April 2014

  • Alumni Spotlight: Megan Licata, '08

    2014-04-18 16:24:31

    Thanks to her introduction to marketing communications and “unbelievable” internship experiences at UCF, Megan Licata, ’08, finds herself stranded on an island — on purpose! As communications manager for the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Megan oversees, creates and implements all marketing communications for the luxury hotel brand, from its website and onsite collateral, to local and […]

  • Up Close And Personal With Parasites, Blood Cells

    2014-04-18 13:32:55

    More than 40 eager 5th graders at Carillion Elementary in Oviedo got an eyeful of worms, blood diseases and parasites at a recent Super Scientist class led by UCF Biomedical associate professor Dr. William Self. Armed with microscopes from UCF, blood and fecal slide samples (all enclosed and non-infectious), students took turns examining the fascinating […]

  • 'Guide to Green Colleges' Lists UCF

    2014-04-18 12:26:18

    UCF maintained its standing this year as one of the 330 most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation, according to The Princeton Review’s annual “Guide to Green Colleges.” The 2014 list was released this week just ahead of April 22 Earth Day in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building […]

  • UCF to Collect Expired, Unwanted Drugs April 24

    2014-04-18 09:49:43

    Got drugs? If your answer is “Yes,” UCF wants them. But the university won’t ask any more questions about them. UCF Police and UCF Health Services will partner to collect expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs as part of an anonymous, no-questions-asked national effort to curb drug abuse and safely dispose of unneeded medicine. UCF’s […]

  • Baseball: Doubleheader Sweep Over No. 9 Louisville

    2014-04-18 09:28:23

    The UCF baseball team used a strong start from junior Eric Skoglund and a wild walk-off finish to sweep a doubleheader, and win the series, from No. 9 Louisville on Thursday from the UCF baseball complex. The Knights (25-15, 12-2 American Athletic Conference) topped the Cardinals (27-11, 7-4), 8-2, in the opening contest before returning […]

  • To Mind Your Health, Minimize Your Stress

    2014-04-17 16:11:14

    The University of Central Florida’s Marriage and Family Research Institute and theDepartment of Health in Orange County are partnering to promote Stress Awareness Month and the link between chronic stress and chronic disease. UCF’s MRFI and DOH-Orange will host a free communication workshop called, “The Fair Fight,” Wednesday, April 23, from noon to 1 p.m. […]

  • 'Dressed' Laser Aimed at Clouds May be Key to Inducing Rain, Lightning

    2014-04-17 15:55:54

    The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it,” may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger […]

  • Dr. Gibson Named ELAM Fellow

    2014-04-17 12:13:13

    Dr. Jane Gibson, a founding professor of pathology at the UCF College of Medicine, has been named a 2014-2015 fellow of the prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Gibson is one of 54 in this year’s class at ELAM, which prepares senior women […]

  • UCF to Hold Free Outdoor Event for Children with Disabilities on April 19

    2014-04-17 11:16:49

    UCF’s physical therapy program will host a free event to encourage physical activity in children with a developmental disability. The program will sponsor “Let’s Ignite! Building Better Bodies” on April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at UCF’s Memory Mall, across from the CFE Arena. Children must be 5 to 18 years old and […]

  • Oluwafunlola Falade Places First at the Joust

    2014-04-17 09:13:48

    Oluwafunlola Falade took home $10,000 cash and $55,000 in essential business services as the winner of this year’s Joust Business Plan Competition organized by the College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at UCF on April 11. The Joust, held at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center, is UCF’s premier entrepreneurship event in which students from […]

  • Plant Trees, Tend to Community Garden Friday, April 18

    2014-04-16 10:25:53

    The University of Central Florida will go “green” this Friday as part of an early observance of National Arbor Day, which is Friday, April 25. Volunteer opportunities will be available at the Arboretum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18. Activities will include tree planting, tending to UCF’s organic community garden and beautifying the […]

  • Employers Need to do More to Help Maintain Careers of Employees With Babies

    2014-04-16 08:52:33

    It’s amazing how quickly humans adapt to changing circumstances. A few months ago I wrote about how incredibly challenging my first month of life was with a newborn—what many refer to as “baby boot camp,” a perfect term since that’s exactly what it was like thrust into a completely new state of being where life […]

  • Writes of Spring Puts Young Students' Words Into Play

    2014-04-15 13:34:20

    The 2014 Writes of Spring, a collaborative writing and theatrical production involving the UCF Theatre for Young Audiences, will be presented April 22-23 at the Orlando Repertory Theatre (REP). The 11th annual event is a writing contest designed to support literacy and promote creative expression. Each year The REP accepts writing submissions from kindergarten through 12th […]

  • Gallery Schedules BFA Exhibition

    2014-04-14 17:02:17

    The 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition will be shown April 17 to May 6 at the UCF Gallery. The free School of Visual Arts and Design show, “What Remains,” will feature drawing, ceramics, experimental animation, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. An opening reception will held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 17. The regular gallery hours […]

  • Kites, Dancers to be Featured at Annual Outdoor Concert

    2014-04-14 15:47:14

    The UCF Symphony, conducted by Dr. Laszlo Marosi, will perform its 10th annual Symphony Under the Stars concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17,  at the UCF Reflecting Pond. The program comprises two pieces, Delibes’ Coppélia Suite and Franck’s Symphony in D-Minor, played without intermission. Dancers from Theatre UCF will join for the first piece. […]

  • UCF Grads Reaching for the Stars, Exploring Space

    2014-04-14 09:57:05

    From exploring Mars to studying antibiotic resistance in space, UCF graduates are making a difference. Many engineering, photonics and physics students have taken the university’s slogan “Reach for the Stars” to heart, landing jobs with NASA and commercial space companies in various capacities. As Space X counts down to its latest launch to the International […]

  • UCF Rewards Night Owls with Bloody Lunar Eclipse Viewing

    2014-04-12 09:30:52

    UCF wants to give you a front row seat to the first lunar eclipse visible from Florida in more than three years. From 2:30 to 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, volunteers from the UCF Robinson Observatory will share several telescopes with the public on Memory Mall as part of its “Knights Under the Stars” […]

  • Ice-Cold Oscar

    2014-04-11 15:29:37

    After twice applying for Disney’s talent development program, Mo Hassan, ’11, finally received the news he’d been hoping for. He packed up his car and drove more than 2,500 miles across the country from his home in Bradenton, Fla., to the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. “They offered me the job by email, […]

  • UCF's Entire Marine Turtle Research Group to Present at International Meeting

    2014-04-11 10:47:45

    A legend in sea turtle research and conservation and the first biologist to collect direct data from the turtles’ “lost years” will speak at the 34th annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation in New Orleans next week. UCF emeritus professor Llewellyn Ehrhart and assistant professor Kate Mansfield will speak at the symposium along […]

  • Celebrating Success Stories

    2014-04-10 15:24:08

    “A sense of excitement and anticipation greeted the staff of First Year Advising and Exploration on February 5 as they prepared for the arrival of hundreds of students in the Pegasus Ballroom,” said Courtney Demings, academic advisor FYAE. A committee of four individuals from FYAE and Housing and Residence Life respectively: Danielle Aming, Dillon Burleson, […]

  • Dance Marathon Raises Nearly $400,000 for Children's Hospitals

    2014-04-10 10:45:46

    University of Central Florida students raised nearly $400,000 last weekend at the Knight-Thon dance marathon to benefit the Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. At the end of the 20-hour marathon, the Knight-Thon executive board revealed a fundraising total of $392,831.65, an increase of more than $140,000 from last year, said Katie Waser, communications director […]

  • Lactation Privacy Rooms Available on Campus

    2014-04-10 08:43:59

    The University of Central Florida recognizes the needs of new mothers by developing lactation privacy rooms on campus. These secure locations provide UCF mothers, whether students, staff or faculty, the ability to ease back into work or school without having to sacrifice the healthy practice of expressing their milk. Numerous studies and healthcare recommendations point to breastfeeding […]

  • UCF to Host National Mock Trial Tournament

    2014-04-10 08:13:00

    Excitement is mounting for dozens of college students from across the country as they descend on Orlando this week for the American Mock Trial Association’s 2014 National Championship Tournament. They’re heading to Orlando because the University of Central Florida is hosting the competition. UCF will host the national tournament April 11-13 at the Orange County […]

  • IARPA Director Visits UCF

    2014-04-09 15:25:16

    The director of the nation’s intelligence research agency visited UCF this week and was introduced to several projects in modeling, simulation, photonics, electro-optics and engineering, and computer science. Peter Highnam, the director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) program which operates under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, toured research labs […]

  • Cancer Fight Hits Home

    2014-04-09 15:23:42

    Hundreds of flickering candles shone through the darkness at the annual Relay for Life in Lake Nona, each one representing a life affected by cancer. And as College of Medicine participants gathered at the huge fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the battle to cure the disease was a personal one. First-year medical student Robert […]

  • UCF Composer’s Opera Brings Marco Polo’s Story to Life

    2014-04-09 12:20:28

    The new opera The Red Silk Thread, An Epic Tale of Marco Polo takes us back to the 13th century, but its themes are still relevant today. Composed by UCF’s Stella Sung, the opera will debut next week at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Sung, director of UCF’s Center for Research and Education in […]

  • Pay Attention to the Weather of Business and Life – And Don’t Steer Into an Iceberg

    2014-04-09 11:42:43

    A big part of my day is spent thinking about improving business strategy and developing a competitive advantage. It’s what I do in the classroom, as director of UCF’s executive development center, and when I help other businesses. It even spills over into the cycling club I manage. In my way of thinking, strategy applies […]

  • UCF Opera to Present Comedy Performance

    2014-04-08 15:21:14

    The University of Central Florida Opera will present the Florida premiere of “Speed Dating Tonight!,” a one-act, comic opera performed in English this weekend, April 12-13. The production at the Visual Arts Building offers an amusing take on a night of romantic mingling at a bar, performed by up to 26 speed daters, a bartender, […]

  • Prescribed Burn Canceled

    2014-04-08 14:59:36

    A prescribed burn scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, has been canceled due to weather conditions. Information about UCF’s next prescribed burn attempt will be posted on this website once it becomes available. Prescribed burns are conducted regularly to remove dead, decaying or low-lying plants on the forest floor. The process helps maintain healthy ecosystems and […]

  • Students Invited to April 9 Open Forum With President Hitt

    2014-04-07 18:00:00

    President John C. Hitt will host an open forum for students from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Key West Ballroom (218 A&B) of the Student Union. Students are invited to discuss their ideas, concerns and experiences with President Hitt and other UCF leadership.

  • Florida Academy of Sciences Presents Top Award to UCF's Delfyett

    2014-04-07 16:23:44

    Peter Delfyett, a professor of optics in UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics, recently won the Florida Academy of Sciences’ 2014 Medalist Award for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement of science. The award was announced at the 78th Florida Academy of Sciences meeting at Indian River State College last month. Delfyett was unable to […]

  • Men's Golf: No. 6 Knights Earn Fourth Win

    2014-04-07 13:55:13

    There were no green jackets handed out. But the UCF men’s golf team picked up a big, momentum-building victory in Augusta Sunday. The No. 6 UCF men’s golf team entered the final round of the 3M Augusta Invitational tied with No. 19 Texas. The Knights edged the Longhorns by one stroke Sunday at the Forest […]

  • Fighting Cancer, Aging at DNA Level

    2014-04-07 11:42:49

    When most of us think of treating cancer, we focus on surgery or chemotherapy to shrink or remove tumors. But a researcher and undergraduate student at the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences are looking to erase cancer at the epigenetic level, by studying how the body turns on and off certain genes […]

  • UCF Symposium: K-12 Literacy Instruction, Development

    2014-04-07 10:56:29

    Instructing reading and writing in an age of new educational standards will be the focus of 16th annual Literacy Symposium, hosted by UCF’s College of Education and Human Performance. The free conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Education Complex. The symposium is open to all pre-kindergarten […]

  • Dance Concert to Showcase Student Talent

    2014-04-07 10:19:18

    Theatre UCF presents its 8th dance concert “Echoes” April 17-19. The dance concert showcases students from the University of Central Florida dance classes, as well as student designers from the Theatre department. The event provides an opportunity for UCF students to shape an entire production with the guidance and supervision of faculty. The dance concert […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools Tuesday, April 8

    2014-04-05 09:35:15

    UCF’s preparations for potential emergency situations include regular tests of communication tools that provide critical information to students, staff and faculty members, and the public. Several of those UCF Alert  tools will be tested on Tuesday, April 8. During an emergency, the UCF website is the best place for the university community and the public […]

  • UCF May Construct New Building to House Colbourn Hall Offices

    2014-04-04 14:26:52

    The University of Central Florida may construct a new building to house offices now located in Colbourn Hall, a 40-year-old building that has experienced water intrusion and other issues typically found in older facilities. Colbourn Hall is home to faculty and department offices, the Graduate Student Center and University Writing Center, and a few classrooms. […]

  • Lights, Camera, Cannes!

    2014-04-04 14:10:03

    Say the words, “Cannes Film Festival” and it conjures up images of celebrities walking the red carpet, beautiful views of the French Riviera and luxurious accommodations that only the rich and famous can afford. In reality, that definitely happens, but there’s much more to this prestigious event, particularly when you peek behind the scenes. A […]

  • Medical Honor Society Recognizes UCF Students, Faculty

    2014-04-04 12:20:03

    The College of Medicine’s chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha – the national medical honor society – inducted 13 new members, including eleven students and two faculty members. The ceremony was the second for UCF’s new Zeta chapter. AOA member physicians from the community also attended the induction ceremony and dinner at Dubsdread Country Club in […]

  • Alumni Spotlight: Ericka Dunlap, '05

    2014-04-04 11:19:32

    Who can forget the moment our very own Ericka Dunlap, ’05, was crowned Miss America 2004? Preceding the competition, Ericka became the first African-American woman to be named Miss Florida. After moving to Nashville to pursue a career in country music, Ericka then traveled the world and came in third on the 15th season of […]

  • UCF's Cyber Defense Team Takes First Place, Heads for Nationals ... Again

    2014-04-04 09:36:38

    UCF’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team is no one-hit wonder. The team just won the 2014 Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for a second consecutive year. What’s even more impressive is that the team has only been in existence for two years. This year, the team also earned two specialty awards at the competition: “Best […]

  • Partnerships Celebrated at President's Circle Reception

    2014-04-03 16:41:28

    Members of the UCF President’s Circle – donors who make annual gifts between $1,000 and $24,999 – were acknowledged for their contributions to the university last night at a reception in the UCF Art Gallery. Surrounded by a collaborative show entitled “The UCF S.T.E.A.M. Exhibition” – which presents paintings, posters, prints, photographs and other artwork […]

  • Readers of All Ages Welcome at Saturday's UCF Book Festival

    2014-04-03 14:35:52

    More than 30 distinguished local and national authors will convene at the University of Central Florida to share their interest in literature and engage the community with reading during UCF’s fifth annual Book Festival on Saturday, April 5. The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the CFE Arena. Admission and […]

  • UCF Collegiate DECA Students Excel at State Competition

    2014-04-03 14:06:03

    Students from UCF set the highest standard as finalists at Collegiate DECA’s Florida state competition. These students will travel to Washington the week of April 22 to compete at the DECA International Conference as members of the Florida state team. The 24 students competed across a wide range of categories, many of whom placed in […]

  • Conscientious Entrepreneur to Speak at UCF

    2014-04-03 13:57:56

    Tal Dehtiar, founder of Oliberté Footwear, will speak at UCF on April 10 about socially responsible entrepreneurship. His presentation, “The Business of Doing Good and Doing Well,” will be 3 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union. The presentation, hosted by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, will detail his journey as a […]

  • Rosen College Students Test Drive Skills at Bacchus Bash 2014

    2014-04-03 12:52:57

    A group of about 25 Rosen College student volunteers are taking their skills on the road to staff and run their own food and beverage booth at Bacchus Bash 2014 on Friday. This annual charitable event, organized by the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association, is an outdoor street party featuring over 70 food, beverage […]

  • Rosen College to Induct Landwirth, Mears Into Hospitality Hall of Fame

    2014-04-03 12:50:50

    The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida will honor Henri Landwirth and Paul Mears, Jr. at The Pineapple Ball on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. The event will be produced by Rosen College faculty, staff and students. Proceeds will benefit academic initiatives and scholarships. “We are […]

  • Burnett Golf Classic Raises $60,000 For Graduate Fellowships

    2014-04-03 12:39:33

    The second time was the charm for the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences Golf Classic, as about 80 golfers gathered March 24 in a tournament sponsored by one of UCF’s most generous donors. The $60,000 in net proceeds from the classic, named in honor of Al and Nancy Burnett, will help attract the best and […]

  • UCF, EDUCAUSE Team Up to Offer Online Course on Blended Learning

    2014-04-03 08:58:52

    The University of Central Florida believes so much in the potential of online learning that it is teaming up with a nonprofit Internet-technology association to offer a free online course – on how others can learn to create online courses. The university and EDUCAUSE will begin the course later this month on the Canvas Network […]

  • Optics Day to Explain Today's Marvels

    2014-04-02 16:55:05

    How does light carry information in a fiber optic cable? How does a smartphone display work? What are lasers capable of? To find out the answers to these and other technological feats that benefit us every day, check out Optics Day on Friday, April 4, at CREOL (The College of Optics and Photonics). The interactive […]

  • Achievements Recognized at Founders' Day Honors Convocation

    2014-04-02 15:50:16

    Faculty members, staff and students who have made significant achievements and academic contributions at the University of Central Florida were recognized at the annual Founders’ Day Honors Convocation on Wednesday. From a biology professor who has been featured in two National Geographic Channel documentary films (William Crampton), to a Professor Emeritus who wrote the initial […]

  • 4 Named Pegasus Professors, UCF's Top Academic Award

    2014-04-02 15:33:56

    Four UCF faculty members today were presented the 2014 Pegasus Professor Award, the highest academic honor at the university. Pegasus Professors are chosen from senior members of the faculty who have been a professor at least five years and have achieved noteworthy research and/or creative activity of national and international impact. They are presented with […]

  • UCF Honors 8 with Inaugural Reach for the Stars Award

    2014-04-02 15:32:55

    UCF’s newest Founders’ Day recognition honors early-career professors who have achieved noteworthy research or creative activities of national impact. The Reach for the Stars Award winners are selected by President John C. Hitt. They must be assistant or associate professors who have completed four years at UCF. Those selected receive a $10,000 annual research grant […]

  • University Faculty Honored for Excellence

    2014-04-02 15:32:14

    Faculty members from each college were recognized during UCF’s annual Founders’ Day ceremony Wednesday. University of Excellence In Undergraduate Teaching: Alla Kourova, College of Arts and Humanities. Kourova is an assistant professor of the Russian/TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs. She has a Ph.D. from Moscow State University in teaching English […]

  • Founders' Day Honors Student Accomplishments

    2014-04-02 15:31:25

    Students from each of UCF’s colleges were honored for their dedication to excellence in academics, leadership and community service during the annual Founders’ Day ceremony Wednesday. College of Arts and Humanities Tyler Campbell is a History major with special interests in Florida Unionists during the Civil War and in Ancient History. Among his many accomplishments […]

  • Founders' Day Grants Emeritus Status

    2014-04-02 15:30:40

    Six UCF faculty and staff members were granted emeritus status Wednesday during the annual Founders’ Day ceremony. The status is awarded to faculty and administrators who have worked at the university for at least five years. The title honors the contributions and distinction they achieved at the university, and grants them a lifetime link to […]

  • Sometimes We Need to Press 'Reset' Button and Return to Basics

    2014-04-02 09:34:40

    I’m not a germaphobe by any means, but I love cleanliness. When I clean, I really clean, and I usually won’t stop until the mixed smells of my various cleaning products permeate my house. I will fill countless bags of giveaway items to be taken to the local Goodwill. I would describe myself as the […]

  • O'Leary Speaks at Breakfast Hosted by MPC

    2014-04-01 15:48:47

    MPC – Moreno, Peelen, Pinto & Clark, a well-known Central Florida wealth management firm, recently hosted a breakfast featuring UCF Football Coach George O’Leary. The event, emceed by WESH sportscaster Pat Clarke, was O’Leary’s first post-season speaking engagement. It was attended by President John C. Hitt, Foundation CEO Robert Holmes, several Foundation Board members and […]

  • Meet UCF English Professor Who Balances Teaching, Writing and Family

    2014-04-01 13:42:26

    “Serious writer” and “One of our very best young writers” are among the praises that flank the back sleeve of The Heaven of Animals: Stories, a collection of short stories by David James Poissant, or Jamie, an assistant professor of English at UCF. Poissant’s first book, released in March, is a collection of tales about […]