Coming Wednesday: UCF Forum to Begin Third Year with New Opinion Columnists

Coming Wednesday: UCF Forum to Begin Third Year with New Opinion Columnists

A new group of UCF Forum opinion writers will start sharing their viewpoints Wednesday in the weekly series, succeeding the nine columnists from the past 12 months who commented on social issues, technology, racism, texting, life lessons and many other timely subjects. The columnists commit for a year to participate in the series. Many of the past […]

  • 'Would You Let Your Daughter Color Her Hair Blue?'

    I recently took a ride on the new SunRail. I was among the throng onboard for a free ride and to see, as Dr. Seuss would say, “Oh, the places I could go.” When I entered the overstuffed car, a young woman immediately stood up and said to me, “Here, Momma, take my seat.” And […]

  • The Echo Chamber is Getting Louder

    My ears are starting to hurt. Let me explain. I enjoy social media. Like most people, thanks to online technology, I am able to reconnect and stay in touch with friends and family all across the world. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, joys, triumphs and even tragedies are shared as part of a genuine sense of community. […]

  • More 'Fans in Stands' Would Help Boost UCF's Brand

    Central Florida is the seat of hospitality in the Sunshine State – and perhaps the nation. The tourism industry’s mantra is “heads in beds,” the measure of economic payoff for having all those theme parks, hotels, restaurants and world-class airport facilities in our backyard. And now it’s time for UCF to mirror the mantra and […]


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  • Lazy Days of Summer – Time to Relax and Contemplate

    It’s summertime! The solstice just went by and as the days now become shorter, summer has officially begun. It’s a time to relax and reboot. It’s a time to find some water to splash around in. And it’s a time for contemplation… Central Florida is classing up. Great markets are popping up, including East End […]

  • Appreciating the Simple Moments More Than Onslaught of Technology

    I admit it. I’m addicted. Social media, my phone, television, all things Internet—I would not want to live without them. I turn 40 next month and I’ve had the luxury of: growing up without the Internet, reading physical books in the library that I found using a card catalog, remembering the first time I saw […]

  • What My Grandfather Taught Me About Strategy

    In 1862, the most important naval battle of the American Civil War took place in Hampton Roads, Va., adjacent to Norfolk. The battle was between two ships, the Monitor and the Merrimac. My relative, John L. Porter, was the naval engineer who designed and constructed the Confederacy’s first ironclad ship, the Merrimac. Naval records share […]

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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.