February 2017

  • UCF Business Honors Distinguished Alumni, Partners, Entrepreneurs at Hall of Fame

    2017-02-27 17:12:32

    With a nod to rock band Queen and inspiration from the Broadway hit Hamilton, the University of Central Florida College of Business inducted three distinguished alumni at its 18th annual Hall of Fame gala Thursday evening at Rosen Shingle Creek. More than 740 alumni, community and corporate partners celebrated the Knight at the Opera-themed inductions […]

  • Dixon Commits Gift of More Than $5 Million to UCF Athletics

    2017-02-27 11:00:22

    Kenneth G. Dixon has made a gift commitment of more than $5 million to UCF Athletics. It is the largest cash pledge ever by an individual UCF alumnus.  In recognition of this gift, a 95-acre section of campus will be named the Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village. The Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village will be […]

  • Knights Earn Historic Win over No. 15 Cincinnati

    2017-02-27 10:29:45

    The UCF men’s basketball team earned its first signature win of the Johnny Dawkins era Sunday afternoon, as the Knights defeated American Athletic Conference leading and No. 15 ranked Cincinnati by a score of 53-49 at CFE Arena. “It was so special to walk off the court seeing fans rush the floor,” Dawkins said. “It […]

  • First-Generation Knightro

    2017-02-27 10:00:20

    University of Central Florida student Jesse Stokes is a knight in shining armor. He’s been wearing black and gold and throwing down the gauntlet to the opposition, enthusiastically encouraging his fellow Knights to ‘Charge On’ during athletic events for the past few years. Stokes is part of team Knightro – UCF’s mascot. At the Feb. […]

  • 'Hamilton' Calls UCF Alumnus for Role in National Tour

    2017-02-27 08:41:28

    “Perform as if your last meal depended on it,” Desmond Newson said. That piece of advice from his wise brother was a driving force that landed Newson a coveted spot in the national tour of the Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Hamilton. Newson’s introduction to theatre came early when he auditioned for his high school’s musical […]

  • UCF to Celebrate John Hitt’s 25th Anniversary as President

    2017-02-26 13:00:05

    The University of Central Florida community is invited to join the celebration of John C. Hitt’s 25th anniversary as president on March 1. President Hitt, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, UCF Board of Trustees Chairman Marcos Marchena and others will speak at the event in the Student Union’s Pegasus Ballroom. The […]

  • 'The Grapes of Wrath' to be Featured at Big Read, UCF Celebrates the Arts

    2017-02-24 17:06:30

    The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s story of an Oklahoma family’s flight from the dust bowl in the 1930s, will be featured in multiple upcoming UCF events as part of the national Big Read’s annual community reading project – including a production at the UCF Celebrates the Arts festival, an art exhibit and other activities. […]

  • Med School's FIRE Conference Ignites Investigation, Discovery

    2017-02-24 17:02:23

    Can a mobile phone app help adolescent girls suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome live a healthy lifestyle? How does sleep interruption affect children staying in the hospital? Can an educational program help doctors feel more comfortable treating transgender patients? Do lupus patients have confidence in alternative medicine? These were some of the questions explored at […]

  • Training Opportunities for High-Demand GIS Skills Offered at UCF

    2017-02-23 14:37:34

    A team of UCF students and their professor is using geographic information systems, better known as GIS, to help map the islands off Belize in Central America to give researchers around the world high-resolution data related to climate change and human adaptation. The team founded the Open Reef Mapping Society, which relies on scientists and […]

  • 21 Students to Receive UCF's Highest Honor

    2017-02-23 12:40:38

      UCF has named 21 students as recipients of the Order of Pegasus, the university’s most prestigious student award. The 2017 recipients were selected from a pool of 65 nominations. The 2017 class includes eight LEAD Scholars, eight President’s Leadership Council members, six Student Government Association leaders, 14 Burnett Honors College students, two Greek members, and one […]

  • Team of 200 to Present Oklahoma! at UCF Celebrates the Arts

    2017-02-23 12:37:10

    Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical telling the love story of cowboy Curly McLain and farm girl Laurey Williams, will open this year’s eight-day UCF Celebrates the Arts with evening performances April 7-8. The production, a collaboration between the UCF music and theatre departments, will be directed by musical theatre coordinator Earl D. Weaver and feature […]

  • Fifteen DirectConnect to UCF Students Honored as Johnson Scholars

    2017-02-23 09:44:35

    Fifteen students from the University of Central Florida and four partnership colleges – Eastern Florida State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Seminole State College of Florida and Valencia College – were honored as Johnson Scholars in a February 22 ceremony on the UCF campus. The students are the third class of Johnson Scholars, named in recognition […]

  • Knights Topple Temple, Prepare for Final Home Game Sunday

    2017-02-22 12:41:22

    PHILADELPHIA – All five Knights starters scored in double figures as the UCF men’s basketball team came back from down 11 points in the second half to win 71-69 at Temple Wednesday night at the Liacouras Center. “They came out and played with a lot of intensity, a lot of passion,” UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins […]

  • Women's History Month Events Scheduled

    2017-02-22 11:13:44

    March is Women’s History Month and several departments at UCF have organized events to commemorate the occasion. Some of the presentations and speakers are starting this month. Here is the schedule: The Great American No Bull Challenge: Feb. 23 at  10 a.m. in the Student Union’s Key West Room 218ABCD Barbara Jenkins, Orange County School […]

  • Never Underestimate the Power of Forgiveness

    2017-02-22 10:19:50

    For many people, forgiveness issues may go undetected because they ignore the obvious signs that they have not let go of a past hurt. I believe that in order to experience total freedom in life, one must constantly do a forgiveness check – as I once did with my biological father. If the heart is […]

  • Light Beam Replaces Blood Test During Heart Surgery

    2017-02-20 08:48:25

    A University of Central Florida professor has invented a way to use light to continuously monitor a surgical patient’s blood, for the first time providing a real-time status during life-and-death operations. The technology developed by UCF scientist Aristide Dogariu uses an optical fiber to beam light through a patient’s blood and interpret the signals that […]

  • Anthropology Student Seeks Degree to Thank Mom, Dig Up Latin American Roots

    2017-02-20 08:00:51

    Kimberly Batres was too young to remember, but her mother often went hungry. As a single mother living in Guatemala with daughters 7 and 3 years old, Alison Batres earned just enough money working in a family-owned bakery to pay rent and feed her children. Fed up and in search of a better life, she […]

  • UCF Celebrates the Arts to Return April 7-14 for 3rd Season

    2017-02-16 16:35:41

    UCF Celebrates the Arts – the university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations – will return April 7-14 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. The eight days of music, performances and visual displays, which are open to the public for free, will feature a production of the musical […]

  • UCF Helps Orange County Launch New Lifesaving Apps

    2017-02-16 10:26:17

    This Valentine’s Day, during National Heart Month, UCF partnered with Orange County Fire Rescue partnered to launch two lifesaving apps, PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED. The apps support first-responding agencies like Orange County Fire Rescue by encouraging CPR-trained citizens to respond to sudden cardiac arrest incidents as emergency crews are en route. The partnership to […]

  • UCF and NASA Study Using Martian Soil to Build Human Habitats

    2017-02-16 10:19:31

    It’s hard enough to transport humans to Mars. But once they get there, where will they live? A University of Central Florida professor is working with NASA to figure out a way to extract metals from the Martian soil – metals that could be fed into a 3-D printer to produce the components of a […]

  • Peer Milk-Sharing Participants Generally Keep it Clean

    2017-02-15 23:45:58

    Mothers who want the benefits of breast milk for their babies but can’t produce the substance often turn to milk-sharing networks. A new study from the University of Central Florida found that although not a recommended practice, those who participate in milk-sharing networks generally follow good hygiene, which is critical for keeping milk free from […]

  • UCF Engineers Secure $2 Million Federal Grant to Advance Energy Grid

    2017-02-15 23:39:49

    A team of UCF engineers and their private partners have been awarded $2 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to develop the next generation of grid planning and operational tools to integrate solar power into the power grid. The team, five faculty members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering led […]

  • Basketball's On-the-Court Situations, Strategies Often Extend to Workplace

    2017-02-15 12:26:52

    To me, basketball has always been THE sport of team sports because of its vibrancy, its thrills, its intense moments, its nonstop action and its sheer power. Only a few get to live out their hoop dreams, however, and play at the highest professional level. According to NCAA research compiled in 2015, there is roughly […]

  • To Have and To Hold, Forever Black and Gold

    2017-02-14 10:36:50

    Brent Beumel ’14 and his fiancee Bryanna La Londe ’13 were driving back to Central Florida in November 2015 from a weekend trip Savannah, where Brent had just popped the question at a bed and breakfast. Giddy off the high of their engagement, they started imagining what their wedding day would look like. Who would […]

  • 'Warm a Heart': UCF Nursing Students Deliver Cuddly Bears to Sick Children

    2017-02-14 09:57:14

    Children spending the Valentine’s Day week at Nemours Children’s Hospital got a special treat on Monday: Seven UCF College of Nursing students, dressed in their scrubs, visited their hospital rooms and brought along a new soft, cuddly bear. In all, 88 ‘Knight Nurse’ teddy bears — also wearing UCF scrubs —  arrived at Nemours as […]

  • Endangered Tiny Bird Has Big Ally in UCF

    2017-02-13 10:23:13

    The future of the tiny Florida Grasshopper Sparrow may rest on a hot-water blaster that safely fends off fire ants, which threaten the remaining 100 or so wild sparrows in Central Florida. Joshua King, a self-described ant nerd, ecologist and entomologist at the University of Central Florida, received $15,500 from the Fish and Wildlife Foundation […]

  • UCF, Community Partners Serve 550 Students Free Lunch to Encourage Conversation

    2017-02-13 09:28:35

    University of Central Florida’s Memory Mall on Feb. 9 was filled for the first-ever UCF Gather Luncheon, where more than 550 students were served a free three-course meal and were encouraged to sit together and meet new people to ultimately strengthen the Knights community. Student Development and Enrollment Services, Wellness and Health Promotion Services, Recreation and […]

  • UCF Student: from the Combat Zone to Digging Up Artifacts

    2017-02-13 08:00:27

    Elizabeth “Beth” Chance served eight years in the U.S. Army, among many assignments handling classified mail in Iraq. When she came home, she became a classroom teacher. But she’d always dreamed of becoming an archeologist. “I had watched a PBS special on the discovery of ‘Lucy,’” said the Kissimmee native. “It was amazing to me […]

  • Romeo and Juliet Gets a Jazz-Age Treatment

    2017-02-13 06:00:16

    Theatre UCF’s production of Romeo and Juliet will open on Thursday, Feb. 16 and run through Sunday, Feb. 26. The Shakespeare classic will be set in the 1930’s, and tell the tale of star-crossed lovers whose families clash in their fight to achieve the American Dream. The prohibition-era setting depicts racial tension in the shady business of […]

  • One Billion Rising Back at UCF for Fifth Year

    2017-02-09 09:00:24

    This Valentine’s Day UCF Victim Services will host One Billion Rising, the global revolution where female survivors of violence and their supporters break their silence. The event, which will start at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 14, on the Student Union patio, encourages those affected by violence to speak out against it through spoken word, dance, poetry, […]

  • Experience FIEA Day to Showcase No. 1 Game-Development Program

    2017-02-09 08:30:50

    For just the second time in its 10-year history, UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy will hold Experience FIEA Day on Feb. 10 for prospective students who want to check out the No. 1 graduate game-development program in the world. The open house will include a VIP tour, an opportunity to meet faculty and staff, game […]

  • UCF Celebrates Black History Month

    2017-02-08 10:24:53

    February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made in their struggles for freedom and equality in American history. On February 1, the Opening Ceremony Power: Getting Plugged into Black History Month featured guest speaker, Anthony Major, director for Aficana Studies at UCF. In addition, he is program director […]

  • Now More Than Ever We Need to Protect Our Public Lands

    2017-02-08 09:00:34

    I spent nearly a year of my life walking within the borders of what is now designated as the Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. I covered hundreds of miles hiking across plateaus, climbing into canyons, and scrambling up cliff walls as a wilderness educator, guide and recreationist. I stumbled upon countless Native American […]

  • UCF Students to Present Musical for Youth About Hunger

    2017-02-07 17:10:52

    On Feb. 24, Theatre UCF will present the musical Puddin’ and the Grumble, a coming-of-age tale that follows Puddin’, a young girl struggling with starting over at a new school, living with her eccentric, avid singer and yogi of a grandma, and most of all, overcoming childhood hunger. Puddin’ and the Grumble was written by […]

  • Nursing Faculty to Study Impact of New Careers in Nursing Program

    2017-02-07 14:28:20

    Annette Bourgault and Michael Valenti from the UCF College of Nursing are on one of four research teams in the U.S. recently awarded funding to study the impact of the New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Program. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) awarded the competitive grants to four […]

  • Summit Tackles Cybersecurity

    2017-02-06 17:24:41

    What if a cyber attack wiped out your bank account, stole all of your medical files or shut down your local power grid? Who keeps us safe? Who will keep us safe in the future? Representatives from the military, private sector and academia came together last week to address these questions for the 2017 Florida International […]

  • UCF Basketball Seeks Food Donations to Help Fellow Knights

    2017-02-06 09:53:35

    UCF Knights men’s basketball fans are asked to bring a food or toiletry donation to the home game Feb. 11 to help support the Knights Helping Knights Pantry, an on-campus food pantry for students in need. Peanut butter, pasta and toilet paper are items most in need, but any nonperishable food items will be accepted […]

  • UCF Gets $1.3 Million to Fight Zika

    2017-02-06 09:50:30

    UCF scientists received almost $1.3 million in state funds Wednesday to research the Zika virus with the goal of understanding its effects on human health and developing a vaccine for the mosquito-borne illness. The funding was part of Gov. Rick Scott’s authorization of $25 million in state funds to develop better testing and prevention for […]

  • UCF Represents at Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford

    2017-02-06 09:48:34

    Educational workshops for aspiring and veteran filmmakers and an exhibition of 14 student films will be sponsored by UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities as part of the seventh annual Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford on Feb. 9-12. This is the third year of the university and festival’s growing partnership, which this year […]

  • UCF Hosts First Go Baby Go! Global Summit

    2017-02-06 09:26:16

    Physical therapists from as far away as Israel gathered Jan. 20-21 at the College of Health and Public Affairs for the first global summit of the mobility project known as Go Baby Go! Joining the group was Professor Cole Galloway from the University of Delaware, who founded Go Baby Go! to develop new and inexpensive ways for individuals with mobility impairments to explore their […]

  • College of Medicine/HCA Announce Newest Residency Program

    2017-02-05 15:18:30

    A new neurology residency program, based at Osceola Regional Medical Center, has received initial accreditation and is seeking immediate applicants. The program is part of the UCF College of Medicine and Hospital Corporation of America Graduate Medical Education Consortium. Neurology represents the 11th UCF-HCA residency program in Florida and the sixth to receive accreditation in the past year as the […]

  • Science Meets Beer: Microbiology Researcher, Students Brew Up Business

    2017-02-04 08:29:12

    There’s plenty of biology in the beer you’ll be swigging during the Super Bowl game on Feb. 5. With the popularity of craft beers, local brewers are turning to a UCF College of Medicine researcher and his microbiology students to help perfect the taste and color of America’s favorite fermented beverage. Sean Moore, associate professor of […]

  • President Hitt to Host Open Forum for Students

    2017-02-02 15:29:27

    An open forum for students to discuss their ideas, concerns and campus experiences will be hosted by President John C. Hitt in the Student Union on Monday, Feb. 13. Also at the forum will be A. Dale Whittaker, provost and executive vice president, and vice presidents Maribeth Ehasz, Grant Heston, Dan Holsenbeck and Bill Merck. […]

  • Study Shows Exercise, Sleep Are Keys to Keeping Employees from Bringing Home Work Frustrations

    2017-02-02 09:13:06

    A brisk walk or a long swim may be the key to preventing a bad day at the office from spilling over into the home. A recent university study that tracked participants’ sleep patterns and daytime physical movements found employees who recorded an average of more than 10,900 steps each day were less likely to […]

  • The Advice I Follow: ‘Conquer by Continuing’

    2017-02-01 10:00:09

    Even though they have the best of intentions, about this time of year many people start setting aside their New Year’s resolutions – if they haven’t already. Do you have any left or have they all been abandoned for another try in 2018? For me, there are the usual resolutions of losing weight, eating better, […]

  • NASA Mission is One Step Closer to Launching into Space

    2017-02-01 08:35:24

    A NASA instrument that will study the upper atmosphere and the impact of space weather on Earth is a step closer on its journey into space. The Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission, led by University of Central Florida (UCF) scientist Richard Eastes, is scheduled to launch in late 2017 from Florida. […]