May 2015

  • This is Our Home – So Please Help Care For It

    2015-05-27 10:46:26

    I love the movie “Contact” about a scientist played by Jodie Foster, who has an extraordinary experience traveling through space. In the end, when she could not explain the experience, she ended up finding her faith in something unexplainable. The movie has always reminded me that there is something bigger than us, but that sometimes […]

  • On the Path to a New Career in Nursing

    2015-05-27 10:08:13

    As a financial advisor for a large financial services firm, Devon Beneby heard horror stories and faced moral challenges. The economic crisis of 2008 had changed the field he entered several years earlier. Helping people – his original goal for his career – was now deemed less important than increasing commission for management and the […]

  • UCF Business Incubation Program Receives International Designation to Help Foreign Firms Expand to Central Florida

    2015-05-26 16:32:51

    The UCF Business Incubation Program announced that it has been designated as a Soft Landings International Incubator by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). The NBIA – the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship with more than 2,200 members in over 60 nations – identifies incubators that have specialized programs and/or facilities that help […]

  • Hurricane Season Starts Next Week, and Now is the Time to Prepare

    2015-05-26 10:02:15

    With hurricane season approaching, now is the time to take inventory of supplies and assess plans that ensure you and your family are prepared for any potential storms. Hurricane season officially starts June 1, but this week marks National Hurricane Preparedness Week, an opportunity to consider readiness in the event of a severe weather emergency. […]

  • UCF's Nanotechnology Master’s Degree is First in Florida

    2015-05-22 13:56:29

    UCF is now the first and only university in Florida to offer a research-focused master’s degree in nanoscience. The Master of Science in Nanotechnology program further elevates the prominence of UCF’s nanotechnology research, said Sudipta Seal, director of the university’s NanoScience Technology Center, Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) and interim chair of Materials […]

  • 30 Undergraduate Researchers Accepted at Summer Programs

    2015-05-21 16:25:47

    More than 30 UCF student researchers will participate in research programs around the world this summer. The students will receive stipends, lodging, and often travel funding as compensation for their work in the research programs. “Being an undergraduate researcher has opened doors for me that I did not even know existed,” said chemistry major Samantha […]

  • UCFPD, OCSO Announce Partnership to Enhance Off-Campus Safety

    2015-05-21 15:11:25

    The University of Central Florida Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office today announced an initiative to enhance the safety of the area near campus through additional enforcement. UCFPD officers and OCSO deputies also are continuing collaboration that started in April to target underage drinking and parties in areas near campus. UCF Police Chief […]

  • Libra Drive to be Widened to 4 Lanes

    2015-05-21 13:34:59

    A project to widen and improve Libra Drive, the only UCF entrance along the campus’ southern edge, will begin Monday. The mile-long road will be widened from two to four lanes and low areas will be elevated several feet to eliminate occasional flooding after heavy rains. The reconstructed area will be from the campus entrance […]

  • New Report Reveals Nursing Once Again Top Program in Florida, U.S.

    2015-05-21 13:13:52

    A recent report on the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX®-RN) ranks the UCF College of Nursing once again among the top programs in the state and the nation. With 98 percent of BSN graduates, both traditional and second degree students, passing the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt, UCF now ranks among the top […]

  • Successful Student Mentoring Program Soars Again

    2015-05-21 11:26:12

    Rosen College’s award-winning Peer Outreach Mentoring Program (POMP), which partners upper-level undergraduate students with their peers looking to enhance their college experience, made high marks again in Spring 2015: Mentees saw an average increase of 1.211 in their recent term GPA and .281 for their UCF Cumulative GPA, both up from POMP’s Spring 2014 results 75% […]

  • A Good Laugh for a Good Cause

    2015-05-21 10:33:00

    The Registrar’s Office is participating in “Red Nose Day,” a national event in conjunction with Walgreens to help lift children out of poverty. The event started 25 years ago in the United Kingdom and has since has raised over $1 billion since its inception.  NBC will host a live three-hour, star-studded fund-raising spectacular show. May […]

  • I-Corps Recruits Engineers and Researchers Across Florida

    2015-05-20 14:26:10

    Promoting “Engines of Innovation” through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Ecosystem, the UCF Innovation (I-Corps) Site is working to extend America’s reputation for ingenuity as a “nation of innovators.” Recruiting cutting-edge scientists and engineers from Florida’s universities and research centers around the state, UCF I-Corps is now accepting applications until May 29, for admission into […]

  • UCF Photo Contest Introduces K-12 Students to Beauty, Power of Light

    2015-05-20 14:13:44

    Getting children excited about light and its potential to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges is the reason behind a UCF-sponsored photo contest that concludes May 30. The study of light, also referred to as optics and photonics, is critical for the future, said Bahaa Saleh, dean of the College of Optics & Photonics. […]

  • In Defense of 'Depressing' Books

    2015-05-20 10:08:54

    As a creative writing instructor who assigns a lot of reading, I have at least a few introductory students each semester who complain about the material. It’s not that it’s too difficult or too dense. It’s that it’s too depressing. “Can’t we read something happy?” someone will invariably ask. And, invariably, I will shake my […]

  • Feynman Nano Takes First Place in Statewide Business Plan Competition

    2015-05-20 09:34:39

    Jonathan Wachob and Brandon Carpenter took first place in the Florida Venture Conference Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition by presenting their proposal for Feynman Nano. Their company creates nanostructures that make solar panels more efficient in producing energy. This victory follows their second-place finish in last month’s UCF Joust New Venture Challenge. This is the […]

  • UCF Police: Buckle Up This Memorial Day Weekend

    2015-05-19 09:24:48

    The UCF Police Department is joining agencies across the country in a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement wave that will go through May 31. UCFPD is stepping up enforcement and will issue citations to motorists who are not wearing a seat belt. The campaign is tied with Memorial Day Weekend and the subsequent […]

  • Commencement 2015: 78 New Physicians Committed To Service

    2015-05-15 16:47:51

    The College of Medicine graduated 78 new Physician Knights Friday, the third class of UCF-trained doctors in the college’s young history. The new physicians are artists, scientists, athletes and solders. One trained to be a professional figure skater before entering medical school; two are brothers a year apart who waited a year so they could […]

  • UCF McNair Scholar Headed to University of Oxford

    2015-05-15 10:35:11

    When Laura Puentes transferred to the University of Central Florida from Valencia College two years ago, she never dreamed she would one day be accepted into Oxford, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. As one of the 10 State University System students in Florida selected to receive a Frost Scholarship, Puentes will […]

  • UCF Nanotech for Jet and Rocket Fuel Licensed to Spinoff Company

    2015-05-15 09:51:25

    A nanoparticle additive for jet and rocket fuels that was developed at UCF has been licensed to a company established by a former university researcher. Helicon Chemical Co., LLC, obtained exclusive rights to the technology that improves the dispersion and burning rates of solid fuel propellants. “It makes them safer, more environmentally friendly and easier […]

  • Seminole County Students Get Hands-On STEM Experience at UCF

    2015-05-15 09:36:35

    How can we build the STEM research pipeline, and what does it take to create STEM career pathways for high school students? Thanks to the University of Central Florida’s leadership in the fields of engineering, science, and education, students throughout central Florida can gain unique experiences in a variety of science-related fields. One of the […]

  • Mars Robot Built by Female-Led UCF Team Headed to Kennedy Space Center

    2015-05-14 15:12:03

    Next week, a team of UCF students will head to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with a robot they’ve been building since last summer – one that’s designed to mine soil and ice from the surface of Mars. Their robot isn’t destined for the red planet, but elements of its design might be. It will compete […]

  • Question, Persuade, Refer: Three Simple, Life-Saving Steps

    2015-05-14 12:04:54

    When it comes to recognizing a student in some form of distress, it is no surprise that university faculty and staff are often on the front line; observers to a student’s unusual or concerning behaviors in the classroom. When this occurs, there is a need to get involved, but more often the doubt is about […]

  • Showcase Connects Students With Nonprofit, Public Sector Jobs

    2015-05-14 11:12:07

    UCF Career Services recently collaborated with the School of Public Administration to host the annual Nonprofit and Public Service Career Showcase. The showcase connected more than 350 UCF students and alumni with over 40 organizations from the nonprofit, service, and government sectors. “There are hundreds of students at UCF that are interested in careers in public service,” […]

  • Energy Department Funds UCF Research in Housing Innovations

    2015-05-14 11:08:05

    The University of Central Florida is the only university-led team in the nation to receive part of a $4 million investment by the Energy Department to develop and demonstrate energy efficient methods of keeping homes cool in the summer and warm in winter. The Energy Department’s Building America program is working with industry partners to […]

  • Take Time to Edit Your Own Writing – You Just Might Improve It

    2015-05-13 12:27:37

    Consider all the times you received poorly written emails from colleagues or acquaintances. Did your impression of them change because of their lack of proper grammar and language? How about their misspellings or even missing words? My impression of these people certainly changed because a poorly written email, paper, or article shows that the writers […]

  • Army Vet, Professional Selling Champ is UCF’s 250,000th Graduate

    2015-05-12 17:10:54

    Daniel Berreth has always wanted to leave a mark, but he wasn’t always sure how. The importance of helping others was instilled in the South Florida native from an early age, but when it came time to pick a career path, Berreth, 38, said he struggled. After a long road that included two years in […]

  • Special UCF Graduation Celebrations

    2015-05-12 13:51:33

    UCF President John C. Hitt’s fourth goal: “Become more inclusive and diverse.” Three cultural graduation celebrations ─ Nguzo Saba, Lavender and Veterans ─ highlighted the academic accomplishments of students with the opportunity to celebrate among their family, friends, faculty, staff and supporters. Nguzo Saba Graduation Celebration Multicultural Student Center and Multicultural Academic and Support Services […]

  • UCF Faculty Members Earn NSF CAREER Grants

    2015-05-12 10:53:56

    Two University of Central Florida professors have been awarded Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants from the National Science Foundation, one of the most highly sought grants among scientists early in their careers. Mercedeh Khajavikhan, a professor in the College of Optics & Photonics, and Weiwei Deng, a professor in the College of Engineering and […]

  • UCF ROTC Grad Finds Love for U.S. Air Force

    2015-05-12 09:01:12

    Growing up in Satellite Beach, Fla., Kayleigh Barrows was no stranger to the military lifestyle. Both her mother and father were officers in the U.S. Air Force and her brother currently serves as an officer in the Air Force, but she had no desire to join the military; at least that’s what she thought. Applying […]

  • UCF-Made Ocean Rescue Trailer Now Used in Brevard County

    2015-05-11 12:15:33

    Beach rescue operations in Brevard County have been streamlined, thanks to a team of University of Central Florida mechanical engineers who graduated last week. The idea for the Ocean Rescue Response Trailer dates back to 1996 when teenager Jeff Scabarozi became a lifeguard in Brevard County and began seeing the need for an all-in-one rescue […]

  • Walk-Off HR Gives No. 15 Knights Softball Title

    2015-05-10 10:26:05

    With one swing of the bat, junior Samantha McCloskey gave No. 15 UCF the American Athletic Conference tournament championship. The Most Outstanding Player of the tournament’s walk-off home run to left field gave the Knights a 1-0 victory over Tulsa on Saturday afternoon at the UCF Softball Complex. Seniors Mackenzie Audas and Kahley Novak and […]

  • Students Passionate to Help Cancer Foundation

    2015-05-10 09:56:33

    Thanks to a group of LEAD Scholars Academy first year students in Rick Falco’s class, more money is being raised for children’s cancer research. One of the students involved in the project, freshman communication sciences and disorders major Joshua Cammarn, was a leader in the project. He said that they wanted to help the St. […]

  • The Light Shines at the End of the Tunnel

    2015-05-10 08:01:42

    The “Tunnel of Oppression” educated students about oppression, discrimination, and social justice. The goal of the event was to expose participants to various forms of oppression and the impact it has on individuals, as well as connect participants to UCF and local resources. Participants were guided through a series of mixed media scenes that each […]

  • Michael Morsberger Named Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development

    2015-05-08 12:47:16

    Michael J. Morsberger, the University of Central Florida’s new vice president for alumni relations and development, has achieved record-breaking successes at the George Washington University, Duke University, the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, under Morsberger’s leadership, George Washington received the two largest gifts in its 190-year history, a total of $80 […]

  • High-Tech Wheelchair Allows UCF Student to Reach Lab Equipment for First Time

    2015-05-08 10:38:22

    UCF doctoral student Michael Lodge uses a $1 million electron microscope to conduct groundbreaking research on graphene sheets the width of a single atom. But from the seat of his wheelchair, he’s never been able to see through the viewing port of the microscope, and had to depend on his colleagues for help. That changed […]

  • Rosen College Grad Takes Event Management Talents to the White House

    2015-05-07 10:31:24

    Jade Tate, ’14 spent this spring as a White House intern in the Office of the First Lady in Washington, D.C. Using skills gained from internships and a bachelor’s degree in event management from UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Tate assisted with a variety of events, from press conferences, dinners and receptions to bill […]

  • Mom and Daughter to Graduate on Same Day at UCF

    2015-05-07 08:52:59

    Debbie Tyson will have an early Mother’s Day celebration this week: Both she and one of her daughters will graduate from UCF on the same day. Tyson will pick up her psychology degree during the 9 a.m. Friday commencement ceremony at CFE Arena, and then watch daughter Raina Sims accept her elementary education degree during […]

  • President's Circle Donors Recognized

    2015-05-06 11:47:41

    Knightro was on hand May 1 to help recognize more than 120 members of the UCF Foundation’s President’s Circle during a reception just prior to the UCF-USF baseball game. The President’s Circle (including Katie,’04,’06, and Todd Korkosz,’04,’06, with baby Ava, pictured) consists of university donors who give between $1,000 and $25,000 in any given year […]

  • #BlackLivesMatter – So Keep the Conversation Going

    2015-05-06 11:25:20

    #BlackLivesMatter has become part of a symbolic movement with a powerful message. First tweeted on April 11, 2012, following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, #BlackLivesMatter began trending heavily during protests after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Three years later, it remains relevant. For me, the hashtag conjures up images of black […]

  • 17-year-old to Graduate from UCF, Start Software Job Right out of College

    2015-05-06 09:58:22

    Adrian Gilliam, 17, will graduate from UCF this week at an age before most students even start attending college. Then again, he’s always been ahead of the curve. When Gilliam was 4, he started homeschooling through Florida Virtual School, an online public school that allows students to learn at their own pace, and at 13 […]

  • PRIME STEM Retention Rates Up

    2015-05-05 14:28:34

    PRIME STEM/Student Support Services is a federally-funded TRiO program (U.S. Department of Education) that supports college students pursuing STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) who are first-generation, low-income, and/or have a documented disability. The program offers academic support services and resources to assist PRIME STEM scholars to successfully complete a STEM degree. As an […]

  • Knights on the Mall to Feature Live Music, Reserved Spaces

    2015-05-05 13:31:05

    UCF students will enjoy expanded entertainment, food and tailgating options this football season. The Student Government Association’s Knights on the Mall program will feature themed tailgates for each of the Knights’ six home games in the center of Memory Mall. Plans call for each game to feature live music, food, a cooling zone and giveaways. […]

  • Ron Dowdy & Maria Triscari to be Inducted into Central Florida Hospitality Hall of Fame®

    2015-05-05 10:51:32

    The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida will honor Ron Dowdy and Maria Triscari at The Pineapple Ball™ on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, FL. The event will be produced by Rosen College faculty, staff and students. Proceeds will benefit academic initiatives and scholarships. “Ron and […]

  • GRAMMY-nominated Ed Sheeran Visits UCF for Behind-the-Mic Music Session

    2015-05-05 08:53:24

    Hundreds of students lined up outside the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center on Monday, May 4, for an intimate performance by GRAMMY-nominated artist Ed Sheeran. This special event was made possible thanks to Chegg’s #EdOnCampus social media contest, which UCF won in March, giving 300 lucky students an exclusive music class with the superstar, as well as […]

  • Helping Student-Athlete Engineers

    2015-05-05 08:38:25

    “I know what it takes to be a student-athlete and an engineer,” said Brian Crutcher, ’95, speaking last week with a group of UCF student-athletes majoring in engineering. “I know athletes are competitive. Really competitive. You don’t go out there to be second, third or fourth. You want to win. And we need that exact […]

  • UCF Music Student Starts National Tour After Graduation

    2015-05-05 08:33:15

    When Greg Zabel auditioned to enter the UCF music program, the song he played on his upright bass was the 1940s standard “In the Mood” made famous by bandleader Glenn Miller. After Zabel walks across the stage Thursday at one of UCF’s six commencement ceremonies, he’ll have a week to pack his suitcase and fly […]

  • Application Deadline Extended for Intellectual Disabilities Program

    2015-05-04 16:17:42

    The application deadline for UCF’s new program for students with intellectual disabilities has been extended to May 13. “Students and families have been asking great questions, which we are using to help us develop the country’s premier program. We wanted to minimize any unnecessary hurdles for students so added extra time to complete the applications,” […]

  • UCFPD’s Zambri Graduates From FBI National Academy

    2015-05-04 14:06:41

    UCF Police Maj. David Zambri this spring traded in sunshine, the comforts of home, and his job overseeing the department’s administrative services in exchange for cold weather, a dorm room and intensive professional development. The tradeoff was worth it. After 10 weeks in Quantico, Va., Zambri left the FBI National Academy with invaluable training and […]

  • “Charge” of Inspiration Leads to International Attention for UCF Professor

    2015-05-04 11:54:48

    UCF faculty member Jayan Thomas, Ph.D. spied some stray cables lying about when he went for a walk one evening to ponder the subject of energy storage.  With a “charge” of inspiration, a novel thought occurred to him: Cables transmit energy, so why couldn’t they also store it? That insight has led to research that […]

  • CREOL Graduate, First-of-his-kind at UCF

    2015-05-04 08:48:59

    The first graduate of a new UCF degree program – the Bachelor of Science in Photonic Science and Engineering – will earn his diploma Thursday and is looking forward to entering a field that is poised to boom in the coming years. Andrew Kirk came to UCF to study aerospace engineering, but when he took […]

  • UCF Graduation Stories: 250,000 Alumni, Mom-Daughter Pair, More

    2015-05-04 08:29:28

    UCF’s 250,000th graduate will cross the stage on Saturday morning, May 9, during one of six commencement ceremonies this week at the CFE Arena. More than 7,500 students are expected to graduate May 7 to 9. Below are stories of interest that media are invited to cover, along with the details for each ceremony. 250,000th […]

  • Health Society Among UCF’s Fastest Growing Student Organizations

    2015-05-04 07:51:48

    UCF registered nearly 100 new student organizations this academic year, and perhaps the fastest growing was the Health Awareness and Prevention Society, or H.A.P.S. H.A.P.S. began last fall with 30 members and a mission to promote healthy living and disease prevention through education, according to H.A.P.S. President Katherine Masten. This spring its membership reached about 100 students. H.A.P.S. […]

  • Amy Maitner Recipient of Eleanor Roosevelt Women’s Studies Scholarship Award

    2015-05-03 15:10:29

    Amy Maitner is the recipient of the 2015 Eleanor Roosevelt Women’s Studies Scholarship Award. Maitner is a junior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Women’s Studies. She lives her life led by her passion for women’s rights and social justice activism. She has developed three UCF service-learning projects including a Blue […]

  • UCF Advising Updates Forum 2015

    2015-05-02 12:25:30

    Student Development and Enrollment Services, Academic Advising Council, and Regional Campuses recently presented the 10th Annual UCF Advising Updates Forum. The forum is designed to provide advising professionals from the University of Central Florida colleges and departments, as well as from partner institutions, with the most up-to-date information on advising policies and procedures. Additionally, regional […]

  • Leadercast Conference Returns to UCF May 8

    2015-05-01 15:37:54

    With televised headliners Rudy Giuliani, Navy Seal Cmdr. Rorke Denver, and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, this year’s annual Leadercast conference will be held May 8. The live broadcast from Atlanta will be hosted locally for viewing by UCF’s Human Resources office at the Live Oak Center on the main campus. Last year, more than 130,000 […]

  • The Clout of Babe Ruth's 1st Homer is Still Felt 100 Years Later

    2015-05-01 13:59:11

    One hundred years ago, Babe Ruth strode to the plate and cracked his first major league home run on May 5, 1915. Twenty years later he would hit No. 714, a milestone that would stand for generations. Over the course of two decades, George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. transformed America’s national pastime from a game of […]

  • Nursing Professor Providing Care to Uninsured, Inspiration to Students

    2015-05-01 11:16:17

    Dr. Angela Ritten, clinical assistant professor and a graduate program coordinator at the UCF College of Nursing, has been honored as the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Practitioner of the Year by Shepherd’s Hope. Each year Shepherd’s Hope recognizes four of its nearly 1,800 volunteers with the Dr. Ruth McKeefery Award, named in honor of the organization’s […]

  • ‘The Seven Dwarves’ Cornerstone Team Aid Wetherbee Elementary School

    2015-05-01 09:42:33

    The #UCFBusiness Cornerstone program comes to an end this semester and was celebrated with its last ever Cornerstone Social Entrepreneurship Competition in April. The team that won the 2015 competition was “The Seven Dwarves”, raising more than $10,000 of monetary and in-kind donations for Junior Achievement at Wetherbee Elementary School. Team members Melissa Wise, Asim […]

  • Geoffrey K. Turnbull Recognized for Contribution to Real Estate Scholarship

    2015-05-01 09:34:34

    Geoffrey K. Turnbull, Ph.D., received the 2015 David Ricardo Medal from the American Real Estate Society (ARES). The Ricardo Medal is one of the highest recognitions for scholarly work in the real estate discipline. It recognizes a “person who has created a significant body of published research in academic and refereed professional journals, spanning at […]

  • Conference to Explore the Future of the Central Florida Real Estate Market

    2015-05-01 09:07:07

    The UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) will be hosting its third-annual real estate conference this Wednesday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at The Ballroom at Church Street in Downtown Orlando. “Developing Opportunities: The Future of the Central Florida Real Estate Market” will feature keynote speeches from UCF President John C. Hitt, […]

  • Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute Offers Learning Programs for Students with Down Syndrome

    2015-05-01 08:53:55

    The Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute at the University of Central Florida offers a wide range of educational and outreach programs for exceptional students, their teachers, and their families in the central Florida region, and one such program is wrapping up its pilot year on May 2nd. The Learning Program, coordinated by TJEEI scholar Jennifer Holbrook and doctoral candidate […]