Argo Alumni Stories: sharing accounts of success after UWF

By Drew Drohan
Staff writer

University of West Florida alumni shared their stories and advice Wednesday night at the Commons Conference Center during Argo Alumni Stories. The panel reminisced about how UWF influenced and help each of them accomplish their respective career goals.

The guest list included Suzanne Lewis, Harrison Peters and Mort O’Sullivan, all three UWF alumni. For the three of them, UWF provided the support and encouragement to pursue their aspirations and dreams.

President Martha Saunders moderated the panel, with a brief introduction provided by local entrepreneur Quint Studer. Dr. Ken Ford provided his thoughts on how UWF has influenced and benefited his career through a short video discussion.

For Lewis, UWF and the area of Pensacola allowed her to become a superintendent in the National Park Service, something she never forgets.  

“When I left UWF, one of the biggest things I took with me was a lot of confidence,” Lewis said. “I had the feeling that I could be successful, and I found that at this school.”

Peters remembers how the College Reach Out Program at UWF gave him direction to finish his studies. The summer before he started at UWF was important for his social development as a new college student.

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“This school saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” Peters said. “They saw me for who I could be, not what I was and for that I am indebted and grateful for this wonderful university.”

The capacity-filled auditorium watched on as each panelist shared their own background and reasons for attending UWF.

A Q&A session followed the discussion, with panelist answering students’ questions on topics such as how to manage time successfully between work and personal life.

“Always remember where you came from and never forget about family,” O’Sullivan said. “Work will always be there, but time with your family and living life should be cherished the most important thing you do.”

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