The University offers diverse opportunities for participation in
extracurricular activities and encourages the development of student
interest groups and activities. The University Commons and Student
Activities Office coordinates all campus activities and organizational
programs, maintains a complete schedule of activities, and is
responsible for general management of the University Commons.
The UWF Student Ambassadors serve as the official hosts and hostesses of
UWF. They are student leaders volunteering their time for special campus
and community activities. Ambassadors are selected by the University
President and are asked to assist with dignitary visits, campus tours,
recruiting trips, alumni programs, annual fund activities, and other
similar events. The Ambassadors are supported by the UWF National Alumni
Association and Office of Alumni Relations.
African-American History Month
African-American History Month is celebrated throughout the month of
February to highlight achievements and contributions of
African-Americans. The University community celebrates African-American
history with a variety of programs such as educational and historical
lectures, performing artists, plays, and oratorical contests. All
programs are open to the public.
Campus Activity Board
The Campus Activity Board presents a variety of entertainment, cultural,
recreational, and educational events for the University community. The
funded programs organized by the students include performing arts, film
series, contemporary music, and comedy performances, special events, and
leadership training. Programs are open to UWF students and personnel,
and the Pensacola community.
Clubs and Organizations
Involvement in extracurricular activities is a vital part of student
life at the University of West Florida. The University officially
registers over 100 student organizations in six categories: special
interests, academic interests, professional societies, religious
organizations, Greek life (fraternities and sororities), and honor
societies. These clubs and organizations extend learning from the
classroom into real-life situations as students learn to plan events,
develop budgets, promote activities, and manage other people through
The University Commons and Student
Activities Office maintains the official roster of all registered
Forensics Team - Speech and Debate
The Universityís Forensics Team has a strong history of success. The
team travels to colleges and universities across the United States and
competes in public speaking, debate, and interpretation events. Students
do not need any past experience, but those with an interest in
argumentation, public speaking, or performance are encouraged to join.
The team competes four to six times a semester and travels to national
Homecoming (ArgoFest) is an exciting fall tradition for students at UWF.
In addition to celebrating the Universityís outstanding athletic
program, ArgoFest offers a wide range of activities and events from
outdoor recreation to theme movie nights, from country western dancing
to karaoke. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for school
spirit activities. To learn more about Homecoming, contact Student
The intercollegiate athletic program comprises competitive teams in
fourteen sports: menís teams in baseball, basketball, cross country,
golf, soccer, and tennis; and womenís teams in basketball, cross
country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball.
The Argonauts compete in the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the Gulf South
Conference. Championship playoff opportunities are provided in each
sport. Each team plays a full schedule of competition with schools
throughout the southeastern United States, and many institutions from
the midwestern and eastern sections of the country visit UWF in the
The University sports facilities include
a field house (3,000 capacity), twelve lighted tennis courts, a lighted
baseball park (1,500 capacity), two lighted softball fields (800
capacity), and a lighted track which encircles the varsity soccer field
Orientation leaders work as peer advisors to incoming lower-division
students during orientation and throughout the fall semester. They help
new students get acquainted with the University, provide a support base
that eases adjustment, augment information provided by advisors, and
refer students to appropriate University services.
Music at the University of West
Florida is housed in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, which
includes classrooms, practice studios, a multipurpose rehearsal hall,
and a music performance hall. The Department sponsors an annual chamber
music series which brings an array of internationally known artists and
ensembles to the campus. Student musical groups include the Symphonic
Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, University Singers, Show Choir, Gospel
Choir, and the UWF Opera Workshop. All concerts sponsored by the
Department are free to UWF students.
Recreation and Sports Services
The Department of Recreation and Sports Services provides leisure
activities for students, faculty, and staff. There are six programs:
aquatics, fitness/wellness, intramural sports, informal recreation,
sports clubs, and outdoor adventure.
The new Health, Leisure, and Sports
Facility, a $15M addition that supports the Recreation and Sports
Services department opened in May 2005. Our new Fitness Center, with
over 10,000 sq. ft of workout space offers the perfect environment for
personal training and fitness assessment for individuals at all fitness
levels. There are a number of programs offered throughout the year to
include: fitness challenge, ArgoFit Incentive Program, group fitness
classes, group cycling, fitness week, and personal training. Equipment
includes treadmills, lifecycles, stairmasters, free weights,
selectorized equipment, elliptical, and cardio theater.
The purpose of intramural sports is to
provide a comprehensive and diverse program of both competitive and
recreational experiences. The program is designed to meet the needs and
interests of currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff members.
More than 40 activities are offered featuring team sports,
individual/dual sports, meets, and special events.
The sports club program provides
specialized sports instruction and extramural competition. Established
clubs include Aquatic Racing, Badminton, Cheerleading, Dance, Fencing,
Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rugby Football, Running, Sailing, Scuba,
Shotokan Karate, Sports Officials Association, Swim, Table Tennis,
Volleyball, Waterski & Wakeboard, and Wrestling.
The Outdoor Adventure Program provides
outdoor trip experiences and training to members of the University
campus community. Activities include rock climbing, canoeing,
backpacking, rafting, and other nontraditional human-powered outdoor
sports. No experience is necessary and all events are open to beginners.
The University pool is an Olympic-size,
heated natatorium complete with a whirlpool and dry sauna. A hydraulic
lift and an Easy Ladder enable use by physically challenge individuals.
Swim lessons and advanced courses in Lifeguard Training and Water Safety
Instructions are offered throughout the year.
The informal recreation program allows
access to and checkout of sports and recreational equipment. Upon
presentation of a valid Nautilus Card, students, faculty, and staff may
use the Field House, sailing and outdoor facilities, and equipment.
Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association (RHA), at the University of West Florida
has been established for the purpose of representing and helping
resident students generate and facilitate activities and programs within
University Housing. This student organization strives to assist in
leadership development. RHA supports a UWF goal of uniting all halls a
residential community and governmental body for students living on
campus. In addition, RHA offers assistance to Residence Hall/University
Village Student Apartment Community residents in addressing issues and
concerns about their welfare at UWF. The membership of RHA consists of
resident students of the University of West Florida that have an active
housing contract. The advisor of RHA is a member of the UWF Housing and
Residence Life professional staff who advises the elected Executive
Board and is a valuable resource.
Student Government Association
Student government associations at the main campus, extension campus,
and centers are elected by the student body. The purposes of the student
government associations are: to allow students to participate in the
decision-making processes of the University, to consider and make
recommendations on all phases of student life, to serve as the principal
forum for discussion of matters of broad concern to students, and to
make decisions regarding the distribution of activity and service fees.
The Voyager is the official University student newspaper. Serving
as a principal medium for dissemination of news, information, and
opinions, the newspaper is distributed at no cost to students, faculty,
and staff. UWF students from all majors are eligible to work on the
All students are eligible and encouraged to participate in a varied
season of full-scale productions given by the University Theatre for the
entertainment and cultural advancement of the student body and
neighboring communities. University students are given many
opportunities for artistic growth and expression in all phases of stage
production. The theatre program includes performances at the Center for
Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage and Studio Theatres.