April 2017

  • About 7,900 to Graduate at UCF Ceremonies May 4-6

    2017-04-27 10:33:35

    About 7,900 University of Central Florida students are expected to graduate in six ceremonies May 4-6 at the CFE Arena. The commencement ceremonies for the different colleges will be: 9 a.m. May 4 – College of Arts & Humanities, College of Engineering & Computer Science, and College of Optics & Photonics 2:30 p.m. May 4 […]

  • UCFPD Unveils New MADD Car Before Fundraising Walk

    2017-04-27 09:31:40

    The UCF Police Department revealed a new patrol car this week that displays the agency’s support for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and reinforces UCFPD’s commitment to getting impaired drivers off the road. The Dodge Charger’s color scheme is red, MADD’s official color, and features the number “.08” – the blood alcohol level considered too […]

  • Yaupon Brothers Tea Takes Top Prize at UCF's 2017 Joust

    2017-04-27 09:00:47

    As grandma Joann and mom, Maryann, happily snapped photos with their phones, Kyle and Bryon White perched on the edge of the Pegasus ballroom stage taking a moment to catch their breath and contemplate the oversized $12,000 check between them. Exhausted but elated, the siblings and their business plan to grow their Florida-based tea company […]

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

    2017-04-26 17:05:37

    A University of Central Florida artist will perform her powerful and poignant portrayal of the fear of losing a child to violence and intolerance at the Smithsonian IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture series May 6 in Washington, D.C. The IDENTIFY series focuses attention on activism, visibility and experimentation through portrayal.     Pieta is the newest installment […]

  • Students Earn Top Awards at UCF Research Symposium, Statewide Competition

    2017-04-26 16:07:31

    Four students who recently won the top awards in the biological division of the UCF Graduate Research Symposium went on to compete at the statewide competition, where one brought home a second-place finish. Simeon Thibeaux, who is investigating the links between an enzyme and fatty liver diseases, was runner-up in his division’s competition at the […]

  • Much of My Work Ethic, Time Management I Have Learned Through Parenting

    2017-04-26 10:23:51

    I was cleaning up the house one day and stumbled across a homemade Mother’s Day card that one of my children made for me. It was so beautifully written in scribbles with crayons and decorated with glitter and sparkles. Before I knew it, I was sifting through cards from over the years that I had […]

  • Dealing with Depression and Handling Holograms Highlight Educational Game Presentations

    2017-04-24 23:15:31

    While many students at The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA), UCF’s graduate video game development program, want to entertain the world by making the next “Madden NFL Football,” they also are making games that can change the world. These educational games or “games for good” will be presented at UCF’s Center for Emerging Media from […]

  • UCF Professor Invents Way to Trigger Artificial Photosynthesis to Clean Air, Produce Energy

    2017-04-24 13:31:27

    A chemistry professor has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same time. The process has great potential for creating a technology that could significantly reduce greenhouse gases linked to climate change, while also creating a […]

  • UCF Student Who Started Effort to Help Homeless Wins Fellowship

    2017-04-24 09:57:49

    A University of Central Florida student who helped launch an organization to give free health screenings to homeless people has been named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. Andrew Aboujaoude, a third-year biomedical sciences major who plans to attend medical school after he completes his bachelor’s degree, is the only UCF student to receive the fellowship. […]

  • 1st Generation Student Encourages Classmates to Give Back

    2017-04-24 09:00:09

    Josh Goodridge, the first in his family to attend college, believes in the power of education so much that the senior already donates his time and money to UCF’s giving drive to financially help other students. During the university’s recent annual Believe campaign, Goodridge spoke at the final presentation for the program because he wanted […]

  • Solar Powered Art Sculptures, Sea Turtle Tracking Drones and More: Students Showcase Inventions

    2017-04-22 16:23:22

    Art and engineering come together in four student designed solar-powered sculptures, which were showcased with battling robots, sea turtle tracking drones and much more Friday, April 21 as more than 500 University of Central Florida engineering and computer science students displayed their inventions as their final senior projects. More than 115 projects were on display […]

  • UCF Arbor Day Celebration Plants More Trees on Campus

    2017-04-22 07:00:03

    Fifteen more trees have made their way on to the University of Central Florida campus thanks to students, alumni and community partners getting their hands dirty in honor of Arbor Day. Arbor Day is an annual holiday that aims to encourage the planting and care of trees. It was celebrated at UCF on April 19, […]

  • WUCF Wraps Up First Practicum Class in Collaboration with Nicholson School of Communication

    2017-04-21 11:36:38

    Nearly 20 students from the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication have completed WUCF TV’s inaugural practicum course.  Eight students have been selected from this course for the WUCF summer internship program. WUCF Summer Interns get unprecedented access and opportunity as they work side by side with professional staff and get extended, personalized […]

  • Symphony Under the Stars

    2017-04-21 11:25:14

    More than 800 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered around the Reflecting Pond last night for Campus Activity Board’s 24th annual Symphony Under the Stars event. A collaboration with the UCF Music Department, Symphony stands as one of the Office of Student Involvement’s longest-standing traditions. Set to the theme of “Spring,” Chung Park, director […]

  • UCF Ranked Among Best in Nation for Research Leading to New Tech and Spinoffs

    2017-04-21 10:27:59

    The University of Central Florida ranks 22nd in the country for its success in “technology transfer” – the practice of developing academic research into new technologies, products and companies, according to a report released Thursday. UCF is ranked in the top 25 alongside institutions such as Columbia University, MIT and Carnegie Mellon University in the […]

  • Renovation of Reflecting Pond Nearly Finished

    2017-04-20 16:30:14

    The most scenic feature on the UCF campus – the Reflecting Pond – will be back in picture-perfect shape by April 30, just in time for graduation photo shoots. The Reflecting Pond was drained in October after Spirit Splash and has been undergoing an extensive renovation ever since. Work has progressed rapidly over the past […]

  • Prepare for Finals with Study Union

    2017-04-20 15:32:45

    As final exams approach, UCF students are invited to use Study Union, one of the many academic support services available through Student Academic Resource Center. Study Union is a partnership between SARC, the Student Union and Office of Student Involvement. The Student Union remains open for 24 hours to provide a safe and collaborative space […]

  • Students Visit Remarkable Craniofacial Treatment Center in Brazil

    2017-04-20 11:07:59

    After an eight-hour flight and a five-hour bus ride, five UCF communication sciences and disorders graduate students and their faculty advisor were eager to begin their 2017 spring break in Bauru, Brazil, participating in a study-abroad clinical experience of a lifetime. Their ultimate destination? The largest craniofacial treatment center in the world, Centrinho — The Hospital […]

  • KNIGHTS Clinic Wins Clinton Foundation Innovation Award

    2017-04-20 06:55:09

    Former President Bill Clinton this month recognized UCF’s KNIGHTS Clinic with the Innovation Award for Health Care Provider Training and Education at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Activation Summit in Little Rock, AR. The student-run free clinic provides care for Central Floridians with limited access to health care. College of Medicine students created the clinic […]

  • Report Finds Major League Baseball Lacks Racial, Gender Diversity

    2017-04-20 06:30:27

    A new report shows that Major League Baseball has work to do when it comes to hiring a mix of races and genders. The 2017 Major League Baseball Racial and Gender Report Card, authored by Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, gave MLB a B […]

  • Latina First-Generation Student Fueled by Passion to Help Those Underrepresented

    2017-04-20 06:00:10

    Elizabeth Santiago sat with tears in her eyes as she and 20 other University of Central Florida students were honored March 27 with the Order of Pegasus award, UCF’s highest student honor. She thought of all those who helped her accomplish such a feat that at one point seemed impossible. She especially thought of her […]

  • The Key to Discovery: Pose the Right Questions

    2017-04-19 10:00:50

    Good teachers like to tell themselves and others that there are no dumb questions. Whether they actually believe that is another question, but even if it is true, it is also the case that there are better and worse questions, both in the classroom and in life. I often tell students that there are three […]

  • Successful UCF Celebrates the Arts 2017 Already Looking Ahead to 2018

    2017-04-18 14:38:17

    Just a few days after the third annual UCF Celebrates the Arts concluded its eight-day run of concerts, presentations, lectures and workshops, planners have already started working on next year’s festival. “If you liked UCF Celebrates the Arts 2017, just wait until you see 2018,” said Steven Chicurel-Stein, interim director of the School of Performing […]

  • High School Dropout Set To Graduate With Medical Degree

    2017-04-17 12:30:44

    Assisted by his 3-year-old son Jairus, Army Lt. Anthony Hawkins stuck a gold pin on a giant map to mark Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, where he will begin his emergency-medicine residency this summer. The pinning ceremony at the UCF College of Medicine came during National Match Day on March 17, when graduating […]

  • BRIDG'ing Innovation: Manufacturing Research Center Opens

    2017-04-17 12:30:23

    With a focus on the future, officials dedicated a 109,000-square-foot building Thursday that is one of the most advanced research and manufacturing labs in the world. The Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center was completed on schedule – 24 months after design began – and is ready to host new manufacturing technologies as the anchor of […]

  • 4 Student Teams to Battle Friday for $75,000 in Joust Finals

    2017-04-17 12:12:26

    Four student teams will face off for $75,000 in cash and essential business services at 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the finals of the annual Joust New Venture Competition. The finals sponsored by the College of Business are free and open to the public in the UCF Pegasus Ballroom in the Student Union. The four […]

  • Local Wildfire Awareness and Precautions

    2017-04-17 12:06:35

    An exceptionally dry season combined with low humidity and high winds has led to ideal conditions for wildfires, which have recently impacted Central Florida and which are expected to continue throughout the state. Landscape & Natural Resources, in collaboration with the Department of Security and Emergency Management, regularly monitors local conditions and takes preventative measures […]

  • UCF Energy-Storage Spinout Creating Buzz

    2017-04-17 10:00:51

    A University of Central Florida student is taking the lead on propelling his professor’s energy-storage invention into the marketplace and, with the help of several of the university’s innovation support programs, is getting noticed. Capacitech Energy LLC, led by CEO and UCF electrical engineering junior Joe Sleppy and co-founder nanoscience Professor Jayan Thomas, has licensed […]

  • Gerstein to Show in Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

    2017-04-14 14:47:22

    Mark Gerstein, associate professor of UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design, has been chosen to exhibit in the 2017 Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art. This annual event celebrates the achievements and innovation of Florida artists and the vision and talent inherent in their work. This year’s event, the museum’s fourth […]

  • Patents Pave Way for UCF Future

    2017-04-13 16:38:39

    UCF’s first patent application was filed 30 years ago this month. Engineering professor Amar Mukherjee had developed a novel way to compress and decompress large amounts of stored digital data on computers. Today, digital data storage has all but moved to the cloud. Since this first patent filing, UCF has accumulated 925 issued patents. The […]

  • Florida Awards UCF Solar Expert to Simplify Panel Production

    2017-04-13 14:04:02

    A University of Central Florida researcher has received $400,000 from Florida’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies grant program to simplify the manufacturing process and efficiency of solar cells. Using a three-pronged approach and working with both sides of the cell, Ngwe Zin, a researcher at UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), has set his […]

  • College of Medicine/HCA Announce Two New ER Residencies

    2017-04-13 10:34:25

    Two new Emergency Medicine Residency Programs, based at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, FL and Ocala Regional Medical Center in Ocala, FL have received initial accreditation and are seeking immediate applicants. The programs are part of a UCF College of Medicine-Hospital Corporation of America consortium seeking to add 600 residency slots to Florida […]

  • UCF Urges Students: Apply for Financial Aid on Time or Risk Delays

    2017-04-13 09:00:44

    The Internal Revenue Service’s removal of a popular tool that helps students apply for financial aid has made it even more important for students to file their aid applications early and to fill out the forms correctly – otherwise, they’ll be at greater risk of delays in receiving their money. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool […]

  • Alumnus Filmmaker’s ‘The Discovery’ Jumps from Sundance to Netflix

    2017-04-13 08:00:45

    For as long as he can remember, UCF alumnus Justin Lader thought about becoming a filmmaker. “It’s all I ever wanted to do. I was making little movies with my action figures back when I was 4,” he said. “I’d lock myself in my room, and in my mind I was making movies.” His latest project […]

  • Shark Tank Competition in Germany for Engineers Earns Kudos for UCF

    2017-04-13 07:00:43

    UCF engineering students earned praise and some job offers after they competed at Siemens Global University Challenge in Germany this month. Engineering giant Siemens sponsors the three-phase competition every year. It pits teams of the best engineering students in the world against each other for a shot at the top prize – a trip to […]

  • The Earth Does Not Need Us, but We Most Certainly Need a Healthy Planet

    2017-04-12 11:54:31

    A few weeks ago I stood at Yaki Point on the edge of the Grand Canyon watching the sunset. A cold desert wind rushed up the cliff sides, sucking the last remaining heat from the sandstone below. The rustle of pinyons and junipers gave sound to the silence of the setting sun. I was almost […]

  • New Students Named Mr. and Miss Asian Student Association at UCF

    2017-04-12 11:33:21

    The Asian Student Association hosted the 17th annual Mr. and Miss ASA Scholarship Pageant on April 2. The event, themed fairy tales, was held at the Cape Florida Ballroom with an overwhelming audience of more than 400 attendees. The 16 participants represented multiple Asian cultural heritages, including persons from China, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Japan and […]

  • UCF's Cyber Defense Club Finishes in Top 4 in Multiple Competitions

    2017-04-12 08:00:50

    A team of cyber defenders from the University of Central Florida took fourth place at the Argonne National Labs Cyber Defense Competition while a second team placed second overall in a separate competition held within the same week. Fifteen schools competed for bragging rights outside of Chicago on April 1 in the Argonne competition. The […]

  • Come Talk About Funny Money Thursday

    2017-04-12 00:52:35

    Money – we all need it, strive for it, make sacrifices to have the life we want. But talking about money management can sometimes be oh so dull. The Cent$ible Knight$ program and the Office of Student Success is changing that. They are hosting financial guru/comedian Colin Ryan as part of Financial Literacy Month. Ryan […]

  • UCF Launches Nonprofit Management Major, Public Budgeting and Finance Certificate

    2017-04-11 16:12:37

    UCF will offer two new academic programs this fall to address increasing workforce demands in areas of public administration — and both programs are accepting applications. A new major in nonprofit management – the first program of its kind in Florida — will prepare students to lead and manage nonprofit organizations. “The nonprofit sector is […]

  • Students to Unveil ‘Knights Go Green’ Recycling Initiative at Spring Game

    2017-04-11 09:03:25

    A student-led initiative that aims to increase the University of Central Florida’s recycling rate on game days will kick off at the spring football game Saturday, April 22, which is Earth Day. Knights Go Green will feature 40 to 60 student volunteers stationed near recycling and trash bins on Memory Mall and at Bright House […]

  • Celebrating Philanthropy with President's Circle Members

    2017-04-11 08:29:33

    Tommy Heller, a junior in the theatre studies program at UCF, juggled a hectic schedule for weeks as the assistant stage manager for “Oklahoma!” in preparation for Friday’s opening night at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts.  In addition to his major responsibilities for the production that kicked off UCF Celebrates the Arts, he […]

  • First-Generation Knight Works to Promote Financial Literacy

    2017-04-10 10:55:30

    Andrew Allen has a mission: Study hard and be among the first in his family to graduate from college. So far, so good. Allen graduated with top grades from his Fort Lauderdale-area high school and has maintained academic scholarships as a marketing and graphic design student at the University of Central Florida. The 20-year-old junior […]

  • Knight's Legacy Lives On

    2017-04-10 08:00:53

    Before her death, Kailyn Jones was on the path to becoming a second-generation UCF alumna. She wanted to help people, especially children, as a physical therapist someday. Although her own dream will tragically remain unrealized, two other students will have help achieving theirs thanks to a scholarship established in Jones’ name. “Kailyn was such a […]

  • UCF Remembers Gary Whitehouse, Former Provost Key in University’s Growth

    2017-04-10 06:58:22

    Former Provost Gary Whitehouse, who helped lead UCF during a key growth period, died March 31. He was 78. Whitehouse came to the university in 1978, when it was known as Florida Technological University, as a professor and chair of the industrial engineering department. At the time, the school’s enrollment was about 11,000 students. Ten […]

  • Nursing Scholarship Recipients Express Gratitude to Donors

    2017-04-07 09:17:38

    When Eliany Torrez Pon learned that her grandmother in Nicaragua had ovarian cancer, she and her family sent money to relatives in their home country to help. Pon contributed the $2,000 she had saved to pay for her spring semester tuition, knowing she would not able to pay for classes — as a DREAMer (Development, […]

  • UCFPD, Student Health Services to Collect Unused Prescription Drugs

    2017-04-06 13:00:26

    The UCF Police Department and UCF Student Health Services are partnering to collect expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs. Medications will be collected Monday, April 10, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Student Union Atrium. The Drug Take Back Event is part of an anonymous, no-questions-asked national effort to curb drug abuse and […]

  • New Award Recognizes Collective Excellence at Founders’ Day

    2017-04-06 10:42:40

    A new award honoring a UCF team that has strengthened the university’s impact was presented Wednesday to Chuck Dziuban and Marcella Bush from the Research Initiative of Teaching Effectiveness for their work with the Tangelo Park Project in Orlando. Dziuban, director of the initiative, and Bush, editor/research associate, were presented the Collective Excellence Award and […]

  • UCFPD Honors Officers, Staff and Community Partners

    2017-04-06 10:26:59

    The UCF Police Department on Monday held an awards ceremony to celebrate the department’s achievements in 2016. UCFPD officers and staff—along with family, friends and members of the community—watched as awards were presented to members of the department, community partners and other local law enforcement agencies. Cpl. Pablo Vargas received the Officer of the Year […]

  • 18 Students to be Honored in Eternal Knights Memorial Service

    2017-04-06 08:00:46

    Flags will be at half-staff and the Student Union’s Pegasus seal will be covered with tea-light candles and yellow roses April 11 for an Eternal Knights Memorial Service honoring 18 students who passed away in the past 12 months. Those being honored are: Jesus Beato, College of Engineering & Computer Science, civil engineering Carolyn Bohl, […]

  • PAWS a tively and Purrfectly

    2017-04-05 14:35:40

    Counseling and Psychological Services will be hosting the first Purrfectly Stress Free event at CAPS on April 19 at noon-2 p.m. and at the same time and day, they will also host PAWS a tively Stress Free. Both events will be held in the CAPS building but in separate rooms. This is the first time, […]

  • Why Can't Everyone RSVP Responsibly?

    2017-04-05 08:30:19

    Being involved in events of all types from weddings to private parties as a part-time disc jockey the past 30 years, I just don’t understand why so many people rudely ignore the request to RSVP. Over and over I see hosts surprised by invited guests who don’t respond appropriately. On more than one occasion I […]

  • The Arts and Humanities Matter

    2017-04-05 08:00:22

    Starting Friday, Central Floridians will be treated to UCF Celebrates the Arts, a free week-long festival by University of Central Florida artists. Now in its third year, the festival invites our community to enjoy the talents of our students and faculty members in downtown Orlando’s exquisite Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The celebration […]

  • Reach for the Stars Award Honors 5 Early Career Researchers

    2017-04-04 10:11:43

    Five of the University of Central Florida’s brightest early career professors will be honored Wednesday for their varied research activities, ranging from cutting-edge research of integrated circuit architecture to internationally recognized study of sea turtle migration. The professors will be given Reach for the Stars awards as part of the celebration of Founders’ Day. President […]

  • Founders' Day Honors Top Faculty, Staff, Students Today

    2017-04-04 00:34:44

    Today is the UCF Founders’ Day Honors Convocation that recognizes faculty, staff members and students for outstanding teaching, research, professional service and years of dedication to the university. Awards include Pegasus Professors, UCF Reach for the Stars, exceptional student achievements and others. The ceremony is 3-5 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. […]

  • Research Week Kicks off Today

    2017-04-03 11:51:51

    The UCF community and general public are invited to learn more about the kind of research students at UCF conduct every day at UCF’s annual Research Week, which kicks off today. The Student Union will become a showcase through Thursday to view the creative projects students have undertaken this year. Attendees will get an opportunity […]

  • Founders’ Day Celebration to Honor New Pegasus Professors

    2017-04-03 11:35:04

    Five professors soon will join a distinguished group of faculty members at the University of Central Florida: Pegasus Professor Award recipients. The Pegasus Professor Award is the highest academic honor an educator can receive at UCF. Honorees must be nominated, have worked at the university at least five years and have conducted research or developed […]

  • Creative UCF Students Raise $1.25M for Children’s Miracle Network

    2017-04-03 10:11:07

    The University of Central Florida’s Knight-Thon student philanthropy group revealed Sunday it has raised $1.25 million in the past year for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Central Florida’s Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The record number of $1,250,961 is $249,283 more than last year’s total and was raised by teams of students led by Knight-Thon’s 150 […]

  • UCF Celebrates the Arts Begins 8-Day Run Friday

    2017-04-03 07:46:21

    From the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma!, to the “KAPOW!” of Batman, to some classic paintings recreated in 3-D, the annual UCF Celebrates the Arts festival April 7-14 will present a collage of the many talents of the university’s students and faculty. The free eight-day event based at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts […]