A Community is More Than a Group of People

A Community is More Than a Group of People

I recently met someone from Bolivia through a mutual friend. She was telling me how different it is in Florida, as no one ever is outside or takes walks. I thought that was an odd statement, given that I see plenty of fellow Floridians outside enjoying our beautiful state. Then I thought: The difference is that […]

  • Do What You Love (and the Money Might Follow)

    When I was an undergrad in the middle of the Material Girl 80s, I don’t remember anyone—a professor, a parent, or even a random guy on the street (or in the career counseling center)—ever telling me to “do what I love and the money will follow.” And while author Marsha Sinetar released her book with […]

  • My Mistake as an Immigrant Student was Viewing My Difference as a Drawback

    As an immigrant and first-generation college student, I have overcome many challenges throughout my life that I have had trouble sharing with others. For most of my childhood, I was ashamed of my background because I did not feel that I could connect with my peers. However, because of ABC’s new TV show “Fresh Off […]

  • Sagging Pants Does Not Equate to Sagging Values

    For years I’ve debated the issue of people wearing sagging pants with anyone who cared to listen. I’ve hesitated to speak publicly for fear people would think I was condoning the style of dress. For the record, I believe style is a matter of personal expression.  Consider it this way: Some Americans grow up in […]


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  • I'm Hopeful the Power of Sport Will Expand to Spur Social Change

    I teach a class in the DeVos Sport Business Management graduate program at the University of Central Florida on ethical and moral principles in sport. Last week we welcomed a distinguished panel to our class, which included: Charlie Freeman, executive vice president of the Orlando Magic; Linda Landman-Gonzalez, vice president for government affairs and community […]

  • History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors

    There is a reason we study Russian and European history as an integral part of our history curriculum. History is required from pre-K to college because it is a vital part of knowing how you and your country came to be.   History also helps shape perceptions about the people being studied. However, no matter […]

  • Don't be a Leader Who Turns Around to Look – and Nobody is Following

    From time to time I am invited to speak at gatherings of various groups and organizations.  Corporations are often intrigued by the inner workings of an athletic team that has demonstrated success on the field of play. Teamwork is essential to the productivity and maximization of corporations, businesses, or the workplace. I’m invited into their […]

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A Bold Move

A bold move by UCF. 30,000 jobs. And billions in economic development. The only project of its kind. Some call it a game changer. We call it a medical city. With research, hospitals and a College of Medicine…we’re transforming and savings lives. I’m Rick Walsh, UCF Class of ’77.