Sea Change Examples

Below are examples of Sea Change taking place at the University of West Florida.

People stories

  • UWF junior Gabriela Cintron was selected as one of 10 National Institute of Mental Health Summer Fellows for 2016. The distinguished opportunity allowed her to spend 10 weeks at the Florida Mental Health Institute working closely under a faculty mentor and conducting research about treatment for childhood abuse and trauma.
  • The Palafox Historic District, spanning from Chase to Zaragoza streets and Spring to Tarragona streets in downtown Pensacola, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places thanks to the organizing efforts of University of West Florida public history alumna Cynthia Catellier.
  • Dr. Bhuvaneswari Ramachandran, a UWF assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering, has dedicated her career to helping power companies maintain consistent and efficient power transmission. An expert in energy auction strategies and power system modeling, Ramachandran conducts research with her students on how electric vehicles and other power sources affect power supply as well as to make power production more consistent and reliable.
  • Two of the four NASA astronauts on the 1990 “Discovery Mission” were UWF Graduates: Mission Commander Richard Richards, ’70, and Mission Specialist Bruce Melnick, ’75.
  • Students from the UWF Association for Information Management Systems won first place at the Fall 2015 IBM BlueMix Bright ICT Competition, which challenges contestants to design and implement a solution for undesirable and dangerous activities on the internet. The team created an operational Facebook application to identify and warn against signs of cyberbullying.

Program stories

  • The UWF Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, in collaboration with the University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab, was awarded a $293,992 grant for artificial reef research.
  • Incubate, Design, Experience, Act—this is how the UWF Innovation Institute achieves transformational solutions. Focusing on areas of high social importance to explore, design, prototype and deliver innovation for education and learning, the Institute collaborates with and serves organizations and institutions across the state who want to improve learning and professional development for those they serve and the entire Florida education system.
  • The UWF Men’s Empowerment Network was designed to offer academic and social support as well as mentoring opportunities for male college students of all backgrounds throughout their journey at the University of West Florida. Through the MEN Cave Experience—designed specifically for first-year students, the annual MEN’s Conference and mentoring, UWF MEN challenges participants to uphold a standard of academic and professional excellence from convocation to commencement.
  • UWF students now have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of nonprofit organizations through the Undergraduate Board Fellows Program, which matches them with a board mentor and allows them to actively participate as non-voting board members, work to complete a project to fulfill an unmet need and attend check-in sessions with mentors and other program fellows.

Change stories

  • Through years of collaboration between UWF faculty and students came Next Exit History, a GPS-based app that connects users to more than 60,000 historical sites around the nation. The app’s development included coursework that led students across the nation, retracing the footsteps of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark, and opportunities to develop content to mark the centennial of the National Park Service.
  • In Fall 2015, the University of West Florida archaeology program identified the archaeological site of the Spanish settlement by Tristán de Luna y Arellano from 1559 to 1561, the earliest multi-year European colonial settlement ever archaeologically identified in the United States. The Spanish colonial artifacts were discovered at a privately owned lot within view of two 16th-century shipwrecks already linked to the Luna expedition. UWF archaeologists and students will be investigating the site for years to come in an effort to better tell the story of the first multi-year European colony in the U.S.
  • UWF was recently named an official site of the National Writing Project, one of four in the state of Florida and the only one in the Northwest Florida region. Now, the University can be a resource to infuse innovative and exciting curriculum into the local community of teachers and students through summer workshops.
  • Over the next few years, the UWF Historic Trust will transform Historic Pensacola to build upon the rich historical and archeological assets of the 8.5 acre, 28-property complex. The interpretive master plan, developed with the assistance of Haley Sharpe Design, will guide the area’s next chapter and help benefit the community as a local resource for entertainment and education, but also as an economic engine for cultural heritage tourism.