August 2016

  • UCF Opens More Prime Tailgating Spaces for Students and Alumni

    2016-08-26 15:55:54

    Following an inaugural season that often saw Memory Mall’s prime tailgating spaces get snapped up within minutes, UCF students and alumni will have exclusive access to even more spaces this year. Knights on the Mall will feature approximately 330 spaces this season, an increase from about 250 in 2015. There will be more spaces in […]

  • UCF is Monitoring Tropical System

    2016-08-25 15:46:40

    With hurricane season underway, UCF’s Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the tropics for severe weather with the potential to impact our community. The National Hurricane Center advises that a disorganized system in the Caribbean could pose a threat to Florida, though the path and impact remain uncertain. Now is the time to prepare, […]

  • National Male Student Success Conference Seeks Proposals

    2016-08-25 15:36:45

    The 2016 National Male Student Success Conference to be held at UCF is accepting presentation proposals from faculty and staff by Sept. 1. The conference will be Oct. 6-8 in the Student Union with the theme Creating 21st Century Pathways to Male Success. The program will be sponsored by Multicultural Academic & Support Services, a […]

  • UCF Technology for Killing Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells Discovered, Licensed

    2016-08-25 08:01:15

    A UCF College of Medicine cancer researcher has discovered a way to kill spreading breast cancer cells and her new technology has generated a licensing agreement that will accelerate the therapy’s path to clinical trials. Metastatic cancer cells that spread from the original tumor to the brain, lungs and bones are the leading cause of […]

  • UCF Lands $1.6 Million NSF Grant

    2016-08-25 05:32:23

    A scientific answer to a challenge such as water pollution is only part of a long-term solution. For example, science may provide a way to clean water, but keeping it clean usually relies on identifying underlying causes and making a long-term impact on human behavior. A team of UCF scientists representing the areas of biology, […]

  • UCFPD Swears In New Officers, Lieutenant

    2016-08-24 14:22:11

    Family, friends, UCF Police officers and staff, and members of the community welcomed six new officers to UCFPD today. The officers, who started their field training in July, were sworn into the agency by UCFPD Chief Richard Beary. Lieutenant Christine Gigicos, who joined UCFPD in July after retiring from the Orlando Police Department, also was […]

  • Geek Squad Founder Revolutionized Tech Support with $200 and a Bicycle

    2016-08-24 10:39:47

    New College of Business students will find out exactly how a guy with $200 in his pocket and a bicycle revolutionized the tech support world in the early 1990s. About 2,000 new students are expected at the CFE Arena on Friday, Aug. 26 to hear Geek Squad founder and former Best Buy CTO Robert Stephens. […]

  • We Must Learn to Tell Narratives That Make Us Better – Not Divide Us

    2016-08-24 10:36:38

    Every four years we turn to our TVs and online sites to cheer on competitors vying for supremacy in an arena where the rules are often unclear and scandal is rife. We hope for an uplifting narrative that shows the best of who we can be, which gives us all something to strive for, but […]

  • Nursing Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

    2016-08-23 07:01:10

    Michele Upvall, PhD, RN, CNE, professor at College of Nursing, has received a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar award. Upvall, an expert in global health and Fulbright Specialist, traveled to Thailand to develop standards for quality research at Khon Kaen University. The standards will be incorporated into courses for master’s degree and PhD nursing students. She also […]

  • Nursing Expands Leadership with Two New Associate Deans

    2016-08-22 16:01:52

    With the continued growth of faculty and programs at UCF College of Nursing, the college has expanded its leadership team with two new associate deans. Norma Conner, PhD, RN, has been appointed to the new position of associate dean for academic excellence and Donna Neff, PhD, RN, FNAP, was appointed to the new position of […]

  • UCFPD, McDonald's Partner for Coffee With A Cop

    2016-08-22 14:00:47

    Students, faculty and staff members, and the community are invited to join the men and women of the UCF Police Department Wednesday for coffee and conversation. UCFPD’s first ever Coffee With A Cop will start at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the McDonald’s on Alafaya Trail across the street from UCF. Agency leadership and […]

  • UCF Students Taking On Less College Debt, See University as Good Value

    2016-08-22 08:00:40

    Bryce Nelson is 20, a junior, works two jobs and meticulously manages his financial aid each year on his way to earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Central Florida. He owes $3,500 in student loans, and he’s working on paying that off before he graduates. All of which makes Nelson a […]

  • UCF 101: How to Find Parking, Your Classes -- and Fun

    2016-08-21 08:00:47

    Confused and anxious about your first week of college? Fear not, new Knights: Here are handy tips that will have you navigating campus like a pro, from finding your class on the first day, to knowing which garage always has a spot, to checking your grades with an app. Parking Parking can be tough during […]

  • Parking Garage C Open; Free Park-and-Ride, Shuttles Available

    2016-08-20 11:40:15

    Parking Garage C reopened on Tuesday morning. Students also are encouraged to continue using free park-and-ride services from the softball field parking lot, as well as free shuttles that connect the campus with 20 nearby apartment complexes. The softball park-and-ride services are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays. Those shuttles take students to […]

  • Nursing Faculty to Serve the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    2016-08-19 17:39:42

    Three nursing faculty members have been selected to serve in leadership roles at the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a national accreditation agency ensuring quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education and residency programs. Michele Upvall, PhD, RN, CNE, was elected to serve as Chair of the CCNE Nominating Committee for 2017. She […]

  • UCF Health Center Opens For Sheriff’s Office

    2016-08-19 17:03:25

    A new health center for Osceola County Sheriff Office members and their families is open, with officials saying they hope the on-site care will help first responders and their families get and stay healthier. Care is provided through a partnership between UCF Health, the UCF College of Medicine’s physician practice, and My Health Onsite, which […]

  • Everything You Need to Know About Riding UCF's Shuttles

    2016-08-19 10:34:28

    Wouldn’t it be great if a driver could pick you up and take you to class, your apartment or even the grocery store, free of charge? You’d never have to worry about parking on campus again. Good news. The University of Central Florida offers a fleet of free shuttles that serves students, faculty and staff, […]

  • UCF Music to Host All-State Preparation Clinic for Middle, High Schoolers

    2016-08-19 09:00:05

    The University of Central Florida will offer a day-long All-State Preparation Clinic to middle and high school students on Saturday, August 27. The clinic is free, but advance registration is required. UCF Music faculty and guest instrumentalists will offer clinics on the Florida Bandmasters Association and Florida Orchestra Association’s All-State Band and Orchestra audition requirements […]

  • Nursing Awarded $85,000 in Scholarship Funds for PhD Students

    2016-08-18 12:53:59

    Four PhD students at the UCF College of Nursing are receiving full scholarships thanks to the help of three new grants totaling $85,000. The college initially received a $40,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, which was matched by $25,000 from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and $20,000 from GENEX Services, […]

  • UCFPD Recognizes Officers, Staff and Community Partners

    2016-08-18 12:05:44

    UCF Police leaders, officers, employees and community partners gathered Wednesday for the department’s semi-annual awards ceremony, which recognized outstanding service to campus and Central Florida. The ceremony, held at the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership, included recognitions of distinguished service, life-saving work, physical fitness excellence and more. The officers and victim advocates who responded […]

  • UCF Joins National Project to Increase Success of First-Year Students

    2016-08-18 11:15:25

    UCF is partnering in a new national project called Re-Imagining the First Year of College that is designed to increase student success, particularly for students who are low-income, first-generation or racial minorities. The project is an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities because the first year of college is generally when universities […]

  • UCF Move in Day: Ditch the Singing Fish and Prepare for Tears

    2016-08-18 06:37:36

    You’ll need your prescription medicine and cords to connect your TV in your room. You don’t need a singing fish to hang on the wall. “The strangest thing has got to be the singing wall fish,” said Nirav Modha, a resident assistant who has been helping students adjust to living on the main UCF campus […]

  • Olympic Knights: Bronze or Bust

    2016-08-18 06:00:33

    A chance at a bronze medal is on the line for one Knight at the Summer Olympics. UCF alumna Aline Reis ’11 and her native Brazil will face Canada in Friday’s bronze-medal soccer match at noon. WATCH If Brazil wins, Reis will join an elite group of UCF alumni who have stood on the podium […]

  • NASA Probe, With UCF Help, a Stepping Stone to Deep Space

    2016-08-18 05:00:56

    When a rocket blasts off next month carrying a probe bound for a near-Earth asteroid, it will also carry humanity a step closer to deep space exploration and future Mars missions. The Sept. 8 launch of OSIRIS-REx – an historic mission guided with help from University of Central Florida scientists – will provide valuable clues […]

  • Merging is More Than a Traffic Term

    2016-08-17 10:00:13

    On my drive to work I have to merge onto three very busy roadways. I am constantly saying to myself: “Please just let me in.” One day recently this really struck me as I was driving. Why am I always asking for someone to let me in the flow of traffic? This feeling was so […]

  • 2 Teams Win Prudential Productivity Awards for Saving Taxpayers' Money

    2016-08-15 09:34:01

    Two UCF teams were honored in the 2016 Prudential Productivity Awards. The program founded by Florida TaxWatch recognizes and rewards hard-working state employees who develop and implement innovative cost-saving and efficient improvements. The first group, UCF Research Foundation Financials Project Team, includes Rebecca Vilsack, Kim Smith, Kristal Jackson, Dorann Mullins, Elena Wilson, John Gyory, Patricia […]

  • Save the Date: Safety Fair to be Held Sept. 7

    2016-08-12 16:37:07

    Interactive safety demonstrations, games, informational displays, prizes and more are among the highlights of this year’s Campus Safety Fair, which will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union will be filled with a variety of on and off-campus organizations and resources dedicated to keeping […]

  • UCF Coaches Recall Their Olympics Days

    2016-08-12 08:00:29

    There’s a special feeling shared by a select group of UCF coaches every four years when the Olympic Games roll around. Three members of the Knights’ coaching staff have represented the United States as competitors in the Games. Head women’s soccer coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak won an Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer in 1996. […]

  • IST Receives $2 Million Award From Oil Services Company for Training and Performance

    2016-08-11 15:52:01

    The University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training recently received a $2 million award from oilfield services company Schlumberger to analyze downhole tool operations and develop targeted learning and training programs. The award is the largest to date of the newly established UCF Applied Research Institute at IST. Led by Eileen Smith, director […]

  • For the Love of Halley’s Comet, Researcher Ready for OSIRIS-REx Mission

    2016-08-11 09:47:14

    The beauty of Halley’s Comet streaking through the night sky in 1986 is responsible for launching Yan Fernandez’s career, which next month puts him smack in the middle of a historic NASA mission to explore a nearby asteroid. The University of Central Florida associate professor of physics is one of the scientists working on the […]

  • Building a Pathway to Engineering for Our Daughters – Brick by Brick

    2016-08-10 12:58:23

    As a father of young elementary and middle school-aged kids, I’m also curious to know exactly how my undergrad students came to be interested in mechanical engineering. An exchange with a UCF student might go like this: “You did a great job on the exam. Congrats! By the way, how did you get interested in […]

  • Students Focus on Job Skills at STEM Career Academy

    2016-08-10 10:31:20

    Twenty-five participants in UCF’s PRIME STEM program honed their career-related skills at the inaugural STEM Career Academy on Friday. During the event, students were able to evaluate the fit of their personal attributes and abilities with their intended career path, and attended workshops on gaining job experience before graduation and graduate/professional school options. The academy […]

  • Theatre UCF Appoints Listengarten as Artistic Director

    2016-08-10 09:44:45

    Theatre professor Julia Listengarten has been appointed the artistic director for Theatre UCF. The artistic director is typically responsible for conceiving, developing and implementing the artistic vision of a theatre company. Listengarten envisions her role as working with the theatre faculty to reimagine artistic goals of the department and develop a vision for upcoming seasons. […]

  • New UCF License Plates Let You #KnightYourRide

    2016-08-08 09:58:30

    University of Central Florida fans, you can now #KnightYourRide with the university’s newly redesigned license tag. The black-and-gold plates are now available in tax collectors’ offices across Florida. The black plates prominently feature the “UCF” logo, with “University of Central Florida” and “Florida” in gold letters. It’s a great way for alumni, students, faculty and fans […]

  • 'Chronicle' Features Klonoff in Story on Research Funding

    2016-08-08 07:03:24

    UCF’s newly hired vice president for research, Elizabeth “Liz” Klonoff, hasn’t even started full time yet but is already featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education as she shared her ideas on acquiring and using research funding. In addition to building on UCF’s success through the years of getting grants from government and corporate partners, […]

  • UCF Grad Champions Self-Advocacy for Students with Disabilities

    2016-08-04 14:41:46

    As a tiny kindergartner, Lindsey Massengale announced to her teacher that although she was a student with a disability, she expected to be treated just like her classmates. As a fourth grader, she came up with a plan to meet the uniform code in winter – which required hard-to-pull-up leggings – by telling administrators she […]

  • UCF Forum's New Opinion Columnists to Begin Wednesday

    2016-08-04 09:50:03

    The UCF Forum opinion series welcomes nine new columnists Wednesday to share their thoughts on local and world affairs, social issues, personal challenges, life lessons and other commentaries. For the next 12 months, the new columnists – faculty and staff members and one student – will take turns writing for the series each week. They […]

  • UCF Looks for Partner to Build University-Based Teaching Hospital

    2016-08-03 14:36:39

    Ten years ago, the UCF College of Medicine was created to train new doctors, advance medical research and improve the health and economic well-being of Central Florida. Today, the next phase of that mission begins to takes shape. UCF is seeking a partner to build a university-based teaching hospital in the heart of Lake Nona’s […]

  • Former Foster Child Overcomes Long Odds to Earn Degree

    2016-08-03 14:35:37

    Earning a college degree can be an uphill battle for anyone. For those who come out of the foster care system, those hills can seem like mountains. Foster care children often don’t have their own parents or mentors to help them make the transition to adulthood or apply for college. Only half graduate from high […]

  • UCF is Monitoring Zika, Reminding You to Take Precautions

    2016-08-03 14:34:47

    UCF joins the Florida Department of Health in monitoring the status of the Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitoes. There have recently been reported cases of the virus acquired in south Florida and continued cases of travelers from Florida acquiring the virus in other countries. Common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, […]

  • Campus Cleanup to Run Aug. 5-25

    2016-08-03 13:34:19

    Are there some discarded pallets or other debris behind your campus building? A broken bookshelf in your office? Some surplus equipment down the hallway? Every place needs to be tidied up from time to time, and now is the opportunity for everyone at UCF to help make a clean sweep of the campus. UCF Facilities […]

  • Don’t Block My Ads! Just Improve the Advertising Experience

    2016-08-03 09:34:19

    The American Marketing Association identified “interactive ad-blocking programs” for electronic devices, including cell phones, as one of the most important strategic issues for marketers in 2016. Advertising is a key component in the marketing mix of businesses, and the inability to reach users through advertising will change the marketing strategy of all businesses. This is […]

  • Knights in Rio: Ricardo Gouveia

    2016-08-03 09:00:34

    If anyone understands the importance of “timing is everything,” it is UCF alumus Ricardo Gouveia ’14. By qualifying for the Summer Olympics in Rio, the former golf standout will be part of history as the sport returns to the Games after a 112-year hiatus. Golf was first played at the Olympic Games in Paris in […]

  • FIEA Students To Debut Four New Games Aug. 5

    2016-08-02 15:25:18

    Faculty, staff and students will have a chance to see  the debut of four games from students at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, UCF’s graduate video game-development program. The presentations will be at 2 p.m. Friday, at UCF’s Center for Emerging Media, 500 Bentley St., Orlando. As a child growing up in war-torn Kosovo, Agnesa […]

  • Peruvian Engineering Grads First to Receive Degrees in UCF Program

    2016-08-02 09:43:38

    Until this week, 12 Peruvian engineering students had never set foot on the University of Central Florida campus, but on Saturday they will graduate as full-fledged Knights in a first-of-its-kind international partnership for the university. The extraordinary program through UCF’s College of Engineering & Computer Science began two years ago in partnership with the Universidad […]

  • Knights in Rio: Phil Dalhausser

    2016-08-02 09:00:36

    UCF alumnus Phil Dalhausser is back at it again for Team USA. The 2002 business graduate and beach volleyballer is set to compete in his third Summer Olympics this month as the Rio Games kick off Friday. Dalhausser is one of three UCF alumni who will compete in the Olympics this year. He was crowned […]

  • UCF Reports Record $145.75 Million in Research Funding

    2016-08-01 12:01:47

    Researchers at the University of Central Florida received an all-time-high $145.75 million in funded research in FY16, a period that featured a national top 20 ranking for UCF patents and a new record for federal funding. The total is a 9.3 percent increase over the previous year and includes $84 million in federal funding, $47.25 […]

  • Hidden Artists Exhibit at UCF John C. Hitt Library: August 1 - September 2

    2016-08-01 11:26:32

    “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 Medical School Reaches Full Enrollment, Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    2016-08-01 09:00:38

    UCF’s College of Medicine celebrates its 10th anniversary by welcoming 120 new students, including a former Green Beret, a windsurfing champion and an ballerina. With today’s White Coat Ceremony, which is a tradition to welcome its new class, the medical school fulfills part of its original plan – to be at full capacity by 2016. […]

  • Green Beret Takes on Medical School

    2016-08-01 09:00:27

    Driving down a winding mountain road in Lebanon, Philip Wessels made the decision to not re-enlist with the U.S. Army and enroll in medical school, a move he calls one of the best decisions of his life. As a Green Beret (medic for the Army’s Special Forces), Wessels had spent most of his adult life […]

  • UCF's Dirt Experiment in High Demand as NASA, Others Prep for Deep Space Missions

    2016-08-01 08:00:59

    As NASA and private space companies look to explore other planets, they are turning to one of the world’s best dirt experts – UCF’s Phil Metzger. Metzger, who works at UCF’s Florida Space Institute, knows his dirt. He has wall to ceiling spice rack shelves in his office that contain hundreds of samples of dirt […]

  • Knights in Rio: Aline Reis

    2016-08-01 08:00:10

    UCF women’s soccer alumna Aline Reis ’11 dared to believe she could participate in this month’s Summer Olympics, even though she hadn’t played in years. When she proudly parades through Rio de Janeiro’s Maracanã Stadium during the opening ceremony Friday, she’ll do so in front of her home country. Reis is one of three UCF […]