August 2017

  • North American Cyberdefense Champion UCF Students Raise Funds for World Competition

    2017-08-30 15:34:44

    A team of UCF students has taken first place in a North America cyberdefense competition and been invited to compete in the Global Cyberlympics world finals in the Netherlands – if they can raise the money to get there. The students are members of UCF’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Club, better known as Hack@UCF. The club […]

  • Veterans at University Offer Different Perspectives for Students, Faculty

    2017-08-30 13:04:17

    As students flood the campus to begin the new school year, there is one group that offers a unique—and welcome—point of view to discussions of war and peace: veterans who have experienced firsthand the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, seen the rising tensions in South Korea, or served on ships dispatched to the latest world […]

  • UCF Sport Clubs Showcase Gives Knights 42 Opportunities to Get Involved

    2017-08-30 12:22:24

    The Recreation and Wellness Center’s Sport Clubs Showcase was the biggest and most interactive opportunity to-date for students who want to get involved. On August 24, there was a lot of action including shuttlecocks flying, volleyballs spiking, wrestlers pinning, basketballs dribbling, rugby players scrumming, kendo members challenging with debana-waza, and softball and baseball players throwing. […]

  • Defeating a Dynasty: Women's Soccer Tops No. 4 UNC

    2017-08-28 10:00:26

    The dramatic victory over No. 4 North Carolina on Friday means UCF’s women’s soccer team is undefeated at home and pumped for the rest of the season. “This win is definitely an accomplishment to be proud of, but we don’t stop here,” said head coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak . “We will build off this experience […]

  • New Virtual, Augmented Reality Lab to Prepare Students for Technology Jobs

    2017-08-28 09:52:50

    The University of Central Florida’s new virtual- and augmented-reality lab that will open Tuesday is designed to give hands-on experience for students to better prepare them for high-tech jobs in the field. The Interactive Computing Experiences Virtual Reality Lab, located in the Barbara Ying Center on UCF’s main campus, provides the space and the same […]

  • UCF Medical Team Provides Services To Rural Peru Population

    2017-08-28 07:00:24

    As students settle into the new semester, about 355 residents of Yantaló, Peru are still benefitting from the medical care UCF students provided earlier this month. MedPACt, UCF’s student-run global health organization and led by Dr. Judith Simms-Cendan, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Medicine, organized the mission. Almost 30 people traveled […]

  • Game Day Kickoff 2017: 20 Reasons to Get Excited for UCF Knights Football

    2017-08-27 14:00:50

    Kickoff to the UCF Football season is just days away. To whet your appetite for your first visit of the season to Spectrum Stadium, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 20 features that are new in 2017. We’ve got virtually everything you could want in a college football game day covered. When you combine all […]

  • Burnett Biomedical School Expands Program, Welcomes New Graduate Students

    2017-08-24 12:25:45

    Ryan Marracino has always loved cars. In fact, when he is not in the lab researching cell mechanisms and enzyme functions, you can probably find him racing sports cars in time trial events across the country. Marracino, who will begin his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences this fall, is one of 64 new graduate students who […]

  • A Primer on UCF's Pegasus

    2017-08-24 12:23:40

    The Pegasus logo is our badge and emblem. You can find the winged creature everywhere around campus, but why is the university so attuned to the Greek mythical creature? Perhaps it is because it embodies our motto in a very physical sense – “Reach for the Stars.” As we conclude the first week of classes […]

  • UCF's Solar Eclipse Viewing Session Photo Gallery

    2017-08-24 11:33:23

    Couldn’t make UCF’s Great American Eclipse event on Monday? Don’t worry – for throwback Thursday we’ve got you covered. Check out this photo gallery  of all the excitement at the Reflecting Pond. The historic event, the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979, drew thousands of people to campus on […]

  • College of Medicine Has New Diversity And Inclusion Leader

    2017-08-23 11:03:24

    Dr. Saleh Rahman is the College of Medicine’s new Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Rahman received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka University, Bangladesh in 1992, his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard in 1997 and Ph.D. in public health from UAB in 2001. The UCF […]

  • The Magic of America: a Roller Coaster of Opportunities

    2017-08-23 09:00:02

    As an immigrant born in Delhi, India, I must stress that the United States has provided me with the opportunity to achieve most of my dreams. It has never questioned what I look like, where I was from or what I wanted to achieve. In turn, I made a pact with it – to work […]

  • UCF Making a Name for Itself in the World of Planetary Science

    2017-08-22 12:00:15

    UCF has diligently and methodically been making a name for itself in the world of planetary exploration, and it’s beginning to pay off in big ways. Not only are two UCF professors part of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to collect asteroid samples – a first for the United States, but scientists are playing critical roles as […]

  • Eclipse to Mark 1st Day of UCF's Fall Semester

    2017-08-21 14:00:34

    The Great American Eclipse will occur on the first day of classes at the University of Central Florida, giving students another big reason to be excited. It’s the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States since 1979. The next one won’t occur until April 8, 2024. A solar eclipse occurs when the […]

  • New Semester Another Record Breaker for UCF

    2017-08-21 11:00:54

    UCF on Monday will welcome the largest and most diverse student body in its history, including a freshman class with a university-record GPA. Enrollment is expected to top 66,000 students, and the fall freshman class has an average incoming GPA of 4.06. These milestones, based on the latest preliminary figures, further prove that a university […]

  • UCF Marching Knights Move Into New Home on Campus

    2017-08-21 09:59:07

    The UCF Marching Knights have a new home on the south side of campus following Saturday’s opening of a 3,500-square-foot building for offices and instrument storage. The facility is a welcome change for the 325-member band, which previously operated out of a trailer. The building is the first phase in a planned complex that eventually […]

  • All You Need to Know About Today's UCF Solar Eclipse Event

    2017-08-21 08:00:13

    UPDATE: Everyone is excited for the first day of classes and a chance to see a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse happening right overhead from 2-3:30 pm today. UCF will host a viewing event during that time in front of Millican Hall and the Reflecting Pond. The forecast has changed and there is a 30 percent chance […]

  • UCF’s Unclassified School Survival Guide

    2017-08-18 09:23:54

    Student Government Association is facilitating UCF’s Unclassified School Survival Guide, an Add/Drop Workshop, on August 22 from 5-7 p.m. in the Student Union Egmont Key Ballroom, Room 224 to help students fully understand the terms and procedures on the academic calendar. A Q&A session will follow the presentations. Fall classes started and you realize you […]

  • What to Know to Ease Your Commute to Campus

    2017-08-17 11:35:24

    Heavy traffic at UCF is expected the first couple weeks of the semester that begins Aug. 21, so be sure to allot extra time to park and get to your destination. Here are things new to parking and tips on how to ease your commute this semester. New to Parking Lot H4-A that’s south of […]

  • Saturday FanFest to Feature Coaches, Athletes, Family-Friendly Activities

    2017-08-17 11:31:23

    UCF fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the upcoming fall sports season on Saturday, Aug. 19. The 2017 UCF FanFest will take place 6-8 p.m. at Spectrum Stadium on the main campus. Admission to UCF FanFest is free. Parking is complimentary in Lot E6 on the southeast side of the stadium. Fans can meet […]

  • UCF Forum Opinion Series to begin 6th Year with New Columnists

    2017-08-17 09:00:47

    The UCF Forum opinion series on Wednesday will begin its sixth year of columnists sharing their commentary on social issues, ethics, life lessons, personal observations, world affairs and other topics. Nine columnists – faculty, staff and one student – will take turns offering their thoughts in the weekly series for the next 12 months. They […]

  • Message from President Hitt: The Wrong Side of History

    2017-08-16 14:16:49

    The recent violence in Charlottesville was repugnant, and it stands as an anathema to the values Americans hold dear. It is even more disturbing that so much of the violence occurred on a college campus — the historic and prestigious University of Virginia. More frequently than ever, hate groups target public universities like ours because […]

  • Connecting to the Natural World is Important to Our Personal Development

    2017-08-16 13:22:26

    I have vivid memories from my childhood of traipsing through the woods near our house, a forest that had yet to be razed and developed, as it would be decades later. The pines and maples grew thick and laid down a soft bed of leaves to walk along. My friends and I would make up […]

  • UCF Abroad Names New Director

    2017-08-16 10:43:34

    UCF Abroad is welcoming a new director who will spearhead the University of Central Florida’s goals in connecting students with international learning opportunities and more. Kevin Konecny, who comes to UCF from the Dalian Baocheng Education Group in China as executive director of international education, begins his new role on Aug. 25. Konecny has a […]

  • Canvs Parramore to host 9-hour Design-A-Thon

    2017-08-16 08:21:56

    Local Parramore entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to consult with skilled marketers, graphic and web designers, and others at a 9-hour Canvs Design-A-Thon on Saturday, Aug. 26. The event, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., is the first to take place at its newly opened Parramore location, inside UCF’s Center for Emerging Media. Canvs, […]

  • Save the Date: Campus Safety Fair Returns Sept. 6

    2017-08-15 13:40:49

    Free food, games, prizes and safety demonstrations are just a few reasons to stop by the Campus Safety Fair Wednesday, Sept. 6. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and will fill the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union with a variety of on and off-campus organizations and resources dedicating to […]

  • UCF Helps Bring Community Partners Together to Support New School in Parramore

    2017-08-14 11:43:39

    The design for a stunning new school opening today in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood got its start on a napkin in New York City. Architects for the new Orange County school were touring public “community schools” in New York that had a track record of helping children in poverty succeed and thrive with support from community […]

  • Sales of New UCF License Tags Skyrocket

    2017-08-10 11:15:47

    If it seems like you’re seeing more of UCF’s new specialty license tags on the road, you’re right. Sales of the distinctive tags have shot up since the new tag was launched in August 2016. The tags feature the “UCF” logo on a black background, with “University of Central Florida” and “Florida” in gold letters. […]

  • Student Writer's Adventure Series to Join Comics Lineup of NBA Player's Company

    2017-08-10 10:34:46

    UCF senior Branden Hall hopes that one day Zeek St. Cloud finds his true purpose in life – but he knows that’s going to take thousands of years. Hall, who is majoring in creative writing and advertising/public relations, and his brother Horacio are enabling Zeek on his journey, and recently received an offer of help […]

  • New UCF Music Professor to Rock the Classroom – and Stage

    2017-08-09 16:22:49

    What does a long-haired, self-described metalhead who plays in three rock bands have in common with a classically and jazz-trained guitarist with a Ph.D.? The music courses he will teach this fall at UCF. Professor Tommy Harrison – who started playing guitar in his early teens, wrote his doctoral thesis on Van Halen, and signed […]

  • UCF Recognized for Accelerating Latino Student Success

    2017-08-09 12:30:01

    The UCF McNair Scholars Program, part of the university’s Division of Teaching & Learning, has been recognized by Excelencia in Education as one of the most effective initiatives in the United States for increasing Latino student success in college. Out of 161 programs in 25 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, UCF was […]

  • Yes, You Can Do More Than 1 Thing at a Time Successfully

    2017-08-09 09:09:23

    Growing up was a little hectic in my family’s household during the 1970s and 80s, but something I learned was that you can do more than one thing at a time and be good at all of them if you just apply yourself. Here’s my example – and if I learned from it, so can […]

  • Former Army Medic Takes On Med School

    2017-08-07 20:43:03

    Tears rolled freely from Vicki Dorsett Hayes’ eyes as she watched her grandson, 34-year-old Ryan Sylvester, receive his white coat, marking the beginning of medical school journey. “It’s almost unbelievable. I’m getting emotional because … he has come a long way,” said the retired nurse who helped raised Sylvester. “But I didn’t have to say […]

  • Med School Welcomes Class of 2021

    2017-08-07 19:30:46

    As young UCF scientists, Simeon Thibeaux and Kristen Hosang discovered how fats harm the heart and cause Alzheimer’s disease. On Monday, the couple took the next step in their medical journey together – receiving their white coats on the first day of medical school. Thibeaux and Hosang were among 120 first-year students recognized at the […]

  • Student Powers through Cancer Battle to Walk at Graduation

    2017-08-05 17:20:17

    At 63 years old and after years of hard work, Cherie Carr had finally achieved her goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. She couldn’t wait to walk the stage at graduation. Then, everything changed. In the hospital three weeks ago for splitting headaches, shortness of breath and stomach pain, Carr got news no one wants […]

  • UCF Researchers Set Record for Fastest Light Pulse — Again

    2017-08-04 13:13:45

    A research team at the University of Central Florida has demonstrated the fastest light pulse ever developed, a 53-attosecond X-ray flash. The group led by Professor Zenghu Chang beat its own record set in 2012: a 67-attosecond extreme ultraviolet light pulse that was the fastest at the time. At one-quintillionth of a second, an attosecond […]

  • Meet the Med School Class of 2021

    2017-08-03 12:32:28

    A food blogger, a Greco-Roman wrestler and a former Air Force intelligence officer are among 120 future physicians who will begin their medical school journey August 7 at the UCF College of Medicine. The Class of 2021 is the medical school’s ninth class since the charter class enrolled in 2009. Students were selected from a […]

  • Scholarships, Undefeatable Spirit Propel First-Generation Student to Marketing Degree

    2017-08-03 10:23:08

    Merarys “Mery” Diaz knew she wanted to attend the University of Central Florida the first time she stepped on campus seven years ago as a high school sophomore. On Saturday, the Cuban native who immigrated to the United States with her family when she was 4 months old, will become the first in her family […]

  • Graduating Knight Chosen for National Ultimate Frisbee Team

    2017-08-03 08:00:26

    In between searching for a job like many other college graduates, Michael Fairley has something different to look forward to after graduation: Competing with the U.S. national Ultimate Frisbee team at a world championship tournament. Fairley, an accounting major graduating Aug. 5, recently was selected for the men’s Under 24 Ultimate Frisbee team that will […]

  • I Hope This Week’s Graduates Acquired What I Did at College: Lifelong Friendships

    2017-08-02 09:00:11

    What will this week’s UCF graduates take with them when then leave campus? Many will leave with a sense of accomplishment and a road map to success in the “real world.” Perhaps they leave with an appreciation for learning, knowing that commencement starts the next step in continuous lifelong learning. And perhaps they leave with […]

  • Student Juggles Young Family to Earn Ph.D.

    2017-08-01 09:28:01

    It’s expected that more than 3,700 students will pass through cap and gown pickup at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center this week in anticipation of Summer Commencement. Some dance in excitement. Some are jittery from too much coffee and not enough sleep. Some are snapping photos for social media love. Some simply are there to cross off […]

  • Dean Sole Inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame

    2017-08-01 07:03:11

    Mary Lou Sole, a widely published nurse scientist, Orlando Health Endowed Chair and dean of the University of Central Florida College of Nursing, has been inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. Sole and the 22 other honorees from Australia, Canada, Finland, Taiwan, the […]