September 2014

  • Two Nurses Receive State Awards

    2014-09-16 17:43:37

    Two UCF College of Nursing faculty members, Drs. Jean Kijek and Linda Howe, were recognized Friday, Sept. 12, by the Florida Nurses Association (FNA). Kijek, a professor emerita, was honored with the FNA Hall of Fame Award for her enduring contributions to the nursing profession. Howe, an associate professor, received the Heather Scaglione Award for […]

  • Aroian Selected as Distinguished Presenter at National Research Conference

    2014-09-16 15:32:26

    Nursing Professor Karen Aroian has been invited to present her research at the 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research conference on Thursday, Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Dr. Aroian is one of nine nurse researchers selected by the Congress committee to showcase her research to the entire conference audience during a special […]

  • Garden Good Guys: Butterflies, Birds & Bees

    2014-09-16 14:45:06

    Garden Good Guys: Butterflies, Birds & Bees will be the UCF Public History Center’s first workshop of the fall semester on Saturday. The outdoor, family-friendly workshop about the habitats, life cycles and ecosystems of Central Florida pollinators will include a tour of the center’s butterfly garden. The butterfly garden is part of the history center’s […]

  • UCF, Ohio State, Texas Among 11 Schools Developing 'National Playbook' for Higher Ed

    2014-09-16 11:05:51

    Eleven of the nation’s top public research universities, including the University of Central Florida, have formed a new alliance focused on helping more low-income and first-generation students earn college degrees. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation and four other organizations have contributed $5.7 million to support the University Innovation Alliance’s efforts to […]

  • In Theatre UCF's 'Baltimore Waltz,' Imagination is Central Character

    2014-09-15 16:05:03

    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s play “Baltimore Waltz” opens at the Theatre UCF Black Box on Thursday, Sept. 18, and runs through Sept. 28. The play is a personal one for playwright Vogel, who wrote the script after losing her brother from complications due to AIDS in the late 1980s. While the play never refers […]

  • Author Submissions Being Accepted for UCF Book Festival

    2014-09-15 12:10:47

    Readers from Florida and throughout the nation will be marking their calendars again this spring for the annual UCF Book Festival, taking place April 18th, 2015 on the UCF Campus. The UCF Book Festival has brought more than 230 popular authors from all over the country to Orlando in the last five years, including New […]

  • Women's Soccer: UCF 4, Oregon State 0

    2014-09-15 12:00:17

    UCF midfielder Amanda Wilkin had appeared in 25 matches for the Knights prior to Sunday and had attempted just five shots on goal – all stopped from finding the back of the net. That all changed for the junior against Oregon State when she netted two goals in UCF’s 4-0 win over the Beavers, helping […]

  • Daughters of Civil Rights Movement to Speak at UCF

    2014-09-12 16:23:30

    The Global Perspectives Office and the Women’s Studies Program will host the eighth annual “Women and Leadership” forum Thursday, Sept. 18. Two daughters of the civil rights movement, Cheryl Brown Henderson and Peggy Wallace Kennedy, will discuss their perspectives on the movement as it happened and as it continues today. Henderson is the daughter of the late […]

  • Cross Country: Home Field Advantage

    2014-09-12 11:41:28

    After a solid second place finish at the USF Invitational last week, the Knights return to action at home on Saturday, Sept. 13 to host the 2014 UCF Cross Country Invitational. The women’s 5k race will feature UCF, Bethune-Cookman, Edward Waters, FIU, Johnson and Wales, Rollins, and Stetson. The race is set to begin at […]

  • UCF to Observe Constitution Day at Wednesday Forum

    2014-09-11 15:00:16

    The U.S. Constitution was adopted Sept. 17, 1787, and is the foundation on which Americans live their lives; after 227 years, it is just as relevant today as it was then. A forum to celebrate the Constitution and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be sponsored Wednesday by the University […]

  • UCF Alumna's Film at Global Peace Festival Features Affleck, Foxx, Other Stars

    2014-09-11 11:50:30

    What a star-studded lineup filmmaker Jenni Gold, a UCF graduate, assembled for her latest movie: Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Gary Sinise, Jane Seymour, Marlee Matlin, Geena Davis, William H. Macy and others. And their film has an uplifting message for everyone: Push forward to reach your dreams. Gold’s dream — to become a movie director […]

  • Hidden Artists Art Reception Today

    2014-09-11 09:56:07

    You are invited to: Meet the Artists at  the Hidden Artists Reception Thursday, September 11 @ 4 to 6 p.m. John C. Hitt Library, Room 223 Entertainment by Aaron Lingelbach, Refreshments Everyone is welcomed to attend. UCF has many talented employees who use their creativity in their daily jobs. Some of these employees are “visual […]

  • U.S. News Lists UCF as No. 3 'Up-and-Comer' University

    2014-09-11 07:39:37

    The University of Central Florida was ranked today as the nation’s No. 3 “up-and-comer” university in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings of more than 1,300 higher-education institutions. The ranking is part of the magazine’s annual compilation that gauges universities in a dozen categories. The up-and-coming category is based on a […]

  • Soccer: True Grit

    2014-09-11 01:53:14

    To the casual soccer fan, he’s just another senior being called up to the line as a starter. But if you knew the road defender Jake Weiss took to earn his place on the field, the role carries a much greater weight for No. 16. After being cut from the men’s soccer team following his […]

  • College of Business Administration to Host 2015 Business Hall of Fame Alumni Weekend

    2014-09-10 12:59:32

    The University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Business Administration will host its 16th Annual Business Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 as part of the 2015 UCF College of Business Alumni Weekend. An expected 500 attendees comprised of College of Business Administration alumni, corporate partners, and friends of the nation’s second-largest […]

  • Don't Label Teens Dying in Our Streets—We Mourn Them All

    2014-09-10 09:51:18

    Michael Brown was “no angel,” The New York Times reported, and “a handful” who later “overcame early struggles in school to graduate on time.” Trayvon Martin was a polite, shy volunteer, CNN informed us, while pointing out his 10-day drug-related suspension from school. Some media sources don’t attempt to show both “problems and promise.” Brown […]

  • Valencia West Campus to Reopen Thursday Morning

    2014-09-10 08:12:09

    Valencia College’s West Campus will reopen Thursday morning, Sept. 11, for normal operations following the substantial completion of repairs to a broken sewage line that forced the campus’ closure on Wednesday evening. This means all UCF classes at the Valencia West campus will be held as scheduled on Thursday. Valencia posted the following web update […]

  • Trompeter Discussed Fraud, Whistleblowing at September Event

    2014-09-09 15:22:55

    Fraud is a word that brings fear and dread to the heart of any business owner or business leader. It is often very difficult to find the cause and necessary for people in business to understand it. The UCF College of Business Administration recently presented a leading authority on fraud detection, Gregory Trompeter, Ph.D., to […]

  • Med School Earns Prestigious Grant For Mobile App

    2014-09-08 17:11:23

    A UCF mobile app that will be used to assess the professionalism of medical students and residents has received a prestigious grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s Institute on Medicine as a Profession, a national organization that works to improve healthcare and medical professionalism in the United States. The foundation describes itself as the […]

  • Former NFL Players, Local Business Community Bowl for Central Florida Causes

    2014-09-08 12:43:00

    On Friday, September 5, Mr. George Fakhoury, president and CEO of GMF Consulting, and Mr. Don Ratliff, president of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Orlando Chapter, presented a $4,000 donation to UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. This contribution came on behalf of the first Florida Players Bowl, a fundraising bowling tournament held on Saturday, […]

  • Robotics Expert to Discuss Myths about 'Robot Revolution'

    2014-09-08 12:34:09

    James McLurkin, an expert in robotics technologies, will speak at a UCF public forum Thursday, Sept. 11. His presentation, “The End of the World and Other Misconceptions: The Truth about Robotics,” will be at 3 p.m. in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union. The event is free and open to the public. McLurkin […]

  • Student Discovers New Organism During New York Internship

    2014-09-08 10:11:28

    While many students spent their summer break enjoying the beach, University of Central Florida junior Grace Avecilla helped discover a new organism while interning at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Getting a chance to culture single-celled protists, a diverse set of microorganism, was the highlight of the internship, made possible through […]

  • U.S. Rep. John Mica Learns What UCF Offers Veterans

    2014-09-08 09:20:28

    U.S. Representative John Mica, whose congressional district includes UCF, visited the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) on August 8 to find out more about how UCF is helping its student veteran population.  Associate University Registrar and VARC Director Paul Viau presented an overview of the VARC’s services while Alzo Reddick, assistant vice president for University […]

  • Avatars Make Computer Science Fun at the Orlando Science Center

    2014-09-06 10:00:13

    Getting teens interested in artificial intelligence isn’t tough. Toymakers caught on to their fascination a few years ago when they began selling $100 robotic pet toys that children can “program” to do simple tricks through a toymaker’s web site. However, getting kids to see beyond the toys and getting them interested in becoming computer scientists […]

  • UCF Professor, VP Nominated for Schwartz Tech Awards

    2014-09-05 13:30:23

    An engineering professor and an associate vice president at the University of Central Florida have been nominated for Schwartz Tech awards. Sudipta Seal, an engineering professor and nanotechnology and materials expert,  is in the running for the Researcher of the Year, and Tom O’Neal, associate vice president for Research and Commercialization, is up for Tech […]

  • Thousands to Walk at UCF Saturday to Fight Heart Disease, Stroke

    2014-09-05 08:46:39

    The American Heart Association’s second Heart Walk at UCF will be held Saturday, Sept. 6. Everyone traveling to or from UCF’s main campus on Saturday morning should allow extra time and be aware of road closures and parking areas that will be inaccessible during the walk. The goal of this year’s annual event is to […]

  • UCF Invites Children to Special International Moon Observation Night

    2014-09-04 11:39:55

    Planet hunters at the University of Central Florida invite children to join them for International Observe the Moon Night from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Last year, UCF’s Planetary Sciences Group sponsored an event to coincide with the international observation, which drew more than 100 people. So this year the group decided to […]

  • Researcher to Discuss Fighting Cancer with Nanotechnology

    2014-09-04 11:16:23

    National Medal of Science recipient Mostafa A. El-Sayed, whose nanotechnology research has led to new ways of treating cancer, will speak at UCF on Friday, Sept. 5, about his current projects. El-Sayed, director of Georgia Tech’s Laser Dynamics Laboratory, will speak at 3 p.m. at CREOL Room 102 about “Nanotechnology Meets Biology in the Cancer […]

  • Don’t Miss Your Chance- Grad Fair 2014 This Week

    2014-09-04 09:58:05

    Don’t miss your chance to attend Grad Fair 2014 this Wednesday, Sept 10 from 4:30-7:30 pm in the Pegasus Ballroom of the UCF Main Campus Student Union. This UCF College of Graduate Studies event is held only once a year and is your best opportunity to explore graduate school options. Grad Fair is free and […]

  • Women's Studies to Commemorate 20th Anniversary

    2014-09-04 09:19:14

    UCF Women’s Studies will host workshops, receptions and other events this month to commemorate its 20th anniversary on campus. Women’s Studies serves the community with academic opportunities and a mission for service, said Maria Santana, director for the past six years. The program also works toward social justice and equality with more than 2,000 hours […]

  • Be the Best You Can Be – and Then Some

    2014-09-03 10:11:51

    The first few weeks of the school year can be overwhelming for anyone, especially at a university of nearly 60,000 students. As a graduate student, I see an uncertain, frightened look in the faces of many new students wondering what to do and how to succeed. So I want to share the advice that has […]

  • Author of 'The Fifth Beatle' to Speak About Breaking Down Ethnic Barriers

    2014-09-02 16:12:27

    An open forum featuring Vivek J. Tiwary, a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television and graphic novels, will be hosted 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the UCF Student Union. Tiwary’s presentation is titled “The Color of Dreams: Breaking Down Ethnic Barriers […]

  • Pro Football Knights

    2014-09-02 10:30:00

    The number of UCF players competing in the NFL continues to grow from past seasons as 16 former Knights are currently on NFL rosters to kick off the 2014 campaign. From UCF’s 2013 squad, Blake Bortles (Jacksonville), Storm Johnson (Jacksonville), Chris Martin (New England) and Justin McCray (Tennessee) have all earned spots with NFL clubs. […]

  • Lockheed Martin Donation Expands Simulation Training for Nursing Students

    2014-09-02 10:21:41

    Lockheed Martin, whose longtime partnership with UCF represents a shared commitment to education and an improved quality of life in Florida, has recently donated state-of-the-art simulation equipment to be used for student training in UCF’s College of Nursing. Three high-fidelity mannequins, consumable medical supplies, an IV catheter trainer and other equipment will allow students to […]

  • Vigil to Remember Knight, Journalist Killed by Terrorists

    2014-09-02 00:14:58

    Students at the University of Central Florida will hold a candlelight vigil to remember former student and journalist Steven Sotloff, who was killed by terrorists in Syria on Tuesday. ISIS terrorists kidnapped Sotloff more than a year ago while he was working as a freelance journalist in the Middle East. The vigil begins at 9 […]