November 2014

  • Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Named

    2014-11-22 08:31:57

    Manoj Chopra has been named Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Chopra, who joined UCF’s Civil Engineering faculty in 1993, will begin the position on December 1. In his new role, Chopra will oversee existing programs within the Office of Undergraduate Studies, including experiential learning, information fluency, and programs designed to prepare students […]

  • UCF Students' Prototypes Include Space Friendly IV, Artificial Lung

    2014-11-21 11:53:11

    Engineering students at the University of Central Florida are at it again, this time trying to give NASA and scientists fighting cancer the tools to help them in their quests. As part of their final projects before graduation, one team of engineering students has designed a way to administer IVs in space, where there is […]

  • UCF Faculty, Students to Shine at National Speech-Language-Hearing Convention

    2014-11-20 11:17:31

    Five UCF faculty members and a student organization will receive top honors at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual convention Nov. 20-22 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. All are members of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “They are being recognized for contributions that directly impact the students we educate and clients […]

  • The “Live” Fan Experience will be Transformed for Select Group of Fans Attending Knights’ Upcoming Home Football Game vs. SMU

    2014-11-20 11:00:22

    The thrill of attending a UCF home football game at Bright House Networks Stadium is an exhilarating experience. For 100 fans attending this Saturday’s game vs SMU, the experience will be raised to new heights thanks to a client company of the UCF Business Incubation Program. In partnership with UCF Athletics, imediaReach® will demonstrate its […]

  • CEDHP Undergrads Learn About and Conduct Research Early On

    2014-11-19 14:40:20

    For many students, the first opportunity they have to conduct, read, and appreciate current research doesn’t come along until they begin a graduate-level program. But for undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Performance, engaging with research can begin much sooner. The Showcase of Undergraduate Research Findings, a semi-annual event in the College, […]

  • UCF Students Shave Heads to Raise Awareness, Money for Childhood Cancer

    2014-11-19 12:09:30

    University of Central Florida students will shave their heads this week in an effort to stand in solidarity with children facing cancer. The effort is coordinated by the student group St. Baldrick’s Knights, a branch of the national volunteer-driven charity St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The organization is dedicated to funding research to find cures for childhood […]

  • The Producer

    2014-11-19 10:30:50

    Victoria Moll-Ramirez, ’09, says her bachelor’s degree in radio-television from UCF has meant everything to her in her career. Her best memories at UCF include hours spent in the Nicholson School of Communication’s Knightly Newsroom. “Every meltdown, every slice of pizza and every soda I had in that newsroom is so fondly remembered,” she says. […]

  • Zykira Lewis: Player of the Week

    2014-11-19 10:00:16

    UCF sophomore Zykira Lewis was selected as the American Athletic Conference’s women’s basketball Player of the Week on Monday. Lewis, who was once recognized as the Rookie of the Week in 2013, is the first Knight to garner the recognition since UCF joined the league last year. The Bartow, Fla., was bestowed the honor after […]

  • It's a Small World After All – and We're All Connected

    2014-11-19 09:27:21

    We’ve probably all had the song “it’s a small world” stuck in our heads after visiting Fantasyland at Walt Disney World. This simple song highlights how we all are connected, and was created to promote the message of international peace and inclusion of diversity. Walt Disney sped up the tempo from the original version and […]

  • UCF Choruses Celebrate Thanksgiving in Community Concert

    2014-11-19 09:25:55

    The UCF Choruses are performing a free community Thanksgiving concert titled “The Song of Harvest Home” at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Winter Park at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. UCF Music faculty members David Brunner and Kelly A. Miller will lead the three choruses –  the University Chorus, the Women’s Chorus, and […]

  • Nursing Faculty Member Named FHSA Interim Director

    2014-11-18 18:07:34

    Laura Gonzalez, an assistant professor in the UCF College of Nursing, has been named the interim director for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance effective Nov. 1. She was appointed by Mary Lou Brunell, director of the Florida Center for Nursing. As a statewide organization, the FSHA’s purpose is to provide and enhance patient safety for […]

  • CREOL Researchers Develop Key Photonic Device at Difficult Wavelength

    2014-11-18 15:10:55

    Researchers at UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) have developed a novel platform and optical modulators at the difficult and less-explored wavelength range of mid-infrared. The platform can facilitate breakthroughs in the fields of free-space optical communications, environmental monitoring, sensing and biomedicine. The work was conducted by Ph.D. student Jeff Chiles in professor Sasan […]

  • Repeat Win: UCF is Southeast Champion of Computer Programming

    2014-11-18 14:42:53

    UCF won a regional super-contest of computer programming known as the “Battle of the Brains,” a victory that UCF also claimed in 2013. The victory marks the 33rd consecutive year that the UCF Programming Team has achieved a top-three regional win in the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest, a record unmatched by any similar team […]

  • Keeping Up With Cancer Research — and Mustaches

    2014-11-18 10:37:07

    Biotechnology graduate Bradley Campagna, ’11, is one of many “Mo Bros” who have taken up the fight against cancer — along with sprouting a November mustache as part of the annual Movember Foundation campaign to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Campagna, a cytogenetic technologist who delivers results to cancer patients, said most of his co-workers at […]

  • From Botswana and NCAA to UCF, New Chief Diversity Officer Begins Work

    2014-11-17 17:16:19

    Karen Morrison, former National Collegiate Athletic Association director of inclusion, has traveled all over the world from Botswana to Mongolia to South America, seeking cultures that challenge her own views. The Arkansas native believes that diversity enriches all of us. Morrison brings that attitude to the University of Central Florida today as new chief diversity […]

  • UCF Academic Advisors To Give Career Advice Starting Tuesday

    2014-11-17 16:29:33

    More than 30 academic advisors throughout the University of Central Florida will be able to give career advice to students starting Tuesday. The academic advisors from the College of Sciences, College of Health and Public Affairs, regional campuses and other locations completed the Career Development Facilitator (CDF) certification program and will pick up their certificates […]

  • The Sky’s the Limit for I-Drive 360

    2014-11-17 13:50:27

    This semester, a group of Rosen College students have been hard at work on an attraction set to change the face of Orlando’s famed International Drive – I-Drive 360. Eight teams of hospitality management and event majors in their first Marketing for Hospitality & Tourism course spent the last several months developing 10-point marketing plans […]

  • Jazz On A Green Draws 1,000-Plus

    2014-11-17 13:40:44

    More than 1,000 music fans enjoyed a national singing star and a UCF big band on Saturday, November 15 for Jazz On A Green on the College of Medicine’s Tavistock Green. Proceeds from the event – which are still being tallied – will support M.D. scholarships and scholarships for the Lake Nona YMCA. Sisaundra Lewis, […]

  • NCAA Tournament: Women's Soccer Advances

    2014-11-17 12:51:50

    In the days leading up to UCF’s first round NCAA Tournament matchup against Georgia, the women’s soccer team was asked repeatedly about redemption and revenge. The Knights (17-4-0) had dropped a 1-0 regular season matchup to the Bulldogs in Athens. But prior to Saturday night’s 2-1 win, UCF head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak asked the […]

  • Football: UCF 31, Tulsa 7

    2014-11-17 12:50:51

    The UCF football team locked up bowl eligibility for the third-straight year and remained in the hunt for the American Athletic Conference championship with its 31-7 win over Tulsa on Friday night in the program’s 50th game at Bright House Networks Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Justin Holman led his team to a season-best night of 506 […]

  • Retired Fighter Pilot to Speak About Struggle for Civil Rights

    2014-11-17 11:04:53

    Col. Richard Toliver, a retired Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot mentored by the Tuskegee Airmen, will be the speaker Friday at a DiversiTea event sponsored by UCF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Daytona Beach campus. The pilot, a 26-year Air Force veteran who flew 446 combat missions in Southeast Asia, will […]

  • From Meteorites to Comets and a New Crew Capsule, Space Exploration Abuzz

    2014-11-17 09:45:00

    It’s a big month for space exploration. Among the headlines: the successful landing of a spacecraft on a comet, the stunning findings unearthed in meteorites recovered from California, and the rollout of NASA’s next-generation Orion crew capsule expected to take its test flight in December. “It’s an exciting time to be involved in space exploration,” […]

  • UCF Hunger Banquet: Students to Experience Realities of Poverty Firsthand

    2014-11-14 15:10:55

    University of Central Florida students will take a gamble on their dinner Monday, Nov. 17, as part of an activity that demonstrates what mealtime is like for those who are hungry, homeless or impoverished. Upon entering Volunteer UCF’s 21st annual Hunger Banquet, participants will select a role card that places them into a lower-, middle- […]

  • SGA Offers Free Airport Shuttle During the Holidays

    2014-11-14 11:27:47

    UCF’s Student Government Association will offer free transportation to and from Orlando International Airport during the week of Thanksgiving and part of winter break. Knight Flight is a shuttle service offered to students in need of airport transportation during the holiday season. Students can reserve spots the shuttles by selecting the date and time they’d […]

  • Friday Football: What You Need to Know

    2014-11-14 09:10:46

    UCF will host the University of Tulsa at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in a Military Appreciation Night game that will be nationally televised on ESPN2. Active-duty military personnel, veterans and first responders are eligible for free tickets to the game. Please see the tickets section below for details. What Classes Will Be in Session […]

  • Meet LTC MeLisa Gantt, Army Nurse Researcher

    2014-11-13 17:32:06

    UCF alumna MeLisa Gantt earned her Ph.D. in nursing in August 2010 through a full military scholarship. While a student, Gantt served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Nurse Corps and conducted research in the area of stress and hypertension in soldiers. Since then she has continued to focus her research on the relationship […]

  • White Men Dominate College Leadership Positions

    2014-11-13 17:15:05

    According to a recent study released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida, key leadership positions at Football Bowl Subdivisions (FBS) schools are dominated by white males. The Fall 2014 report found that 74.6 percent of university presidents, 77.6 percent of athletic directors, and 100 percent […]

  • Oysters to the Rescue? A Natural Way to Clean Up the Indian River Lagoon

    2014-11-13 16:58:33

    The tiny, mushy mollusks usually slurped up at local bars and restaurants may be the eco-friendly heroes that end up saving Brevard County’s Indian River Lagoon. Knee-deep in murky water for several hours this week, community volunteers, Brevard County Natural Resources employees, Brevard Zoo employees and University of Central Florida students worked alongside UCF biologist […]

  • Professional Selling Students Make UCF History at ICSC

    2014-11-13 09:46:43

    UCF College of Business Administration students emerged as champions at the 2014 International Collegiate Sales Competition (ICSC) hosted in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel, making this the first-ever ICSC championship for our Professional Selling Program. The ICSC puts students’ selling skills to the test in a challenge to create a sales solution to improve […]

  • Online Option for Nurses Seeking Ph.D.

    2014-11-13 08:00:48

    Nurses seeking to advance their career with a Ph.D. now have the opportunity to access world-class research facilities and university faculty through the click of a mouse. The University of Central Florida’s College of Nursing, one of the nation’s best online graduate programs for nursing, according to U.S. News & World Report, will offer the […]

  • Starter Riot 2014: Tips and Treats for Student Start-ups

    2014-11-12 16:48:18

    Starter Riot, heralded as UCF’s biggest pre-Halloween social event, brought more than 1,300 UCF students to the Pegasus Ballroom on October 27. In addition to free candy and pizza, students were offered advice on beginning a successful start-up while pursuing a college degree. Students feeling the holiday spirit came in their scariest attire to hear […]

  • Moving and Inspiring Knights of Today and Tomorrow

    2014-11-12 16:16:20

    Thanks in part to the generosity of UCF’s campus shuttle bus provider, Burnett Honors College students can mentor and prepare for college over 10,000 of at-risk elementary school children every fall for the next five years. Veolia Transportation has donated 90 bus trips annually to the service-learning sites visited by Honors students during the fall Honors Symposium. […]

  • Institute for Real Estate Management Hosts Panel Discussion at UCF

    2014-11-12 14:29:45

    The Institute for Real Estate Management (IREM) hosted a free panel discussion and lunch for 150 UCF students as prelude to its Fall Leadership Conference being held in Orlando this year. Students had the opportunity to network with 50 IREM conference members consisting of seasoned real estate management professionals, university student members, and international members […]

  • The Social Media Mirage (and What We're Missing)

    2014-11-12 11:25:45

    A large man in a black bear suit walks onscreen in a YouTube video. He stops in the middle of some guys tossing around two basketballs, makes some awkward 80s dance moves, and then moonwalks off the screen so well even Michael Jackson might have been impressed. More than 100 of my students watch the video […]

  • Fulbright Scholar Takes Education Development Around the Globe

    2014-11-12 09:13:35

    Each year, the U.S. State Department’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars spearheads the Fulbright Scholar program – an academic exchange that sends professionals and top-tier faculty in all fields around the world to foster collaboration, innovation, and partnerships. The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers nearly 800 grants each year to assist in over 125 countries […]

  • Expert in Nursing Clinical and Executive Practice Speaks at UCF

    2014-11-11 08:27:01

    Karen Cox, an executive vice president and co-chief operating officer at Children’s Mercy Hospital, a 384-bed academic pediatric medical center in Kansas City, Mo., and assistant dean for clinical partnerships at the University of Missouri—Kansas City, was the guest speaker at the fourth annual Orlando Health Nursing Lecture held Nov. 4 at the UCF Fairwinds […]

  • UCF Student Veteran's Inspiring Personal Mission to Be Part of the Magic

    2014-11-10 10:09:00

    UCF has nearly 1,600 student veterans, a population that has grown from about 200 in 2006. One of these veterans is junior hospitality management major and Sergeant First Class (retired) Paul Hiltibidal. A long way from his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, he dreams of a management career at Disney and is currently studying theme […]

  • Name UCF’s New Police Dog, See Magic at Thursday’s K-9 Fundraiser

    2014-11-10 10:00:24

    The University of Central Florida’s Police Department is adding a new dog to its K-9 team, and the agency is asking for the community’s help to cover the cost. UCF Police will host a magic show Thursday, Nov. 13, to raise money for the new dog and its training and equipment. The dog will join […]

  • “Be Proud Of Who You Are”

    2014-11-10 09:46:14

    October marked LGBTQ+ History Month at UCF with the theme of: “Breaking Down Barriers: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” The month of programming was a collaboration of the Multicultural Student Center and LGBTQ+ Services as well as campus leaders, advisors, and directors from other Student Development and Enrollment and UCF offices.The month began with the kick-off […]

  • Symptoms of Traumatic Stress Are Varied, Complex, Says Military Expert

    2014-11-10 08:38:37

    United States Army Col. Jeffrey Yarvis drew from decades of experience in military social work to describe the challenges faced by returning veterans during an information-packed and deeply personnel presentation at UCF. Yarvis is a decorated officer, a published scholar with a doctorate and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He currently serves as chief of […]

  • Shut Out Trafficking Program Geared to Increase Awareness

    2014-11-07 16:39:49

    The national Shut Out Trafficking project organized by the National Consortium for Academics in Sport comes to UCF on Monday, Nov. 10, with a program geared toward increasing awareness and stopping human trafficking. Keynote speakers will be Richard E. Lapchick, who founded the NCAS and is the director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics […]

  • Marketing Wizard Helped to Launch Universal's 'Harry Potter' Attraction

    2014-11-07 14:01:19

    Lightning never strikes twice — except in the case of Donna Mirus Bates, ’93, senior vice president of marketing communications and content development for Universal Orlando. She worked on the marketing opportunity of a lifetime, then created an encore marketing campaign to reignite global excitement for a theme park expansion of infinite magnitude. Bates and […]

  • Women's Soccer: 8 All-conference Awards, League Best

    2014-11-07 10:55:15

    On the eve of its American Athletic Conference semifinal matchup, the UCF women’s soccer team pulled in a major haul of the league’s highest honors Thursday. For the second year in a row, Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak was named the American’s Coach of the Year. Senior Tatiana Coleman shared Offensive Player of the Year honors with […]

  • UCF Play 'Trevor' Will Benefit Center for Great Apes

    2014-11-06 17:03:22

    Theatre UCF will present the play “Trevor” from Nov. 13 to 23 in the UCF Black Box. This will be the first time the play has been performed at the collegiate level. Written by Nick Jones, “Trevor” was inspired by the 2009 attack of a woman by her friend’s pet chimpanzee and takes a look […]

  • Football: 15 Players on NFL Rosters

    2014-11-06 16:47:59

    A.J. Bouye delivered his first career NFL interception and ran it back 51 yards for a touchdown to highlight UCF’s week in the pros. An undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans, Bouye also came through with seven tackles against Philadelphia. Blake Bortles booked his sixth start of the season for the Jacksonville Jaguars against […]

  • College of Business Hosts Veterans Job Fair

    2014-11-06 11:18:22

    UCF students, alumni and service men and women are invited to attend the College of Business Administration’s second-annual Central Florida Veterans Job Fair on Friday, November 7, generously supported by Wells Fargo. The free event will feature financial planning advice, mock interviews and guest speakers. The hashtag for the event is #ucfvetjobfair. The fair begins […]

  • Winter is Coming – With its Pressures, Joys

    2014-11-05 12:01:27

    My favorite time of year is autumn, when the weather is perfect and I am reunited with one of my loves: pumpkin spice latte. Everywhere I look I see pumpkins, golden-colored leaves, and children running around in their costumes eating leftover Halloween candy. And, of course, let us not forget about the wonderful breaks and […]

  • Grants Awarded to Grad Student's Company and IDEAS for UCF

    2014-11-05 11:34:03

    Agrarian Land and Pond, a company owned by UCF graduate student Zachary Marimon, was awarded a $25,000 grant Tuesday by Wells Fargo to help the environmental company reach its goals. Marimon also was allowed to choose a nonprofit organization to receive a $5,000 grant from the financial-services company, and he selected IDEAS for UCF, an […]

  • UCF LEAD Scholars Receive Scholarships

    2014-11-05 11:23:20

    The University Club of Orlando provides an endowed scholarship for LEAD Scholars Academy academic program students who have established a strong foundation of leadership, service and academics. This year, three UCF students were awarded a $5,600 scholarship to assist with their tuition costs. Rachel Largmann spoke on behalf of the university at the annual scholarship […]

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated at UCF

    2014-11-05 09:58:33

    The Latin American Student Association, formally known as the Hispanic American Student Association, invited the UCF community to join in the Hispanic Heritage Month activities and events during September 15-October 15. Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, was keynote speaker at the kick-off event. The celebration’s entertainment […]

  • Veterans Week at UCF: Honor and Remembrance

    2014-11-04 19:47:45

    The University of Central Florida will honor veterans Nov. 6-14 with a commemorative ceremony, job fair and other activities. UCF is ranked one of the best universities in the nation for veterans by offering support services along their journey toward graduation and has been ranked as “military friendly” by G.I. Jobs magazine. Highlights for the […]

  • History Students Research Orlando's Former Naval Training Center for Memorial

    2014-11-04 11:29:45

    A memorial to honor the 650,000 Navy recruits who were trained in Orlando has received a boost by UCF history students who researched the base, interviewed the sailors who came through the facility, and collected photos. The Orlando Naval Training Center, which was in operation 1968-94, was where the Baldwin Park neighborhood now sits. The […]

  • Type 1 Diabetes is a 24/7 Responsibility – and We Get No Vacation Time From It

    2014-11-04 10:53:26

    College is all about finding out who you are. It’s a time to live out teenage shenanigans, solidify your career, and step into the adult world. It’s about finding your passions, learning how to leave your mark on society, and better our communities. But for a Type 1 diabetic student, it’s also about survival. I […]

  • O'Dang Hummus Enjoys Taste of Success at Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day

    2014-11-03 16:09:32

    A start-up hummus business created by a University of Central Florida student was the highest-ranked student-led venture in the inaugural Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day held in New York City last week. “The major players in the market are all doing the exact same flavors. Our idea is to be the rebels, the disruptive kids of […]

  • Five Nursing Donors Honored for Contributions “Beyond Measure”

    2014-11-03 12:18:02

    The UCF College of Nursing honored five philanthropists “whose contributions to nursing, UCF and Central Florida are beyond measure” at an October 30 dinner at the college. The Bert Fish Foundation, The Chatlos Foundation, the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, Florida Hospital and Orlando Health have each given substantial gifts, which are invested to perpetually support […]

  • Alter Ego

    2014-11-03 10:00:33

    Inspired by Indiana Jones’ life of “action, adventure, cool historical artifacts and saving damsels in distress,” Ricky Ly, ’08, grew up wanting to be an archaeologist. But, instead of discovering ancient civilizations, he’s helping to construct new ones, as a professional engineer for Stantec Consulting Engineers Inc. And, instead of saving lives, he’s also teaching […]

  • UCF and Off-campus Apartment Representatives Meet

    2014-11-03 09:49:32

    During the fall semester, the Office of Neighborhood Relations and Safety Education held a meeting with the apartment managers and leasing professions. NR&SE hosts such meetings every fall, spring, and summer terms during which information, updates, and resources are presented and disseminated to the local apartment managers and leasing staff members. The mission of NR&SE […]