Daily Archives: October 4, 2015

Argo volleyball coach celebrates 300th victory

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Athletic Director Dave Scott (left), UWF President Judy Bense (center) and Melissa Wolters (right) celebrate Wolters 300th win for UWF.
Photo by Kenny Detwyler.

Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

The Women’s Volleyball team faced off against conference rival Christian Brothers University Friday evening. The Lady Argos swept CBU in a 3-0 match, bringing the No. 21-ranked Argos to a record of 13-2. The team also continues on with a nine-game undefeated streak.

The lady Argos averaged 50 points, 43 kills, 1 ace, 6 blocs, 41 assists, and 56 digs.

“I thought we stayed persistent in staying to the game plan,” said outside hitter Katy Kuhlmeier. We kept the energy up even when we had a little dip down in some parts, and Christian Brothers really brought their game as well.”

“I thought we had a pretty balanced offense,” said head coach Melissa Wolters. “We contained the players that we needed to contain on the other side of the net. Overall a really good effort.”

In addition to Friday’s victory, Wolters celebrated her own milestone. Before the game, she was recognized for her 300th win as head coach of the Argo volleyball team. University President Judy Bense and Athletic Director Dave Scott presented her with a signed team photo taken at Wolters 300th victory.

Coach Wolters expressed her thanks to the entire volleyball program for helping her make it to this point. “I can’t do this by myself, it’s a full team effort. From my No. 1 player to my No. 16 player, every one that helps out, the administration, strength and conditioning. That’s not mine, it’s ours,” Wolters said of her achievement. This victory against CBU marks Coach Wolters’s 301st victory as head coach.

For a complete schedule and detailed game statistics, visit GoArgos.com.

UWF faculty exhibit artwork

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

“COMPLeMENT, the 2015 UWF Art Faculty Exhibition” is a collective expression by individuals who simultaneously provide instruction and continue the learning process involved with their respective crafts.

The exhibition, on view until Oct. 24, is housed in The Art Gallery (TAG) at the University of West Florida. This exhibition in TAG presents the work of 13 instructors.

One instructor, Shelley Henseler, responded to questions about the show, as well as about her ongoing personal exploration of art.

Q: What is the significance of the bi-annual faculty exhibitions?

A: I think faculty shows let instructors connect with students on a different level. For the most part, we are creators first, and our work informs the way or what we teach in the classroom. So it’s wonderful to see this other side of our faculty!

Q: What work did you contribute and would you explain it briefly?

A: I created a series titled “False Fables” that takes a closer look at popular fables and the morals that we’ve been taught to derive from them.

My pieces challenge the supposed moral and offer an alternative lesson in visual form. Basically, the overall theme for the series is to think for yourself, to not take what someone tells you without question.

Q: Was the series a different direction for you, or was it a continuation of a theme?

A: I love stories, and illustrating them, but I don’t usually get to create a series. I typically work off of assignments that someone else gives me, where I have no control over the theme. So for this faculty show I wanted to play with creating a body of work that was related, but based on different story lines.

Q: Do the pieces reflect something that was occurring in your life, an exploration of art itself, or something else?

A: False Fables is a reflection of how I see the act of learning. I find that people who are more curious are more creative and are fantastic problem solvers, and I want to encourage curiosity.

Q: What is it about the digital format that draws you to it?

A: The computer never runs out of art supplies, and you don’t have to wait for paint to dry! I like that it’s relatively quick and that “digital” does not mean that I can use only the computer. I still use analogous media like paint, pen, ink, and graphite that I can scan and develop further on the computer.

Q: How would you describe your personal creative process?

A: Of the time it takes to complete an assignment, I would say I spend about 40 percent on ideation and 60 percent on physically creating work. I find it takes a little while to sift through bad or obvious ideas to get to the good stuff. So I spend quite a lot of time thinking about an assignment and writing down notes.

Q: Do your ideas come from other artists, mainly, or from other sources?

A: If I’m working on an assignment, I usually get ideas from the client or person I’m working with. Once I have my starting point from them, I do a lot of research and reading to come up with a solution.

I think it’s dangerous to try to get ideas from other art or artists. I think if you get so used to looking at existing work, it starts to creep its way into your pieces without you realizing.

For more information on the faculty art show, visit the Gallery Blog.

Why it’s OK not to have your life together

Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

College is a place people go to further their lives with education. But, what if you don’t know what path you want to take? If you’re a UWF student, you can receive free individual, couples, and group therapy through Counseling and Psychological Services. Also, UWF’s Career Services can help students and alumni explore different career options, assist in resume building, give mock interviews and provide different options to look at for the future.
“It’s normal to feel uncertainty in what you want to do, just know there is a lot of support on campus, so seek help if you need it,” said April Glenn, one of UWF’s Counseling and Psychological Services counselors. “I recommend students that feel like their symptoms are interfering with their lives should seek out counseling.”

There are a lot of external pressures that students may feel from parents or peers may feel to have everything figured out, to have a life plan. Some may feel it’s impossible to find a major that can lead them to a successful career with a livable wage that they could spend their whole lives doing.
Junior Nicole Renfroe said, “It took me a long time to figure out what to major in, there’s a lot of pressure to be successful in your field, but I wanted to be happy and successful. I feel like in order to achieve that, you need to follow your heart and do something you love.”

Sophomore Hillary Dye said, “I believe that no matter what, getting a college degree is an important factor in becoming successful. It’s difficult to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life when you are young. You can’t teach people what to do with their lives.”

“I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,” said Gayle Baugh, an associate business professor at UWF. said, “You’re going to spend a long time in your career, find what you like.”

Having feelings of anxiety and stress during college is common, that is why these services are provided. Everyone is unique, and leads different lives, but sometimes it’s necessary to know that other people share the same struggles as you do and that there is help available.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with UWF’s counselors, you can contact the Counseling and Psychological Services located in the Health and in Wellness Center at (850) 474-2420, or visit their website here.

For more information about Career Services, call (850) 474-2254, or visit their website here.

 

UWF’s recent successes highlighted at Board of Trustees meeting

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Photo courtesy of uwf.edu

Cassie Rhame

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida Board of Trustees (BoT) met Wednesday morning and shared exciting university news, including an updated timeline of the search for the new university president.

The search for the new president was only briefly mentioned, but there were a few updates.

BoT Chairman Lewis Bear Jr. said, “We will start taking applications in May and conclude that by the end of August (2016).”

Bear said the search committee will be announced this December, and will immediately begin work finding a suitable candidate. The next president, according to Bear, will be chosen by October of 2016 so that he or she will have time to become familiar with the university. Bear said it is too early in the search for the BoT to say more at this premature stage.

For a look at the new timeline for the presidential search, click here and go to Pages 27-28.

Wednesday’s meeting was a relatively short one, but included a number of positive statistics about the university.

UWF President Dr. Judith Bense started with an official welcoming of UWF’s newest college — the College of Health. The original College of Science, Engineering and Health is now divided into two separate colleges.

“It is a good move … As we all know, healthcare is one of our signature aspects of the Pensacola area,” Bense said. “This is the final piece of UWF’s academic reorganization.”

Bense went on to discuss the increase in UWF’s numbers overall, such as enrollment, which is now up by 2.8 percent over last year. Undergraduate enrollment is up by 2.3 percent, while graduate enrollment is up by 3.6 percent over the 2014-15 school year.

UWF athletics was mentioned a few times at the meeting to recognize its recent successes, including the men’s golf team, which won the Patriot Intercollegiate tournament against all Division I teams on Monday. Bense also shared that the Andrews Institute has agreed to be a medical partner with UWF athletics, which “includes a team physician, medical support, and a gift of $44,000 to UWF’s sports medicine program,” she said.

Women’s golf coach Bryan Clarke presented women’s senior tennis champion Elin Olsson, who is top 10 in the country in Division II, and has been a two-time academic All-American to represent the university.

Olsson, who is from Sweden, said, “I have imagined playing golf for an American university, but playing for the UWF women’s golf program, this has exceeded those dreams. I will say that UWF’s women’s golf is in a great place right now, and the program is only going to get better.”

Olsson then assisted Clarke in presenting the all-sports trophy for women and the all-sports trophy overall for the Gulf South Conference to Bense and chairman Bear.

Bense did mention one recent challenge that UWF has faced. “We have a challenge in the metrics this year… we are going to have a dip,” Bense said. “We don’t know how far we will dip, but we are working very hard and I am optimistic.

“We almost improved too much last year, and I thought I would never say that.”

Board of Trustees meetings are streamed live online. Archived webcasts, as well as minutes and agendas for meetings, can be found here.

Studer Community Dashboard aids in the drive toward citizen-powered change

Dashboard-web-main-artAmanda Gerow

Staff Writer

The Studer Community Institute has become a well-known name in Pensacola. It seems the name can be found everywhere that major change is happening in the area, even at UWF.

Be it the construction of Maritime Park or the proposed partnership with UWF for the Center for Entrepreneurship, Quint & Rishy Studer are making a statement as to what can be done in the community.

But how can one know what the needs are in the Pensacola community? With the assistance of the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE), the Studer Community Institute has created a tool to assess those issues.

To that end, the Institute has created a Pensacola Metro Dashboard, which displays metrics of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The metrics are detailed statistics addressing the county graduation rates, crime rates, obesity rates, free and reduced-priced lunch statistics, and more.

“The Community Dashboard is a visual representation of what makes a community work,” said Dr. Richard Harper, associate vice president of the UWF Office of Economic Development and Engagement.

The UWF connection was the piece Studer Institute needed to get this project running. First the community was compared against itself, and then it was compared against other communities. With this assessment, the office was able to identify the right areas to measure and choose how to implement change.

Why does this matter to the average UWF student?

“These are the metrics that make up the quality of life in a community,” Harper said.

Chances are, someone reading this is a young adult, perhaps getting ready to graduate or a recent graduate. The future is still bright, and as a young professional, UWF graduates are ready to make the next leap into the real world. However, graduates soon discover that everyone is trying to get the same job. Before making big life decisions on where to move and find a job, it would be nice to be able to perform a quick research on labor force participation rates and other relevant data on the community. The Dashboard is a tool to help do that.

The Dashboard also encourages citizens to work towards change in the community. The words, “What gets measured gets improved,” is a profound truth stated on the dashboard site. By showing the statistics, community members have the ability to see what needs to be done to affect change.

“The best way to affect change is to eat the elephant one bite at a time,” said Shannon Nickinson, editor for the Studer Community Institute.

Down to money: the potential scarred martyrdom of Bernie Sanders

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 16: Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. holds a news conference on the budget on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. 
Photo courtesy of Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Josh Hart

Staff Writer

To many, Bernie Sanders has done the impossible.

Eclipsing the digitally groundbreaking campaign that netted President Obama more than $20 million, Bernie Sanders has been able to raise about $26 million just since July.

What’s even more remarkable is that Sanders has raised this money with absolutely no donations from any super PACs. All of it came through private donations from representatives of workers’ unions. It appears that Sanders is sticking to his word in regards to avoiding corporate sycophants.

The problem is, big money is next to impossible to avoid. $26 million is certainly a tidy sum of money, but it’s nothing compared to normal campaign money. For example, the 2008 Obama campaign cost $745 million. The John McCain campaign cost $333 million. Unsurprisingly, it’s only getting more expensive.

To expect Sanders to raise competitive funding through donations from right-to-work companies is absurd. If we are to assume that Sanders will continue to reject funding from super PACs, that leaves him with no other option but to simply borrow money.

This won’t free him of corporate influence, however. Not by a long shot.

David Wilhelm, campaign manager for Bill Clinton’s reelection, spelled it out further.

“It’s like this,” he said. “People running for office take out loans. If they win, they’re looking at a $400,000 annual salary. That’s not enough to pay off their debts, so what happens? Corporations swoop in, political committees swoop in, and they pay off those debts in exchange for a little political glad-handing later down the line, for the new president to look away from certain activities.”

So Sanders is damned if he doesn’t and damned if he does. He can except the corporate money now and lose support of countless hopeful millennials, or he could take the money later on and change his progressive platform to heed corporate whims.

It’s a shame that a positive ideologue like Sanders will undoubtedly be forced to temper his message because of the oligarchical conditions surrounding current presidential campaigns. Le changement est mort indeed.

 

UWF athletics weekly roundup

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

Three University of West Florida student athletes were recognized this past week by the Gulf South Conference, the Argonauts volleyball team rolled and a nationally-ranked men’s doubles team gains entry into a national tournament.

Volleyball

The UWF volleyball team continues to make an impact nationally.

The team was 2-0 for the week and extended its winning streak to 9 games.  The team is now ranked 21st in the NCAA’a American Volleyball Coaches Association national rankings.

In light of the Argonauts statistics and their difficulty of schedule, the ranking may be lower than warranted. The Argonauts have won 44 of 52 sets played this season. Their schedule has included matches against the nation’s fourth and fifth-ranked teams.

The Argos rank first in three of ten statistical categories recorded by the GSC: kills, blocks and fewest service aces allowed per set.  They rank second in five of the remaining categories.

Nationally, UWF ranks 12th in average kills per set, 13th in assists per set and 23rd in digs.

The Argos are ranked 2nd in the GSC, trailing only undefeated Valdosta State University. The two GSC powers meet Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the UWF Field House, at 7 p.m.

Gaining individual recognition this week from Melissa Wolters team was junior Tori Martella, of Jacksonville. Martella was named GSC Defensive Player of the Week following her UWF record 34 digs against Shorter University.

The Argos’ second game of the week is against Alabama-Huntsville on Friday, Oct. 9, in Huntsville.

Cross country

Caleb Carmichael’s men’s team grabbed some GSC headlines this week and followed that with a strong showing at the Florida State University Invitational.

The GSC cross country homepage read, “West Florida swept this week’s GSC Runner of the Week honors”. Junior Tim Wrenger, of Inverness, Florida, was named GSC Men’s Runner of the Week, and Micah Kemp, a local product from Jay, was named GSC Men’s Freshmen Runner of the Week.

The men finished third in Tallahassee, among non-NCAA Division I teams, and the women seventh.

The Argonauts’ next race is the Watson Ford Invitational, on Friday, Oct. 9, which will be hosted at Mississippi College’s Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Mississippi. The event may bear additional importance for the Argonauts, who have never raced there. Earlier in the season Carmichael said that there is speculation that the course may be the site of future conference championships.

Tennis

UWF hosted the 2015 USTA/ITA South Region Championships, a four day event which concluded on Monday, Sept. 28.

Winning the men’s doubles title was the UWF team comprised of junior Alex Peyrot, of France, and senior Kenny Brasil, of Brazil. The duo were seeded second entering play.

Peyrot, seeded fifth in the singles draw, was the lone Argonaut to advance to the men’s singles quarterfinals, when he lost to the eventual winner.

For the women’s team, seniors Nina Bubelova, of Slovakia, and Katarina Dikosavljevic, of Australia, both unseeded, advanced to the round of 16 in the fourteen-team event. The two paired for the doubles competition and reached the quarterfinals.

Soccer

The men’s soccer team was 1-1 for the week. In Memphis, Tennessee, the Argonauts defeated Christian Brothers University, 4-1, Tuesday, Sept. 27.  It lost its next game against Lee University, 2-1, on Friday, Oct. 2, in Pensacola.

The Christian Brothers victory elevated the team to No. 15 in the national rankings. The squad is tied for 35th in the nation in scoring, at a clip of 2.29 goals per game.

Freshman Stephen Enderlin, of Little Rock, Arkansas, has scored five goals on 14 shots this season. Marteinn Urbancic, a junior from Reykjavik, Iceland, leads the team in shot percentage scoring three goals on eight attempts.  He has also accounted for two assists, which is tied for second on the team.

UWF head coach Bill Elliotts team is playing more aggressive in the second half of games this season.  It is shooting nearly 30 percent more shots following intermission. In addition, they have been called for 60 percent more fouls. The second period approach has resulted in a plus-6 margin of scoring, versus a plus-1 in opening periods.

The team’s next game, and sole game of the week, is Sunday, Oct. 4, at the UWF Soccer Complex.

The women footballers were 1-1 on the week, as well. The squad defeated CBU, 2-0, on the road, and lost to Lee, 1-0, at home. Their record is now 6-3.

Much of the offense is flowing through three Argonauts. Sophomore Daryl Bell, senior Amber Pennybaker  and junior Kaley Ward have accounted for 15 of UWF’s 20 goals. Ward leads the team with 7 goals, ahead of Bell who has 5. Bell leads the team with 4 assists.

To date, the Argonauts have been in attack mode. They are averaging 19.2 shots per game while holding their opponents to an average of 6.

The squad remains unranked nationally, 7th in the NCAA Division II south region and 7th in the Gulf South Conference.

Ward’s 7 goals ties her for 29th nationally among division II women, and Bell’s 4 assists is tied for 31st best in the nation.

Head coach Steve Bartlinski and his team next play at home, Sunday, Oct. 4, against Shorter University.