August 2014

  • SGA to Host Campus Watch Party for Ireland Game on Aug. 30

    2014-08-21 14:19:25

    With students back on campus and UCF’s Fiesta Bowl championship football team in action across the pond in Ireland, the Student Government Association is inviting the Orlando community to come and watch the Knights take on Penn State outside the entrance of CFE Arena at 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. “This event will be a […]

  • Innovative Partnership Sends UCF Students for Life-Changing Summer in Japan

    2014-08-21 11:40:23

    Four Rosen College students traveled to Japan this summer for an internship that took them across the world to Kafuu Resort Fuchaku Condo – Hotel Okinawa. From May to August, students rotated through positions in various departments, including guest relations, food and beverage, and sales and marketing, for an immersive view of hospitality management in […]

  • Civic Engagement Fair Offers Opportunities to Give Back

    2014-08-21 10:41:22

    Students are invited to learn about different opportunities to give back to the community during the Burnett Honors College’s 7th annual Civic Engagement Fair. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the honors college lobby, and it will showcase organizations that are part of the Honors Educational […]

  • UCF Students Start New Year

    2014-08-21 10:20:37

    The University of Central Florida keeps attracting brighter and brighter students. Preliminary data indicates that this year’s freshman class, which begins classes today, posts some impressive credentials. This fall’s class is expected to have an average high school Grade Point Average of 3.9 compared to 3.8 last fall. The average SAT score is expected to […]

  • The Failure of College Sport as an Equal Opportunity Employer

    2014-08-20 14:45:41

    As someone who has worked for institutions of higher education for more than four decades, it is especially embarrassing for me that colleges have the worst record in sports for hiring women and people of color. UCF’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released the 2013 College Sport Racial and Gender Report Card this […]

  • Patented Soil Media on Green Roofs Throughout Florida

    2014-08-19 13:33:21

    It’s hard to miss the lush, green tropical lemongrass and other plant life that adorn the “green roofs” that are sprouting on buildings throughout Central Florida and beyond. What you might not see at first glance, however, is the innovative soil media that keeps the grasses and plants firmly rooted and thriving. Developed by the […]

  • Rosen College Announces Fall 2014 CFHLA Meet & Greet Schedule

    2014-08-19 10:17:16

    Through a partnership with the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA), Rosen College students have the opportunity to meet representatives from the region’s major hotel brands almost every week during the fall 2014 semester. Students can stop by the CFHLA Student Lounge (room 202) on Tuesdays from 11:30-1:30 to learn from and connect with […]

  • Business College: Stand Out from Day One

    2014-08-19 09:04:14

    For some students, the first class meeting of the semester might mean a review of the syllabus or icebreaker activities. But UCF’s College of Business Administration is shaking it up for its new students this fall, challenging them to stand out and capitalize on what makes them unique. This will be the largest single class […]

  • Campus Disc Golf Course Reopens at New Site

    2014-08-18 15:25:39

    UCF’s relocated disc golf course opened today on a path that circles Lake Christine near the campus intramural fields. The new course along the southern edge of the university has nine holes (baskets) with two different tee boxes for each hole, one for amateurs and another farther back for championship players. If the popularity of […]

  • UCF Member of NSF’s National Innovation Network

    2014-08-18 15:20:13

    UCF has been selected by the National Science foundation (NSF) to provide Florida’s first implementation of one of the agency’s flagship programs to foster innovation among faculty and students, promote regional coordination and linkages in the innovation ecosystem, as well as develop a National Innovation Network, NSF’s I-Corps™. The NSF Innovation Corps(I-Corps) is the agency’s […]

  • Want Your Financial Aid? You Must Attend and Participate in Your Classes

    2014-08-18 09:54:31

    Beginning this fall, in an effort to increase student success, all students will be required to engage in their courses by completing specified assignments during the first five to 10 days from the first day of the class. Faculty members can choose from a variety of ways to verify whether students are actively engaged, including […]

  • President's Faculty Welcome: Salary Increases, New Hires

    2014-08-15 17:12:52

    UCF President John C. Hitt welcomed faculty members back to campus today, sharing news of new hires and salary increases for the coming year. The 100 new faculty hires to be added during the next year will be in addition to replacements for retiring and departing faculty members. “These new colleagues will be hired across […]

  • UCF Listed in Top 50 LGBT-Friendly Campuses

    2014-08-15 15:17:05

    The University of Central Florida today was named to the Top 50 LGBT-Friendly List of universities and colleges in the nation as chosen by Campus Pride, a national organization that works to create safer campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. UCF was the only Florida school out of more than 425 institutions named […]

  • Fall Semester Kicks Off With Move-In Weekend

    2014-08-15 15:08:39

    More than 5,500 University of Central Florida students are moving into on-campus housing today and Saturday with the help of family, friends and more than 400 volunteers. Some students had family members help them carry load after load of their belongings into their rooms early Friday, avoiding the late-morning rain. Others happily accepted help from […]

  • Pegasus Palooza: UCF Welcome Week Starts Aug. 15

    2014-08-15 14:47:57

    Pegasus Palooza is UCF’s official welcome week and begins Friday, August 15 through the 23. Whether you’re a new Knight or a returning student, Pegasus Palooza makes the first week of fall semester an event you’ll remember. Social, academic and service activities are planned for each day to help new and returning students get acquainted with campus […]

  • Regional Campuses Works With State Colleges to Enhance DirectConnect

    2014-08-14 15:25:35

    UCF Regional Campuses is working with its four partner state colleges to upgrade the DirectConnect to UCF experience with what is being called the Enhanced Pathway, a new plan to add student “touch points” along the way as they transfer to the university. DirectConnect is a nationally recognized program that guarantees admission into UCF for […]

  • New Greenhouse Means More Opportunity for Arboretum

    2014-08-13 12:55:30

    UCF’s Arboretum will build a new greenhouse later this year for research, plant propagation and other projects near a former glass-enclosed structure damaged by hurricanes a few years ago. The new greenhouse will stand on the east side of campus near Physical Sciences and will provide the Arboretum and the Department of Landscape and Natural […]

  • UCF Public History Center Helps Ring in Seminole School Year

    2014-08-13 12:53:16

    Educators rang in Seminole County’s first day of school – literally – when they clanged the 1902 tower bell Monday at UCF’s Public History Center in Sanford. The bell, which is high above the city’s original high school and can be heard for blocks around the historic-district neighborhood, was sounded by José Fernandez, dean of […]

  • Life is Like a Salad Bowl – Or Should Be!

    2014-08-13 12:39:31

    Everyone in the world eats salad of some sort. We enjoy all the different ingredients in our salads depending on what we have a taste for at the time. We expect the different types of ingredients we select to bring their own flavor to the bowl. When it is mixed just right, depending on the […]

  • Students, Engineers, Doctors, Clergy Spend Summer as International Samaritans

    2014-08-13 09:17:01

    Thirty medical, nursing, pharmacy and engineering students from the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida set up four rural clinics and saw nearly 600 patients in Dominican Republic this summer as part of a UCF global health program. An accompanying chaplain also helped hundreds dealing with emotional distress linked to physical abuse. […]

  • Big Ideas for a Brighter Future: Grad Fair 2014

    2014-08-12 13:26:54

    Whether to pursue a graduate education is one of the biggest decisions individuals will make for their future. University of Central Florida’s College of Graduate Studies will host its annual Grad Fair from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Pegasus Ballroom at the Student Union to point prospective students in the right direction. […]

  • Rosen College Names 2014 Faculty Member of the Year & Culinary Excellence Award Recipient

    2014-08-11 16:45:55

    On Friday, August 8, Dr. Amy Gregory received the 2014 Faculty Member of the Year Award and Chef Frank Coupland received the 2014 Robert A. Ashley Culinary Excellence Award. The honors were presented at Rosen College’s annual Faculty Retreat. “Every year, we recognize two individuals who go above and beyond in their roles at Rosen […]

  • UCF Cyber Defense Turns Smart Thermostat Into Potential Spy

    2014-08-11 11:10:50

    A member of UCF’s Cyber Defense Team is making headlines again, this time cracking into a secure home system inside 15 seconds at one of the largest cyber security conferences in the world. CNN  and NPR  reported on the hack aimed at raising awareness about the vulnerabilities now possible as more and more items get […]

  • High School Students Learn Sports Business Leadership from UCF Professors

    2014-08-08 13:55:11

    UCF College of Business Administration faculty members C. Keith Harrison and Scott Bukstein were instructors for a series of four workshops at the Wharton Sports Business Academy this summer. The Wharton Sports Business Academy is a program that provides an opportunity for talented rising high school juniors and seniors to study sports business leadership at […]

  • Beckman Is Editor of New National Reference on Affirmative Action

    2014-08-07 12:09:26

    For the most up-to-date, comprehensive information on affirmative action, look no further than a new book edited by James Beckman, chair of UCF’s Department of Legal Studies. Beckman is the editor of Controversies in Affirmative Action, a three-volume set released last week by Praeger. The book contains essays by 36 scholars from across the United States. […]

  • Local Boys & Girls Club Gets Taste of Hospitality Industry

    2014-08-07 11:41:17

    On Thursday, July 31, a group of 19 students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Universal Orlando Foundation Branch visited UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management to learn about career paths in hospitality and tourism, an industry that makes a $54 billion economic impact on Central Florida. As part of its corporate […]

  • Regional Campuses' New Campaign Meets Students Where They Are

    2014-08-07 10:45:12

    UCF’s Regional Campuses has launched some new initiatives to reach more students in the surrounding counties and expand some traditional services offered on the main campus.  Student services and advising teams have partnered with main campus offices on programs such as academic skills workshops through the Student Academic Resource Center and a career fair at […]

  • Hidden Artists Exhibit at John C. Hitt Library

    2014-08-06 15:03:42

    “You might find us in front of the classroom or in the office down the hall and yet never suspect the secret we share. We are artists. Whether we have exhibited in galleries around the world or have never shown our work before, we are artists. We present to you our dreams, our hearts, our […]

  • UCF Pegasus Health Offers DEXA Scans For Bone Health

    2014-08-06 13:58:15

    About 54 million Americans have osteopenia and osteoporosis, making them more susceptible to bone fractures and breaks. Symptoms of this “silent disease” don’t normally appear until the first break happens–typically in the hip, spine or wrist. Now UCF Pegasus Health, the physician practice for the UCF College of Medicine, offers DEXA scans, widely regarded as […]

  • Meet Former Knight, PBS KIDS Star

    2014-08-06 12:49:35

    Jennifer Pena brings acting and teaching, two of her passions, to her role as Miss Rosa on PBS KIDS. Pena, an Orlando native, uses the skills she learned while earning her teaching certificate at UCF to teach children to explore and learn through art, song, dance and storytelling in both English and Spanish. Pena will […]

  • Parents of Young Athletes Need to Keep Everything in Perspective

    2014-08-06 11:59:24

    In the nearly two decades that I’ve coached women’s volleyball, I’ve recruited and coached hundreds of players and met hundreds of their parents, all of whom have one thing in common: When it comes to their kids, they are the loudest cheerleaders in the gym. As a parent myself, I get it. You should be […]

  • DeVos Sport Business Management Program Ranked Among the World’s Best

    2014-08-06 10:48:01

    Sports Business International magazine recently ranked the DeVos Sport Business Management graduate program, part of the UCF College of Business Administration, one of the top five in the world for sports business education. Sports Business International is a media service that is acknowledged worldwide as a trusted source of business intelligence. The DeVos Sport Business […]

  • UCF Health Services Ranks No. 2 Among Nation's Universities, Colleges

    2014-08-05 14:03:51

    The University of Central Florida’s Health Services was ranked No. 2 in the nation from among more than 2,500 universities and colleges, according to a survey of students released today by The Princeton Review. UCF’s ranking was included in the education company’s annual guide, “The Best 379 Colleges,” which was based on responses from 130,000 […]

  • Outstanding Staff Members Recognized at Rosen College Retreat

    2014-08-04 17:27:54

    On Friday, August 1, two outstanding staff members were recognized at the Rosen College Staff Retreat. Katherine Tighe, Student Services receptionist, received the 2013-2014 Staff Member of the Year Award and Kelly Robinson, public services librarian at the Universal Orlando Foundation Library at Rosen College, received the 2013-2014 Associate Staff Member of the Year Award. […]

  • Welcome Med School Class of 2018

    2014-08-04 15:44:08

    The UCF College of Medicine welcomed its sixth class of medical students – and its second class at full enrollment – Monday (August 4) at the “White Coat Ceremony,” a traditional event where a medical school recognizes first-year students as colleagues dedicated to patient care. With its second full class, the College of Medicine now […]

  • Orange County Mayor Visits to Explore Partnership Opportunities

    2014-08-04 11:39:00

    The College of Health and Public Affairs welcomed Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and several members of her staff to a meeting July 30 to discuss news ways for the county and college to partner. College Dean Michael Frumkin introduced Jacobs and her staff to the college’s chairs and directors during a lunch-time meeting held in Health and Public Affairs […]

  • UCF Engineering Team 'Sees' Causes of Jet Engine Turbine Coating Damage

    2014-08-01 10:35:01

    A UCF-led research team has succeeded in studying the impact of extreme heat on jet engine turbines in near real-time, which could ultimately help manufacturers better protect against breakdown. The work, which was published Thursday in Nature Communications, was conducted at the University of Central Florida, the Institute of Materials Research at the German Aerospace […]

  • Books Travel From UCF Book Festival to Hospital Waiting Rooms

    2014-08-01 10:11:56

    More than 300 books from the UCF Book Festival were recently donated to Florida Hospital in Orlando. UCF’s College of Education and Human Performance and the Morgridge International Reading Center have hosted the annual book festival for the past five years, showcasing different authors and illustrators from around the country. When authors apply to be […]