January 2015

  • UCF Mourns Nobel Laureate and Laser Pioneer Charles H. Townes

    2015-01-28 16:37:34

    Charles H. Townes, a laser pioneer, Nobel laureate and namesake of the Townes Laser Institute at the University of Central Florida, died Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. He was 99. Townes, who made world-changing contributions in the field of optics and lasers, had long-term ties to UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics and the Center for […]

  • Florida Blue Leader Cites Communication Skills As Key To Success

    2015-01-28 10:59:35

    “Release the need to always be right. It’s better to leave a sense of creating a mutual relationship.” The UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) recently invited Florida Blue’s market president, Tony Jenkins, to present at the Dean’s Leadership Class to a group of student leaders. Jenkins emphasized the importance of treating others with respect […]

  • Record-Setting International Cohort Begins Disney Undergraduate Program

    2015-01-28 10:45:42

    UCF’s Rosen College welcomed the largest cohort of international students for the start of the Disney Undergraduate Program on January 20. A total of 51 students from Rosen College’s six partner universities in China and South Korea attended Orientation in preparation for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study and work in one of the world’s top […]

  • Leave Them (Texting) Kidz Alone

    2015-01-28 09:43:29

    By trade, I am a professor of writing and rhetoric. In layman’s terms, this makes me an English teacher. These are deeply dreaded words for many people. When I identify my profession to new acquaintances, I get a range of responses: obviously, some people don’t find it that interesting—it’s not like I’m an astronaut or […]

  • UCF Medical School Offers Scholarships to Successful Parramore Grads

    2015-01-26 18:08:26

    High school graduates from the Parramore community who wish to become doctors will be able to attend the University of Central Florida College of Medicine on full scholarships. On Saturday, Orange County Public Schools broke ground on the new PS8 School, a first-of-its-kind community school that will address the needs of preschool through middle school […]

  • 'Arcadia' Performance Blends Arts, Sciences, Language

    2015-01-26 15:45:31

    Theatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, will present Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia through Feb. 1, in the Main Stage theater on the University of Central Florida campus. Arcadia is a witty and complex story that switches between two time periods, 1809 and 1999. In the earlier time period, 13-year-old Thomasina makes a startling scientific […]

  • #UCFBusiness Welcome to the Majors Draws 1000 Students

    2015-01-23 20:27:59

    “What will I do when I graduate? Am I the one – the one who will stand out?” Last Friday, the UCF College of Business Administration had 1000 business students ask themselves these questions at Welcome the Majors, held at the Venue on campus. The event served as an informational and exciting kickoff to the […]

  • Biology Professor Earns Top Honors for Innovative Science Education

    2015-01-22 12:05:21

    From creating storybooks that teach preschoolers about the dangers of aquarium dumping to engaging more than 47,000 volunteers on oyster-reef restoration and living-shoreline projects since 2007, UCF biology professor Linda Walters has found ways to make science exciting and relevant to people of all ages. That’s why earlier this month the Society for Integrative and […]

  • Female Execs Set to Inspire at First Women's Hospitality & Tourism Leadership Forum

    2015-01-22 10:29:58

    The University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management will host the first Women’s Hospitality & Tourism Leadership Forum (WHTLF) on Friday, March 20, 2015. In celebration of Women’s History Month, this premier event will bring together industry leaders, professionals and students to promote leadership excellence among women in the hospitality and tourism management […]

  • Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

    2015-01-21 16:36:23

    Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams and Michelangelo are a few examples of brilliantly inspiring individuals who shaped our culture, artistry and society.  Looking at this list of names, it is hard to see a connection between these unique individuals. The sad truth is that each one suffered from mental illness, a debilitating disease that […]

  • Noted Philanthropist Speaks to Students About Becoming Inspirational Teachers

    2015-01-21 13:16:51

    Each semester at UCF, approximately 1000 teacher candidates venture into schools in the community to continue gaining hands-on experience in classroom environments while bringing with them the latest approaches and developments in the education field. Chief among the goals of these future educators is to be as inspiring as the teachers who helped them succeed […]

  • UCF Offers Chance to Watch Comet and Asteroid at Same Time

    2015-01-21 09:04:12

    Most nights, stars twinkle and the moon shines bright. There may even be a shooting star. But on Monday, Jan. 26, stargazers will have a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of an asteroid and a comet on the same night. UCF’s Robinson Observatory will open its doors to the public from 7:30 to 9:30 […]

  • Sweet Revenge

    2015-01-20 16:24:19

    It’s only been a little more than two years since Jordan Henry, ’12, graduated from UCF, but she’s already added some pretty big names to her resume, which includes working as a production assistant on Bravo’s “Top Chef Duels,” temping as an office assistant at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and interning at E! Entertainment Television’s […]

  • Artworks Reflect the UCF Creed, Now on Display

    2015-01-20 14:11:32

    The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities along with the UCF Parent and Family Fund hosted the 5th Creed Art Contest in November 2014. All students were encouraged to submit original works of art that represented the UCF Creed values: Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity and Excellence. The winner, Kimberly Montano-Tavera who painted “Knight Helmet” won […]

  • MLK Inspiration Continues Every Year

    2015-01-20 13:55:47

    Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, “I Have a Dream,” continues to inspire UCF students and all Americans. It has been over 60 years since MLK stood on the Lincoln Memorial steps in Washington D.C. where he delivered his historical speech. On January 17 in Downtown Orlando, approximately 50 UCF students made a powerful impact in […]

  • Rosen College Announces Spring 2015 CFHLA Meet & Greets Schedule

    2015-01-20 12:43:15

    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 spring 2015 semester. Students can stop by the CFHLA Student Lounge (room 202) on Tuesdays from 11:30-1:30 to learn from and connect with […]

  • UCF Cheer Finishes Second at National Championship

    2015-01-16 16:04:52

    UPDATE: UCF’s cheerleading squad placed second at the College Cheerleading National Championships Sunday night. Despite a flawless performance they placed behind Alabama at the HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This is the second consecutive year the squad has placed second nationally. Knightmoves dance team also competed in the Hip […]

  • UCF Book Festival Offers Teens a Chance to go from Readers to Authors

    2015-01-16 14:33:16

    The UCF Book Festival, scheduled for April 18th 2015, will offer readers and book lovers of all ages an opportunity to learn about new authors, new subjects, and new experiences. But rather than focusing only on adult readers, the UCF Book Festival packs activities for children and teenagers into the day-long event, ensuring that the […]

  • MLK Speechwriter to Discuss Modern Social Issues

    2015-01-16 12:15:43

    More than 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, many challenges of social justice persist today. Clarence B. Jones, advisor, counsel and speechwriter for King, will discuss these issues at UCF on Thurs., January 22. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at 3 […]

  • UCF Volunteers to Participate in MLK Day of Service Park Cleanup

    2015-01-16 11:25:30

    This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Volunteer UCF will partner with the City of Orlando’s MLK Day of Service to bring volunteers to Barker Park to plant new trees, recycle and help restore the park to its natural beauty. VUCF expects more than 100 UCF students to participate. “MLK Day of Service gives students the […]

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

    2015-01-15 21:35:32

    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 […]

  • #UCFBusiness Welcome to the Majors: Leave Your Comfort Zone Behind

    2015-01-15 21:32:06

    Welcome to the Majors, the official kickoff to another exciting semester with #UCFBusiness, will bring more than 1000 students together at the Venue on January 16th. In addition to receiving valuable information about the UCF College of Business Administration, students will be given the opportunity to meet with Career Coaches, learn more about the specific […]

  • UCF Roots Run Deep for the Juges

    2015-01-15 12:06:54

    Dr. Frank Juge and his wife Etta Jean have established the Etta Jean and Frank Juge Graduate Fellowship Endowment at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management to support education-related expenses for full-time doctoral students studying hospitality management. Their gift of $26,000 includes $25,000 for the endowment and an additional $1,000 to begin offering the Fellowship […]

  • Cornerstone Competition Winners Raise Over $2,000 for Kids Beating Cancer

    2015-01-15 11:18:47

    The Extreme Game Changers raised $2,252 for Kids Beating Cancer as the first-place winners of the fall Cornerstone Social Entrepreneurship Competition. Team members Fabiola Pagan, William Colbert, Emily Brouillard, Amanda Rosa, Jeff Horton and Leslie Bonnelly-Castrofort competed against 23 other exceptional teams enrolled in the Cornerstone course at the UCF College of Business Administration. Kids […]

  • 1st Aid Strategy Wins Great Capstone Case Competition

    2015-01-15 09:32:04

    What if your company had the opportunity to crowdsource a business solution with hundreds of top business students? This semester over 600 students at the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration were divided into teams to brainstorm strategic recommendations for Florida Blue. The teams pitched their plans to judges, with the top five […]

  • Submit, Present, and Win!

    2015-01-15 06:00:47

    Does your research have what it takes to win? Submissions are now open for the Twelfth Annual Graduate Research Forum- your opportunity to showcase your work and win cash prizes! The Graduate Research Forum is an annual showcase of the diversity of research topics being undertaken by UCF’s graduate students. This year’s event will take […]

  • Bearing Witness Even When It Seems Too Much to Bear

    2015-01-14 16:56:01

    My husband wanted to go to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest last summer as we traveled in Germany. We were planning our itinerary for our time in Munich and I responded as if he’d just admitted to buying tickets for “The Jerry Springer Show.” Why would I want to go to the Alps retreat where Hitler hung […]

  • UCF's Second President Trevor Colbourn Dies at Age 87

    2015-01-13 16:28:23

    The University of Central Florida was known as Florida Technological University when Trevor Colbourn became president in 1978. Recognizing the university had grown beyond its early moniker as “Florida’s space university,” Colbourn renamed the institution that same year. In addition to that high-profile name change, Colbourn also established UCF’s honors program and a football program […]

  • UCF I-Corps Welcomes Co-Founder and Pioneer of Lean Startup Movement

    2015-01-13 16:07:02

    The UCF I-Corps program will proudly welcome the co-founder and leader of the Lean Startup movement on Thursday, January 29th for two events in Orlando.  Jerry Engel will make special appearances at UCF’s campus and at an industry mixer/reception in downtown Orlando, in partnership with Canvs, Starter Studio and Orlando Tech Association, as part of […]

  • UCF Counselor Education Students Help Seminole County Schools Close the Achievement Gap

    2015-01-13 11:03:29

    Graduate students in the College of Education and Human Performance’s Counselor Education program are taking what they learn in courses and through research and applying it directly in the community. Specifically, students in the program are working with and in Hamilton Elementary School in Seminole County offering counseling and other assistive services to students and […]

  • New Study Shows ROI of College Education Should Be Measured in Years, Not Dollars

    2015-01-13 10:14:40

    A new study published in Tourism Economics from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management shows that the popular method of using dollars to measure the return on investment for college education is flawed; instead, it should be measured in years and consider more social aspects to avoid confusion and disservice to […]

  • Annual Literacy Symposium Focuses on Writing in the 21st Century

    2015-01-12 09:21:28

    Preparing for its 17th year, the UCF College of Education and Human Performance’s Annual Literacy Symposium is a unique opportunity for practicing teachers and teacher candidates to stay up to date on the latest developments and current conventions in literacy education. Tackling a new theme each year, the Literacy Symposium centers sessions and keynote presentations […]

  • No More Excuses, UCF Apps Brings Learning Software Anytime, Anywhere

    2015-01-12 08:00:05

    Dishing out $200 or more for specialized software used for only one or two semesters or trying to mesh a class and work schedule with computer lab hours used to be the only ways to access certain software needed for many courses at the University of Central Florida. But beginning this spring semester, students can […]

  • From Sexual Dysfunction to Anxiety, Cancer Survivors Struggle Post Treatment

    2015-01-12 05:00:13

    Even decades after being cured, many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges resulting from their disease and its treatment. From physical problems such as sexual dysfunction to anxiety about getting cancer again to financial hardships 20 years later related to treatment, survivors continue to fight long after the actual disease is defeated. That’s the […]

  • Nine Entrepreneurial Teams Selected Representing Cross Section of UCF Programs

    2015-01-09 16:09:55

    Nine teams will embark on a 10-week journey to learn the Lean Startup methodology as part of the inaugural class of the UCF I-Corps program beginning January 30, 2015. The class represents a cross section of students from various UCF programs, including College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), Institute for Simulation and Training (IST), […]

  • Flag Football Team Repeats as National Champion

    2015-01-09 13:44:23

    The UCF women’s flag football team left no doubt last weekend about which team reigns supreme at the NIRSA Championship Series National Flag Football Tournament hosted at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. UCF’s team “Check On It” used a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Florida A&M University 7-6 to successfully defend last year’s national […]

  • UCF Earns National Recognition for Community Engagement, Partnerships

    2015-01-09 10:51:28

    UCF students, faculty and staff care about their community and it shows through everything they do from offering free mental health counseling at a campus clinic, to erecting 40-foot-tall wind turbines in a South African village to help locals with energy needs, to collecting holiday gifts for families in nearby Bithlo. UCF is engaged with […]

  • Super Bowl Commercial Contest Could Earn UCF Graduate $1 Million

    2015-01-09 09:47:30

    UCF radio-television graduate Brian Kleinschmidt, who entered a video commercial in the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Contest, is one of 10 finalists vying for the $1 million grand prize that will be determined by voters around the world.             Kleinschmidt, who lives in Tampa, and the other finalists have been invited to the Feb. 1 […]

  • U.S. News & World Report Ranks UCF's Online Nursing Programs Among Top 25

    2015-01-08 16:39:03

    UCF’s College of Nursing’s online graduate programs were again named among the best in the nation, according to the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings released this week. UCF was the only Florida program ranked in the top 25, coming in at 25 out of 133 schools nationwide. “That makes two years in […]

  • UCF's Cyber Defense Team Starts New Year By Taking top National Prize

    2015-01-07 15:35:17

    UCF’s Cyber Defense Team has started the new year by taking top honors in the Collegiate Cybersecurity Championship Cup competition on Jan. 6. Unlike other stand-alone competitions, the Collegiate Cybersecurity Championship Cup recognizes the best team in the nation for overall performance at multiple cybersecurity competitions. “I’m so proud of our student club members,” said […]

  • Chasing Earthbound Dust Clouds to Help Protect Astronauts, Alien Worlds

    2015-01-07 13:51:48

    University of Central Florida student Fernando Valbuena spent his summer as an intern working on a scientific instrument to help scientists determine how dust storms transport potentially dangerous microscopic organisms across thousands of miles. He spent winter break eagerly awaiting early results. The research team, led by University of Florida professor Andrew Schuerger, hopes to […]

  • Take the Opportunities of Travel to Always Learn Something New

    2015-01-07 10:15:43

    I love to travel because it is always a wonderful, life-changing experience – whether embarking on a road trip or flying overseas to a foreign country. No matter where you go, you will likely meet new people and learn something new, which is always my goal. Over the recent holiday break, I traveled to Sweden […]

  • UCF, Partners Form PRISM to Compete for Federal Integrated-Photonics Project

    2015-01-06 13:53:29

    A group of photonics industry members is joining with five key research universities to compete for the federal government’s Integrated-Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) and $110 million in federal funds to be matched by state and private funding for a total project value of more than $230 million.   The University of Central Florida, Georgia […]

  • UCF Filmmakers Win Emmy for Documentary

    2015-01-05 15:48:20

    “The Committee,” a documentary film by a team from UCF, recently won an Emmy for telling the story of a Florida Legislature investigative panel that sought to root out homosexuals from state universities about 50 years ago. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in December presented the Suncoast Regional Emmy for Best Historical […]