November 2017

  • President's Appreciation Reception Honors High-Level Donors

    2017-11-17 14:54:49

    Members of UCF’s Pegasus Society – high-level donors to the university – were honored Wednesday night at the annual President’s Appreciation Reception at the Morgridge International Reading Center. Society members are recognized for their lifetime giving levels of $1 million or more. Also recognized were generous donors who have given $25,000 or more in the […]

  • $12.5M Grant Will Help Predict Spread of Online Social Behavior

    2017-11-16 11:15:25

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a combined $12.5 million in federal contracts to two UCF research teams to develop models and massive simulations to help understand online social behavior and predict the spread of information in online social networks. DARPA awarded $6.3 million to a team led by Associate Professor Wingyan Chung […]

  • Computer Programming Team Advances to World Finals in China

    2017-11-15 15:13:27

    For the sixth consecutive year, a computer programming team from UCF has advanced to compete in the top collegiate programming contest in the world, to be held next April in China. Computer science majors Timothy Buzzelli, Eric Ly and Alex Coleman won the southeast regional championship last weekend at the Association of Computing Machinery’s International […]

  • New Anthropology Ph.D. Program to Launch in 2018

    2017-11-15 13:58:55

    UCF will begin offering a Ph.D. program in integrative anthropological sciences next fall, but it won’t be your traditional anthropology degree. Students who enter the program will benefit from a methods-focused program that encourages them to integrate advanced methodological expertise with anthropology’s strengths in diversity to address enduring problems not just in the social sciences, […]

  • Experiencing Goodness in the Midst of Challenge

    2017-11-15 09:00:46

    As a resident of Orlando, I share the following thoughts on my recent Hurricane Irma experience with these acknowledgments: I did not experience housing damage beyond some lost shingles and minor water entry in a bedroom; our family lost power for about 36 hours and we were able to stay with family in the meantime; […]

  • UCFPD Recognizes Outstanding Officers, Community Partners

    2017-11-14 10:04:13

    The UCF Police Department on Monday celebrated officers and community partners who went above and beyond the call of duty. At a semi-annual awards ceremony, Chief Richard Beary and Deputy Chiefs Carl Metzer and Brett Meade presented awards to honorees who contributed to making UCF a safer place. Officer First Class Frank Imparato was awarded […]

  • Presidential Search Committee to Hold 1st Meeting on Monday

    2017-11-14 09:50:48

    The first meeting of the UCF Presidential Search Committee will take place Monday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fairwinds Alumni Center on the UCF campus. UCF Board of Trustees Chairman Marcos Marchena will provide the search committee its charge and outline the committee’s responsibilities. Committee Chairman David Walsh, a UCF Trustee, […]

  • Helping Honeybees Thrive on Campus

    2017-11-13 13:21:57

    In late 2006, U.S. beekeepers began noticing a collapse of honeybee colonies. Large numbers of worker bees were leaving the hives with plenty of food but not enough bodies to care for the queen and young bees. Experts attributed the loss to a number of causes, including parasites and pesticides used in farming. This phenomenon, […]

  • National Organization Names UCF a Bicycle Friendly University

    2017-11-13 13:20:07

    The League of American Bicyclists on Wednesday named the University of Central Florida as a nationally recognized bicycle-friendly university. A team of UCF staff and students submitted the university’s application to the organization earlier this year to showcase how the campus is friendly to bicyclists, and earned UCF its first designation from the league. RJ […]

  • Business Alumni, Partners to be Honored at 2018 Hall of Fame Gala

    2017-11-13 13:00:58

    The UCF College of Business Administration will honor three alumni and present other awards at its 19th annual Business Hall of Fame gala Feb. 20. More than 600 alumni, faculty, students, corporate partners and friends of UCF are expected to attend the annual event that honors the college’s most distinguished alumni and partners. Guests will […]

  • At 5th Anniversary, UCF’s Smoke-free Campaign Seeking Total Success

    2017-11-09 11:00:17

    On the fifth anniversary of UCF’s campaign to become a smoke-free campus, the university’s smoke-free committee says positive strides have been made toward the goal – but there’s still work to do to encourage more faculty, staff and students to quit the habit. Because every semester there are new people on campus, there needs to […]

  • Puerto Rico Se Levanta: Med Students Unite To Help Those In Need

    2017-11-09 10:52:18

    Third-year UCF medical students showed their humanitarian spirit to Puerto Rico recently by collecting 152 pounds of food and supplies for island residents and donating $1,000 for their medical care. “We may be students with our own loans and struggles,” said M.D. candidate Heather Lesch. “But we also understand that there is always a way […]

  • For Fourth Straight Year, UCF Athletes Top NCAA Graduation Rankings

    2017-11-09 08:22:56

    For a fourth consecutive year, UCF student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than any other NCAA Division I FBS public institution in the nation. Based on data released by the NCAA Wednesday, UCF has an overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 94 percent. That mark is one point higher than last year and leads all […]

  • Alumnus Reflects on 'Calling' to Army at 17, Transition to College

    2017-11-09 08:00:35

    Jacksonville lawyer and UCF alumnus Joseph Rogan ’11 approaches every day with the same mentality: Put the mission first. Never accept defeat. Whether those tenets apply to his career or his relationships, the U.S. Army’s Warrior Ethos principles are something The Burnett Honors College graduate has carried with him since he enlisted in the Army Reserve […]

  • UCF Professional Selling Program Places 2nd at International Collegiate Sales Competition

    2017-11-08 13:03:40

    The University of Central Florida Professional Selling Program team of Omar Nasser and Ryan Williams  took second place at the International Collegiate Sales Competition in Orlando on Friday,  beating out 68 teams from other universities in the sales role play competition. Nasser also took second place in the individual division against a field of 139 […]

  • National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

    2017-11-08 09:14:14

    UCF faculty, staff members and students are invited to participate in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, November 13- 19, 2017. The event will include a week long donation drive, interactive educational events, powerful speakers, community resources and impactful service projects focused on hunger and homelessness issues. The main goals are to raise awareness of […]

  • Faculty Members to Receive Honors, Recognition at National Speech-Language-Hearing Convention

    2017-11-08 09:07:28

    Professor Bari Hoffman Ruddy will be honored with the Fellowship of the Association award at the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Nov. 9-11 in Los Angeles. This honor is bestowed to those whose contributions are cornerstones of the profession. Hoffman Ruddy’s research focuses on normal and abnormal voice production in children and adults, including professional […]

  • Discover Your Inner Creativity

    2017-11-08 09:00:46

    For three decades I earned a living in a creative profession. After college I worked for ad agencies and public relations firms writing promotional material—pithy one-liners, spiffy radio commercials, charming TV spots, moving corporate videos that appealed in Aristotle fashion to ethos, pathos and logos. Today, I teach others how to prepare for this kind […]

  • UCF Management Chair Ron Piccolo to Receive Community Champion Award

    2017-11-07 10:13:00

    The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and Prospera announced Monday that Ronald F. Piccolo, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Management at the University of Central Florida’s College of Business, will be the recipient of the Hispanic Community Champion Award at the 20th Annual Don Quijote Awards Gala on Dec. 9. The Don Quijote […]

  • Meet Paisley, UCF Police's First Therapy Dog

    2017-11-06 13:30:55

    There’s a paw-some new addition to the UCF Police Department, and her name is Paisley. Paisley is a two-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound who is UCFPD’s first-ever therapy dog. She will help ease stress and comfort victims of violent crime during interviews and interactions with police. Paisley, who is paired with UCFPD Detective Matt Scott, is […]

  • Biological Clock Found in Fungal Parasite Sheds More Light on ‘Zombie Ants’ Phenomenon

    2017-11-06 11:58:57

    Charissa de Bekker came to UCF earlier this year to continue her research on a fungal parasite that infects ants, hijacks their brains and controls their behavior to spread its fungal spores – a phenomenon that’s led to those infected being called “zombie ants.” Throughout her career, she’s found evidence that the parasite may manipulate […]

  • Soldiers to Scholars: Connecting Student Veterans to Campus Culture

    2017-11-06 11:29:54

    The University of Central Florida has roughly 1,400 student veterans, a population that has grown from about 200 in 2006. It is a wave that may not crest for years as more than 2 million Americans have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. While it’s true that veterans share the challenges faced by traditional students, their circumstances […]

  • Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation’s $100,000 Gift Honors President Hitt

    2017-11-06 11:26:42

    In the first announced gift honoring UCF President John C. Hitt, who is stepping down in June 2018, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has donated $100,000 to support Grand Rounds at the College of Medicine. Grand Rounds are a ritual of medical education, where physicians and students gather to discuss unusual cases and treatments. The […]

  • Innovative Web-based Counseling Resources

    2017-11-02 10:51:36

    Counseling and Psychological Services has two innovative web-based resources for UCF students, faculty and staff: Kognito and TAO (Therapy Assisted On-Line) Self-Help. Both programs are free and accessible 24/7 through the CAPS website. TAO Self Help is an interactive, web-based program that provides assistance to help overcome anxiety, depression, relationships, communication and substance use concerns. TAO is […]

  • UCF Hosts Mock Sexual Assault Trial Monday

    2017-11-02 10:05:31

    A mock trial at UCF will discuss the differences between consensual sex and rape and give attendees a glimpse into the prosecution of a sexual assault case. The mock trial will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6, in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. The event is free of charge and open […]

  • New Burnett Honors Dean Drawn to UCF’s ‘Dynamic Environment’

    2017-11-02 10:00:39

    After a national search, UCF has selected Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres as its new dean of The Burnett Honors College. Piñeres will join UCF next summer from Austin College in Texas, where she serves as executive vice president of Academic Affairs and Special Initiatives and dean of faculty. “Dr. Piñeres stood out because of […]

  • UCF, Valencia Surprise Two Displaced Students from Puerto Rico with Scholarships

    2017-11-02 09:50:04

    Two Puerto Rican high school students who came to Orlando to escape the destruction from Hurricane Maria were surprised today with scholarships from Valencia College and the University of Central Florida. Yerianne Roldan and Zuleyka Avila were seniors at Ramey School and University Gardens High School, respectively, in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria hit in late September. Yerianne and her […]

  • After Personal Battle, Alumni Michi, Brandon Marshall on Mission for Mental Health Awareness

    2017-11-02 09:45:49

    The day that NFL star wide receiver and UCF alumnus Brandon Marshall ’06 went public with his borderline personality disorder diagnosis in 2011, his wife, Michi Marshall ’06, remembers turning to him and saying that his diagnosis would help someone. They knew immediately they needed to organize and mobilize their mission to bring awareness to […]

  • UCF Listening Center Offers Hearing-Loss Services for Children and Adults

    2017-11-02 09:30:27

    Every Wednesday evening, Julie Shipp and her two children, 9-year-old Ethan and 6-year-old Addison, take an hourlong drive from Apopka to the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic for their weekly appointment. Once they arrive, the children are taken to individual rooms, where they receive speech and language therapy for an hour at the UCF Listening Center, […]

  • Alumna Named Orlando's First Poet Laureate

    2017-11-01 10:44:14

    You’d be hard-pressed to find someone as deeply connected to Orlando as the city’s newly appointed Poet Laureate, UCF alumna Susan Lilley ’75 ’80MA. Lilley, who was named to the “official storyteller” gig on Oct. 23, has been rooted in the community since she was still in the womb. Her parents were both born in […]

  • It’s Difficult to Concentrate During a Crisis – Especially for Students Away from Home

    2017-11-01 09:00:47

    Within just a few days after recent Hurricane Irma, the emails began arriving: A student in Key West would miss my history class because her family home had been destroyed and she was helping them relocate. Another student needed to drive to Atlanta to pick up her grandmother who fled from South Florida to avoid […]