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Argos At Home

Resources and activities for UWF alumni and their families who are spending more time at home and/or working remotely.

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Even as states and cities begin the process of "reopening," things are far from being back to normal. You may not be staying inside as much, but you may still be looking for entertaining activities to help pass the time until we can get back to dining out or attending sporting events, concerts and community festivals. UWF Alumni Relations is proud to offer these resources from UWF campus partners and sponsors to help our alumni and their families during this trying time. We have included items for kids as well as individuals working from home. This web page will continue to be updated with new resources.

Alumni events have gone virtual! Visit the alumni events calendar to see our current schedule.

Do you have a resource to share with us? Email alumni@uwf.edu and you may be featured on this web page or on social media.

Arts and Culture
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No one ever said that staying inside had to be boring -- broaden your horizons with these activities! 

UWF Historic Trust

Pensacola Museum of Art's Art at Home

  • The Pensacola Museum of Art presents an extensive archive of at-home art projects, adult coloring pages and links to resources from art museums around the country.
  • Certain exhibits on view at the Pensacola Museum of Art are available virtually.

Historic Pensacola's Museum from Home

  • Virtual tours of "Lessons in Ink" and "Greetings From Pensacola" exhibits at the T.T. Wentworth Museum, and Old Christ Church
  • Create a COVID-19 Journal: The UWF Historic Trust archive is gathering submissions for its "COVID-19 Journal," a compilation of stories from people across the country. What are you doing to pass the time? What hardships or struggles are you facing? What are the "silver linings" of staying at home with the family? There is no word count and no deadline.
  • Colonial Cooking At Home: Downloadable recipes from the Living History staff are released every Saturday. Try your hand at a barley soup recipe from 1824, or an orange tart recipe from 1808!
  • The annual Fiesta of Five Flags Children's Treasure Hunt may have been cancelled, but your family can try this virtual Fiesta Children's Treasure Hunt.
  • The Pensacola Children's Museum has an entire webpage with activities for children

Now open! The T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum and the Pensacola Museum of Art in downtown Pensacola are open in accordance with phase 2 reopening guidelines and city regulations. See the schedule and guest guidelines here.

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Career, Education and Personal Development
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Having more time on your hands can be a great opportunity to learn something new and be productive.

Protect Yourself Against Coronavirus-related Scams and Misinformation

  • Our partners at Pen Air Federal Credit Union created this resource to educate their members and the greater community about potential scams and fraud related to COVID-19/coronavirus.
  • We are all searching for the latest news on the coronavirus, but all news sources and websites are not created equal. How can you tell if something is "fake news"? Dr. Willie Tubbs, Assistant Professor of communication and Adviser of The Voyager, compiled a helpful guide to assist alumni in spotting and reacting to misinformation, or fake news.
  • The UWF Center for Cybersecurity has created a webpage with important information on keeping yourself safe online while we are all spending more time at home. Visit their CyberAware website for more information.

Career Resources

Services from the Career Development and Community Engagement office  (CDCE, formerly Career Services) are always free for alumni to use. Resume/cover letter reviews and mock-interviews may be especially helpful during this time. Note: alumni must set up a Handshake account in order to make appointments and use the job board. View more information and FAQs.

NEW! Host a UWF Student for a Micro-Internship:

As an alumni, you have a unique opportunity to support current students during this unprecedented time. One way we hope you will consider supporting students is by posting short-term, professional, paid work experiences (i.e. Micro-Internships) with your company.

Through Micro-Internships, students can provide you with immediate support on professional tasks, while allowing them to demonstrate their skills, explore career paths, and develop their professional networks. These paid opportunities typically require 5 to 40 hours of work by the student, and the projects are similar to those completed during a typical internship.

Through CDCE's partnership with Parker Dewey, there are no administrative burdens for your company. To learn more and post projects, visit our landing page or email the Office of Career Development & Community Engagement at career@uwf.edu.

Argo2Pro Live Online Workshops:

Join the experts of CDCE for the new Argo2Pro Career Conversations workshop series. These are free for students and alumni and are held live through Google Meet. Workshops are offered on topics including building a professional social media presence, how to connect with employers virtually and mastering virtual interviews. Questions should be directed to Tim Moore, tmoore3@uwf.edu.

Guide to Virtual Employer Engagement:

It's no secret that social-distancing has impacted how job hunters interact with potential employers. The CDCE has put together a handy 1-pager with tips on what students and alumni can be doing from home to enhance their prospects and engage with companies that are hiring.

Virtual Career Opportunities:

This list will be updated as more opportunities become available.

Things You've Been Putting Off

Let's be honest--no matter how much time we have on our hands, there are just some projects we all end up putting off for as long as possible. Check out these resources and get one step closer to marking these items off your list. 

  • Creating a Will: Everyone needs a legal will, but fewer than 30% of people have one because it can seem scary, complicated or expensive. UWF offers our students, staff, alumni and friends a free will-writing service which can be done in less than 20 minutes. Start your will today by heading to Freewill.com/uwf.
  • Understanding Your Credit Score: Your credit score can have a major impact on your life. Not only do creditors typically check your score when deciding whether to approve your loan application and what interest rate to charge you, but landlords, insurance companies and even employers often check it as well. Check out our Argos Adulting Articles on Navigating your Credit Score and Credit Card 101.
  • Get Organized: Lifestyle influencer and entrepreneur, Emily Ley ('05 & '07), has created the Simplifying Life in a Crisis blog series with ideas on a range of topics to help you and your family be productive while staying indoors. You're sure to find some helpful projects and best practices!
How You Can Help
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Join the fight against coronavirus by helping those in your local community and on the UWF campus.

  • Make a Cloth Face Covering at Home: Face coverings are becoming more and more prevalent, or even mandatory depending on where you live! You can create your own washable cloth face covering with only a few items that can be found at any craft store. View a how-to video created by Whitney Fike, '08, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, on our Facebook page. Find text instructions here.
  • Support UWF Alumni-owned Businesses: The UWF Alumni Association wants to help our UWF alumni-owned businesses in need. If you own a small business and are open, but have been forced to alter your normal operations due to COVID-19, or if you are open and considered "essential," email us at alumni@uwf.edu and we may tag and feature you on our social media pages.
  • Serve at Your Local Food Bank: With mounting numbers of lost jobs and school closings across our nation, food insecurity is a growing concern for many families in our communities. Use the Feeding America website to locate a food bank near you and find out how you can volunteer or donate food to those in need.
  • Support Argos in Need: Right now, alumni and UWF supporters are coming together to provide funding for food, housing and scholarships for UWF students adversely impacted by COVID-19. Give today by heading to crowdfunding.uwf.edu.
  • Donate to the Sea3D Lab: The Sea 3D Additive Manufacturing Lab has been manufacturing, managing and distributing 3D-printed full face shield supplies for Pensacola-area health care workers. They need our support to keep up this effort as the battle against COVID-19 continues. Please consider donating to their cause.
  • Mentor a Child: Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwest Florida reached out to the Alumni Association because they need mentors now, more than ever. There are over 200 kids on their waiting list that are waiting for someone like you to inspire them! They service from Pensacola to Panama City, and all interviews and matches are being conducted virtually. Get involved today by checking out their website or contact Nicole Partridge, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, at 850.433.5437.
For Kids and Parents
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Virtual Learning Assistance for Parents

K-12 schools are reopening for the fall, but it is going to look different. You may even be choosing to pursue virtual learning for your child instead of sending them back to their classroom. Dr. Susan Densmore-James, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, compiled a thoughtful document with her top ten tips for parents who are assisting their children with online learning, plus a multitude of online educational resources.

View PDF: Top 10 Teaching Tips for Parents

Educational Activities for Kids

Normal extracurricular activities may be limited or cancelled, but you can keep your #FutureArgo occupied with these educational activities from UWF and our partners:

Keep checking back for more kid-friendly activities.

Self Care and Exercise
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Staying at home and social distancing is vital to stop the spread of COVID-19, but social isolation and the extra stress that comes with uncertainty takes a toll on mental health. Taking care of yourself is more important than ever. We hope that these resources can help bring you comfort and a sense of normalcy during this unprecedented situation.

  • If you are not comfortable going back to the gym, or if your area's gyms are still closed, the UWF Recreation Facebook page has been posting at-home workouts, UWF trail maps, meal prep tips, contests and more since March. Their Instagram account (@UWFRec)  also has great resources.
  • "Namaste inside" with this 7-Day Virtual Yoga Retreat, brought to you by alumna Caroline Hughes ('14).
  • UWF has compiled general coping and support resources on this web page. Note: alumni that still have access to their student email account are able to access Therapy Assistance Online (TAO). UWF Counseling and Psychological Services are not available to alumni.
Watch and Read
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Take this time to catch up on all things UWF!

Now could be the perfect time to dive back into reading. Here are some helpful resources from WUWF 88.1 FM to get back into the habit:

  • WUWF has a virtual book club. Build community and enjoy some human connection without leaving your couch! Sign up for the free book club
  • Don't know where to start? The free NPR Book Concierge has book suggestions for readers of all ages.
Working from Home
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Make working from home a bit more fun with these UWF resources:

Here are some tips from our staff and alumni volunteers to make working from home a little easier:

  • "Don't have access to a scanner in your 'home office'? If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can scan documents in the Notes app and even add a signature." - Robin Zimmern | Director of Development
  • “Organization is important during chaos. Figure out a schedule and routine that works for you – and stick to it.” - Hong Potomski, '07 | Alumni Association Board of Directors

If you have become a pro at working remotely, share your best practices with us! Email alumni@uwf.edu for a chance to be featured on this page.

Resources from WUWF 88.1 FM
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WUWF 88.1 FM is a listener supported public radio station licensed to the Board of Trustees of the University of West Florida. Broadcasting since January 1981, the station is a member of National Public Radio (NPR), Florida Association of Public Media (FPBS), American Public Media (APM), and Public Radio International (PRI). Listen live to WUWF on 88.1 FM, wuwf.org, or by streaming on the WUWF mobile app.

WUWF is covering the coronavirus pandemic and how it's impacting the citizens and businesses of Northwest Florida. For daily news updates, follow their live blog.

It’s hurricane season, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) predicts it will be busy season along the Atlantic coastline. Stay updated by visiting wuwf.org/weather and downloading the Florida Storms app to get weather alerts in your area.

Watch, Listen, Read

The staff of WUWF has provided the following suggestions for music, podcasts and books to make social distancing a little easier for the UWF family:

Top Podcasts

“Tune out” for awhile with WUWF staff’s picks for non-news podcasts:

  • Pop Culture Happy Hour: A fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.
  • Fresh Air: A Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
  • All Songs Considered: Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more.
  • Tiny Desk Concerts: Features your favorite musicians performing at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR office. There is also a video version of this podcast.
  • How I Built This: Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.
  • It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders: Each week, Sam interviews people in the culture who deserve your attention. Plus weekly wraps of the news with other journalists. Join Sam as he makes sense of the world through conversation.
  • “WOW in the World”: Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We'll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology.

Weekly WUWF Programming

These educational and pop culture programs air weekly on WUWF 88.1 FM:

  • TED Radio Hour: Tuesdays at 12 p.m.
  • This American Life: Wednesdays at 12 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m.
  • Science Friday: Fridays at 1 p.m.
  • Hidden Brain: Saturdays at 10 a.m.
  • Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me: Saturdays at 12 p.m.
  • On Being: Sundays at 6 a.m.
Resources for Small Business Owners
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If you own a small business in Northwest Florida that has been negatively impacted by COVID-19/coronavirus and need assistance, the Florida Small Business Development Center at UWF is here to help.

If you require further assistance, contact the SBDC directly at 850.474.2528 or sbdc@uwf.edu.


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