April 2015

  • Memorial Service for Sam Rohdie

    2015-04-17 15:16:03

     A memorial service for film professor Sam Rohdie, who died April 3, will be held Thursday, April 23, in the Nicholson School of Communication. Rohdie, who was 75, taught at UCF since 2003 and was widely published in academic film journals and books. He previously was chair of film studies at The Queens University of […]

  • Kids with ADHD Must Squirm to Learn, UCF Study Says

    2015-04-17 14:58:51

    For decades, frustrated parents and teachers have barked at fidgety children with ADHD to “Sit still and concentrate!” But new research conducted at UCF shows that if you want ADHD kids to learn, you have to let them squirm. The foot-tapping, leg-swinging and chair-scooting movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder are actually vital to how […]

  • Nominate a Faculty, Staff or Student Body Member Today

    2015-04-17 14:50:00

    Do you know someone who has made outstanding contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion efforts at UCF? If so, here’s an opportunity for that individual to be recognized for their hard work and dedication. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is now accepting applications for the Diversity and Inclusion Impact Awards for deserving faculty, staff […]

  • Calling All Creative UCF Students

    2015-04-17 13:30:26

    The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites all UCF students to share their creative sides with the UCF family and select Central Florida organizations by submitting an entry in the Diversity Week Student Poster Contest. To participate, visit ODI’s website at: www.diversity.ucf.edu for complete details and to download an application. The first place winner will be […]

  • UCF Professor to Perform with 3-D Printed Instruments in N.Y.

    2015-04-16 16:53:41

    UCF music professor Scott Hall will combine music and the emerging world of 3-D printing Friday night when he performs on some unconventional instruments at the 3D Print Design Show in New York. Hall and a senior art student will perform on 3-D printed instruments ranging from the lute-shaped “monobarisitar” to the sharply angled “piezoelectric […]

  • Research Wins: Graduate Students Competing for Top Honors in the State

    2015-04-16 13:20:24

    How many opportunities are there to get a glimpse of work at the brink of scientific discovery? There are even fewer occasions where the fields of work are so diverse and the presenters so eager than the Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium. The symposium will be held on April 24, 2015 in the Live Oak […]

  • $75,000 in Cash and Business Services at Stake in #UCFBusiness Joust New Venture Competition

    2015-04-16 10:45:44

    The “Final Four” has been set for the annual Joust New Venture Competition at the UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness). The finals are open to the public and will take place on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Business Administration 1, Room 107 on the UCF main campus. A livestream of the […]

  • Arboretum's Community Garden Teaches More Than Gardening

    2015-04-16 10:11:27

    As people find ways to eat healthy and stay active, the UCF Arboretum offers an opportunity to learn about healthy foods and how to grow them. “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime,” is the popular proverb that Arboretum program assistant Jacques […]

  • Carolyn Massiah, Collegiate DECA Win Top Honors at State Conference

    2015-04-16 09:50:17

    The UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) Collegiate DECA team received top honors at the 50th Annual State Career Development Conference. The conference, held in Orlando, brought together 26 schools from across Florida. Faculty advisor Carolyn Massiah, Ph.D., received the organization’s highest honor, the Honorary Life Membership Award, for her dedication to students and her […]

  • UCF's Mansfield Keynote Speaker at International Sea Turtle Symposium

    2015-04-16 09:09:58

    Biology assistant professor Kate Mansfield and five of her graduate students are headed to Turkey this week to present at the 35th annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Mansfield, who earlier this month gained international attention for a study about young turtles swimming with a purpose, is one of the four keynote speakers. […]

  • #UCFBusiness Alumni Golf Tournament Raises More Than $16,000 for Student Scholarships

    2015-04-15 18:16:12

    The 17th Annual Business Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship Golf Tournament raised $16,854 for business student scholarships and alumni initiatives this past February. The tournament, hosted at Shingle Creek Golf Club, brought together 106 alumni and friends of the college for an exciting, chilly day on the course. After indulging in breakfast and coffee courtesy of […]

  • Sigma Chi Wades in to Clean Wekiwa Springs

    2015-04-15 14:40:23

    UCF’s Sigma Chi chapter recently spent a Saturday at Wekiwa Springs State Park, but it wasn’t for a barbecue. Fraternity members spent hours in the cold waters of the springs ripping out algae that’s choking the natural treasure. It was the second year Sigma Chi has volunteered for the “Restore the Blue” initiative. There were […]

  • 'Get to Know the Custodians'

    2015-04-15 11:42:47

    In 1996 I was fresh out of college living in Bay City, Mich., and about to begin my first year as a paid volleyball coach. As many people in my situation, I was scared to death about my lack of experience and my potential inability to shape the hearts and minds of 15- to 18-year-old-volleyball […]

  • #UCFBusiness Young Investors Club Profits from Networking Opportunities

    2015-04-14 17:38:25

    This semester, the UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) Young Investors Club provided students with exclusive access to influential individuals from the world of finance. In April, #UCFBusiness Young Investors Club hosted Mike Bellafiore, co-founder of SMB Capital, a proprietary trading firm in New York City, and SMBU, its trader education company. Bellafiore discussed proprietary […]

  • #UCFBusiness and Kohl’s Partner for Inaugural Professional Fashion Show

    2015-04-14 16:07:23

    The UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness) presented its inaugural Professional Fashion Show for students to learn the important points for dress in the workplace. The Office of Professional Development staff worked with Kohl’s to showcase appropriate business dress for networking events, daily office wear and interviews. From an initial 38 entries, 20 #UCFBusiness students […]

  • UCF Literacy Symposium at the Forefront of K-20 Literacy Learning

    2015-04-14 12:42:04

    The 17th Annual College of Education and Human Performance Literacy Symposium brought over 500 K-20 educators, researchers, policy makers, and literacy advocates to the UCF campus Friday, April 3rd for a day filled with sessions and keynote presentations focused on the importance of reading. Specifically, this year’s symposium covered the intersection of changing assessment standards, […]

  • Graduate to be Panelist in Florida Film Festival Forum

    2015-04-14 11:15:50

    Christopher Kyle Walker, a UCF film graduate whose latest documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and played this week at the Florida Film Festival in Maitland, will be part of an invited filmmakers’ panel Thursday. Walker will be part of the panel “Making Meaning: Films that Change the World” at 11 a.m. at […]

  • Tekcapital Acquires Exclusive License to Portfolio of 13 Optical Technology Patents

    2015-04-14 10:57:24

      Tekcapital plc (AIM: TEK), an international provider of technology and intellectual property services, is pleased to announce that it has acquired the exclusive worldwide license to a portfolio of 13 optical technology patents from UCF. The patents enable the development of new, small form, lightweight and see-through high-resolution, head-mounted projection displays with eye tracking. […]

  • UCF Professors Lead Boston Alumni on Exploration of Ancient Maya Civilization

    2015-04-14 09:54:02

    Thousands of people have visited “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” since the exhibition premiered at the Science Museum of Minnesota in 2013. But on Friday night, only UCF alumni were lucky enough to be guided through the exhibit by the very archaeologists who excavated many of the artifacts on display. Pegasus Professors Arlen and Diane Chase […]

  • Starter Studio Becomes First UCF I-Corps Community Affiliate

    2015-04-13 17:22:30

    UCF I-Corps program is partnering with local regional incubators, accelerators and other organizations supporting entrepreneurs, as Community Affiliates, to provide education programs combined with intense coaching and mentoring services to early-stage technology entrepreneurs. The first community affiliate to offer the acclaimed National Science Foundation’s (NSF) I-Corps Lean Startup program to high-growth entrepreneurs in Central Florida […]

  • “Greatness” Comes from Intelligent Serendipitous Discovery, Not Objectives, According to UCF Computer Science Researcher Kenneth Stanley

    2015-04-13 15:36:00

    UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science artificial intelligence researcher and associate professor Kenneth Stanley, Ph.D., provides a thought-provoking and contrarian perspective on how “greatness” is achieved.  In the soon-to-be-released book Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective, Stanley and co-author Joel Lehman, Ph.D., explore the provocative concept that setting specific goals […]

  • UCF Elementary Education Students Learn and Teach Simultaneously at Area Schools

    2015-04-13 12:47:13

    The College of Education and Human Performance’s Professional Development School Consortium is helping to achieve UCF’s goal of becoming “America’s Partnership University” by engaging undergraduates, faculty, community school teachers, and local school districts in mutually beneficial programs. Those efforts have extended to a number of schools in the Central Florida area, including Stenstrom Elementary in Oviedo. Two different UCF courses […]

  • Mr. and Miss Hospitality 2015 Crowned

    2015-04-13 11:55:20

    On Wednesday, April 8, Rosen Life hosted the 2nd Annual Mr. & Miss Hospitality professional pageant at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. At the end of the evening, which showcased the talents and skills of students dedicated to the hospitality industry, senior hospitality management major Dale Reyes and junior hospitality management major Moriah Tate […]

  • Undergraduates Present Research at State Capitol

    2015-04-13 09:28:07

    Eight UCF undergraduate students recently gathered at the state capitol in Tallahassee for the second annual Posters at the Capitol event, which ran in partnership with the UCF Student Government Association’s Day at the Capitol. The SGA event allows students to meet with legislators to discuss key issues pertaining to the UCF student body and […]

  • Parents, Community Invited to Learn About UCF's New Intellectual Disabilities Program

    2015-04-12 10:18:00

    A new UCF program to provide an immersive college experience for students with intellectual disabilities is gearing up to start this fall, and the first public-information session will be held on campus Thursday, April 16. The meeting will provide an opportunity for community partners and family advocates of potential students to meet with university administrators, faculty and […]

  • Nursing Admissions Specialist Recognized as UCF Employee of the Month

    2015-04-10 17:18:53

    Kristell Padel, an undergraduate admissions specialist in the UCF College of Nursing, has recently been named the university’s 2015 USPS Employee of the Month for April. Padel’s nominators describe her as fantastic and say her knowledge of the College of Nursing policies and procedures is irreplaceable. Known for going above and beyond to help her […]

  • Nursing Students Recognized for Research

    2015-04-10 15:34:27

    Eight undergraduate ‘honors in the major’ nursing students participated and presented their research posters in the 12th Annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research Excellence event. Two were awarded scholarships for their honors research in the Health Sciences category. Thomas Bolsega took first place and received a $600 scholarship for his poster “Assessment of Tracheostomy Care Practices […]

  • Graduate Students and Faculty Recognized for Excellence

    2015-04-10 13:39:48

    The UCF College of Graduate Studies recognized several graduate students and faculty for excellence in research, teaching and mentoring at an awards ceremony during the Graduate Research Forum on March 31, 2015. Each year the Graduate Council Program Review and Awards Committee reviews college nominations and recognizes graduate student recipients for the University Graduate Awards […]

  • CECS Dean's Suite Named for Longtime Supporter Beverly J. Seay

    2015-04-10 12:40:23

    In honor of her leadership and generosity to UCF and the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the dean’s suite in the Harris Engineering Center was dedicated this morning to Beverly J. Seay, longtime UCF donor, CECS Dean’s Advisory Board Chair, and UCF Trustee. Seay’s impact on the university and on CECS has been significant and […]

  • UCF Awarded Federal Grants to Expand Entrepreneurship Outreach in Central Florida

    2015-04-09 13:32:41

    The UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) is working with several community partners to raise  $750,000 to help propel innovation and commercialization in Central Florida. Harris Corporation,  the City of Orlando, Crossroads Investors, Canvs, Rollins College College, Starter Studio, Creative Village Orlando among others are raising the money, which will match funds the U.S. Economic […]

  • UCF Names New Dean of the College of Education and Human Performance

    2015-04-09 12:50:12

    After conducting a national search, the University of Central Florida has selected Pamela S. Carroll as its new dean of the College of Education and Human Performance. Carroll comes to UCF from Oklahoma State University, where she has served as dean and director of professional education and the Stella V. Anderson Endowed Professor of Education […]

  • Three-Peat: UCF Cyber Defense Team Wins Southeast Region for Third Straight Year

    2015-04-09 12:44:49

    UCF’s cyber-warriors have done it again. Team members from the Collegiate Cyber Defense Club @ UCF took first place in the Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition held this week at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. It’s the third consecutive year that UCF’s team has come out on top in the Southeast region. The team will […]

  • Ocean Myth Busted: 'Toddler' Sea Turtles Active Swimmers

    2015-04-09 12:34:02

    It turns out sea turtles, even at a tender 6-18 months of age, are very active swimmers. They don’t just passively drift in ocean currents as researchers once thought. NOAA and University of Central Florida researchers say it’s an important new clue in the sea turtle “lost years” mystery. Where exactly turtles travel in their […]

  • La Quinta SVP Establishes Scholarship Endowment for Future Hotel Executives

    2015-04-09 10:50:34

    Jeff Palla, ’91, ’94 and his wife Monica have created a $25,000 endowed scholarship at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. It will benefit undergraduate and graduate students studying hospitality management with plans to work in hotels or hotel management. Palla also hopes to serve as a mentor to the scholarship recipients throughout their careers. […]

  • Students Represent UCF at National Conference

    2015-04-09 09:38:18

    Eight UCF students set off to change the world March 6-8 at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) national conference at the University of Miami. One student group included junior psychology major Desia Bacon, junior political science pre-law major Jessica Momorie, and freshman anthropology and international and global relations major Keenan McMahon. Their project, “I Don’t […]

  • LGBTQ+ Students Get Insight to Experiences in the Workplace

    2015-04-09 09:31:47

    On March, 24, UCF Career Services in partnership with LGBTQ+ Services hosted a panel of seven employers in the LGBTQ+ community to share their individual and professional experiences about how it is in the workplace. The panelists included Lockheed Martin, NASA, SunTrust, Wyndham, Equality Florida, MBA Orlando and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Students were able […]

  • UCF Health, Florida Hospital Unveil New Partnership Health Center in Medical City

    2015-04-08 16:54:17

    UCF Health, the College of Medicine physician practice, and Florida Hospital on Wednesday unveiled an innovative and collaborative model of health care that brings a range of new providers and services to Medical City. This partnership – at the Gateway Building at the entrance of Lake Nona — allows patients to have convenient access at […]

  • SDES Helps Knights with Career-Ready Attire

    2015-04-08 13:39:29

    In honor of UCF’s give-back spirit, Career Services partnered with Knights Helping Knights Pantry to conduct a week long professional clothing drive to all students in need of career-ready attire for job interviews. Held the week of March 5-12 at Ferrell Commons, this brand new collaboration was a huge success. SDES members participated in donating […]

  • It's the Duty of All of Us to Stop Sexual Abuse

    2015-04-08 11:19:19

    The campus-security video is harrowing. In the early morning hours of June 23, 2013, four Vanderbilt University football players carry the limp, unconscious body of a 21-year-old female honors student from a car and into a campus dorm building after a night of drinking in downtown Nashville. The men dump her in a hallway and […]

  • UCF Cyber-Warriors to Fight Hackers in Competition at Microsoft HQ

    2015-04-08 09:52:29

    Sixteen UCF students are headed to Microsoft headquarters this weekend to go head-to-head with their counterparts from across the country in a competition to find the best cyber-warriors. The students from the Collegiate Cyber Defense Club @ UCF will participate in “Build the Shield,” a national-level competition organized and hosted by Microsoft on its campus […]

  • UCF Fills Reflecting Pond With Thousands of Water Bottles to Celebrate Earth Day

    2015-04-08 08:01:19

    Spirit Splash is typically the only time during the year when students are allowed to enter the UCF Reflecting Pond. But on Wednesday, more than 250,000 plastic water bottles filled the pond in an attempt to show waste and promote sustainability. With the help of David Norvell, assistant vice president of sustainability, and UCF Recycles, […]

  • UCF Celebrates the Arts to Serve Up 6 Days of Performances, Displays

    2015-04-07 13:30:23

    University of Central Florida students and faculty members are well-known for their performing and visual arts accomplishments, but never have all the diverse sights and sounds been showcased in one place – until now. The inaugural UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 festival will kick off Friday, April 10, and run through Wednesday, April 15, at […]

  • Service, Advocacy Earn Student Newman Civic Fellows Award

    2015-04-07 12:00:49

    Amelia Klug’s leadership and volunteerism during her time at UCF has earned her a Newman Civic Fellows Award. The award from Campus Compact will allow Klug, a senior in The Burnett Honors College, to interact and exchange ideas with student leaders from other universities. “It’s a really good opportunity to connect with other leaders across […]

  • 8 Students Score Competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

    2015-04-06 17:05:57

    UCF has a lot to brag about this morning after eight students were notified they earned graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation. The fellowships are highly competitive and recognize outstanding graduate students and their demonstrated potential “for significant achievements in science and engineering.” More than 16,000 students nationwide applied for the fellowships. Only […]

  • Theatre, Dance Add Energy to UCF Celebrates the Arts Festival

    2015-04-06 16:54:01

    Theatre UCF will present two showcases as part of the weeklong UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The two events highlight the work that the theatre and dance students have been doing in their classes for the past year. The Theatre UCF Showcase will have performances on Saturday, April […]

  • Professor Named Editor of Journal of Tourism Insights

    2015-04-06 12:18:09

    Dr. Jill Fjelstul, an associate professor at UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, has been named the editor of the Journal of Tourism Insights, the official refereed journal of the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA). RCRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to communicating, educating and promoting standards of professionalism within the tourism industry and […]

  • Fellowship Prepares UCF Student for Life Around the World

    2015-04-04 00:01:28

    UCF senior Nicholas Grandchamps’ graduation is still a month away, but his future around the world is already taking shape. Grandchamps was recently awarded a prestigious Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship that will pay up to $90,000 toward his tuition and living expenses as he pursues a master’s degree, place him in paid internships in […]

  • Study: $1 Test Developed at UCF Outperforms PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer

    2015-04-03 11:19:13

    A test that costs less than a $1 and yields results in minutes has been shown in newly published studies to be more sensitive and more exact than the current standard test for early-stage prostate cancer. The simple test developed by University of Central Florida scientist Qun “Treen” Huo holds the promise of earlier detection […]

  • 19 Inducted into Order of Pegasus -- Highest UCF Student Honor

    2015-04-03 08:25:07

    UCF celebrated the accomplishments of some of the university’s brightest students this week when 19 of them were inducted into the Order of Pegasus. “The Order of Pegasus is the highest honor the university gives to students,” said President John C. Hitt. “It recognizes outstanding graduating seniors and graduate students who have demonstrated exemplary university […]

  • Gov. Scott Appoints Pabian to State's Physical Therapy Board

    2015-04-03 07:55:59

    Gov. Rick Scott has appointed UCF faculty member Patrick Pabian to the Florida Board of Physical Therapy for a three-year term. Pabian is director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and a clinical associate professor in the College of Health and Public Affairs. He maintains a part-time clinical practice as a licensed physical therapist […]

  • UCF Researcher May Have Found Key to Plague of Citrus Greening

    2015-04-02 15:53:10

    Since it was discovered in South Florida in 2005, the plague of citrus greening has spread to nearly every grove in the state, stoking fears among growers that the $10.7 billion-a-year industry may someday disappear. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the University of Florida a $4.6 million grant aimed at testing a […]

  • Med School Partners to Open Health Center for Osceola Sheriff’s Office

    2015-04-02 11:33:38

    Osceola County Sheriff Office members and their families will be able to get some of the best primary care in Central Florida beginning this summer thanks to an agreement announced today between the UCF College of Medicine, the sheriff and Medical Risk Solutions, an affiliate of Crowne Consulting Group, which operates dozens of employee health […]

  • UCF to Recognize 'Eternal Knights' April 9

    2015-04-02 11:01:41

    While the University of Central Florida currently supports more than 60,000 students, losing just one member greatly impacts the campus community. On Thursday, April 9, the UCF community will gather together for this year’s Eternal Knights Memorial Service, which will honor the lives of 11 students who passed away during recent academic terms. The ceremony […]

  • Advocating for Children is Everyone's Responsibility

    2015-04-02 09:05:49

    Florida drew national media attention in 2008 when 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony of Orlando was reported missing. In the months and years that followed, her mother, Casey, was charged and ultimately acquitted of Caylee’s murder. Along the way she became society’s public example of a bad mother. During the months leading up to and after […]

  • Nursing Faculty Honored at Founders’ Day

    2015-04-01 16:31:26

    College of Nursing faculty members were recognized for their outstanding academic contributions and achievements at the university’s 2015 Founders’ Day Honors Convocation earlier this month. University Distinction of Professor Emerita: Dr. Diane Wink, professor and the Hugh F. and Jeannette G. McKean Endowed Chair in Nursing, began her career at UCF in 1987 as a […]

  • #UCFBusiness' Roy Reid Named PR Professional of the Year by FPRA Orlando

    2015-04-01 16:25:46

    Roy Reid, ’88, APR, CPRC, executive director of communications for the UCF College of Business Administration (#UCFBusiness), has been named PR Professional of the Year by the Orlando chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). The PR Professional of the Year Award for Career Excellence is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Orlando […]

  • UCF Celebrates the Best and Brightest During Founders' Day

    2015-04-01 14:12:32

    The best and brightest students, faculty and staff at the University of Central Florida were honored today during the University of Central Florida’s annual Founders’ Day Honors Convocation. Founders’ Day recognizes some of the outstanding achievements at UCF and is a time-honored tradition. Recipients ranged from an avatar-creating engineer to an expert in Western European […]

  • Pegasus Professors Honored at Founders' Day Celebration

    2015-04-01 14:07:27

    Five UCF faculty members today were presented the 2015 Pegasus Professor Award, the highest academic honor at the university. Pegasus Professors are chosen from senior members of the faculty who have been a professor at least five years and have achieved noteworthy research and/or creative activity of national and international impact. They are presented with […]

  • Stellar Researchers Recognized at Founders' Day

    2015-04-01 14:06:23

    The UCF community recognized eight early-career professors who have achieved noteworthy research or creative activities of national impact with Reach for the Stars Awards today. President John C. Hitt selects the winners based on the faculty members’ past four years of work. Recipients must be an assistant or associate professor and have attained significant research […]

  • UCF Students Shine During Founders' Day Celebration

    2015-04-01 14:03:27

    Exceptional students from each of UCF’s colleges were honored for their dedication to excellence in academics, leadership and community service during the annual Founders’ Day ceremony today. College of Arts and Humanities Irina Pidberejna is a visual arts and emerging media management major. She also holds Seat 4 on the Student Government Senate representing the […]

  • Faculty Honored for Their Excellence at Founders' Day

    2015-04-01 14:02:06

    Faculty members from each college were recognized for excellence in teaching, advising, research and other categories during UCF’s annual Founders’ Day ceremony. The University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching: Alisha Janowsky, College of Sciences. Janowsky is assistant chair in the Psychology Department and director of the undergraduate program. She received her Ph.D. in social […]

  • Emeritus Faculty Honored During Founders' Day Celebration

    2015-04-01 14:00:01

    Six UCF faculty and staff members were granted emeritus status today during the annual Founders’ Day ceremony. The status is awarded to faculty and administrators who have worked at the university for at least five years. The title honors the contributions and distinction they achieved at the university, and grants them a lifetime link to […]