Argos At Home
Resources and activities for UWF alumni and their families who are trying to stop the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus by staying at home and working remotely.
As many of us find ourselves staying inside, away from the normal happenings in our day-to-day lives, we are all looking for entertaining activities to help us pass the time. 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 be updated as we gather more resources.
Are you an alumni with a resource to share with us? Email email@example.com and you may be featured on this web page or on social media.
Arts and Culture
No one ever said that staying inside had to be boring -- broaden your horizons with these activities!
- Take a virtual tour of "Bless Your Heart," the newest exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art.
- Escape into the world of music with UWF Singers. Multiple concerts are available to watch on their website.
- The UWF Historic Trust is creating virtual tours of historic landmarks and museum exhibits like Old Christ Church and "Lessons In Ink," the newest exhibit at the T.T. Wentworth Museum.
Be a part of living history. The UWF Historic Trust archive is gathering submissions for its "COVID-19 Journal," a compliation 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. Click here for more details about the COVID-19 Journal project.
Check back often for more!
Career, Education and Personal Development
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.
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.
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 matering virtual interviews. Questions should be directed to Tim Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- May 28, 2020, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. central: Lakeview Virtual Info Session about available Case Management positions.
- Ongoing until June 5, 2020: Mediacom Resume Drop (interested in alumni specifically)
- June 17, 2020, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. central: Florida Statewide Virtual Job Fair
- Job opening: Electrical Engineering PALACE Acquire Intern at Eglin AFB. (Intersted in a recent graduate of BS or MS STEM program.)
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
Join the fight against coronavirus by helping those in your local community and on the UWF campus.
- Make Face Masks at Home: By using common household items, you can create a fabric mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 for yourself and for others. 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.
- Find out more about the face shields made by the UWF Sea3D Additive Manufacturing Laboratory to help our front-line workers. Health care providers who would like to request full face shield kits from the Sea3D Lab need to fill out this online form.
- 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 continuing to offer services to those in your community, email us at email@example.com 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.
For Kids and Parents
Are you a parent of a newly-minted distance learner? Help is on the way from the professor who teaches the teachers. Dr. Susan Densmore-James, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, compiled this 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
Entertain your #FutureArgos with these educational activities from UWF and our partners!
- Daily craft activities and coloring pages are available on the Pensacola Museum of Art’s "Art At Home" web page.
- Host a family coloring contest with these Argo-tastic coloring pages. Make sure to send your completed masterpiece to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your kids can test their UWF knowledge with this exclusive crossword puzzle and word search, created by Emalee Bush ('18, '20).
- WUWF 88.1 FM staff members recommend the "Wow in the World" podcast, a kid-friendly podcast that concentrates on science and technology. Episodes include titles like "MY ASTEROID IS BLOWING UP!" and "Bored out of your Bonkerballs?" (which may be a little too relevant right about now!).
- The Pensacola Children's Museum has a number of art projects, experiments and online activities available on their website.
- UWF Explore Kids Camps are:
- Offering at-home, virtual camps this summer for kids in grades 1-9. View Explore Camps At Home! full schedule and registration.
- Hosting hands-on STEAM projects each Tuesday on their Facebook page.
- Providing a wide variety of at-home activities on their website (crafts, educational, experiential lerning, games, and ways to get active).
Keep checking back for more kid-friendly activities.
Self Care and Exercise
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 unprecidented situation.
- Your gym or health club may be closed, but the UWF Recreation Facebook page has at-home workouts, UWF trail maps, meal prep tips, contests and more. 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
Take this time to catch up on all things UWF!
- Check out the Spring 2020 issue of the Connection magazine. The 2019 National Championship football team is featured, along with noteworthy students, faculty members and alumni snapshots.
- Having sports withdrawls? Relive the excitement and glory by watching (or re-watching!) the entire 2019 NCAA D2 Football National Championship game. Spoiler alert -- the Argos win!
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:
Working from Home
If you do not normally work remotely, it may prove to be a bit of a challenge. Make working from home a bit more fun with these UWF resources.
- Show off your Argo pride during video meetings with these exclusive Alumni Association Zoom backgrounds.
- Check out these additional UWF Zoom, desktop and mobile device backgrounds.
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 are a pro at working remotely, share your best practices with us! Email email@example.com for a chance to be featured on this page.
Resources from WUWF 88.1 FM
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.
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:
- WUWF’s RadioLive Concert Series (every 1st Thursday at the Museum of Commerce):
- WUWF’s “Acoustic Interlude” hosted by John MacDonell: Listen to the Acoustic Interlude podcast
- Join WUWF's free Virtual Book Club: Join the book club
- The NPR Book Concierge has book suggestions for readers of all ages.
“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
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.
- CARES Act Flow Chart
- CARES Act FAQ Document
- Business Disaster Recovery Resources
- Free Consulting Services
- The SBDC at UWF Facebook page has additional content for small business owners.
If you require further assistance, contact the SBDC directly at 850.474.2528 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar of Virtual Events
Join Argos around the country and participate in this virtual 5k! Go at your own pace and participate anytime between May 26th and June 7th. NEW: Extended to June 10th
Jun910 a.m. central / NationwideAlumni Speaker Series: Social Media Strategies with Mariah Crawford, '15
Mariah Crawford, '15 is a Communication Strategist at idGroup in Pensacola, FL. Email email@example.com for the Zoom link. More details TBA.
Gather your trivia team together for a fun night of trivia with Argos from around the country.
Jun1110 a.m. central / NationwideAlumni Speaker Series: Social Media Strategies with Bryant Chase '08
Bryant Chase '08 is the Social Media Director for Abrams Media/ABC News Legal Correspondent, Dan Abrams Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link. More details TBA.