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The University of West Florida community has responded to a call for songs of impact, to inspire support and lift the spirits of their fellow Argonauts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, the public is invited to participate in the campus competition by voting on the music, then donating to a UWF cause or initiative. 

Visit the "Songs of Impact" web page for details and links to the sumissions.

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It’s been a few days since Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered all restaurants and food establishments in the state to suspend all dine-in service and offer only delivery and take-out.

Locally, restaurants are making the required adjustments, so they can stay open.

At University Town Center, just a mile or so from the WUWF studios, cars in the Chick Fil A drive-through are wrapped around the building, as they usually are in the lunch hour. On this Tuesday, Panda Express and Panera’s also have some drive-through activity.


Florida’s public universities – including West Florida – are telling their students to stay away from the campuses for at least two weeks after the end of spring break, because of coronavirus. 

The Board of Governors made the call on Wednesday. While this is voluntary at this time, it’s possible it will become mandatory at some point. Universities are urged to prepare now.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is seeking money from both federal and state sources, to help battle coronavirus. Meanwhile, the University of West Florida is bracing for the possibility of a local outbreak.

Speaking Friday in Naples, the governor said out of the more than eight billion dollars approved by Congress and signed by President Trump last week, Florida should get a sizable chunk of change -- at least $27 million – with more  on the way from Tallahassee.


Health problems in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties – and how to deal with them – was the topic of a conference Thursday at the University of West Florida.

Community members gathered at the UWF Conference Center to discuss current health, education, environment and economic data in the two counties, to address their health shortcomings.


Sunday, Dec. 1, was World Aids Day, but HIV/AIDS is a year-round concern for a University of West Florida instructor. The road Dr. Wesley Farr took on his way to working with HIV/AIDS patients had a few turns. “I got interested in infectious disease as a way to do tropical medicine in the early 80s. That’s when I was active-duty Navy overseas. And when I visited programs that had an interest in tropical medicine they told me that there are no research funds anymore for tropical medicine. All of the research funds were going to HIV. That was in 1986, when I was looking for fellowships.”

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Each November is designated Alzheimer’s Awareness month. But researchers at the University of West Florida are working year-round to help detect, treat and one day hopefully cure the disease.

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University of West Florida President Emeritus Judy Bense was among three new members of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame, inducted Monday night in Orlando. In the second of two parts, WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody spoke with her about her tenure as UWF President.

In 2008, Judy Bense had a number of irons in the fire, including running the School of Anthropology and Archaeology. Then, President John Cavanaugh stepped down to take a position in Pennsylvania. Bense – who was in Mexico at the time -- was asked to take over on an interim basis.

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In our recent report on the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Frederic, much of the focus was the storm’s impact on the large dunes that existed on Pensacola Beach at the time.

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the formation and importance of coastal dunes, ongoing threats, and efforts to grow and stabilize them. 


The director of the University of West Florida’s Center for Cybersecurity has been named by Governor DeSantis to a state task force on cybersecurity.  “I’m truly honored to be nominated to serve on the cybersecurity task force for the state of Florida. It’s great for higher education as well as for our region and the University of West Florida” said Dr. Eman El-Sheikh, a professor of computer science at UWF and the cybersecurity center director.

University of West Florida President Martha Saunders delivered the annual State of the University address, detailing the University’s accomplishments during the just-past school year, and the goals for the current one.

The UWF Singers helped kick off the ceremony at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, followed by a number of speakers recognizing faculty members and their accomplishments in the 2018-19 term.

Students at the University of West Florida have a new layer of security on campus this year, and it’s right at their fingertips.

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The sun was shining, the humidity was high and the cicadas were singing as car load after car load of new students unloaded their belongings and started moving into the University of West Florida’s dorms for the beginning of a new year. 

A popular administrator at the University of West Florida is adding a new title to her business card.  Dr. Kim LeDuff is now the Vice President of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs at the University of West Florida.

The Department of Academic Engagement at UWF was founded about two  years ago and Dr. LeDuff was its founding vice president.

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The 6th Annual Florida Women Veterans Conference will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 10 and 11, at the University of West Florida, which is one of the nation’s top Military Friendly Schools. This year’s theme is “Women Veterans…We Are One of Many.” 

Those attending will have a chance to network with fellow veterans and learn about job and education opportunities.