March 2017

  • UCF Hospital Partnership Earns Key State Approval

    2017-03-30 15:16:23

    A new hospital focused on building a healthier community, training more physicians and powering economic growth through research earned a key approval Thursday from the State University System’s Board of Governors in Tallahassee. UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, which will be built adjacent to the UCF College of Medicine, is a public-private partnership with UCF […]

  • UCF Grad at Home with the WWE & Wrestlemania

    2017-03-30 09:14:13

    As a child growing up off University Boulevard in east Orlando, Dasha Kuret ’12 dreamed of attending UCF one day. She didn’t foresee, however, that a degree in health sciences would land her a career in which body slams, suplexes and pile drivers are everyday occurrences. Yet, here she is – a UCF alumna turned […]

  • UCF to be Featured on NPR's Science Friday

    2017-03-30 09:12:21

    It’s not every day that a national radio celebrity wishes a 12-year-old Florida girl Happy Birthday during a broadcast, but that’s just what Science Friday host Ira Flatow did this week while taping in Orlando. It’s just one of the surprises listeners will hear when Science Friday broadcasts the show 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 31, […]

  • Research Week: Critical Thinking, Making a Difference in the World

    2017-03-29 14:49:27

    How vulnerable are teenagers in the foster-care system to online predators? What’s the best way to turn a community into a medical-tourism destination? Can nanoparticles be used in a blood test to determine viral infections to more quickly identify outbreaks? These are among the many questions UCF students have tackled for Research Week, which kicks […]

  • With a Little Help From My Friends...

    2017-03-29 09:00:42

    Do I have enough friends? Listening to a recent TEDx lecture made me pause and think about it. It caught my interest, so now I must really begin to ask myself, is this true, do I have enough friends? Yes, I’ll confirm it: I think I actually do have enough friends. The TEDx presentation was […]

  • Non-traditional Student Trades Computers for Career In Conservation Biology

    2017-03-28 15:59:16

    After a 27-year career in software development, Orlando, Fla. resident Suzanne Connor faced a real challenge. The mother of two was laid off. “My last two years of my job, I was so unhappy,” Connor said.  “I was kind of relieved when I was laid off. I knew I needed to find something that would […]

  • Heat at Its Core --- UCF Engineer Earns NSF CAREER Award

    2017-03-28 15:53:16

    The National Science Foundation has selected a University of Central Florida scientist for a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his work that is projected to revolutionize the way electronic devices use and dissipate heat. Shawn Putnam, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will receive $510,000 from the agency to study the […]

  • UCF Student to Compete in Ms. Wheelchair Florida Pageant

    2017-03-28 13:21:38

    Gianna “Gigi” Gonzalez, a University of Central Florida student, on Saturday will compete for the Ms. Wheelchair Florida crown and the opportunity to travel across the state to advocate for those living with disabilities. Gonzalez has cerebral palsy, and with her positive outlook she hopes to inspire others to feel empowered. At UCF, Gonzalez studies […]

  • UCF Showcases Aphasia House at International Leadership Summit

    2017-03-27 10:48:54

    International leaders who study and care for people who’ve lost their ability to speak recently gathered at UCF to discuss new therapy that can profoundly improve a client’s quality of life. Some 140 researchers and practitioners from across the United States and Canada came to discuss ways to serve individuals who have aphasia, a condition […]

  • 18 Alumni Engagement, Annual Giving Scholarships Available Totaling $50,000

    2017-03-27 10:47:10

    Applications for $50,000 in Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Scholarships will be accepted until April 2. The scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year are awarded each year to UCF students who demonstrate strong academic ability and significant extracurricular and community involvement. Students can apply for as many of these scholarships as they are eligible: Amy […]

  • Knights Head to New York for NIT Semifinals

    2017-03-27 10:16:18

    The UCF men’s basketball team is ready for its next challenge. Winners of three straight games in the National Invitation Tournament, the Knights (24-11) are heading to Madison Square Garden in New York for the NIT Semifinals on Tuesday against TCU. “I’m excited to go back to the Big Apple and have a chance to […]

  • Faculty, Staff’s 2017 Believe Campaign Exceeds $1 Million for UCF’s Future

    2017-03-27 10:00:18

    The UCF faculty and staff’s annual Believe campaign wrapped up Wednesday with a total of $1,010,644 in support of the university’s goals. Provost and Executive Vice President Dale Whittaker and the campaign’s spirit team delivered the news at the Student Union that 2,045 faculty and staff members made the donation to invest in academic excellence, […]

  • In Face of Inequality, First-Generation Student Seeks to Empower Women in STEM

    2017-03-27 07:00:15

    At 12 years old, Jordin Rosser already was discouraged to pursue her dream career. Her aunt, a computer scientist, was facing discrimination for being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Her ideas were being overlooked, and when a male counterpart would suggest the same thing, he would be praised by their boss. Rosser began to […]

  • UCF Celebrates the Arts to Serve Up Musical Variety

    2017-03-23 16:50:23

    From the classics of Rachmaninoff and Schubert, to the dynamic sounds of the 1960s TV series Batman, to a moving composition honoring last year’s Pulse nightclub victims, there’s something musically for most everyone at next month’s UCF Celebrates the Arts festival. The performers at the April 7-14 festival will be just as varied, with presentations […]

  • UCF Designated a "Voter Friendly Campus"

    2017-03-23 10:28:18

    The Voter Friendly Campus initiative announced this week that UCF has been designated a “Voter Friendly Campus.” Led by nonpartisan organizations, Campus Vote Project and National Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Haley Winston, assistant director for Office of Student Involvement, led UCF in the charge to join the inaugural class and receive this designation. The […]

  • Women Veterans Honored with Display

    2017-03-23 10:22:42

    The Veteran’s Academic Resource Center is showcasing women veterans during Women’s History Month through April 10. With donated items and the assistance of VARC peer mentors, the center is showcasing notable women veterans in history, influential modern veterans and UCF faculty, staff and student women veterans. On display, are photos of these women and their […]

  • QPR a thon: Suicide Prevention Training

    2017-03-23 09:56:46

    Suicide can be prevented. Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages. It is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans and the second leading cause in the college-age population. However, people rarely communicate openly about suicide, which hinders effective prevention. On March 27, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainers […]

  • Med School Hosts Florida Lupus Foundation Event April 8

    2017-03-23 08:24:53

    What happens when your body wages war on itself? When the immune system that’s supposed to protect you from disease suddenly attacks healthy cells and tissues? The 1.5 million Americans with lupus are living that scenario. Their chronic rheumatic disease causes symptoms such as extreme fatigue, pain and disfiguring rashes and can cause damage to […]

  • Knights Basketball Makes History, Bound for the Big Apple

    2017-03-23 06:30:11

    History was made at the CFE Arena Wednesday night. In front of the first-ever sellout crowd in the history of the building, the UCF men’s basketball team defeated Illinois 68-58 in a quarterfinal game of the National Invitation Tournament. With the victory, the Knights advance to the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden in […]

  • From Reality to Fantasy

    2017-03-23 06:00:44

    UCF alumus Matthew Laurence ’06, is being compared to Percy Jackson creator Rick Riordan thanks to his debut fantasy novel Freya. In 2014, when UCF graduate and game developer Matthew Laurence was touring his new employer, Rovio Games, he was intrigued by the publishing arm of the Angry Birds company Rovio Entertainment, now known as […]

  • Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Names UCF Researcher

    2017-03-22 13:07:18

    A University of Central Florida engineer who is recognized worldwide as a leader in power electronics and whose work led to the creation of the first compact single-solar photovoltaic panel has been named as a 2017 inductee to the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Issa Batarseh, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer […]

  • UCF Victim Services Hosts Award-Winning Play

    2017-03-22 12:46:11

    The University of Central Florida will host an award-winning play in support of the movement to end violence against women and girls. The Vagina Monologues, performed and staged entirely by UCF students, will be held  Saturday, March 25. Doors to the Pegasus Ballroom will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 […]

  • UCF Ranked No. 2 Video Game School in North America by Princeton Review

    2017-03-21 16:39:23

    The University of Central Florida’s video game graduate school ranks No. 2 in North America, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine. The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, an anchor of UCF’s planned downtown campus, achieved its third No. 2 ranking in the eight years since The Princeton Review began doing its reviews. FIEA […]

  • Green Dot Program Successful, Growing at UCF

    2017-03-21 15:58:58

    A bystander intervention program that teaches how small actions can have big results is already having a major impact at UCF, which in 2016 was the state’s leader for the training. That’s extra impressive since the program, called Green Dot, was first introduced to the campus community in September. Since then, more than 4,500 students […]

  • Leadership Institute to Focus on Diversity, Inclusion

    2017-03-21 14:29:26

    UCF’s annual Leadership Institute on Friday, March 24, will focus on how the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusion will impact the Central Florida community and beyond. Lisa Guion Jones, associate provost for strategy and special assistant to the president, will be the keynote speaker for this professional-development opportunity offered to the UCF faculty, staff […]

  • I Still Love Watching Films on Big Screen – Despite Trend To Small Screens

    2017-03-21 11:30:44

    I’ve always been a fan of movies. And not just watching them, but also analyzing them: who the director was, why they shot a scene a certain way, who produced it, the making of the film, who starred in it and why, the ratings, reviews and more. To me, the beauty of movies is to […]

  • Knights Advance in NIT, Host Illinois Wednesday at CFE Arena

    2017-03-21 10:02:30

    The UCF men’s basketball team will host the University of Illinois at the CFE Arena on Wednesday in the National Invitational Tournament after advancing Monday night with a 63-62 win over Illinois State. The Knights overcame an 18-point deficit on the road to stay alive in the tournament. The winner of Wednesday’s 7 p.m. game […]

  • UCFPD Welcomes Four New Officers to the Force

    2017-03-20 12:39:27

    The UCF Police Department welcomed four new officers today in front of an audience filled with family, friends, fellow UCFPD officers and staff, and members of the community. The officers started their field training in February and were sworn into the UCFPD family Monday by Chief Richard Beary. “The thing we cherish here is the […]

  • A Different Kind of Prep, The Journey to UCF

    2017-03-20 09:57:15

    For Angie Torres there was no Girl Scouts, after school clubs or sports team participation when she was a kid. Her extracurricular activities involved translating English into Spanish for her aunt during doctor visits, helping her cousins fill out job applications and translating legal documents for family friends who didn’t speak English very well. The […]

  • UCF Art Professor and Performance Artist Lands Spot in Smithsonian Exhibit

    2017-03-20 08:00:48

    Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz feels she represents more than just herself in her art. When she is creating, she feels the characters bursting forth to tell their stories – and all the while she struggles with all they represent. “I keep them [characters] locked up, you know, because if I let them out I can’t function,” said […]

  • Giving a ‘Voice’ to Innovation

    2017-03-19 10:32:40

    Working as an intern at a speech-language clinic in rural Nova Scotia, Jennifer Kent-Walsh met a family who would forever change what she wanted to do with her life. The patient was a young woman with a small child, engaged to be married. Before her wedding she went in for a routine surgery, but came […]

  • Residency Programs Growing With UCF Graduates

    2017-03-17 18:10:55

    UCF and Hospital Corporation of America’s joint residency programs gained more than 100 new physicians after National Match Day results and nine of the new residents are from the UCF College of Medicine. Through a partnership with HCA, UCF now has 11 accredited residency programs in Central and North Central Florida with more on the […]

  • Matched Med Students Fulfill Dreams

    2017-03-17 17:29:40

    At exactly noon Friday, with her teenage daughters at her side, UCF medical student Kesha Thomas took one more deep breath, whispered a prayer and opened an envelope that in the words of her dean would “open the doors to your future.” The letter read, University of South Florida, Internal Medicine, Thomas’ first choice because […]

  • Conner Elected to Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Nursing

    2017-03-17 15:09:03

    Norma Conner, associate dean for academic excellence and associate professor at the UCF College of Nursing, has been elected as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in Nursing (FNAP). Conner was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow for her academic achievements in nursing education and research as well as her leadership […]

  • UCF Women's Basketball Tops Stetson for Program's First Postseason Victory

    2017-03-17 14:17:29

    History continues to be made this season by the UCF women’s basketball team. On Thursday evening in CFE Arena, the Knights topped Stetson, 73-53, in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the program’s first postseason victory. “I’m just happy for the seniors,” head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said. “They continue to make […]

  • UCF Men's Basketball Earns First NIT Tournament Win Over Colorado

    2017-03-17 14:16:33

    With its 79-74 victory over visiting Colorado Wednesday night at CFE Arena, the UCF men’s basketball team earned its first ever win in the National Invitation Tournament and advanced to the second round to take on No. 1 seed Illinois State. The fourth-seeded Knights (22-11) will play at Illinois State Monday at 7 p.m. on […]

  • Ibsen’s drama 'Hedda Gabler' still resonates

    2017-03-17 09:08:55

    Theatre UCF’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler – a spellbinding drama of revenge, manipulation, sexual repression, deceit and despair – will run Thursday, March 23  through Sunday, April 2. Kate Ingram, the show’s director said she along with the cast and crew are working to “take the dust covers off and look at the […]

  • Schedule Planning Tool Takes Pain Out of Registering for Classes

    2017-03-16 15:59:00

    Finding the right classes can be stressful when it comes time to register, but a new tool makes building a schedule a breeze. Even before registration for the Fall semester opens on Monday, students already can use mySchedule Builder to design their dream course schedule. Once a student’s registration appointment opens, all that remains is […]

  • UCF Celebrates the Arts Expands Venues for Works by SVAD Students, Faculty

    2017-03-16 10:45:56

    Presentations by students and faculty in UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design – fine art, tableau vivant (living art), films, interactive gaming and other fields – will expand to multiple venues in this year’s UCF Celebrates the Arts. In addition to art presentations at the host site of the April 7-14 festival, the Dr. […]

  • Veterans at UCF Hone Skills, Experience to Become Entrepreneurs

    2017-03-16 09:07:10

    Take a military daughter, add degrees in psychology, management and human-resource development, mix in more than 20 years in the Air Force and eight years of company ownership and you’ve got a candidate poised to succeed as an entrepreneur. Except for one thing – the needed expertise to scale from the startup stage to a […]

  • UCF Graduate Programs Score Big with US News Rankings

    2017-03-16 07:15:26

    22 UCF Master’s and Doctoral Programs in the Top 100 Graduate School Rankings Twenty-two University of Central Florida graduate programs were ranked in the top 100 in their respective fields by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of 2018 released Tuesday. For the first time all seven eligible programs in the College of […]

  • UCF 1st in State to Offer Neurofeedback Therapy to Aid Students’ Mental Health

    2017-03-16 07:00:24

    The University of Central Florida recently became the first public university in the state to offer students neurofeedback therapy, a treatment for various mental-health disorders that helps patients gain more control over their brain activity. UCF’s addition of neurofeedback therapy comes at a time when demand for mental-health services on college campuses is on the […]

  • Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

    2017-03-16 06:00:32

    Calvin Kai Ku may not be a physician, but he has spent a large part of the last seven years working in hospitals to make sick patients feel better. Ku is a medical clown – a trained professional who aims to improve the physical and mental well-being of hospital patients through entertainment. Using theatrics, music, […]

  • Medical Robotics Company Harnesses UCF Research for Computer-Aided Surgery

    2017-03-16 05:30:32

    A medical robotics company has licensed University of Central Florida expertise to develop software for a new surgical-robotic platform. AVRA Medical Robotics Inc., which has an office in the UCF Business Incubator, has partnered with Professor Zhihua Qu and research Professor Eytan Pollak of the College of Engineering & Computer Science to develop algorithms and […]

  • It's Time to Spring Clean Your Closets — and Personal Relationships

    2017-03-15 10:44:50

    I looked at my calendar recently and realized that spring is rapidly approaching. Each year at this time, I’m like millions of others who undertake the task of spring cleaning our homes. We wash our windows. We dust in places guests will never see. We turn mattresses and change out bed sets. If we are […]

  • UCF Employees Honored for Inclusivity during Women’s History Month

    2017-03-15 06:00:36

    Thirty-one women at the University of Central Florida will be honored in March – Women’s History Month – by the Center for Success of Women Faculty for their contributions in shaping an inclusive culture at UCF. Plus, for the first time, the center will honor 12 men who also have enhanced UCF’s inclusivity. This year’s […]

  • New UCF Downtown Academic Building Gets Its Name

    2017-03-14 10:54:36

    University of Central Florida leaders will vote this week to name the academic building at the downtown campus after one of the region’s leading philanthropic organizations. Last year, Dr. Phillips Charities committed $7 million to the new campus, helping the university surpass its $20 million community support goal and making available state funding for the […]

  • What's in a Name? Osceola's Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Now Called BRIDG

    2017-03-14 05:00:24

    A bold future for manufacturing new technologies will be celebrated next month with the official ribbon cutting for one of the most advanced fabrication labs in the world. The BRIDG (Bridging the Innovation to Development Gap) design center at NeoCity, located across from Osceola Heritage Park, offers partners and others the opportunity to share equipment […]

  • Alternative Spring Break Program Sends Record Number of Student Volunteers Abroad

    2017-03-13 10:39:04

    A record number of University of Central Florida students will volunteer their time on service projects abroad through the Alternative Break Program this spring break March 13-17. More than 50 students will travel on one of three trips to Guatemala, Dominican Republic or Costa Rica as part of UCF’s Alternative Break Program that connects students […]

  • As War Rages, Archaeologist Uses Satellites to Protect Ancient Sites in Syria, Iraq

    2017-03-13 09:56:11

    University of Central Florida archaeologist Scott Branting has gotten his hands dirty on plenty of digs, but some of his most important work now involves satellites instead of shovels. Since 2014, Branting has been a principal investigator on a U.S. Department of State project meant to track damage to cultural-heritage sites in war-torn Syria and […]

  • VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans

    2017-03-13 09:27:10

    A University of Central Florida team of scholars has been awarded a $290,000 contract from the National Cemetery Administration, an agency of the Department of Veterans Affairs, to archive the stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery for a new generation of students. UCF is one of three universities selected to launch the […]

  • Knight Men's, Women's Basketball Teams Headed to NIT

    2017-03-12 22:22:23

    Both of the UCF men’s and women’s basketball teams are back in postseason play as both head to the National Invitational Tournament. Following an impressive regular season and American Athletic Conference Semifinals appearance, the men’s team (21-11) will participate in the tournament for the second time, and the women will compete in the tournament for […]

  • How Partnerships, UCF and A Gutsy Scientist Led to Commercialization Success

    2017-03-12 21:41:38

    A discovery in a research lab at the University of Central Florida is helping keep safe crews  in power plants, workers with industrial gases and even aerospace engineers. Intellipigment, a colorchanging adhesive tape that detects hydrogen leaks, was created thanks to the collaboration between UCF and NASA researchers in 2010. After rigorous testing, the tape […]

  • Life in Homeless Shelter Spurs Student to Attend College

    2017-03-12 21:35:07

    A homeless shelter isn’t exactly known for producing college candidates, but for University of Central Florida student Victor Rodriguez the time he spent at a shelter with his family provided the kind of stability he needed to get a shot at a better life. The New York native bounced from school to school throughout his […]

  • 9th Annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival set March 24-25

    2017-03-10 17:09:19

    The ninth annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival on March 24-25 at the University of Central Florida campus will showcase the talent of renowned jazz musicians and local high school jazz bands. Coming in from New York City, Peter Bernstein and his jazz trio open the festival on March 24. Guitarist Bernstein has worked with jazz legends Sonny […]

  • Andrews Elected to National Board for Advancing Nursing Education and Research

    2017-03-10 16:24:36

    Diane Andrews, an associate professor at the UCF College of Nursing, has been elected to serve as secretary and bylaws chair of CGEAN. Formerly known as the Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing, the national organization today has more than 200 members and an expanded focus dedicated to advancing leadership education and research […]

  • UCF Celebrates the Arts to Team with Orlando REP to Produce 'The Giver'

    2017-03-09 09:52:21

    The Giver, an award-winning social-science novel that has become a staple reading assignment in many middle schools around the country, will be a featured stage performance during the upcoming UCF Celebrates the Arts festival. The popularity of the production was recently exhibited when a morning festival performance of the Lois Lowry book was first offered […]

  • UCF Crime Lab Combats Human Trafficking Through Research

    2017-03-09 08:00:46

    UCF Sociology’s “crime lab,” a team of faculty and students, is trying to help police and nonprofit agencies better understand human trafficking in hopes of stopping it. While human trafficking is the latest crime the UCF team is tackling, it has been working with all sorts of crime data. The team works with data from […]

  • UCF Restores Seeks Funding for Cutting-Edge PTSD Treatment

    2017-03-09 07:00:34

    As more veterans come home from war, and as our own first responders deal with more instances of tragedy, Deborah Beidel said her work treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is more important than ever. But even as the UCF Restores clinic sees more patients needing treatment for PTSD, their funding remains uncertain. Beidel, the UCF Trustee […]

  • FIEA Student Game Wins Two Awards At Intel Showcase

    2017-03-09 06:00:37

    Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy student game “The Channeler” won the Most Innovative award and the third place award for Best Visual Quality at the Intel University Games Showcase, held March 2 in San Francisco. As a result, Intel will donate $7,500 worth of equipment to UCF’s FIEA program. The showcase featured student games from 12 […]

  • Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Awards Scholarships to UCF Nurses

    2017-03-08 16:24:19

    When you sit a group of College of Nursing students around a table to talk about their path to nursing, a few words come up over and over. Passion. Sacrifice. Impact. When the discussion turns to the scholarship they each received from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, another word rings loud and clear: gratitude. The […]

  • Millican Society Donors Honored for Commitment

    2017-03-08 15:09:42

    Donors who have included UCF and future Knights in their estate plans were honored at the annual Millican Society Luncheon, held on Friday, March 3, at UCF Global. Named for UCF’s founding president Charles N. Millican, the society has more than two hundred members who have made planned gift commitments to UCF. Member Roger Pynn […]

  • Fake News? Know the Source, Question Motivation Behind Stories

    2017-03-08 12:33:23

    When was the first time you heard the term “fake news”? For me it was right after last year’s presidential election. I feel like I consume a great deal of both political and business news, and for me this was a term that I had not heard in the mainstream media narrative prior to the […]

  • Actress, UN Ambassador to Speak at UCF about Human Trafficking

    2017-03-07 16:03:16

    Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Mira Sorvino on March 23 will speak at the University of Central Florida about combating human trafficking. The event will highlight the UN’s efforts to address human trafficking and underscore the complexities of modern slavery. Sorvino’s breakout acting role was in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite in 1995. Since, […]

  • UCF to Host 2017 Walk Like MADD

    2017-03-07 10:36:28

    For the first time the University of Central Florida will play host to the Central Florida Walk Like MADD, the largest yearly fundraiser for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The 2017 walk will take place at UCF’s Memory Mall Saturday, April 29. Registration will start at 5 p.m., and the event will start at 5:30 p.m. […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools Wednesday

    2017-03-07 10:03:56

    UCF’s preparations for potential emergency situations include regular tests of the communication tools that provide critical information to students, staff and faculty members, and the public. Several of those UCF Alert communication tools will be tested Wednesday, March 8. This semester’s testing is timed with Safe Knight Week, an annual opportunity to learn about self-care, […]

  • UCF Remembers Champion of Diversity, Valarie King

    2017-03-07 08:00:46

    The UCF community is remembering Valarie King, a leader of diversity and inclusivity initiatives, who passed away Feb. 26. She had a 24-year career at UCF. King, who designed the faculty and staff Leadership Empowerment Program and was the Office of Diversity Initiatives director until retiring in 2013, passed away after fighting cancer. She was […]

  • Crushing Student Loan Debt Is Not the Story at UCF

    2017-03-07 07:00:40

    Bryce Nelson is excited he’s on track to graduate from UCF with relatively little student-loan debt. The marketing junior relies on federal financial aid to cover tuition and housing, gets a little help from home, and has a campus work-study job.  He’s on track to finish his undergraduate degree with less than $7,000 in student […]

  • Safe Knight Week Starts March 6

    2017-03-06 10:02:05

    UCF is this week hosting a series of interactive events to raise awareness about safety and well-being. Some of these topics are ones that the UCF community may deal with on campus and beyond. With Spring Break fast approaching, Safe Knight Week, which runs March 6-10, is an opportunity to learn about self-care, violence prevention […]

  • Alumni Engagement, Annual Giving Scholarships Available

    2017-03-06 09:00:47

    Applications for 18 Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Scholarships totaling $50,000 will be accepted until April 2. The scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year are awarded each year to UCF students who demonstrate strong academic ability and significant extracurricular and community involvement. Students can apply for as many of these scholarships as they are eligible: […]

  • Engineering Students Learn About Greatest Machine: The Human Body

    2017-03-06 09:00:33

    Inspired by her little brother who has two cochlear implants to aid his hearing and an insulin pump to treat his diabetes, Christine Sleppy wants to combine her engineering skills with medicine to help change lives. “Growing up, I saw how that sort of technology changed his life as well our whole family and made […]

  • 1st-Generation Student Wants to Use Social Work Degree to Combat Injustices

    2017-03-06 08:41:20

    Pursuing a college education was not a big priority in Yaridma Tejada’s home when she was a youngster. She said her immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic – her mom a high school graduate and her dad, who completed third grade – “never helped me with my homework assignments or seemed to enjoy reading or […]

  • U.S. Forecast: How Will Economy Fare on Mr. Trump's Wild Ride

    2017-03-03 15:46:51

    Just a few turbulent weeks into President Donald Trump’s administration, forecasters’ fears of a recession continue to decrease, according to the latest U.S. forecast from the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at UCF College of Business. In the first Survey of Professional Forecasters by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia since Trump took office, the forecasters […]

  • UCF Nursing Students Use Simulations to Better Care for Transgender Patients

    2017-03-02 15:15:40

    The statistics don’t lie. Transgender people are three times more likely to attempt suicide, twice as likely to be homeless, six to eight times more likely to suffer from depression, and twice as likely to be assaulted or victimized in some way. If they need health care, the road gets even muddier. “What if you […]

  • Student Turns Passion for Environment into Think Tank for UCF Sustainability

    2017-03-02 09:20:34

    Tucked behind the University of Central Florida Police Department on Libra Drive sits a single-story, brick-facade building that houses UCF Facilities and Safety. There, about 100 people plan new buildings, maintain landscapes, create sustainability initiatives and more for UCF. Thousands of cars zoom past daily, but likely not many passersby realize it’s there. Hannah Hollinger […]

  • Central Florida Honors President Hitt on 25 Years of Service to UCF, Community

    2017-03-02 06:35:57

    The UCF family and Central Florida community celebrated John C. Hitt’s 25th anniversary as the university’s president Wednesday with many presentations and a special award for the president and his wife, Martha. During a packed celebration at the Student Union, speakers such as Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and longtime UCF […]

  • UCF, Siemens Unveil State-of-the-Art Lab to Turn Students into Digital-Grid Experts

    2017-03-02 06:30:28

    Homes and businesses can often be left without power for days or weeks after a severe hurricane or blizzard. And with the growth of renewables, many utilities and power operators are faced with bringing these intermittent resources onto the energy grid while still providing their customers with reliable power. A new lab unveiled Thursday at […]

  • Robot Mom Gives OB-GYN Students First Delivery Experience

    2017-03-02 05:00:43

    Delivering your first baby can be nerve wracking and it was no different for doctors helping their first patient in full labor. “I was definitely a little nervous because I’ve never done this before, but I was also very excited,” said third-year UCF medical student Karen Lu. “And I certainly learned a lot in terms […]

  • In These Troubled Times of Public Discourse, is There Still a Place for Dialogue?

    2017-03-01 08:42:08

    Carl von Clausewitz, the great theorist of war, said: “War is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse, carried on with other means.” What he meant was that even in the time of war, there are other kinds of dialogue happening, and war is not an […]