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earned the opportunity to participate in the seminar by being selected as the top Army ROTC cadet at UWF. “Cadet Joseph McCandless is among the best and brightest of our students here at UWF,” said Lt. Col. Chris Speer, Army ROTC professor of military science. “He was recently awarded the Kenneth L. Curtis Award for Outstanding Service; the highest award given to a student from the Division of Student Affairs. Whether he is the guest speaker at the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, mentoring junior cadets, executing an orienteering event or redesigning the Army ROTC Web site, McCandless is a leader who represents UWF and Cadet Command with distinction.”

The UWF Mock Trial Team won the “Spirit of AMTA Award” which recognizes the one team at the regional mock trial competition who best displays the principals of the American Mock Trial Association (civility, fairness, and justice). This young team performed very well in the competition and we commend all of them and Professor Tatum for their strong showing in this tough competition.

Sean Lacey (Junior, HLES), Jonathan Owens (Senior, HLES), and Justin Hardee (Senior, HLES) of the Exercise Science Club placed second in a hotly contested Brain Bowl competition at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine annual conference. They placed second behind FSU by one point out of a field of eleven teams.

J. Michelle Baragona (MSA-HPT), Stefanie Chrisman (MSA-HPT), P. Darlene Peters (Doctoral-C&I-IT) and Vaun Shebeck (MSA-HPT), and their faculty sponsor, Dr. Nancy B. Hastings, traveled to Orlando to attend the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Conference and participated in the final phases of the inaugural ISPI University Case Study Competition. The team, working under the name Performance Solutions to insure anonymity throughout the judging process, began this journey in January, as one of five universities invited to participate in the competition. In the weeks prior to the conference they worked with a hypothetical client, demonstrating their Human Performance Technology expertise by analyzing and recommending solutions for an authentic performance improvement situation. They worked long and hard throughout the competition, which was evident in the high quality work they produced and the positive feedback they received from the judges, competing teams and faculty sponsors, and other conference attendees.

Emerald Coast Eneami Bestman (Senior, Criminal Justice) collaborated with the ACLU of Florida to organize a “Rights Restoration Workshop” for ex-offenders. She assisted members of the local community in applying to have their rights restored, and organized a community discussion panel with Seth Miller and Alan Crotzer (who was exonerated from prison through DNA testing after serving 24 years).

Adrian Wigston (Senior, Accounting) organized Beach Clean-Up on the Emerald Coast where students and community members helped to clean over three miles of beach.

Student Affairs The 2009 University of West Florida Student Leadership Award winners were: The Cycling Club for Outstanding University Service, The Minority Graduate Association and the Ladies in Waiting Program for Outstanding Program, the UWF Barbeque Club for Outstanding New or Reactivated Student Organization, Ashley Burton (Junior, Hospitality, Recreation, and Resort Management) for Emerging Leadership Award, Brittney Lewis (Senior, Com Arts) and Jin Seup Lim (Senior, Biology) for Outstanding Student Leadership, Donielle Ojeah (Masters, CSPA) for Outstanding Graduate Leadership, LaRonda Mangun (Junior, Pre- BSN) for the Campus Activity Board Award, Michael Parlato (Sophomore, Pre-Electrical Engineering) for

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