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Award for Best Collaborative Effort were Dustin Addis (Masters), Mike Dance (Masters), and Dr. William Patterson, Department of Biology, for their poster titled “Site Fidelity and Dispersion of Reef Fishes Tagged at Unreported Artificial Reef Sites off Pensacola, Florida”.

Two teams of Communication Arts students were recognized at the Florida Public Relations Association Northwest Florida (FPRA) Image Awards on April 25, 2009. The annual competition recognized the year’s outstanding public relations programs in Northwest Florida and serves as a stepping-stone to the FPRA Golden Image Awards. Entries were judged on sound public relations research, identification of objectives, implementation and measurable evaluation of success. Caitlyn Blizzard (Junior, Com Arts) and Amanda Short (Senior, Com. Arts) received both a Judge’s Award and an Award of Distinction for a class project completed in Dr. Gretchen Norling's Leadership Communication course. Victoria Stafford (Senior, Com. Arts), Shea Byrne (Senior, Com. Arts) and John Williams (Senior, Com. Arts) received an Award of Distinction for a class project in Mr. Rick Scott's Crisis Public Relations course.

The UWF Java programming team of Gilbert (Ryan) Petris (Junior, Computer Science) and Ryan Sharpe (Senior, Computer Science) took first place in the Java programming competition at the 2009 Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference.

The University of West Florida’s Forensics Team produced 12 individual finalists at the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association (FIFA) State Championship in Lakeland. Three UWF students combined to win four state championships. The FIFA state championship is the most competitive tournament in Florida, hosting students from many other Florida institutions, including Florida State University and the University of Florida. The following UWF students were named FIFA state champions: Allison Anderson (Senior, Com. Arts), for Poetry and Duo Interpretation; Colossia Butts (Senior, Com. Arts), for Information Speaking; and Joseph Gagliardi (Junior, Com. Arts), for Duo Interpretation and Pentathlon. Gagliardi was also named Overall Top Speaker. For a second year in a row, Butts also qualified for the Interstate Oratory Contest (IOA), a historic contest that invites the top two persuasive speakers from each state for the final competition of the season. UWF has represented the state of Florida at this national event for the last three years.

Tanya Gallagher (Senior, Environmental Studies), has been accepted into a competitive 10-week summer internship program at NASA’s Langley Research Center where she’ll be working on Environmental

Applications of GIS.

Jessie Brown (Senior,








Telecommunications), and Adrienne Wallace (Senior, Computer Science), are working with Dr. Lakshmi Prayaga and Dr. Dave Dawson on the Multidisciplinary Research Opportunities for Women grant for 2008- 2009. They received a second prize in SEASTARS on April 16th 2009 for their game Mall Crawl. They are working on a girl-friendly game designed to teach high school economics centered around shopping, inventory management, designer selection, etc.

College of Professional Studies University of West Florida Army ROTC cadet Joseph McCandless (Senior, INT INF Tech/Hum CPT), of Pensacola, joined senior U.S. military leaders at a national security seminar. Cadet McCandless traveled to historic Lexington, Va., along with key military officials such as Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey and Secretary of the Army Pete Geren for the “George C. Marshall ROTC Seminar” in April. McCandless

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