UWF College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 2015-2016 Year in Review

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Studying the Past to Thrive in the Present and Build a Better Future 2015-2016 YEAR IN REVIEW |



THE DE ANS College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities


he College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of West Florida brings together a wide array of disciplines devoted to intellectual growth and development of our students through a broad liberal arts education. Faculty members in CASSH explore human experience through cutting-edge scholarship and creative activities and give back to the region through meaningful professional service. They also challenge students in their classrooms with experiential education, critical thinking and problem-solving, applied research, community engagement and service learning. The college celebrates wonderful achievements for the 2015-2016 academic year. This publication highlights some of the most notable of our accomplishments. Since Fall 2015, the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities has:

Dr. Steve Brown, Dean

• Identified archaeological sites that are rewriting history as we know it and gaining national recognition for UWF’s faculty, students, staff and programs; • Utilized institutional resources to revolutionize the classroom experience for students; • Engaged the community through the Downtown Lecture Series; • Modeled integrity for undergraduate and graduate students both inside and outside the classroom; • Increased internal and external funding designed to benefit the activities of several departments and provide assistance to faculty and students engaged in scholarly and creative activities These are just a few of the ways in which CASSH is making a difference. We are honored to represent these academic units, and we are continually grateful for their commitment and outstanding service to support liberal arts education in this day and age.



Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Associate Dean

CO NT RIBUTOR S Editors: Brandy Gottlieb,

CASSH Communications Coordinator

Dr. Jocelyn Evans, CASSH Associate Dean

BY THE NUMBERS Students Enrolled in Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Writers: Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity

Jerre Brisky, Center of Fine and Performing Arts

Richard Conn, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity

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Ashley Kahn Salley,

University Marketing and Communications


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HUM A N IT IES Communication Arts English Philosophy

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Pola Young, University Marketing and Communications Additional Contributors: Nick Croghan, Director of The Art Gallery at UWF

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INSIDE Message from the Deans 1 By the Numbers 2 Who We Are 3 At a Glance 4 Collaboration 5 Distinctiveness 7 Inclusiveness 9

Innovation 11 Integrity 13 Quality 15 Relevance 17 Stewardship 19 Partnerships 21 Thank You to Our Donors 22

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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. The sculpture featured on the cover was created by artist Peter King and his wife Xinia Marin and was donated to UWF for the 40th Anniversary. The piece is located in front of the CFPA. One side of the sculpture represents the sun and masculinity and the other represents the moon and femininity. King graduated from UWF with a degree in Philosophy and Religion in 1973.

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WHO WE ARE CASSH at a Glance



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, in scholarly and creative activities and in 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:



Together, our faculty, programming and partnerships uphold the values that make our college and university distinctive.









Throughout this publication, these colors visually emphasize CASSH’s commitment to UWF values.



CALENDAR CASSH 2015-2016 at a Glance AUGUST


Journey into the Dark: Archaeology of Florida’s Caves, Florida Public Archaeology Network exhibition (August – November)

Food Fight: Pink Slime and the Passionate Politics of Food with Dr. Wes Jamison, Experience UWF Downtown with Dr. Wes Jamison

Manifestations of the Torso: Dale Castellucci Open Studio Summer Residency, Art

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, Theatre

SEPTEMBER By These Hands: Vernacular Markers of Pensacola’s Historic AfricanAmerican Cemeteries, Anthropology/Archaeology Constitution Day Celebration, Government Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel, Theatre


Runge Strings Jazz Valentine’s Day Concert, Music TAGGED Student Art and Design Exhibition, Art (February –March) 10th Annual Warren & Helen Wentworth All-Steinway School Celebration, Music Visiting Writers Series and Visiting Scholar Series, English What Do the Dead Sea Scrolls Teach Us about the Bible? with Dr. Sidnie Crawford, History


Music Hall Artist Series with Jorge Luis Pratz, Music

Christopher White Solo Exhibition at TAG, Art

Secrets of Santa Rosa: Archaeology and History in Your Backyard lecture series, in partnership with FPAN and Arcadia Mills

15th Annual Women’s Studies Conference, Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies

Three Postcards by Craig Lucas, Theatre

Florida Archaeology Month Celebration, Division of Anthropology and Archaeology

NOVEMBER A Tale of Two Cities: Historic Preservation in Pensacola and St. Augustine with Roy Hunt, Experience UWF Downtown Feminist Iconography II exhibition, Women’s and Gender Studies and Art Lullabies, Love Songs and Requiems, UWF Singers and Chamber Choir, Music Synthesis: BFA Exit Exhibition, Art (November – December)

DECEMBER A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Theatre

JANUARY Marks Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament, Communication Arts Music Hall Artist Series with Jacquelyn Adams, Music My Endless Quest for the Chthonic, Jim Jipson Solo Exhibition, Art (January – February)

Music Hall Artist Series with Daniel Belcher, Music Radicalism, ISIS and National Security with Drs. Michelle Williams and Jacob Shively, Experience UWF Downtown Visiting Writers Series, English

APRIL A Prayer for Peace, UWF Singers and Chamber Choir, Music Creativity and Connection: The Humanism of Technology with Eric Whitacre, Artist In-Residency and Experience UWF Downtown Data Dialogues Lecture Series, Government On the Verge by Eric Overmyer, Theatre Resolution, UWF Graphic Design Exit Show, Art UWF Symphonic Band’s Film Music, Music Synthesis: BFA Exit Exhibition, Art Visiting Scholar Series, English

Points of Departure Foundations Level Exhibition, Art UWF Jazz Band and Booker T. Washington High School, Music

CENTER FOR FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS The Center for Fine & Performing Arts welcomed more than 25,000 people onto the UWF campus during the 2015-2016 Season. The Departments of Music, Art and Theatre presented over 70 events and 10 Art Gallery exhibitions. Department faculty also hosted young artists, ages eight to 20, from the Northwest Florida region at music and theatre workshops, training and competition events. Numerous UWF and community groups collaborated for events such as the LGBT Film Festival, the Florida Humanities Council “Telling Project” in conjunction with the Military Veterans Resource Center, the Pensacola Songwriters’ Festival ​and a Chinese Music and Dance performance in partnership with the UWF Confucius Institute.

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COLLABORATION By These Hands: Restoring the Past Together By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities UWF’s Division of Anthropology and Archaeology collaborated with Pensacola’s historic John the Baptist Church to host By These Hands: Vernacular Markers of Pensacola’s Historic African-American Cemeteries. The three-day event, from Sept. 17-19, 2015, focused on recent initiatives to begin the restoration efforts of Pensacola’s historic African American cemeteries. The event included discussions, lectures, tours, an interpretive kiosk dedication and a grave marker conservation demonstration. The initiative was funded in part through a $15,000 grant that the Florida Humanities Council awarded John the Baptist Church, in partnership with the UWF Archaeology Institute. The program featured the historic AME Zion, Magnolia and Montgomery-John the Baptist Cemeteries.

“These three cemeteries were established in the late 19th century to serve an AfricanAmerican community impacted by restrictive Jim Crow laws, and they reflect the lives of many people who were born into slavery or were first generation post emancipation,” said Margo Stringfield, research associate with the UWF Archaeology Institute. “The uplifting story of how these cemeteries came into being and of the people buried in them reflects community unity and the continuation of long held cultural traditions linking people to their past.” The “By These Hands” program was an outgrowth of a broader, multi-year collaboration among UWF faculty, staff, and students, city and county officials and cemetery stewards from across Pensacola. This effort, called Pensacola Area Cemetery Team, has included workshops on best practices in cemetery management, and the development of a manual that provides advice to groups who are interested in restoring historic cemeteries. Led by Stringfield, PACT included UWF participants from Anthropology, the Archaeology Institute, Florida Public

Archaeology Network, History and the Historic Trust. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, the Monument Conservation Collaborative (MCC) conducted a restoration workshop on the historic Spencer Bibbs marker in Montgomery-John the Baptist Cemetery. The team restored the quality and intended position of the marker. Bibbs was the first African-American supervisor of colored schools in Escambia County. He is remembered for making significant contributions to Northwest Florida's Escambia County education system at the turn of the 20th century. MCC has been conducting restorations of historic cemetery markers and monuments in Pensacola since 2007. According to Irving Slavid, the organization’s president, the intent of the restoration process is not to make the sites look “new,” but to preserve the integrity of the existing artifacts. The UWF team also constructed and dedicated a kiosk at Montgomery that highlights the cemetery’s history and importance to the history of Pensacola. Two similar kiosks previously were placed in historic St. Michaels Cemetery.

“The uplifting story of how these cemeteries came into being and of the people buried in them reflects community unity and the continuation of long held cultural traditions linking people to their past.” —Margo Stringfield



UWF and Booker T. Washington High School celebrate the opening of the UWF Writing Lab satellite location. Photo courtesy of the Escambia County School District.

Satellite UWF Writing Lab at Washington High School By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Since 1984, the University of West Florida’s Grammar Hotline has served as a resource to local and international communities by providing assistance for improved grammar in the written and spoken word. The service, available by telephone and online is the outgrowth of UWF’s Writing Lab. Mamie

UWF students review student papers at Booker T. Washington High School. Photo courtesy of Alisha Wilson, Innovation Specialist, Booker T. Washington High School.

Hixon, director of UWF’s Writing Lab, was instrumental in forming the hotline. In November 2015, Hixon played a key role in expanding the UWF Writing Lab’s capacity to support the growth of local high school students’ writing skills. On Nov. 16, the Booker T. Washington High School Innovation Center opened its doors to the UWF Writing Lab’s new satellite location. A staff of three UWF Writing Lab assistants provides mentorship and guidance to the high school student writers. Doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students assist students

of Booker T. Washington High School at designated times. The program aids in the development of high school students’ writing skills in a format that is similar to that of UWF’s Pensacola Campus lab. “The UWF Writing Lab at Washington High is a perfect example of the kind of local partnership that can really benefit our community. I’m so proud of the students, faculty and staff who have worked so hard to make this possible. It’s wonderful to see a cutting- edge program like this one become a reality,” said Dr. Greg Tomso, chair of UWF’s Department of English.

Communication Arts Majors Brand Pace High Students for Success By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Ja’tavia Plummer, YEA! participant and founder of We Exist with Mariana De Paula, UWF advertising student

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is co-sponsored by the Greater Pensacola Chamber and Global Business Solutions, Inc.

According to the Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s (YEA!) mission statement, Pace High School student participants are learning to “embrace their passions, live their dreams and change the world.” This spring, publication design students in the Department of Communication Arts provided support to these young business minds, empowering the students to fulfill that mission. YEA! participants develop entrepreneurial skills through hands-on training. Launching real-life businesses through the program, high school students gain experience in applying essential business principles and skills. Together, these young entrepreneurs have developed 19 businesses, representing lifestyle brands, nonprofits and service-oriented businesses to the community at-large. Of the collaboration, Sabrina McLaughlin, communication arts lecturer, said, “The partnership with YEA! has provided UWF advertising students the opportunity to engage in a high-impact learning experience. UWF students are learning to consult for real-world clients, while supporting the business aspirations of the young entrepreneurs.” She explains that these types of partnerships benefit the students, UWF and the region. Through the process, Mariana De Paula, UWF advertising student, says that she has learned a lot about the research and design process and is inspired to learn more.

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Eric Whitacre, Grammy-winning composer, conducts a workshop of his choral pieces with UWF students.

Experiencing Distinctiveness By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Founded in 2012, the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series showcases scholars of outstanding prominence who promote the value and role of liberal arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture. This year, the series was made possible through generous contributions from Dr. Wayne Adkisson, Tim and Marguerite Burr and the Maygarden Family Endowment. The 2015-16 series featured five scholars from a cross section of four disciplines. In November, the series welcomed Roy Hunt, authority in historic preservation law and professor emeritus of the University of Florida’s College of Law, for his public lecture, “A Tale of Two Cities: Historic Preservation in Pensacola and St. Augustine.” Hunt shared how the journeys of Pensacola and St. Augustine shaped UWF’s and UF’s acquisition of key historic properties through a story of representation, consultation, problem solving and politics.



In February, the series welcomed Dr. Wes Jamison, associate professor of communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Jamison challenged the audience to contemplate the values that have driven debates over food in “Food Fight! Pink Slime and the Passionate Politics of Food.” Dr. Michelle Williams, chair of UWF’s Department of Government, and Dr. Jacob Shively, UWF assistant professor of international relations and grand strategy, delivered March’s lecture. In “Radicalism, ISIS and National Security,” these faculty shared insights into the evolution of ISIS and the associated challenges faced by the United States government and its partners in addressing ISIS movements. The season ended with a visit from Eric Whitacre, Grammywinning composer. Whitacre joined UWF as an artist in residence, working with UWF faculty and fine and performing arts students. In his public lecture, “Creativity and Connection: The Humanism of Technology,” Whitacre shared how he uses technology to bring people from around the globe together to participate in virtual choirs. Combining technology and the arts, Whitacre creates masterpieces of musical performance. Read more about Whitacre’s visit at wuwf.org.

Site of First Multi-Year European Settlement in the U.S. Identified by University of West Florida Archaeology Program

UWF Archaeology Program Profiles Dr. John Worth, Principal Investigator John E. Worth is associate professor of historical archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of West Florida, where he specializes in archaeology and ethnohistory focusing on the Spanish colonial era in the southeastern U.S.

Written by Ashley Kahn Salley, University Marketing and Communications The University of West Florida archaeology program recently identified the archaeological site of the Luna settlement – the first multi-year European settlement in the United States – in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola. The artifacts discovered are evidence of the Spanish settlement by Tristán de Luna y Arellano from 1559 to 1561.

Dr. Elizabeth Benchley, Archaeology Program Director Elizabeth D. Benchley is director of the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology and of the Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida. Dr. Benchley manages the institute’s resources to support the academic and research interests of the division’s faculty, staff and students. Her local research focuses on the Spanish, British and American archaeology of the Pensacola area.

UWF archaeologists recovered numerous sherds of broken 16th century Spanish ceramics found undisturbed beneath the ground surface. The artifacts were linked to the Spanish expedition led by Luna, who brought 1,500 soldiers, colonists, slaves and Aztec Indians in 11 ships from Veracruz, Mexico, to Pensacola to begin the Spanish colonization of the northern Gulf Coast in 1559. The Luna settlement inhabited Pensacola from 1559 to 1561, which predates the Spanish settlement in St. Augustine, Florida, by six years, and the English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, by 48 years.

Tom Garner, Research Assistant

The UWF archaeology program includes a select group of 13 full-time professional archaeologists, nine support staff and numerous graduate students. The program has a rich history of significant instruction, research and public outreach in the Pensacola region.

Tom Garner is a Pensacola native and a local historian with more than 30 years of historical research experience.

Visit uwf.edu/luna to learn more about the discovery.

Tom Garner holding a sherd of undecorated Spanish majolica he originally spotted on the surface of the site, a type called Columbia Plain diagnostic to the 16th century. Dr. John Worth speaking at the Luna Press Conference

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INCLUSIVENESS UWF’s 15th Annual Women’s Studies Conference By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities UWF’s 15th Annual Women’s Studies Conference featured student and faculty research that spanned a variety of disciplines including art, theatre, psychology and biology. The conference partnered with 17 sponsors, including The League of Women Voters. Among the organizations represented was the Red Ribbon Charitable Foundation, a foundation dedicated to protecting future generations from HIV and AIDS. Throughout the day, nearly 250 people attended the conference. The event welcomed nearly 100 participants, including presenters and event organizers. Panel and roundtable discussions, artistic displays, poster presentations and keynote addresses highlighted original research and creative works.

“Our main goals were to spread visibility about the Women’s Studies program and to give students a venue to present their papers and other work in a professional environment,” said Dr. Katherine Romack. Romack is the faculty coordinator for the UWF Women’s and Gender Studies program and Women’s Studies Collective, the student-run affiliate. Dr. Jamie Snyder was awarded the Mary F. Rogers Women Studies Award. Snyder is an assistant professor in the UWF Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, expert biologist in gender development, delivered the keynote presentation that concluded the conference. Fausto-Sterling is a Brown University professor emerita and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her presentation, “From Baby in the Yellow Hat to Gender Identity and Expression,” set a framework for gender identity and understanding its development. For further coverage on the event, visit wuwf.org.

“Feminist Spaces” is an online, interdisciplinary student journal that invites undergraduate and graduate students from institutions of higher education to submit formal essays and multimodal/artistic pieces. The publication is sponsored by members from UWF’s Women’s Studies Collective, a studentrun organization invested in the vitality of Women’s Studies at UWF and the larger academic community. Read online at feministspacesjournal.org.


In November, the Women’s and Gender Studies program hosted the “Feminist Iconography II” art exhibition. The exhibition showcased the varied manifestations of feminism from past and present movements, cultures and countercultures. It investigated the artistic significance of feminist thinking, while considering the diverse representations and realities of women. The showcase also offered innovative perspectives of feminist politics and discourse.


Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, expert biologist in gender development, delivers the 15th Annual Women’s Studies Conference keynote address.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in the 1940’s, Gene Feicht has spent the last 25 years as a non-degree seeking student at UWF.

A Commitment to Lifelong Learning By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Science and Humanities Gene Feicht began her journey at UWF in 1991. During her 25 years as a non-degree seeking student, Feicht audited nearly every undergraduate anthropology course that UWF’s Division of Anthropology and Archaeology offered. In addition, she took a variety of interdisciplinary courses including literature, history, Latin and English. For Feicht, enrolling in graduate-level courses was naturally her next step.

World Languages Offers Diversity By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Science and Humanities This past year, 10 faculty representing five language disciplines united to form World Languages at UWF. The move allows language faculty to collaborate more effectively on educational programs and events. World Languages Café, a weekly extension of the curriculum, invites faculty and students to practice language skills and celebrate international cultural diversity. This year, the café’s programs featured an international poetry reading event and an international short film presentation. Dr. Sylvia Fischer, coordinator for World Languages at UWF, believes that language studies contribute to cultural awareness and appreciation of diversity. These skills, she

Feicht began her collegiate journey in the 1940’s, receiving her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1946. Attending university was not a common practice for women during the World War II era. Often, women who pursued their educational goals struggled to excel at the same pace of their male colleagues. Feicht believes that as the men left to fight in the war, women on the homefront experienced greater academic advantages, allowing her to “continue at a normal rate.” Feicht is one of many students who are committed to lifelong learning at UWF. Kim Peck, coordinator in UWF’s Office of the Registrar says that on average, 60 seniors per

semester take advantage of the senior class waiver offered to students who are 60 years or older. They are not required to test or even show up for class. Peck shares that instructors enjoy when seniors take classes because they contribute a wealth of knowledge and experience to the learning environment. When asked what her future study plans are, she says, “I don’t have any plans. I just do what comes next.” To students who ask her why she continues to attend classes when she’s not required to do so, she explains she takes classes to “learn something.” Feicht shares that although she enjoys her studies, her greatest accomplishments are her children and grandchildren.

shares, are valuable when communicating across cultures. She says that language students also develop problem-solving and negotiating skills. Currently, World Languages offers a minor in Spanish but is exploring the possibility of offering a track of study in world languages. Students of Dr. Fischer’s hybrid course, “Youth Resistance in the Third Reich,” presented research at the 2016 UWF Student Scholars Symposium. She says that world language hybrid courses offer students insight and knowledge into cultures without the need for language proficiency. This year, World Languages recognized Anna Gamberzky as the “best language student” at UWF. Gamberzky is a pre-professional biology major who has taken Spanish and German language courses at UWF. Pursuing a career in the medical field, Gamberzky feels that knowledge of multiple languages will enable her to more effectively serve future populations as a medical practitioner.

Dr. Syliva Fischer (left) recognizes Anna Gambersky as World Language’s “best language student” at UWF for 2015-2016.

Students participate in the World Language Café’s “Matters of the Heart, an Afternoon of Poetry.”

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Dr. Kristina Killgrove, a biological anthropologist, in her classroom at the University of West Florida

Dental Remains Help Identify Immigrants in Roman Ruins By Richard Conn, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity


When teeth form, they trap elements within them. Using remains from two cemeteries outside Rome, Killgrove analyzed 105 teeth for strontium isotopes, which reflect the geology of the place in which a person is living. For example, water that runs over rocks picks up strontium.

While ancient Rome’s upper class is wellchronicled in history books, little is known about the swath of less well-to-do citizens who accounted for the bulk of the empire’s population. “‘People without history’ is often what we call them in anthropology,” according to Dr. Kristina Killgrove, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida.

“And then you incorporate it into your body when you’re eating plants and animals and drinking the water,” Killgrove said. “So it sort of gives you a signature of the geology.”

However, a study by Killgrove and Dr. Janet Montgomery, a professor at Durham University in the United Kingdom, has uncovered information about the lives of the common class by analyzing teeth from their skeletons. It is the first study to use isotope analysis to find evidence of immigrants living in ancient Rome.

“They were importing water, and they were importing food, which makes it very different from all of the other sites in the ancient world when you’re doing isotope analysis,” she said.

Studying isotopes from Rome is more complex than from other ancient areas, according to Killgrove, who went to Rome in 2007 and performed her study on isotopes in 2008 and 2009.

Montgomery examined 55 of the teeth for oxygen isotopes. When studying the isotopes of each element from dental enamel, it is possible to find out whether the person’s tooth


was formed during a time when he or she was living in Rome, Killgrove said. “The oxygen found in teeth is ingested primarily as drinking water and other fluids, rather than from the oxygen we breathe, which have rainwater as their ultimate source,” Montgomery said. “The final link that allows us to use oxygen to investigate where someone was living is that the oxygen isotopes of rain falling in a region change in a welldefined manner as rainclouds travel inland, over mountain ranges and from the equator to the poles. So, a person living in Rome near the sea would normally have a higher oxygen isotope ratio than someone living halfway up the Apennines, a mountain range in Italy, as would someone who came to Rome from eastern Europe.” The two professors revealed their findings in a research paper recently published by PLOS One, a peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journal. For the full article, please visit creo.uwf.edu.

The 3-D printing technology allows students to physically examine recreated artifacts shortly after the artifacts’ discoveries.

UWF Uses 3-D Technology to Recreate History By Richard Conn, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity Hours after the discovery of a new species of human ancestor was announced, Dr. Kristina Killgrove put replicas of bones from the landmark archaeological find in the hands of her students. Killgrove, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of West Florida, gave students in her human osteology class a hands-on experience with prehistory by printing models of the bones from the Homo naledi species on a 3-D printer in the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology. “I think it came out on a Thursday,” Killgrove said of the announcement of the new species. “I was able to download, print and bring the models to class on Friday and ask, ‘Did you hear about the new species? Here it is.’”

Killgrove and Dr. Ramie Gougeon, also an assistant professor of anthropology at the University, have been using 3-D printing and scanning technology to recreate historical artifacts for the classroom – from the skull of a beaver to ancient ceramics. The 3-D printing technology is not only being used to recreate bones and other artifacts at colleges and universities. It is also being utilized in a host of industries, from producing automobile parts to developing medical devices. Gougeon said he sees how his students’ ability to learn is enhanced when they are able to touch and examine 3-D digitized copies of ancient projectile points, the stone tips that were attached to weapons such as arrows or spears. “When you hand them the plastic version of it – even if it’s canary yellow – you see them turning it over, and you see them rubbing their fingers along it,” Gougeon said of the 3-D recreations. “It’s a totally different way

of experiencing the artifact, and I think it’s a really valuable teaching tool.” The 3-D printing in the Division of Anthropology and Archaeology will also be used to develop an app that will allow students to study the human skeleton, suggests Maddeline Voas, a biological anthropology graduate research assistant who is creating and printing 3-D models of skeletal materials and artifacts for research and teaching purposes this academic year. With the 3-D printer, Killgrove has even been able to recreate bones that aren’t a part of the University’s collection. After putting a call out on Twitter for a copy of a hyoid bone – a horseshoe-shaped bone that supports the tongue – a British researcher, who had scanned a hyoid from an archaeological collection, sent Killgrove the file, which she was able to download and print. For the full article, please visit creo.uwf.edu.

UWF Professor Merges Art and Science By Brandy Hilboldt Allport, WUWF and the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity University of West Florida associate professor of art Thomas Asmuth continues to forge a reputation as an innovative explorer of experimental media by blending art, science and technology. Along with colleague Sara Gevurtz, a Virginia Commonwealth University instructor with a biology and environmental science background, Asmuth is working on a project, funded by the Florida Research Fellowship, that uses remotely-operated submersibles to collect data and images of the turbidity of water. Turbidity measures the degree to which water loses transparency because of suspended particles. It is one of the factors environmental scientists use in measuring water quality. “I’ve always been fascinated with making the invisible visible and with things that are part art and part science,” Asmuth said. This article is part of a collaboration between WUWF and the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. For the full article, please visit wuwf.org.

In May, Asmuth and Gevurtz discussed their work at the annual International Symposium of Electronic Art in Hong Kong. As part of their research, Asmuth and Gevurtz will collect photographed images to serve as visual interpretations of the environmental data.

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INTEGRITY Teaching to ‘Give Back’

Scott reflects on his pedagogical approach by saying, “This course includes a

By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Rick Scott, lecturer with the Department of Communication Arts, has taken a philanthropic approach to his Business and Professional Communication classes. Through healthy classroom competition, Scott encourages his students to promote causes close to their hearts. In his classes, Scott uses philanthropy to develop students’ oral communication skills. Students choose a nonprofit organization and deliver two presentations. The first presentation allows students to introduce their organization of choice during an informative presentation. In the second round of presentations, students convince the class why their organization

Rick Scott, lecturer in the Department of Communication Arts, presents Jesse Ballenger and Mary Tucker a donation check for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House.

should be chosen. The class votes on the most persuasive speech and voluntarily donates to support the organization of the winning presentation. Scott leads by example and has matched his classes’ charitable contributions. Since 2012, Scott’s students have contributed an estimated $1,200 to seven nonprofit organizations. These efforts have supported causes ranging from cancer prevention and research to child advocacy and hunger.

awarding academic scholarships to more than 30 UWF students within her field. du Pré’s student scholars prepare their texts for her upcoming edited volume.

Students Coauthor with Renowned Scholars By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities For Dr. Athena du Pré, professor and director of the Strategic Communication & Leadership master’s program at UWF, a dream that began 15 years ago is becoming a reality, for her and her students. In 2014, du Pré, a two-time winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, was named a UWF Distinguished University Professor. The award included the Distinguished University Professor title and a $30,000 stipend over a three-year period to further scholarship activity. With the funding, she is


du Pré has also invited recipients to coauthor case studies, to be featured in “Case Studies: Real-Life Scenarios in Health Communication,” a book she is coediting with Eileen Berlin Ray. The publication will feature real-life episodes involving health-related communication. Nearly every chapter in the book will be co-written by a UWF student and a leading scholar in the field. Students will have their names in print as collaborators with the nation’s top scholars, and, in the process, they will make “a real, serious contribution to the field,” according to du Pré.

requirement to prepare and present a persuasive presentation. That is fairly common in business communication courses. So, I thought this model would be a way to add some enthusiasm to that requirement while encouraging students to give back to the community.” His overall pedagogical excellence was recognized this year. Scott received the 2016 Student Government Association Distinguished Teaching Award.

Oxford University Press will publish the book in 2018. du Pré says the case studies are both “personal and academic,” in that they tell vivid, real-life stories that illustrate key concepts and theories. The publication will serve as a resource for students studying medicine, nursing, communication, business and allied health, and health communication and leadership. “I never dreamed that one day my name would accompany one of these texts. It was a great moment to have a faculty member believe in my abilities in such a way,” says Jimmy Orum, a graduate student in the Strategic Communication & Leadership program. du Pré expresses her gratitude and says, “This has been a dream of mine for my entire career, to do a book like this. And when this came up [receiving the Distinguished Professor Award], I knew exactly what I wanted to do. They made my dream come true.”

“ This project has shown me the power of a story. I never thought that my experiences could be used to help others learn. I have grown as a writer by creating my own personal style of storytelling, which is a unique experience to have as a student since the majority of our writing is academic.” — Maura Little, a 2016 graduate in the Communication Arts bachelor’s program


This year, the Department of English hosted the Visiting Writers Series and the Visiting Scholar Series, co-hosted by the English Composition Program. The series welcomed notable scholars and nationally and internationally acclaimed authors to campus, engaging new ideas on topics of literary, historical and cultural significance.

Author Jeff Newberry Entertains Audience With Reading of His Work By Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity “I owe a great deal to UWF,” Jeff Newberry said. “I had really good professors who believed in me, even before I fully trusted my own judgment. That is an incredibly valuable thing. They spent time with me. They wrote letters for me. They UWF alumnus Jeff helped me find a job.” Newberry speaks during the English department’s Visiting Lecture Series at the University of West Florida. Newberry is the poet in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

A self-described “triple-genre threat,” Newberry read a creative nonfiction essay about fathers’ wisdom and a prose excerpt from his current novel, in addition to his poems during a recent presentation. Newberry, who graduated from UWF in 2000 and earned a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia, is now the poet in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. He teaches composition, literature and creative writing and serves as the faculty advisor for the school’s literary magazine, “Pegasus.”

This article is part of a collaboration between WUWF and the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity.

Newberry is interested in place, specifically the Florida Gulf Coast, as well as ecology and

To read the full article online, visit wuwf.edu.

Erick Lyle Encourages Reflection, Activism with His Writing

Writer Erick Lyle speaks about “Streetopia: Using Art to Build Community, Fight Displacement and Reclaim Public Space,” at an event “Streetopia” as an “anti- hosted by the gentrification project by Department of English and for a neighborhood’s Composition Program current residents rather at the University of West Florida.

By Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity Zine creator, musician and social activist Erick Lyle lectured at the University of West Florida, explaining how an art festival protesting the makeover of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood served as the basis for his latest book, “Streetopia.” Distributed by the University Press of Florida, Panhandler Books publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction consistent with Panhandler Magazine’s mission to champion underrepresented literary genres. The authors published in the Panhandler Books series participate in the Visiting Writers Series.

the impact of global warming on certain ways of life in the coastal South. His poems are steeped in the wakes of bays, the movement of boats, the rituals of fishing, the scent of mills and specific locales such as Port St. Joe, Destin and Panama City. His work has garnered two nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and he conducts workshops at numerous regional and national workshops.

“Streetopia” was the name of a five-weeklong art fair in the low-income Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, described in many tourist guides as “the worst neighborhood in San Francisco.” The fair featured the work of more than 100 artists, as well as lectures and performances and a café that served two free meals a day for the duration of the event. Lyle described

than for an imagined wealthier audience.”

“We thought it would be great for students, in particular students in writing classes but also several other disciplines, to see the work of writers and artists fighting to make the world a better place,” Scott Satterwhite said. Satterwhite, who helped arrange Lyle’s visit, teaches English composition, rhetoric and public writing at UWF. The audience for the lecture included students and people from the community, including architects, business owners and artists. This article is part of a collaboration between WUWF and the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. To read the full article online, visit wuwf.edu. 2015-2016 YEAR IN REVIEW |


QUALITY Rebekah James tries to line up string while students work on a one-fifth scale model of a medieval cathedral in Dr. Jennifer Feltman’s art history class at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.

Hands-On Learning Builds Students’ Mastery of Concepts By Brandy Hilbolt Allport, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity About 25 students milled around the lawn outside the University of West Florida Center for Fine and Performing Arts on Nov. 20, 2015, offering suggestions and asking questions as they created a one-fifth scale model of a medieval cathedral. As students consulted renderings on graph paper, unwound string, placed tape and pounded stakes into the ground, Dr. Jennifer M. Feltman, visiting assistant professor of art history, supervised. She organized the event, “Ad Quadratum,” for her art and architecture class. “Ad quadratum” is Latin for “from the square,” which was used to derive the golden section – the element of design that gives balance and aesthetic appeal – in many cathedrals. “One of the many benefits of doing something like this is that it makes math accessible,” Feltman said. “Also, it’s about doing. It’s about figuring things out. If something doesn’t work, you try something else. Students work in groups, and they are using logic.” Feltman said she wants students to consider 15

ways that art and architecture from the past continue to shape today’s world. “The goal was to show that geometry is fundamental to gothic design, and knowledge of geometry was passed down from master to apprentice via actual practice,” Feltman stated. “Some of the background reading that we did to prep for this activity included a chapter from Robert Bork’s book, “The Geometry of Creation,” in which he argues that drawing and the design process are fundamental to the gothic aesthetic. Relevant to our activity, he also argues that Gothic design was so little understood in Renaissance and later periods because it was hard to put into words and tedious to read geometrical exercises. Rather, the Gothic designs were learned through the process of drawing using compass and straightedge. And the designs are about the internal logic of geometrical drawings that make most sense when one is actually drawing. So, medieval masons were active learners.” Research indicates that class time devoted to activities such as the re-creation of a cathedral can increase student engagement, said Dr. John Pecore, associate professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies at UWF. Engaged students can be more likely to understand concepts and apply them across disciplines.


Dr. Jennifer M. Feltman, a visiting professor in the art department of the University of West Florida, specializes in the art and architecture of medieval Europe.

“I am not an art history major,” said senior John Lhotka, as he reviewed a sketch of a cathedral so he could advise his group. “I’m in graphic design, but I can see that doing something like this could give me a lot of ideas about the placement of certain shapes or elements within a given space.” Feltman specializes in the art and architecture of medieval Europe, circa 1100-1300 A.D. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend this year for her book “Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculptural Programs of the Last Judgment in Thirteenth-Century France.” The book and a companion website, featuring high-resolution images, will highlight the learning associated with the current, rapidly growing University of Paris and how this training of clerics shaped the visual imagery of cathedrals throughout northern France. She is also editor and contributor to the book, “The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction and Visual Programs,” which will be available next year from Ashgate Publications. To read the full article or Excerpts From the Experts with Dr. Jennifer Feltman, visit UWF’s Center for Research and Economic Opportunity online at creo.uwf.edu.

Photography courtesy of Nathalie Carlo, art student program participant

Art and theatre program participants of the 2015 Ireland Experience

Ireland Experience By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities “How many actors get to meet with a playwright, get into their brain, get into the community and conduct character research?” said Kerry Sandell, a theatre major at UWF. “It’s a once in a lifetime, profound opportunity.” Sandell was one of 12 theatre students and four art students from UWF to participate in “The Irish Experience” of Summer 2015. Students participated in workshops, attended lectures led by renowned artists and collaborated on artistic endeavors. Among the highlights were participation

Student artwork from “Baile: the Emerald Coast Meets the Emerald Isle”

in the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas workshop and an acting and movement class led by award-winning actor and director Bryan Burroughs. Upon their return, art and theatre students presented a showcase of their work to the community. Theatre students presented Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa.” During their time in Ireland, students met with Friel and conducted extensive primary research in anticipation for the performance. Art students featured their work during the exhibition, “Baile: the Emerald Coast Meets the Emerald Isle.” “The Irish Experience was a chance to explore the unknown,” said Samantha Olsen, an art student. “Although I spent my early life

traveling all over the U.S., the Irish Experience was my first opportunity to visit another country. Seeing the way another culture lives enabled me to grow as a person. Spending three weeks devoted to painting and sketching unfamiliar subjects allowed me to grow as an artist. The lush greens and intense blues of Ireland, combined with the changeability of its weather, lent the landscape perfectly to watercolor. The experience of painting ‘en plein air’ was especially important to my development as an artist; painting on location taught me to work quickly without sacrificing accuracy. Overall, the Irish Experience was challenging, yet rewarding, and absolutely crucial to my education.”

UWF Music Students Lead in Quality By Jerre Brisky, director of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts In January, the University of West Florida Department of Music sent nine instrumentalists and nine vocalists to the annual Florida Music Educators Association Conference. Seven of the instrumentalists were selected from undergraduate music students around the state to play in the All-State Intercollegiate Band, with two of the students placing first chair. The FMEA Conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. In addition to approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, the conference hosts the All-State bands, orchestras and choruses, and gives students the opportunity to network with peers from other institutions and talk with representatives from potential graduate schools.

UWF students participated in the Intercollegiate Band: Left to right: Christal Gibson, bassoon; Kevin Fails, horn; Jarrett Watkins, trumpet; Colin Slavin, trumpet; Jacob Dearrington, trumpet; Vivienne Boudreaux, percussion; James Fair, tuba.

Last year, UWF’s Bachelor of Music Education graduates had a 100 percent placement in either employment or graduate studies. This year, graduates had a 100 percent pass rate on competency tests. More than 60 percent of the music educators in the Escambia County School District are UWF music department graduates.

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RELEVANCE “What I really would like people to know is that they were significant contributors to American culture. It was a tragic situation that they didn’t survive here, but they did survive elsewhere.” —Jen Knutson

Jen Knutson is a graduate research assistant with the University of West Florida’s Division of Anthropology and Archaeology.

UWF Grad Student Searches for Lost Huguenot Settlement By Richard Conn, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity While stories fill history books about immigrants who came to Colonial America and thrived, not as much is known about those who did not succeed. Through exhaustive research, Jen Knutson – a graduate research assistant with the University of West Florida’s Division of Anthropology and Archaeology – is telling the story of one of those ill-fated groups. The Huguenots, who were French Protestants, established the colony of Campbell Town in Pensacola. The shortlived, small settlement existed in British West Florida from 1766-1770. After King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, thereby declaring Protestantism illegal, Huguenots fled France in droves.


Seeking freedom from religious persecution, Huguenots immigrated to other countries in Europe, including the Netherlands, Ireland and England, as well as to colonies in America, Knutson said. Knutson said it’s not certain how many Huguenots initially came to Pensacola to form the settlement. She said she’s read estimates of anywhere from 40 to about 300. Studying historic maps and using Google Earth, Knutson believes Campbell Town was located somewhere around the Scenic Bluffs area. However, she said she wouldn’t know for sure whether she has correctly pinpointed the exact location until she is able to perform an archaeological excavation of the area. Dr. Ramie Gougeon, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at UWF, has assisted Knutson in her Campbell Town project, and said her research is important “because so little is known about this group of people who moved to Pensacola for a better life – a fresh start – and after just a short


period of time were gone. “The documentary evidence is only a small piece of the puzzle,” Gougeon said. “The archaeology can help us understand what daily life was like for this community. Is the support we read about in the documents corroborated in the archaeological record? Can we find evidence of early successes or of strategies that might have led to their eventual failure? Campbell Town is a piece of Pensacola’s French connection that very few people know about.” Knutson said she believes researching the lives of Huguenots who fled to America is important because of their many contributions, including to the Revolutionary War effort. Important figures, such as Paul Revere and Alexander Hamilton, were Huguenot descendants. To read the full article, visit the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity at creo.uwf.edu.

Community Maritime Park Scores Highest in Park Survey By Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity For the second year in a row, a University of West Florida freshman seminar class on community studied the quality of Pensacola parks. This year, 70 students in the Kugelman Honors Program engaged in the research project to evaluate 60 parks. Ten teams of three students each covered six parks and evaluated the spaces in terms of inclusiveness, meaningful activities, comfort, safety and pleasurability by using the Public Space Index designed by urban planner Dr. Vikas Mehta. Mehta, formerly of the University of South Florida, is now an associate professor of urbanism at the University of Cincinnati. Community Maritime Park led the findings with a top score of 88 percent. The park included “open access to the public at all

times of day, with good lighting, memorable features, access to food and beverage, and well-maintained facilities,” according to the class’s final report. Other top-rated parks include Seville Square, Bayview Park, Fountain Park, Historic Pensacola Village, Roger Scott Athletic Complex, Hitzman Optimist, Admiral Mason Park, MLK Plaza, Tippin Park, Alabama Square, Dunwoody Park, Woodland Heights and Bryan Park. Dr. Jocelyn Evans, associate dean for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, headed the interdisciplinary leadership team. Others included were Drs. Sara Evans and Jamie Snyder, assistant professors in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Dr. Derek Morgan, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Nathan McKinney, geographic information science coordinator for the UWF GeoData Center, helped visualize the information collected. “I can truly say that I have never worked with such a talented and dedicated group of people

to see a vision into a reality within the strict confines of a single semester,” Evans said. In addition to the team that used the Mehta index to evaluate the parks, another 10 teams of three students surveyed 195 park users over a two-week period at five major parks – Maritime, Bayview, Roger Scott, Legion Field and Sanders Beach – about fear of victimization. Forty-three out of 194 respondents said they have been “victimized” at least once while at a park. For 38 of the 43 respondents, this meant “harassment or pestering by other park visitors.” Responses to other questions revealed that more people were fearful at night and that being a victim of theft represented the greatest fear. “It was enjoyable to work on this project because the results can be used by students and community members,” said McKinney. “Students were excited about the practicality of what they were doing.” To read the full article, visit the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity at creo.uwf.edu.

“I enjoyed this project because it has real-life implications. People can look at the data and make decisions about which park they want to visit.” —Leonie Dupuis, freshman, biology and theatre major

A interactive geographic map of the data collection can be viewed at geo.uwf.edu/parks. Image courtesy of Nathan McKinney, UWF GeoData Center

Students of the Kugelman Honors Program interdisciplinary class present data findings on the public perception of Pensacola Parks.

Students conduct a pre-study test to measure the effectiveness of survey instruments.

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Historians, Archaeologists Plan Maritime Heritage Trail for Pensacola By Richard Conn, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity, WUWF A trail that documents Pensacola’s rich maritime history is slated for the downtown area later this year. The “Pensacola Maritime Heritage Trail” is the brainchild of Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, chair of the Department of History at the University of West Florida, and Dr. Della Scott-Ireton, associate director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network.

Maritime Book Collections Now Available at UWF By Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity Archaeologists, historians and the casually curious can all find great value in a rare and distinctive collection of maritime books recently donated to the University of West Florida’s library. Whether the subject of interest is a legal document, a personal diary or notes about shipwreck remains, researchers are likely to


Mitchell-Cook and Scott-Ireton had long talked about trying to bring a walking history tour to downtown, but they finally received funding for the project in 2015 through a $25,000 National Maritime Heritage Grant from the National Parks Service. The UWF Historic Trust is also a partner in the project and is administering the grant. The heritage trail will feature 10 panels full of historical information that will be erected along Main Street and Bayfront Parkway. The panels will be installed by the city of Pensacola, Scott-Ireton said. “The trail will talk about the prehistoric uses of Pensacola Bay and waterways and marine resources, right on up through Spanish exploration and colonization, and up to modern times,” Scott-Ireton said. One of the panels will document the military conflict that was prevalent in Pensacola during the 18th century, including in 1781 when Spain attacked the city to oust British forces and regain control of Pensacola.

find something in the hundreds of volumes gathered over three decades by Savannah, Georgia-based U.S. Army Corps of Engineers archaeologist Judy Linn Wood. Wood, who retired in 2011 and died last year, was recognized by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for “decades of tireless promotion of maritime heritage, submerged cultural resource identification, investigation and preservation.” Colleagues praised Wood for her depth of knowledge of Southern maritime history and underwater archaeology. Her impressive personal library will significantly add


“We’re hoping by fall that everything will be in place,” Mitchell-Cook said. Graduate students in the Department of History helped gather some of the historical information that will be on the panels, Mitchell-Cook said. “We gave them a general sense of, here is what the grant is, here are the topics that we want, and they put together some basic texts and then started to pull images together,” Mitchell-Cook said. “Then we took all of that, we tweaked it and worked with it.” The Maritime Heritage Trail will tie in with the Trust’s interpretive master plan, Mitchell-Cook said. The trail will also complement the downtown Colonial Archaeological Trail, which is a project of the Trust, the city of Pensacola and the UWF Archaeology Institute, Scott-Ireton said. Pensacola Assistant City Administrator Keith Wilkins said city officials are working with FPAN to determine the locations where the panels will be installed. He said the trail will be a “huge enhancement” to the area that fits with the city’s vision of having a more walkable, pedestrianfriendly downtown. This article is part of a collaboration between WUWF and the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. To read the full article, visit WUWF online at wuwf.org.

to maritime research at UWF, said Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, chair of the UWF Department of History. Dr. Mitchell-Cook worked in conjunction with the UWF Archaeology Institute to secure the collection. The Archaeology Institute has also transferred the book collection of Joe L. Simmons, a collection that it has retained for 20 years. Both collections will enrich the library’s offerings of Maritime History and Archaeology research. The collections are housed on the second floor of UWFs John C. Pace Library.

UWF Celebrates 10 Years as an All-Steinway School By Brandy Hilboldt Allport, Center for Research and Economic Opportunity Once a year, the combination of dedicated and talented students, thousands of hours of practice and 18 of the world’s finest pianos means an unparalleled night for Pensacola music lovers. Thanks to a generous donation one decade ago, the University of West Florida’s Department of Music presented its 10th All-Steinway Celebration on Jan. 30. Eight students performed the works of classic composers, including Bach, Gershwin, Beethoven, Brahms, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. Dr. Hedi SalankiRubardt, director of chamber music, piano program and harpsichord at UWF, and her

James Matthews, 2016 Graduate By Brandy Gottlieb, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities When James Matthews was found sleeping in a piano studio in Lakeland, Florida, his professor discovered that he was homeless. After being awarded an Associate of Arts degree from Chipola College, Matthews attended Florida Gulf Coast University. However, due to an illness, Matthews dropped his classes and lost his scholarship. Dr. Hedi Salanki-Rubardt, director of chamber music, piano program and harpsichord at UWF, encouraged Matthews to return to UWF, where he previously auditioned. Matthews received a

colleague Blake Riley, assistant professor of collaborative piano, played as well.

reliable.” Ellenberg played in the first AllSteinway Showcase at the age of 12.

UWF became an “All-Steinway” school with a gift of 18 pianos, 10 grand and eight upright, from Pensacola resident Helen Wentworth. She gave the donation in honor of her late husband, Warren, a Steinway aficionado and Pensacola-based entrepreneur, who died in 2003.

James Matthews, a senior who performed Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto in B Flat Minor, Opus 23, First Movement,” worked on his piece for a year. He said it is not uncommon for people studying to be a pianist to practice five to eight hours a day. “Wow, if you consider that, I would really need to calculate how many thousands of hours I have practiced,” he said. For Matthews, the practice has paid off. He has performed twice at Carnegie Hall.

“We are so fortunate to benefit from Mrs. Wentworth’s generous gift,” said Bolton Ellenberg, a former UWF student who is now the accompanist for its music department. “Musicians know that Steinways have this wonderful sound. Every piano is different so a performer might be concerned when playing an instrument for the first time. However, if that piano is a Steinway that has been properly maintained and tuned, then the sound is absolutely

This article is part of a collaboration between WUWF and the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. To read the full article, visit WUWF online at wuwf.org.

scholarship that allowed him to afford both education and housing. In 2014, the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition selected the UWF music student as an honorable mention winner. The competition invited Matthews to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Matthews was invited back to play at Carnegie in May 2015 for an encore performance. His story gained national attention during a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014. Matthews graduated from UWF in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance. He has been accepted at Belmont University and will pursue the Master of Music in Piano Performance.

James Matthews, 2016 UWF graduate, performs during UWF’s 10th All-Steinway Celebration.

“The breadth of the [Judy Linn Wood] collection is its strength.” —Amy Mitchell-Cook, chair of the UWF Department of History

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PARTNERSHIPS $416,104 $113,805 in private donations $258,955 in internal funding for research awards and instructional technology enhancement projects $43,344 in grants from Research and Sponsored Programs, used for the enhancement of faculty research activities

University Research Grants UWF Florida Research Fellowship Award The UWF Florida Research Fellowship supports the research endeavors of UWF faculty members. This year, three CASSH faculty members received a UWF Florida Research Fellowship Award. The award includes $6,000 in research startup funds and 1,000 hours of student assistantship. In total, our faculty brought $61,167 in university funding to CASSH through this fellowship. Thomas Asmuth, assistant professor of art, received funding for his project, “Turbidity Paintings.” Asmuth’s research utilizes artistic visualization to record images and collect data on water quality. Dr. Jennifer Feltman, visiting assistant professor of art, received funding to complete her manuscript for publication and initiate collaborative research on Apocalypse sculptures at the Cathedral of Reims in Paris and Reims, France. Dr. Kristina Killgrove, assistant professor of anthropology, received funding to use biochemistry techniques to study skeletal remains from medieval Berlin. Her study seeks to understand how medieval women’s 21

lives changed following the Black Death. She and her graduate students are using stable isotope analysis of rib bones to reveal variation in women’s and children’s dietary practices, both of which were impacted by women’s entrance into the workforce. Instructional Technology Enhancement Project Awards The Division of Academic Affairs funded three ITEP awards for CASSH to explore new applications of instructional technology. Through ITEP, CASSH received a total of $197,788 in funding. Dr. Gregory Cook, assistant professor of anthropology, will serve as principal investigator for the utilization of shallowwater, multi-beam sonar technology for instructional and research activity in maritime survey applications. Carrie Fonder, instructor of art, has garnered funding for the installation of digital display monitors to support art faculty teaching methodologies and exhibit faculty and student work. Dr. Angela Calcaterra, assistant professor of English, received funding for the Department of English to obtain library access to an electronic database of American Indian history and culture.


External Grants and Sponsored Research Through UWF’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, external 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, external agencies and partners awarded CASSH faculty a total of $43,344. Dr. Ramie Gougeon, assistant professor of anthropology, will oversee the use of funding to support the analysis of ceramic archaeological samples. SEARCH, a nationwide and global provider of cultural resource services, has subcontracted the analysis as part of a larger salvage project in Northwest Georgia. Dr. Patrick Moore, associate professor and director of UWF’s Public History program, will use funding to continue work with Historical Research Associates in the development of intellectual property enhancements for the commercialization of Next Exit History ™.

THANK YOU To our Generous Donors

During this past year individuals and groups made wonderful gifts impacting programs, initiatives and scholarships. We would like to highlight a few of them. Lary Butler: During the month of November, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival

hosted the Nashville’s Songwriters Hall of Fame show at UWF. Ticket sales and donations in excess of $18,800 were given to benefit the Larry Butler Music Award. 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. Laura J. White: Retired UWF faculty member Dr. Laura J. White made a gift this year to

complete an endowed scholarship in memory of her twin sister Leslie A. White, a 1985 UWF graduate. The Leslie A. White Memorial Scholarship Endowment is a need-based scholarship designed to benefit either music or music education majors. As a result of a sister’s generosity, Leslie White’s name and love of music will live on through this scholarship endowment.

The Waren Ted Brown and Kathy Horton Brown Foundation: The Warren Ted Brown

and Kathy Horton-Brown Family Foundation made a thoughtful gift in support of the Division of Anthropology & Archaeology. Specially designated to maritime archaeology initiatives, the gift will help to provide for the purchase and upkeep of marine global positioning equipment and a side-scan sonar system. Ted Brown, ’82 MBA, has a long history of interest in and support for Maritime Archaeology.

Your gifts make an impact. A special thank you to all who supported the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and its numerous programs, initiatives and scholarships. Your gifts are sincerely appreciated, and we hope that you will continue your support in 2016-2017. Visit uwf.edu/give/cassh to make your donation.

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#IAMUWF A few of our College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities students share their experience at UWF. Janelle Ferguson Political Science Major University of West Florida alumna Janelle Ferguson pursues her interests in law and politics with a passion. The pre-law/political science major, with a minor in criminal justice, spent the summer of 2015 interning with The Washington Center in the District of Columbia. The program placed her with Kalik and Associates, a political consulting firm. “Being able to work with and get to know the congressmen and women was an amazing experience,” Janelle says. “They are some of the most down-to-earth people I have ever met.”

Topher Warren Theatre Major Topher Warren crossed the stage at Spring 2016 commencement knowing his next step would launch his career. Thanks to the UWF musical theatre program, Topher felt prepared for senior-year auditions and received several callbacks and contract offers, finally accepting a year-long role with Missoula Children’s Theatre. He credits his UWF experience for shaping his passion for theatre, along with his professors’ and fellow students’ passion for learning. “UWF has teachers who genuinely want to be in the classroom and students that are engaged and want to be there, too,” he says.

Janelle Gormley Philosophy Major For senior Janelle Gormley, coming to UWF provided an opportunity to explore, be heard and change lives – including her own. Through the UWF Department of Philosophy, Janelle has been able to build upon her critical thinking skills, attend academic conferences, present in research symposiums and make a difference. “It’s allowed me to have a voice,” she says of her involvement with the philosophy department. “The professors are accessible, compassionate and dedicated to helping you succeed. There’s a lot of pressure, but by the time you’re done, you’re this awesome diamond.”

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