December 2014

  • Speed Limits Lowered in Parts of Main Campus

    2014-12-18 15:12:30

    Starting this week, speed limits in campus areas that were previously 35 mph have been lowered to 30 mph. This initiative will increase safety as UCF takes steps to allow faculty and staff members who utilize golf carts additional access to campus roads. Roadways impacted include Gemini Blvd. near Greek Park and the CFE Arena […]

  • Bright Holiday Season Just the Start for Florida's Recovering Economy

    2014-12-18 11:38:31

    A healthy holiday season is just the beginning of a great year for Florida, according to a University of Central Florida’s latest state economic forecast released today. “Kris Kringle has nothing on the Sunshine State,” said Sean Snaith, a UCF economist and director of the UCF Center for Economic Competitiveness. “The 34th Street Miracle pales […]

  • SDES’ Inclusive New Office

    2014-12-18 10:28:57

    Social Justice and Advocacy, the newest department within Student Development and Enrollment Services, is responsible for providing oversight to the Multicultural Student Center and LGBTQ+ Services. SJA will facilitate intentional programming aimed at addressing the following goals: Advocate for access and equity throughout the UCF campus community. Promote civil conversations on issues impacting campus climate. […]

  • Transforming Physician Practices Across Florida

    2014-12-17 16:28:48

      The UCF College of Medicine is applying for a new federal grant to create a collaborative network for physicians across Florida to improve the health of patients and the providers’ business operations. The nation’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is funding up to 35 organizations nationally to create collaborative Practice Transformation Networks (PTN). […]

  • Kiplinger's Names UCF a 'Best Value' Education for 5th Year

    2014-12-17 15:31:44

    For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Central Florida today was named by Kiplinger’s magazine as one of the nation’s 100 best values among public colleges and universities for 2015. UCF placed 42nd in the annual compilation, the same ranking as last year. The financial-advice magazine ranked schools based on criteria such as student-faculty […]

  • No Longer Can We Keep Our Eyes Closed to Human Trafficking All Around Us

    2014-12-17 10:53:32

    You may have read in early December that 61 people were arrested across Florida in a four-day human-trafficking sting operation. If you haven’t followed the dramatic increase in stories about human trafficking in the United States, this news may have caught you by surprise. We need to understand that human trafficking exists in all 50 […]

  • Graduate Students Help Timeshare Leader Solve Business Challenge

    2014-12-17 10:42:18

    This semester, Rosen College graduate students joined another timeshare industry titan to solve an important business challenge through the Masters Level Immersive Learning Project. During Fall 2014, Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) asked students to create solutions that would reduce prospective purchasers’ pre-tour apprehension and increase interest in their expanding product offerings.  In addition to committing […]

  • UCF Student Turns Disney Passion into Successful Website

    2014-12-16 13:19:23

    Corinne Andersson is a senior majoring in hospitality management at UCF’s Rosen College. When she’s not in class, she’s managing her website, DisneyLifestylers.com and interacting with her more than 30,000 fans on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. With her social media savvy and steadfast dedication, Andersson has quickly built a substantial online presence as a subject […]

  • United Nations Enlists UCF Tourism Statistics Expert to Lead International Workshop

    2014-12-15 15:46:44

    Dr. Tadayuki Hara, associate dean of UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, led the Regional Workshop on Tourism Statistics and Tourism Satellite Accounts in Ankara, Turkey from Dec. 2-4. The event was co-organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC). […]

  • Caring Knights: UCF Community Donates Nearly 900 Items to Toys for Tots

    2014-12-15 15:37:10

    The spirit of the holiday season was in full display Monday, Dec. 15, when members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves joined representatives from the University of Central Florida to collect nearly 900 items donated by members of the UCF community in support of Toys for Tots. It was a true collaborative effort as 20 […]

  • New Website Highlights Progress of UCF Downtown

    2014-12-14 19:40:42

    A new website will help students, staff and faculty members and the community stay up to date on plans to develop a transformational University of Central Florida and Valencia College campus in downtown Orlando that will enhance educational opportunities and stimulate the local economy. The site includes updates on the project, frequently asked questions, partner […]

  • Knights to Face NC State in Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl

    2014-12-12 22:02:46

    UCF has recently enjoyed memorable trips to Arizona and Ireland. For the 2014 postseason, fans will not have to travel far to support the Knights. UCF will take over the Bay Area once again for the 2014 Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, where it will face NC State on Friday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. on […]

  • UCF Researchers' New 'Microring' Laser Improves Quality of Beams

    2014-12-12 11:29:54

    A significant development by UCF researchers to improve laser-beam quality was recently reported in Science magazine. Lasers are usually used in applications where a precise frequency line is required, such as LIDAR (Light RADAR), fiber telecommunication or data centers. However, lasers often tend to have many conflicting frequency lines that result in low fidelity and […]

  • A Little Holiday Bling Before the Economy Goes Back to Ho Ho Hum

    2014-12-12 10:20:30

    Lower gasoline prices and holiday employment opportunities may translate into some economic bling this season, but then its back to the ho hum pace of the recovery in the new year. “The 2014 holiday shopping season should be an improvement over last year’s disappointing season,” said Sean Snaith, a University of Central Florida economist and […]

  • UCF Forum: 'So You're Telling Me There's a Chance.'

    2014-12-10 09:26:51

    “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.” I love movie lines. So many epic motivational themes about overcoming obstacles come from movies like “Braveheart,” “Rocky” and “Remember the Titans.” Admittedly my opening quote doesn’t come from any one of these award-winning cinematic masterpieces. It comes from the much-less-appreciated classic “Dumb and Dumber.” Yet “a chance” […]

  • Knights Rank Among Nation's Top Bowl Teams in Classroom

    2014-12-10 08:23:39

    UCF’s football student-athletes graduate at one of the highest rates among the 76 teams competing in postseason bowl games this season. UCF has the eighth-highest overall Graduation Success Rate among all of the bowl teams, and the second-highest rate among teams from public universities, according to an annual report conducted by The Institute for Diversity […]

  • More Than 5,000 to Graduate at 3 Commencement Ceremonies

    2014-12-09 16:14:44

    More than 5,000 University of Central Florida students are expected to graduate Dec. 12-13 during three commencement ceremonies at the CFE Arena.  The ceremonies will be: 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 – College of Education and Human Performance, College of Health & Public Affairs, and Rosen College of Hospitality Management. 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 […]

  • UCF Students Break Holiday Record in 48 Hours

    2014-12-09 13:09:42

    In between slurping coffee to stay awake, meeting with study groups and pulling all nighters to get ready for final exams, University of Central Florida students took time out to help one another and break a food-drive record. In less than 48 hours students dropped off 1,050 pounds of food at the Student Union to […]

  • Students Learn How Orlando's Premier Venue Prepares for the Unexpected

    2014-12-09 11:11:15

    What does it take to run Central Florida’s premier sports and live entertainment venue? Lecturer Brian Avery’s Hospitality/Event Risk Management class found out during an exclusive tour of the Amway Center on Nov. 19. Phil Hastings, director of arena operations for the Orlando Magic, served as their guide, providing a front of house and back […]

  • 1st Aid Strategy Wins Great Capstone Case Competition

    2014-12-09 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 […]

  • TIDES Report: Significant Decline in MLS Gender Hiring Practices

    2014-12-08 17:12:01

    Does everyone, regardless of race or gender, have a chance to operate the business of professional soccer? The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration released the 2014 Racial and Gender Report Card (RGRC) for Major League Soccer (MLS), demonstrating a significant decline in […]

  • Prescribed Burn in Arboretum Planned This Week

    2014-12-08 15:37:04

    The University of Central Florida plans a prescribed burn, weather permitting, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, or Wednesday, Dec. 10. As many as 12 acres will be burned in the Arboretum across Gemini Boulevard East from parking garages C and D. Community members may see or smell smoke depending on the direction of the wind. Prescribed […]

  • Inclusive Recreation Expo Experienced by All

    2014-12-08 11:11:18

    UCF Knights of all abilities showed up in record numbers for the annual Recreation and Wellness Center Inclusive Recreation Expo. Students experienced yoga poses with blindfolded, played Paralympic sports like Goalball and Wheelchair Basketball and learned how to play Quad Rugby. The RWC partnered with Student Disability Services, Orange County Clash and for the first-time […]

  • UCF Police: Have a Happy—and Safe—Holiday Season

    2014-12-05 15:41:24

    With final exams underway and commencement and winter break around the corner, the UCF Police Department reminds you to keep your safety in mind during this busy time. The final-examination period ends Tuesday, Dec. 9. Commencement will be held Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13. UCF will be closed for business Dec. 25 through […]

  • Rosen College Donates 1,186 Pounds of Food, Takes First Place in Critical Needs Drive

    2014-12-05 11:38:32

    The Rosen College of Hospitality Management claimed the top spot in the UCF Live United Campaign Team’s 6th Annual Critical Needs Drive, benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, with a donation of 1,186 pounds of food. During the month of October, Rosen College joined other departments from across the university in a friendly competition […]

  • Hail Mary Touchdown Lifts Knights to American Conference Championship

    2014-12-05 10:19:58

    It looked like it was going to be a huge comeback for East Carolina Thursday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. But the Knights kept the faith. And the Pirates left just a little too much time as the Knights won their second straight American Athletic Conference title on a Hail Mary. Trailing 30-26 after giving up […]

  • Making Strides

    2014-12-05 10:00:32

    Dr. Gideon Lewis, ’00, stood before an audience of thousands of UCF graduates and their families, as the keynote speaker at UCF’s spring 2014 commencement, where he shared his accomplishments since he donned his own cap and gown, and divulged the philosophy that helped him reach them. “I still stand by my words that the […]

  • Listen Up – This is the Most Meaningful Part of My Job

    2014-12-04 23:00:52

    It’s final-exam week at UCF. Students have returned to campus after the Thanksgiving break, bellies full of turkey and trimmings, heads full of anxiety as big tests loom and grades hang in the balance. For faculty, there’s a heady rush of knowing the semester is almost over and a much-needed break is just around the […]

  • Important Information About Your Drinking Water

    2014-12-04 18:38:44

    The University of Central Florida routinely monitors its drinking water for contaminants. We had a drinking water standard violation earlier this year, and we want to let you know what happened and what we are doing to correct it. The official violation notice from the Department of Environmental Protection can be viewed here. Below are […]

  • International Conference Highlights the Breadth and Scope of Social Studies Education

    2014-12-03 15:47:10

    In education, every subject is critical to engaging students and providing them with a full, well-rounded learning experience. While recent news items have placed a great deal of emphasis on science and technology programs (STEM), social studies programming is equally important to preparing students for further educational achievement across curricula as well as active citizenship. […]

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    2014-12-03 15:09:35

    Michelle Knight, ’02, stars as Snow White in the Off-Broadway production of “DISENCHANTED!” — a not-for-the-kiddies musical comedy that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. Fairy tales will never be the same! The show runs for a limited engagement Nov. 26 through Jan. 25 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in […]

  • Medical School Begins Joint M.D.-Ph.D. Degree

    2014-12-03 13:02:17

    Starting in fall 2015, UCF will offer a combined M.D.-Ph.D. degree for students wishing to focus their health careers on both patient care and medical research. Established top-tier medical schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Johns Hopkins offer M.D.-Ph.D. programs for “physician-scientists” — healthcare professionals who want to care for patients while also pursuing research […]

  • UCF, Navy Sign Agreement to Benefit Modeling and Simulation Industry, Students

    2014-12-02 16:05:51

    The University of Central Florida and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division signed an agreement today that will give UCF students more opportunities in the cutting-edge field of simulation and modeling while providing a boost to the industry locally. UCF President John C. Hitt and Capt. Wes Naylor, commanding officer of the Naval […]

  • College of Business Professor Seeks to Bridge the Racial Divide

    2014-12-02 15:55:12

    Can sport help address issues of social justice? The UCF College of Business Administration will be presenting “Bridging the Racial Divide” with Richard Lapchick, Ph.D., at the Dean’s Speaker Series, generously supported by CFE Federal Credit Union. This event will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Citrus […]

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

    2014-12-02 15:39:39

    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 […]

  • UCF Professor Recognized for Dedication to Women in Food Journalism

    2014-12-02 15:23:24

    A book published earlier this year has earned UCF journalism professor Kimberly Voss national recognition for her work and research in identifying the under-recognized women in food journalism at a time when there were “women’s pages” in newspapers. The Association of Food Journalists chose Voss to receive its first Carol DeMasters Service to Food Journalism […]

  • Nation's Top 2: UCF Hardware Security Team

    2014-12-02 10:06:11

    A UCF engineering team that specializes in keeping computer hardware safe from malicious attacks is among the two best in the nation, continuing UCF’s national bragging rights in computer security. The UCF Hardware Security Team took second place in November’s Embedded Security Challenge of the 11th annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) Conference in New York, […]

  • Modern-Day Slavery: Taking a Stand Against Human Trafficking

    2014-12-01 15:28:42

    There are an estimated 5.5 million child victims of human trafficking worldwide. The UCF College of Business Administration’s DeVos Sport Business Management program has joined The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) to help shed light on this issue. Students participated in the “Shut Out Trafficking” campaign by hosting a week-long outreach program from […]