March 2019

  • Citizenship Equals Service for UCF Resident Physician

    2019-03-24 08:04:12

    George Yazigi raised his right hand, took his oath of American citizenship, and then sped off to care for immigrant farmworkers in one of Central Florida’s poorest communities. The UCF resident physician says his volunteerism after “the biggest honor of my life” was his way of “giving back to the community where I live.” The […]

  • UCF Makes History at NCAA Tournament

    2019-03-23 08:32:43

    Less than 48 hours after recording the program’s first ever victory in the NCAA Tournament, the UCF men’s basketball team ended their historic season after an unforgettable battle against the No. 1 team in the nation and perennial powerhouse Duke. Trailing 77-76, the Knights had two good looks at the hoop in the final seconds […]

  • Global Perspective's John Bersia Pushed for International Awareness

    2019-03-22 16:03:37

    John C. Bersia ’77, director of UCF’s Global Perspectives Office, a professor of international issues, and a Pulitzer Prize recipient while an editorial writer at the Orlando Sentinel, died Thursday of metastatic cancer. He was 62. Bersia started working at UCF in 2001, later became a special assistant to the president for Global Perspectives, and […]

  • UCF Video Game Wins 2 Awards at Intel Showcase

    2019-03-22 15:02:30

    FIEA student game Long Arm Of the Law won second place Thursday in the Best Visual Quality and Best Gameplay categories at the 2019 Intel University Games Showcase in San Francisco. It is the third straight year that a game from UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy has placed in two different categories. As a result, […]

  • My Priorities for UCF

    2019-03-22 13:58:53

    For the past month, I’ve been honored to serve as UCF’s interim president. It has given me the chance to experience so much more of our incredible institution and the talented students, faculty and staff in our community. Yesterday, the Board of Trustees asked me to serve as UCF’s long-term interim president. This selection is […]

  • Thad Seymour Jr. Named Long-Term Interim President

    2019-03-21 15:46:13

    The Board of Trustees today unanimously voted Thad Seymour Jr. the university’s interim president until a permanent president is named. Seymour was initially selected on Feb. 21 to serve as short-term interim president after President Dale Whittaker resigned. The Board of Trustees’ decision is subject to confirmation by the Florida Board of Governors, which is […]

  • CFE Arena Soon to be Named Addition Financial Arena

    2019-03-21 13:51:19

    A major landmark on the UCF campus will undergo a makeover this spring, as the CFE Arena changes its name to the Addition Financial Arena. This change goes hand in hand with the rebrand of Lake Mary-based CFE Federal Credit Union, who owns the naming rights to the CFE Arena. On May 1, the credit […]

  • 100 Days Left in Historic $500 Million IGNITE Campaign

    2019-03-21 11:27:17

    Saturday, March 23, marks the beginning of the final 100 days of the IGNITE Campaign, a sustained eight-year effort to secure $500 million in private support to advance UCF. Since the campaign began on July 1, 2011, more than 103,000 donors have combined to make nearly 400,000 separate gifts, ranging from $5 to eight figures. […]

  • 10 Things to Know About UCF This Week

    2019-03-21 10:31:48

    UCF Graduate Programs Among Top in the Nation Twenty-seven UCF programs rank in the top 100 in the nation and three in the top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools guide. Highly Ranked Video Game and Hospitality Programs UCF’s video game graduate program and Rosen College of Hospitality Management […]

  • UCF RESTORES Joins Statewide Partnership to Help Treat Firefighters with PTSD

    2019-03-20 16:38:50

    UCF RESTORES, a program to diagnose PTSD and treat active-duty military, first responders and other survivors of trauma, has teamed up with the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative to expand care to firefighters at more than 350 departments around the state. “Our organization was founded on the goal of helping people reclaim control of […]

  • AdventHealth, UCF Collaborate on Suicide-prevention Initiative

    2019-03-20 16:18:08

    AdventHealth is collaborating with the UCF to address a growing suicide crisis across the nation. The effort is modeled after the Zero Suicide Initiative, a national program to reduce suicide deaths, which have risen dramatically in recent years. Rates of suicide have increased by more than 25 percent across the U.S. since 1999, according to […]

  • Match Day Is Second Chance to See Grandson Fulfill Dream

    2019-03-20 11:09:01

    Evelyn Stoeckert beamed with pride as she watched her grandson, Jacob Sambursky, take a step closer to becoming one of those healers who gave her a second chance at life. Last year, 95 year-old Stoeckert suffered a heart attack that caused her heart to stop beating for 30 minutes. Doctors managed to save her and […]

  • Internet Has Helped Spread Information, But Not Necessarily Knowledge

    2019-03-20 09:10:13

    How many of us know how to ground an electrical circuit, or what the difference is between a volt, an amp or a watt? Probably very few. So, when we need electrical work done, we call an electrician, because they are certified experts in their field. Not deferring to an expert can bring devastating consequences. […]

  • Asteroid Bennu Gives NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Team Lots of Surprises

    2019-03-19 13:44:20

    Sometimes the unexpected is more exciting than finding exactly what you thought you’d find, and this is indeed the case for the science team involved in NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid-sample mission. This mission, a first for the United States, aims to collect a sample from the near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu and bring it back to Earth […]

  • History Professor's New Book About Pan-American Highway Receives National Praise

    2019-03-19 11:01:45

    UCF History assistant professor Eric Rutkow aims high and his work is paying off. Rutkow is a Harvard Law School graduate, has a doctorate from Yale, and is an author whose first book was praised by Oprah Winfrey. Along with being chosen for’s 2012 Book Club Selection, his book American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and […]

  • UCF Assistant Professor Sergio Salazar Retires

    2019-03-18 12:11:05

    “Match Day is always an emotional time but it’s more emotional for me than usual. I’m vested in these students – more than any other group I’ve had. And today I’m saying goodbye.” With those words, Assistant Professor Sergio Salazar – bow-tie-wearing healer, educator and mentor – congratulated the College of Medicine’s newly matched seniors […]

  • UCF Elite Athletes Make the Grade

    2019-03-18 10:45:33

    Elite athletes Natalia Coelho and Mattie Rogers have never met, but they share at least three things in common. Both are majoring in sport and exercise science, maintain 4.0 grade-point averages, and have impressive athletic careers. Coelho, 22, a professional bodybuilder, is ranked No. 2 in the world in her division, and recently placed first […]

  • UCF Researchers Developing Sensor to Detect Brain Disorders in Seconds

    2019-03-18 09:22:27

    Using nanotechnology, UCF researchers have developed the first rapid detector for dopamine, a chemical that is believed to play a role in various diseases such as Parkinson’s, depression and some cancers. Studies show too much dopamine could be associated with some cancers, while low dopamine could be associated with Parkinson’s disease and depression.  The new […]

  • Let the Madness Begin! UCF Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament

    2019-03-17 18:49:43

    What’s better than one basketball team heading to the NCAA Tournament? How about two. For the first time since 1996, the UCF men’s and women’s basketball teams will both be playing in the NCAA Tournament in the same season. UCF and Michigan are the only two NCAA Division I programs in the country this year […]

  • UCF-HCA Residencies Blossom At Match Day 2019 

    2019-03-15 18:02:24

    UCF’s residencies have 193 new residents and fellows after Friday’s National Match Day – including nine students who will graduate from the College of Medicine in May. The university’s residencies – in North and Central Florida through a consortium with HCA – received the most UCF students of any residency program in the state. The […]

  • UCF Medical Students Match Above National Average

    2019-03-15 16:34:15

    Gabriel Williams opens his match envelope, fist-pumps and cheers, “I got Nemours!” – capping off Friday’s Match Day at the UCF College of Medicine that saw three students enter a new pediatric residency at Nemours Children’s Hospital down the street in Lake Nona’s Medical City. Williams was born and raised in Orlando, did his undergraduate […]

  • UCF to Induct Six Into Athletics Hall of Fame

    2019-03-15 15:52:41

    Six new members to the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted next month. The Knights have announced the election of the following to the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame: Drew Butera, Baseball Allison (Kime) Trela ’08 ’11MA, softball Brandon Marshall ’06, football George O’Leary, football coach Aline Reis ’11, women’s soccer Kevin Smith […]

  • Everything You Need to Know About Universal Knights 2019

    2019-03-15 11:22:47

    Next month, nearly 12,000 UCF students will be able to visit Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure for free during Universal Knights 2019. The annual event takes place April 7 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. A limited number of guest tickets will also be sold to students who were unable to get a free ticket, […]

  • LEAD Scholars Academy Wins 2019 Outstanding Leadership Program of the Year

    2019-03-14 12:09:00

    UCF’s LEAD Scholars Academy this week was chosen as the 2019 Outstanding Leadership Program of the Year at a conference hosted in Los Angeles by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, a student affairs organization for higher education. The award recognizes programs from the association’s 1,400 campuses in 25 countries that are transforming higher […]

  • UCF’s Video Game Programs Ranked Among Top 15 in the World

    2019-03-14 10:40:15

    UCF’s video game graduate program ranks No. 5 in the world while its undergraduate game design program ranks No. 13, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine. “The Princeton Review rankings reflect the high quality of our interactive game development programs at UCF.” This is the tenth straight year that The Florida Interactive […]

  • Women's History Month: Past, Present and Future

    2019-03-14 10:18:54

    When Leandra Preston ’98 ’02MA ’15PhD registered for philosophy Professor Shelley Park’s introduction to feminist theory class as an undergraduate, she said it turned out to be one of the best decisions she ever made. That one course set the Orlando native on the path to becoming the university’s first full-time women’s and gender studies instructor 15 […]

  • A New Battle: Veterans More Likely to Have Heart Disease, UCF Study Finds

    2019-03-13 14:26:21

    After the war is over, veterans face a new threat. They are more likely to have heart disease at a younger age than nonveterans, and this could herald a new health crisis on the horizon. These results are published in a new University of Central Florida study appearing in the Journal of the American Board […]

  • The Unexpected Joys of Bird-Watching

    2019-03-13 09:00:55

    As I write this, there’s a male goldfinch pecking at the feeder outside my home office window. A cardinal perches nearby, cracking safflower seeds. And tiny chipping sparrows dart in and out of my cage feeder. Earlier, a red-bellied woodpecker selected a whole peanut and flew off across the yard with its prize. Watching these […]

  • 27 UCF Graduate Programs Ranked Among the Top 100 in the Nation

    2019-03-12 11:04:52

    Twenty-seven UCF programs were nationally ranked today in the top 100 of their fields by U.S. News & World Report, and 35 graduate programs total were included in the publication’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools edition. This is a record number of programs ranked for the university. “The new rankings reflect our focus on student success and faculty excellence […]

  • UCF Class Spotlight: Space Law

    2019-03-11 11:03:03

    Class Name INR 4404 – Space Law Description A look at how rules and laws regarding outer space pertain to nations, corporations and individuals — and who should be making and enforcing them. Instructor Robert Bledsoe When is it offered? Usually once a year How many students in a class? 20-30 Prerequisites Junior standing From […]

  • Researchers Recruit Drones To Map Past, Determine Future

    2019-03-11 09:00:42

    Drones have evolved over the years from novelty to a sophisticated tool deployed in the wake of natural disasters. Now researchers have unlocked its use as a time machine. The work is happening in the coastal communities of Belize, including Hopkins Village, where rising sea levels are threatening homes and livelihoods. Lain Graham, a sociology Ph.D. candidate […]

  • UCF Basketball Teams Aim for First AAC Trophies

    2019-03-10 21:54:44

    The UCF men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the middle of two of the best seasons in program history and show no signs of slowing down as they set their sights on competing for the American Athletic Conference Championship’s top prize. The women spent the weekend in Uncasville, Connecticut, making a successful run through […]

  • Assistant Professor Earns Impact Award For Work with Hospitalized Children

    2019-03-08 13:29:15

    Assistant Professor Megan Nickels, creator of UCF PedsAcademy, was named Thursday as the spring 2019 Marchioli Collective Impact Award winner. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member or team who is implementing an innovative initiative, program or project that has produced measurable outcomes related to the priorities of the UCF Collective Impact Strategic Plan. […]

  • President’s Update

    2019-03-08 13:04:51

    UCF’s mission to be a leading 21st-century university means we must value our employees’ talents and provide opportunities for career growth. That’s why UCF Human Resources launched a classification and compensation project in 2016 to evaluate and restructure several thousand A&P and USPS positions. The results were delivered to about 3,500 staff members late last month through […]

  • UCF Announces 2019's 30 Under 30 Alumni Winners

    2019-03-07 14:09:01

    UCF announced the winners of its fifth annual 30 Under 30 Awards on March 7. Among the 30 recipients are mental health counselors, marketing and communications specialists, attorneys, psychologists, scientists, engineers, nurses, business owners, a Broadway performer, and other accomplished professionals. “Our 2019 30 Under 30 recipients are extraordinary examples of what it means to represent UCF with pride,” says […]

  • UCF Joins National Initiative to Improve Students’ College-to-Career Transition

    2019-03-07 10:15:38

    UCF has been selected to participate in a national, three-year program called “Bridging the Gap from Education to Employment” that intends to redesign the college-to-career pathway. UCF is one of seven public research institutions participating in the program, which is led by the University Innovation Alliance and funded through a $2.4 million grant from the […]

  • Good Grief: Victimized Employees Don't Get a Break, UCF Study Shows

    2019-03-07 09:47:55

    As if being picked on wasn’t bad enough, victims of workplace mistreatment may also be seen as bullies themselves, even if they’ve never engaged in such behavior. Adding insult to injury, victims may even be seen by supervisors as worse employees, despite exemplary performance. Bullies, on the other hand, may be given a pass if […]

  • Facing Journalism’s Challenges When Many Often View News as Fake

    2019-03-06 09:10:46

    When I tell someone that I’m editor-in-chief of an online magazine, people generally are either impressed, ambivalent or concerned. Impressed or ambivalent used to be the most common, but increasingly their reactions have been mostly of concern. Often it all comes back to one question: “What about ‘fake’ news?” It’s certainly true that the rampant […]

  • UCF Students Learn Patient Care in the Wild (A Must in Florida)

    2019-03-05 16:09:11

    Leia and Carolina Carrico have been making headlines across the country after rescue operations found the sisters, ages 8 and 5, safe in the woods two days after they lost their way near their home in Northern California. The Humboldt County sheriff says training through 4-H may have helped them survive in the wilderness where […]

  • UCF Workshop to Focus on Mysterious Space Objects

    2019-03-05 15:45:15

    Scientists from around the world will converge at UCF’s Florida Space Institute this week to discuss Centaurs, a type of poorly understood objects found between Jupiter and Neptune. Centaurs are made of rock and ice and can be as large as 125 miles across. These objects are believed to be similar to distant Kuiper Belt […]

  • U.S. Forecast: Economy Thriving in the Face of Record High National Debt

    2019-03-05 14:34:14

    At more than $22 trillion, the U.S. government’s debt is higher than it has ever been, but the rising debt level alone is not enough to crush the strong momentum pushing the country’s economic expansion, says UCF economist Sean Snaith in the new first-quarter forecast from the UCF Institute for Economic Forecasting. Rising employment, ultra-low […]

  • UCF’s Rosen College Ranks Among World’s Top 5 Again

    2019-03-05 13:19:35

    For the third consecutive year, UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management is ranked among the top five best hospitality and hotel management schools in the world by CEOWorld magazine. Although the college opened just 15 years ago, it managed to be ranked among decades-old programs such as Switzerland’s Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne and the School of […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools Wednesday

    2019-03-04 11:01:21

    UCF’s preparations for potential emergency situations include regular tests of the communication tools that provide critical information to the UCF community. Several of those UCF Alert communication tools will be tested Wednesday, March 6. In preparation for Wednesday’s alert testing, students and faculty and staff members are encouraged to log in to myUCF and review […]

  • UCF Research Laying Groundwork for Off-World Colonies

    2019-03-04 09:46:57

    Before civilization can move off world it must make sure its structures work on the extraterrestrial foundations upon which they will be built. University of Central Florida researchers are already laying the groundwork for the off-world jump by creating standards for extraterrestrial surfaces. Their work was detailed recently in a study published in the journal […]

  • UCF Named a Voter Friendly Campus

    2019-03-01 14:38:19

    UCF was recognized this week as one of 123 colleges and universities in the nation as a 2019-20 Voter Friendly Campus because of its initiatives to register and encourage students to vote. The designation was made by NASPA, an association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, and the Campus Vote Project, […]

  • Safe Knight Week Starts March 4

    2019-03-01 14:02:37

    A series of interactive events starting March 4 will bring awareness to personal well-being and safety. Safe Knight Week, which runs through March 7, is an opportunity to learn about self-care, personal safety and emergency preparedness. The goal for the week is to provide learning opportunities that will be useful to apply during UCF’s spring […]

  • UCF's 2019 Women’s History Month Awardees

    2019-03-01 13:28:13

    UCF Faculty Excellence has chosen 31 women to honor during Women’s History Month, which begins today. The national observance was started in 1981 to recognize women who have shown a commitment to humanity and our planet. At UCF, these women have helped shape the university from its beginnings until today. For more about the women, […]

  • Every Second Counts: UCF Students Learn How to Treat Opioid Overdose

    2019-03-01 11:50:51

    “Can you hear me, Mr. Smith?” UCF medical student Monet Winslow questions as she leans over her patient, a 65-year-old man found unconscious in his home after an opioid overdose. As her teammate and classmate, Laura Herndon, sprays antidote up the man’s nose, Mr. Smith’s eyelids flutter open. “Where am I?” he asks, a confused […]