can add to that conversation. I think this exhibition shows that our alumni are still engaging in that dialogue as they have moved on to various parts of the country.”


FEATURED ARTISTS YVONNE LEBRUN, BA UWF CLASS OF 2015 Yvonne LeBrun uses aspects of sculpture, drawing and photography to create installations. The subject of each environment is built upon two and three-dimensional explorations of material, contextual ready-mades and found objects. LeBrun graduated from UWF with a bachelor’s degree in studio art in 2015 and is currently preparing for graduate school. “I will never forget the encouragement I received while attending UWF. Each instructor played a pivotal part in my development as a student, but more so as an artist,” LeBrun said.

“18 U.S. Code 1073 - Flight to avoid prosecution or giving testimony” porcelain, red radio flyer wagon, rope. Yvonne LeBrun, BA, UWF Class of 2015

LeBrun said that seeing where past students have landed after UWF is exciting, especially as she prepares to pursue her Master of Fine Arts at the University of South Alabama.

JOSHUA THOMPSON, BFA UWF CLASS OF 2005 Joshua Thompson has worked across many mediums and processes throughout the years, but continually comes back to oil painting as his primary focus. Through his art, he continues to explore natural and man-made structures, both as objects and as the processes by which they are formed. Building, growth, excavation, decomposition, destruction, symbiosis, temporality, birth, death and rebirth are all frequent components that dictate process and metaphors within his work. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UWF, 2005, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2008. After working overseas, and briefly in Utah, he has lived in Seattle, Washington, since 2013.

Three Studies: Yellow, Orange, Pink acrylic marker, ink, spray paint on watercolor paper. This work is one of a three-part series. Joshua Thompson, BFA, UWF Class of 2005

“When I was at UWF, the Department of Art was a great environment to be a part of and place to be around. Both the faculty and fellow students had a lot of passion and energy for art,” Thompson said. “I’d say that I most value the knowledge and insight I gained from professors and some long-lasting friendships with fellow students.”

DONNA O’NEAL, BFA UWF CLASS OF 1997 Painter Donna O’Neal was born in Chicago, Illinois. She now resides in Pensacola, Florida, where she keeps her studio. O’Neal holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UWF, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Her exhibitions include regional, national and international work, including the prestigious Hagiwara Japan Art Festival. In addition, O’Neal’s work is held in private collections nationwide and in several regional public collections including the Cinco Banderas Collection Artel Gallery, Pensacola, Florida, and the Anna Lamar Switzer Collection, Pensacola State College She shares that during her time at UWF, O’Neal built a strong foundation for her artistic journey. What she values most are the mentors and friendships that have lasted through her artistic journey, and have continued to propel her forward as an artist.

“The Garden of Eden” oil, oil sticks. Donna O’Neal, BA, UWF class of 1997

”UWF gave me my dream of having a college degree in art and more. Art encompasses everything. All classes offered information that ignited a spark with a possibility of creativity. For this, I am grateful.” O’Neal said.

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DR. MEREDITH MARTIN, assistant professor of anthropology, has received funds to study the relationships between stress, well-being and women’s health in Pensacola, Florida, through her project, “Stress, Coping, and Mental Health in Pensacola, Florida.”

Through UWF’s Center for Research and Economic Opportunity, internal grant funding supported faculty scholarly and creative activity aimed at practical, applied work with clear benefits for the community and broader region. This past year, the University awarded CASSH faculty a total of $224,410.


$257,143 in internal funding for research awards and instructional technology enhancement projects

$119,731 in grants from Research and Sponsored Programs, used for the enhancement of faculty research activities

$432,601 in private donations

The UWF Research Stimulus Awards support faculty members’ scholarly and creative activities. This year, $13,450 was awarded to CASSH faculty members in this category. DR. KRISTINA KILLGROVE, assistant professor of anthropology, will continue research in Oplontis, Italy. Her project, “Death Comes to Oplontis: Recording and Analyzing Skeletons of Victims of Mount Vesuvius (79 AD),” is designed to digitally preserve cultural heritage, and conduct excavations and analyses. She also received external funding from the Rust Family Foundation and National Science Foundation for the study. DR. JOHN BRATTEN, chair and associate professor of anthropology, will apply funding to study the documentation of a historic admiralty anchor, manufactured in North Shields, England. Studies will consider the illegal recovery of the early to mid nineteenth-century anchor from the Gulf of Mexico by an offshore oil contracting company. DR. RAMIE GOUGEON, associate professor of anthropology, is collaborating with lab specialists and students to analyze coprolite recovered from a prehistoric shell-deposit on the Tristan de Luna archeological site. Studies will help identify factors such as health and diets related to historic populations. VALERIE GEORGE, asociate professor of art, uses Expanded Media to document art installations that she creates at sites of historical, natural, and cultural significance in Australia. “Entropic Force” will be featured as part of an international exhibition.

NEW FACULTY RESEARCH GRANT The New Faculty Research Grant grant supports research and creative activities of junior faculty members developing their research. CASSH faculty members received $16,100. DR. ERIN STONE, assistant professor of history, received funding for her project “Captives of Conquest: How Indigenous Slavery Shaped the Spanish Atlantic, 14901570.” The project investigates the Spanish conquest on the indigenous populations of Espanola and rise of an Indian slave trade and diaspora throughout the circum-Caribbean.



DR. BARBARA LARSON, chair and associate professor of European art history, has received funding to conduct research for a published chapter on the origins of art history as a discipline. She will examine the archives of Gerard Baldwin Brown, the first chair of art history in the U.K. DR. JOCELYN EVANS, CASSH associate dean and professor of political science, has received funding to complete fieldwork in Washington, D.C., for her coauthored manuscript, “The U.S. Supreme Court Building: A Temple to Equal Justice Under Law.” Her research focuses on the relationship between democratic politics and public spaces. DR. JOHN JENSEN, assistant professor of history, focuses his research on historic preservation and cultural heritage of coastal communities. “Great Lakes Ships and Shipwrecks of the Wooden Age” is the culmination of two decades of his historical and underwater archaeological research.

RESEARCH PILOT GRANT PROPOSAL AWARDS The Research Pilot Grant Proposal Awards support research and creative activities of faculty members gathering data. This year, CASSH faculty members received $31,000. DR. ADAM CAYTON, assistant professor of political science, will serve as principal investigator for “Matching Solutions to Problems: Legislative Bargaining, Bill Passage, and the Dimensions of Legislative Content.” The project will contribute to scholarly understanding of bill content, legislative bargaining, and the dynamics of policy change. DR. SYLVIA FISCHER is an assistant professor of German and the coordinator for UWF World Languages. Her project, “Modernity and Modernisms in GDR Culture and Their Legacy in Post-modern Germany” is part of a larger project that contributes to the study of aspects of the German Democratic Republic culture.

EXTERNAL GRANTS AND SPONSORED RESEARCH Through UWF’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, external grant funding supported faculty and student scholarly and creative activity aimed at practical, applied work with clear benefits for the community and broader region. This past year, external agencies and partners awarded CASSH faculty a total of $120,731. DR. KRISTINA KILLGROVE, assistant professor of anthropology, received funding from the Rust Family Foundation and National Science Foundation for “Death Comes to Oplontis: Recording and Analyzing Skeletons of Victims of Mount Vesuvius (79 AD).” MARIANA ZECHINI, pursuing her M.A Anthropology, was named a 2017 recipient of the National Geographic Young Explorers grant. Her project, “Exploring Petriplatz: Understanding Women’s Changing Economic Roles from a Medieval Cemetery in Berlin, Germany,” proposes to analyze the economic roles of women following the Black Death through analysis of skeletal, dental, and biochemical evidence. DR. ASHLEY CLAYSON is an English post-doctoral teaching associate. She received funding for her project, “An Investigation of ePortfolios in the Job Marketplace” from the Association for Business Communication. DR. DAVID RAMSEY, associate professor of constitutional law and political philosophy, received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project, “Dialogues on the Experience of War.” KWIMI TAYLOR, instructor of Japanese, received funding from Japan Foundation Los Angeles, to introduce a “Kodomo no hi.” The children’s day event will introduce Japanese culture and celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of children.

INNOVATIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AWARDS The Innovative Interdisciplinary Research Awards support and encourage individual faculty members to investigate research using interdisciplinary collaboration. This year, $80,360 was awarded. THOMAS ASMUTH is an assistant art professor of digital and experimental media. His project, “Turbidity Paintings,” utilizes artistic visualizations to record images and collect data on water quality. DR. JAMIN WELLS, post-doctoral history research associate, secured funding for “Building the Bridge to Better Writing.” The project will equip Escambia County School District teachers to prepare students for reading and writing skills leading to postsecondary success. The GROW Institute is a one-year experience that supports faculty members through the process of writing external grant proposals to fund their research. This year, the award recipient received $10,000 in funding. DR. JACOB SHIVELY, assistant professor of international relations, received the GROW Institute Award for his project, “Building the Bridge to Better Writing.” The project will equip Escambia County School District teachers to prepare students for reading and writing skills leading to postsecondary success. The Research Equipment Enhancement Program supports the purchase or development of research equipment to be used by groups of investors. Funding allows investors to work on innovative projects that have the the potential for sustainable external support. This year, funding was in the amount of $67,000. JOSEPH HERRING, associate professor of art, has secured Research Equipment Enhancement Program funding to update and enhance visual documentation, production and exhibition equipment. The Division of Academic Affairs funded Instructional Technology Enhancement Project Awards and Internal Systemic Grants for CASSH to explore new applications of instructional technology. CASSH initiatives received a total of $32,743. DR. JAMIN WELLS, post-doctoral history research associate, secured Instructional Technology Enhancement Program funding to develop a digital humanities lab. The lab will foster student and faculty collaboration in developing and preserving historical digital contributions to the humanities. DR. PETER STEENBLIK, director of choral activities, and JERRE BRISKY, instructor and director of the UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts, have each secured funding from the Internal Systemic Grant. Funds will be used to upgrade video and sound equipment used to enhance educational and performance experiences.

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UWF gave Kaitlin Englund the opportunity to achieve academic success, develop a strong social support system, and equip her to realize her professional dreams. In Spring 2017, Englund graduated with her bachelor’s degree in communication, with a specialization in journalism and minors in art and international studies. During her time at UWF, Englund demonstrated leadership and distinction for empowering and developing other students. She is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Women’s Fraternity, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and a former member of the UWF Pep Band. For her leadership and sustained service to UWF, UWF Division of Student Affairs named Englund the 2017 recipient for the UWF Linda O. Dye award. Photo: Courtesy of Kaitlin Englund

“I’m ready to get out in the field. I think now is a really good time for journalism. I think there’s a big refocus in journalism and big resurgence of people wanting real news and wanting professionals to do it.”

As a student, Englund honed her skills as an accomplished writer, winning first place for on-site newswriting at the 2017 Southeastern Journalism Conference. She also served on the staff of The Voyager student newspaper as staff writer, life and entertainment editor and editor in chief. Accepted by four graduate programs, Englund will attend Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in the fall. She hopes to be placed with the Global Residency Program. Englund said she’s ready to get out into the field of journalism. “I think it’s a good time for journalism. I’m excited to graduate, get out, get a job and start making a difference,” Englund said.

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UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 2016-2017 Year in Review  

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