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The University of West Florida, also known as West Florida and UWF, is a mid-sized public university located in Pensacola, Florida, United States. UWF is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. The University of West Florida is a comprehensive research university without faculties of law or medicine. It is a space-grant institution that was established in 1963. The University of West Florida sits on the third largest campus in the State University System, 1,600 acres , and its campus is a natural preserve that is bordered by two rivers and Escambia Bay. The university's mascot is an Argonaut and its logo is the Chambered Nautilus. Wikipedia.

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News Article | May 17, 2017
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ANTIOCH, CA, May 17, 2017-- Bonnie W. Battey, Ph.D., RN, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected based on current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all considered during the selection process.. Currently Dr. Battey is principle investigator of a research project to provide agency accreditation evidence of spiritual care being offered patients. Balboni et. al (2009) research indicated that, while 67% of the patients who were terminally ill of cancer reported spirituality to be very important, but only 59.7% patients in these specialty cancer hospitals reported receiving spiritual care from nurses or doctors. Of all groups of patients, the oncology patients logically would be the first group one would expect to receive spiritual care. If this group receives so little, then what of all the other patients? What are the barriers? Nursing educational programs and health care agencies are typically without programs, guidelines, and policies about how nurses are to proceed.The current research project is based on Dr. Battey's(2009). Data collection tools include a computer assisted instruction (CAI) educational program (Battey, 2010) and a questionnaire (Battey, 2011). The research team consists of six professionals across the nation. The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) to survey nurses (and other allied health professionals later) from a wide variety of services concerning their own rating of the spiritual care they are currently providing, and 2) to determine the degree to which CAI educational intervention influences nurses' ratings of spiritual care. The research team is currently seeking 500 subjects to complete the study. Initial findings of fifty pilot study subjects show numerous statistically significant findings. The impact of this study potentially will provide tools to track staff ratings of care given year over year and compare these ratings with patient exit evaluations of spiritual care received. Agencies may be able to track spiritual care ratings of spiritual care given year over year to meet accreditation criteria as well as have the CAI to educate staff about approaches to spiritual care.. Widely regarded for her skill as a nursing educator, Dr. Battey has more than six decades of experience in various nursing fields. She began her career in nursing upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wagner College in 1955. She received a scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University, receiving the Master of Science in Nursing Education in 1960. She was a recipient of the Nurse Scientist Scholarship to attend the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas and graduated receiving a Ph.D. in Speech Communication and Human Relations. Her dissertation, titled "Anger, Group Cohesiveness, and Productivity in Small Task Groups," addressed issues of disruptive interpersonal communion commonly encountered by nurses in clinical practice; this was one of the early publications in the 1970's addressing anger. In 1992, she also completed postgraduate coursework at the Quantitively Methodology Institute, one of 69 nurse faculty/researchers selected nationally.. After serving in a diploma nursing program in Little Rock, Arkansas as an instructor and Associate Director for several years, she was chosen to serve as an accreditation site visitor for the National League for Nursing (1964-1990), visiting Diploma, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), BSN, and MSN nursing programs. She was appointed Chairman of the Department of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to initiate and seek national accreditation for the second Associate Degree in Nursing program in the state. Dr. Battey was also appointed Chairman of an Ad Hoc Committee of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The purpose of this group was to develop policies, procedures, standards, and criteria for initiating and approving other new ADN programs in Arkansas. She also served as a site visitor for the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing to help approve their new AD program. At Memphis State University in Tennessee, Dr. Battey became Professor and Chair of the Nursing Department responsible for closing their ADN and initiating an RN-BSN program to facilitate the region's growing number of ADN graduates seeking the higher degree. She also taught a speech course for the Speech Department.At East Carolina University in Greenville, N. C., Professor Battey received tenure. She served as Assistant Dean of the MSN program until the programs were reorganized into departments. In the Adult Health Department, she taught classroom and clinical nursing courses in the BSN and MSN programs, as well as teaching nursing theories, management/leadership, and research courses. As Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., Dr. Battey also taught in the MSN program and at Samuel Merritt College School of Nursing, Oakland, Ca., she taught MSN courses on-line as well as in the classroom.. While living in Front Royal, Virginia, Dr. Battey served as a Parish Nurse in Good Shephard Evangelical Lutheran Church. She served individual members, both adults and children, as a general health advisor. She conducted classes on topics of interest to groups of members after the Wednesday even pot-luck dinners. Dr. Battey collaborated with Pastor Jones to develop and conduct healing services at the end of the evening. Occasionally individuals from the community would be welcomed and included in the service.In addition, Dr. Battey represented the Lutheran church in a community-wide committee to establish a free clinic for local unemployed citizens. She served as secretary to the committee and later served as a volunteer nurse in staffing the clinic, along with other volunteering doctors and nurses.While living in Alexander, Virginia, Dr. Battey served 4 years lay chaplain (1999-2003), accepting a once-a-month 24 hour, one day a week duty schedule. Lutheran Chaplain Vincent Guss, Director of the Pastoral Care Department, Alexander Hospital, served as her mentor, providing an excellent orientation. Students from the local seminary were frequently assigned to "shadow" her as she made rounds in the clinical areas. Dr. Battey published articles describing the role and functions of the personnel of the Pastoral Care Department as well as an administrator's guide for implementing spiritual care into nursing practice.Balboni, T. A., Paulk, M. E., Balboni, M. J., Phelps, A. C., Loggers, E. T., Wright, A. A., Block, S. D., Prigerson, H. G. (2009). Provision of spiritual care to patients with advanced cancer: associations with medical care and quality of life near death. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24, 1-8. doi: 216.57.221.66Duldt (Battey), B. W (2002). The spiritual dimension of holistic care. Journal of Nursing Administration, 32(1), 20-24.Battey, B. W., & Acree, J. R. (2006, October 6, 2006). Spiritual Assessment in Health Care: Guidelines for Providing the Third Dimension of Holistic Health Care. Paper presented at the Workshop for Nursing Staff and Other Health Care Providers, St. John's Lutheran ChurchBattey, B. W. (2008). Administrator's guide to implementing spiritual care into nursing practice. Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibris Corp. IBSN Hardcover 978-1-4415-2892-6 Softcover 978-1-4415-2891-9Battey, B. W. (2009). Theory of Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice. In N. V. Turkina (Ed.), International Congress: Medical and social role of Nursing: Challenges and prospects (pp. 14-35). St. Petersburg, Russia: Organizing Committee.Battey, B. W. (2010). Spirituality in nursing practice: a computer assisted instructional program and course manual. Available from author. IBSN 978-09831245-0-4Battey, B. W. (2010, Summer). The spiritual dimension of holistic care. Beginnings: American Holistic Nurses Association, 8-9.Battey, W. B. (2011). Spiritual-communication-satisfaction-importance (SCSI) questionnaire manual. Available from author. IBSN 978-09831245-0-4Battey, B. W. (2011). Spirituality in nursing practice: A computer assisted instruction program & course manual [CD & booklet]. St. Louis: A.S.K. Data Systems Inc. Available from http://www.askdatasystems.com Battey, B. W. (2017 in press). Collaboration: Implementing Spiritual Care within the Interdisciplinary Clinical Team.("J R") BSN, BSNA, MS, MSN, Ph.D. is a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and a Lieutenant Commander, Nurse Corps, U. S. Navy Retired, who holds a Ph.D. in Holistic Health Sciences., Ph.D., R.N., Consultant in Nursing Education and a semi-retired Professor of Nursing Services as Principle Investigator., Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, Psychology, from UCL who is serving as statistician for the study and advisor about interpreting the data., D.Min., is Director, Department of Pastoral Care, Austin State Supported Living Center, Austin, Texas. He is also an Associated Professor with the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas., MSN, Ph.D. (Psychology), RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Indiana South East, New Albany, IN., MSN (Clinical Specialist in Holistic Nursing), Ph.D. (Human Science), RN is currently adjunct faculty at University of West Florida, Excelsior College, and Simmons College of Nursing in Boston., Manchester, Mo., is a computer and business consultant.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com Contact:Fred Marks844-394-6946


News Article | May 1, 2017
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This past week, IDSI employees from our Pensacola office attended a showcase hosted by the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of West Florida (UWF).


BASKING RIDGE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BNED LoudCloud, a Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. company (NYSE:BNED) (“BNED”), today announced it has entered into an agreement with Unizin, Ltd. (“Unizin”) to provide its 22 member universities with BNED LoudCloud’s predictive analytics solution. As a result, faculty and advisors will have access to a customized solution that helps educators identify, monitor, and support at-risk students, with the goal of improving student success rates and retention. Unizin, a nonprofit consortium serving hundreds of thousands of students, is dedicated to improving teaching and learning environments with digital technology. The consortium finds solutions for its members to address the biggest challenges facing higher education today – affordability, access, and learner success. “The universities of the Unizin Consortium are working together in a radically different way, sharing knowledge and experience in the quest for a learning ecosystem that will transform higher education,” said Amin Qazi, Chief Executive Officer of Unizin. “Our agreement with Barnes & Noble Education is one of the ways our member institutions can continue to support the best possible student outcomes.” LoudSight, BNED LoudCloud’s analytics solution, connects disparate systems on campus, builds predictive models based upon data collected by institutions, and presents advisors with a unified view of the factors that drive student success on their campus. By sharing predictive models with institutions, BNED LoudCloud promotes collaboration to ensure advisors and administrators understand what drives student performance. Additionally, LoudSight integrates with campus communication systems, allowing advisors and faculty to easily reach out to students at the exact moment they need support. “Unizin and BNED share a passion for improving the learning experience and driving student success. We are thrilled to work with Unizin and offer analytic solutions to an even wider audience,” said Kanuj Malhotra, Chief Operating Officer, Digital, Barnes & Noble Education. “By bringing LoudSight’s analytics to Unizin’s collaborative network of universities, which include some of the largest land-grant universities in the country, we can make a meaningful impact on higher education, evolving learning environments and improving student outcomes.” LoudSight has the ability to capture and analyze over 200 parameters across demographic, performance and participation data points. Its powerful predictive engine has the ability to support advisors, faculty and students with real-time alerts and insights into managing and improving outcomes. “Despite the wealth of data collected by schools, it is often difficult for educators to understand and leverage data in a way that allows them to improve student success and retention,” said Manoj Kutty, Managing Director, BNED LoudCloud. “We are excited to serve and collaborate with Unizin to positively impact teaching and learning within its member institutions.” Unizin’s member institutions include: Colorado State University, University of Florida, Indiana University, University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Oregon State University, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska, Penn State University, Florida A&M University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida, and University of West Florida. Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a leading provider of digital education services, enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS subsidiaries, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,490 physical and virtual bookstores and serves more than 6 million students enrolled in higher education institutions, delivering essential educational content and tools within a dynamic retail environment. Through its Digital Education subsidiary, Barnes & Noble Education offers a suite of digital software, content and services that include a sophisticated digital learning management platform that has competency-based features, analytics capabilities, courseware offerings and a digital eTextbook reading product. Barnes & Noble Education acts as a strategic partner to drive student success; provide value and support to students and faculty; and create loyalty and improve retention, all while supporting the financial goals of college and university partners. General information on Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company's corporate website: www.BNED.com. Barnes & Noble Education LoudCloud, a Barnes & Noble Education company (NYSE: BNED), builds software that improves learning. By focusing on four key areas – Learning Analytics, Competency Based Education, Learning Management, and Next Generation Learning Materials including advanced OER Courseware, BNED LoudCloud serves educators and students in higher education, and increasingly, K-12 institutions to address the challenges of affordability and retention. General information on BNED LoudCloud can be obtained by visiting the company's website: www.BNEDLoudCloud.com. Unizin, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit consortium of 22 leading universities dedicated to promoting affordability, access, and learner success in digital education. Unizin’s interoperable technology ecosystem supports the diverse teaching and learning environments across its institutions. Unizin solutions promote technology standards, enable integrations, eliminate the learner analytics black box, ensure accessibility of content and data, preserve and promote faculty choice, and support institutional collaboration. Unizin is operated by its member institutions through a Board of Directors. Unizin is headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more on Unizin, visit www.unizin.org.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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VeteranAid.org today announced the winners of their first annual scholarship program for American students enrolled in an accredited two-year college or four-year university program. Of the nearly 100 students who applied from 70 different schools nationwide, only three students were selected to receive the scholarship award. VeteranAid.org is the leading free resource for information on the Aid and Attendance pension benefit which helps senior veterans and their spouses pay for the costs of care. The organization launched its annual scholarship program in 2016 as part of an initiative to bring awareness to younger generations of the benefits currently offered to senior veterans and what kind of benefit they would implement. Winners were chosen based on their essay response to the prompt, “Give an example of one veteran's benefit and explain how it helps senior veterans. Then propose your own benefit to help senior veterans.” Three students were selected to receive the $2,000 Veteran Benefits Scholarship. The winners of the VeteranAid.org 2016 Veteran Benefits Scholarship were Parys Alexander, Mary Biller, and Mingjie Feng. Ms. Alexander moved to Florida when her father was stationed at the Eglin Air Force Base and currently attends the University of West Florida and is seeking a degree in Healthcare Administration. She proposed creating a Veterans Housing Act to utilize 50% of the currently available 42% of unused housing on military bases to provide affordable subsidized housing to military veterans and their families. Ms. Biller is currently pursuing her degree in management at Southwestern College in Chula Vista. She proposed privatizing the health care provided by the VA at its many facilities. Mr. Feng is a U.S. Army veteran who served from 2009 - 2013 as a 91H Tracked Vehicle Mechanic in 2/4th FA, 214th Fires Brigade, stationed in Fort Sill, OK. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Business at Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He proposed a veterans benefit called the Veterans Student Loan and Pension Fund which is a mix of a retirement plan where veterans can put away money into a portfolio to be fun by a non-profit organization. The portfolio would then use that money to loan to student veterans at a rate much lower than private banks' market rate that also pays an annuity to senior veteran pensioners. To learn more about the scholarship recipients and read the winning submissions, please visit the VeteranAid.org blog. About VeteranAid.org VeteranAid.org is the leading free resource for information on the Aid and Attendance pension benefit which helps senior veterans and their spouses pay for the costs of care. VeteranAid.org has been around for over a decade and prides itself on its useful information on everything one would need to know about the Aid and Attendance benefit, including eligibility, how to apply, FAQ, and forums where users can read others’ questions and success stories or join the forums and ask their own questions. For more information, please visit http://www.veteranaid.org or call (866) 584-7191.


Jonason P.K.,University of West Florida | Webster G.D.,University of Florida
Psychological Assessment | Year: 2010

There has been an exponential increase of interest in the dark side of human nature during the last decade. To better understand this dark side, the authors developed and validated a concise, 12-item measure of the Dark Triad: narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism. In 4 studies involving 1,085 participants, they examined its structural reliability, convergent and discriminant validity (Studies 1, 2, and 4), and test-retest reliability (Study 3). Their measure retained the flexibility needed to measure these 3 independent-yet-related constructs while improving its efficiency by reducing its item count by 87% (from 91 to 12 items). The measure retained its core of disagreeableness, short-term mating, and aggressiveness. They call this measure the Dirty Dozen, but it cleanly measures the Dark Triad. © 2010 American Psychological Association.


WATERSOUND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) (“St. Joe”) and the Bay Economic Development Alliance (“Bay County EDA”) today announced that one of the world’s largest independent first-tier suppliers to the international aviation industry will expand its operations by locating a new manufacturing facility in Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre in Bay County, Florida. GKN Aerospace intends to lease this new manufacturing facility, which will be developed and owned by a subsidiary of St. Joe and designed to meet GKN Aerospace’s specific requirements. With this new facility, GKN Aerospace plans to make a capital investment of approximately $50 million and create 170 new jobs for highly skilled employees. This project was made possible through the combined efforts of Enterprise Florida, the University of West Florida, Bay County EDA, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bay County Board of County Commissioners, CareerSource Florida, CareerSource Gulf Coast and Gulf Coast State College. Jorge Gonzalez, The St. Joe Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased that a company of the stature of GKN Aerospace will be bringing high-quality aerospace manufacturing jobs to Bay County. Manufacturing has a high economic multiplier effect, so we remain committed to working with the Bay County EDA and other partners to continue to attract quality job creators.” Mike Grunza, CEO of GKN Aerospace’s Aerostructures North America business, said, “This investment emphasizes our commitment to manufacturing in North America, as this new world-class facility will create jobs and strengthen our competitive position in the US aerospace market for the future. The excellent support we have received from Bay County EDA, Governor Rick Scott’s office, higher educational partners and The St. Joe Company made Florida an ideal location for GKN.” “This is incredible news for Bay County and the State of Florida,” said state Rep. Jay Trumbull. “When a global aerospace leader chooses your community to open a manufacturing facility, it puts you on the international map. This is just the beginning, and we will not stop until Bay County is the economic engine for Florida’s Panhandle.” Florida State Senator George Gainer said, “This project is an excellent example of how our focused economic development recruitment efforts are helping to create good jobs for the citizens of Bay County and the entire Northwest Florida region.” “We are committed to making the Bay County site successful. This is the company’s first location in the state and that is a complement to our community,” Bay County Commission Chairman Bill Dozier said. “GKN is an outstanding company with a proven history and they will be a great addition.” “We are ecstatic to welcome GKN Aerospace to Bay County, Florida! The creation of 170 new jobs along with a capital investment of more than $50 million will have a legacy impact in our local economy said Clint Mizell, 2016 Chairman of the Bay Economic Development Alliance. “Our community came together as a team to land this ‘game changing’ project. We cannot say enough thanks to the many individuals and organizations that helped and supported our efforts.” The Venture Crossings business park is a “Florida First Sites” Certified Site. Florida First Sites is a regional site certification program for project-ready sites in the State of Florida. Each certified site undergoes a rigorous screening process, ensuring that pre-work has been completed, taking the majority of the risk out of the site selection process. With commercial and industrial land for sale, lease or development, Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre offers a strategic location for those seeking to launch, expand or consolidate a business. High-tech manufacturers, such as GKN Aerospace and Harris Corporation, have been drawn to Venture Crossings due in part to its potential for 24/7 operations and for transportation options via air, land or sea. Numerous real estate options exist, including pad-ready sites and build-to-suit construction — offering businesses flexibility and capacity to grow. Anchored by Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, major arterial highways and several nearby Florida Gulf Coast military installations, Venture Crossings can provide the connections and solutions for a broad range of expanding businesses. A premier location and a motivated workforce with numerous training and educational facilities nearby create a nurturing environment for businesses. This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the construction of a new manufacturing facility and the proposed lease of that facility to GKN Aerospace, St. Joe’s commitment to working with partners to continue to attract quality job creators and the potential advantages offered to businesses in growth and other development stages by the location and other characteristics of Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre. The statements made by St. Joe are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include St. Joe’s ability to enter into a lease agreement with GKN on favorable terms and to design a facility to meet GKN’s specific needs, the success of St. Joe and its partners in continuing to attract quality job creators, the ability of Venture Crossings® Enterprise Centre to provide the anticipated connections and solutions for expanding businesses and other factors beyond St. Joe’s control and the risk factors and other cautionary statements contained in St. Joe’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including St. Joe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 3, 2016, as updated by subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other current report filings. St. Joe undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The St. Joe Company together with its consolidated subsidiaries is a real estate development, asset management and operating company with real estate assets and operations currently concentrated primarily between Tallahassee and Destin, Florida. More information about St. Joe can be found on its website at www.joe.com. GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies – for use in aircraft ranging from helicopters and business jets to the most-used single-aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world. Light-weight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help to reduce emissions and weight on the aircraft and enhance passenger comfort. GKN Aerospace is market-leading in aerostructures, engine systems, transparencies and wiring systems and operates in 15 countries at 60 locations employing approximately 17,000 people. © 2017, The St. Joe Company. “St. Joe®”, “JOE®”, the “Taking Flight” Design®, “St. Joe (and Taking Flight Design)®” are registered service marks of The St. Joe Company.

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