September 2017

  • UCF’s Largest Health Expo

    2017-09-29 11:12:36

    On Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom, students will have the chance to attend the largest health expo at UCF. The Healthy Knights 2020 initiative is a collaboration of several Student Development and Enrollment Services’ departments as well as other campus and community partners, each contributing a component […]

  • Domestic Violence Victims to be Honored at Light Up The Night

    2017-09-28 17:00:46

    The UCF community will honor the lives of domestic violence victims during the Light Up The Night event on Monday, Oct. 2, in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. The event will start at 6 p.m. In its 10th year, the event is hosted by UCF Victim Services every October in conjunction with Domestic […]

  • Rather than Evacuate, Students Stay Behind to Warn Homeless About Hurricane

    2017-09-28 06:45:31

    With Hurricane Irma barreling toward Central Florida earlier this month, a group of UCF students chose to hit the streets of downtown Orlando to warn the area’s homeless population rather than evacuate. Eighteen members of the student organization Hearts for the Homeless Orlando checked with shelters and canvassed downtown to warn homeless people that a […]

  • Anthropologist's Work Impacting People with Cleft Lip and Palate, Down Syndrome

    2017-09-28 06:42:34

    UCF Assistant Professor John Starbuck thought studying anthropology might lead him to a career in a museum, but it’s done more than he could’ve imagined. His work is changing the lives of people with cleft lip with or without cleft palate, and his current research holds promise for helping some people with Down syndrome. Growing […]

  • UCF Alumnus Partners with Theatre UCF to Bring Play About Sandy Hook to Orlando

    2017-09-27 15:56:42

    The University of Central Florida will bring 26 Pebbles – a play written by BFA musical theatre alumnus Eric Ulloa – to the Orlando Repertory Theatre on Oct.5-8. Ulloa’s 26 Pebbles was created as a response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. As a socially active individual, Ulloa felt a need to […]

  • UCF Provides In-State Tuition Rate to Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Hurricane Maria

    2017-09-27 11:26:31

    In response to the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, the University of Central Florida will allow students who are residents of Puerto Rico, and are displaced from their homes, to qualify for in-state tuition. The UCF Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday morning to allow these students to be eligible for in-state tuition. “This is […]

  • Med School Adds Knights Pantry To Aid Students

    2017-09-27 11:13:53

    Nearly a quarter of U.S. college students don’t have money or time to pay for affordable, healthy foods, according to a 2016 study, and many are not comfortable asking for help. So the medical school’s Student Academic Support Services (SASS) office is opening a satellite location of Knights Pantry, a food bank on the main […]

  • The Lost Wonder of Being Outside, Running Free and Exploring

    2017-09-27 10:58:35

    As I write this, I am sitting outside in 90-degree heat after Hurricane Irma swept through our beautiful state and left millions without power. I am forced outside, seeking a breeze, but I have found a certain peace, as well. I live in rural east Orange County and am surrounded by green forests and pasture […]

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Disaster Researcher's Personal Dilemma

    2017-09-27 10:57:54

    I am a disaster researcher. I study the social processes by which communities work in building resilience to emergency events, particularly natural disasters. But earlier this month when the possibility of Hurricane Irma striking Central Florida was becoming real, I also became part of the unfolding event. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency […]

  • Public School Teachers, UCF Faculty Headed to Russia

    2017-09-27 08:48:32

    A group of six UCF faculty members and six public school teachers will travel to Russia this summer to gain a better understanding of the Russian language and culture. Alla Kourova, an associate professor of Russian and TESOL, and Maria C. Santana, director of the UCF Women’s and Gender Studies program, earned a $91,795 grant […]

  • UCF Reports $136 Million in Research Funding in FY17

    2017-09-25 07:30:51

    UCF faculty brought in $136 million in research funding in 2017, a year that was also marked by national recognition for the number of patents issued to UCF, tech transfer excellence and overall innovation. Of all the research funding collected, $73.9 million came from federal sources, $41.1 million from private industry and $21 million from […]

  • UCF Partners with World Wildlife Fund for Study on Wildlife Rangers

    2017-09-25 07:28:01

    Wildlife rangers are on the front lines protecting our most iconic species — tigers, elephants, gorillas and many others. But their challenges involve more than confrontations with wild animals and poachers. “Generally, rangers are highly undertrained, undersupported and not respected,” said Barney Long, former director of species conservation for the World Wildlife Fund and now […]

  • UCF Launches Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity

    2017-09-25 06:00:03

    A new center will focus on advancing UCF’s work in economic and environmental issues and fostering links for faculty and others in the UCF community to sustainable development efforts at the local, national and global level. James Bacchus, who joins UCF as Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs, will lead the center. Based in the […]

  • UCF Football Launches Space Game for Homecoming

    2017-09-22 10:12:30

    UCF’s Homecoming football game will be dubbed the “Space Game” and will honor the university’s long-time ties to the United States space program. The University of Central Florida was founded in 1963 as Florida Technological University, with the mission of supporting the growing United States space program at nearby Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral […]

  • UCF Heart Day: Hands-Only CPR, AED Training Wednesday

    2017-09-22 09:00:34

    In anticipation of World Heart Day, UCF Heart Day will provide free hands-only CPR instruction to the UCF community on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Twenty-minute hands-only CPR sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Key West Ballroom of the Student Union (Room 218).  The sessions will also include instruction on the […]

  • UCF Community Fills Knights Pantry Shelves Left Bare by Irma

    2017-09-21 11:20:57

    Hurricane Irma sparked a huge demand at Knights Helping Knights Pantry from University of Central Florida students who were left short of food and other necessities. But the response from the UCF community in the past week has been even more overwhelming. On Saturday, the UCF Foundation announced an effort to replenish the Knights Pantry […]

  • US News Ranks UCF Among Nation's Most Innovative Universities

    2017-09-21 11:00:03

    The University of Central Florida ranks among the nation’s most innovative universities along with Harvard, Stanford, Duke, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges of 2018 guide. UCF was listed as the No. 25 most innovative university out of nearly 1,400 universities and colleges in the nation. The ranking, determined based on […]

  • Modern Tech Commercials Still Fall Short in Diversity, Study Finds

    2017-09-21 10:00:58

    Recent commercials from major technology firms fail to represent diversity of genders and races, according to a University of Central Florida study. Researchers found white and male faces were dominant in 54 commercials from 2012-13 from Apple, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Verizon, Microsoft, Comcast, Dell, Intel and Google. Race was identifiable in 316 of the people featured […]

  • UCF Technology May Give Patients with Heart Disease Options

    2017-09-21 09:38:34

    A credit-card sized device that provides an early warning system for people who have been diagnosed with heart failure is being developed at the University of Central Florida, which could mean better, less expensive options for patients with heart disease. The non-invasive device, which would be placed at the chest surface, uses sound technology to […]

  • UCF Wrestling Club Members Use the Week Away from School to Help Hurricane Victims

    2017-09-21 08:59:19

    Earlier this week UCF President John C. Hitt talked about the compassion and character of university faculty, staff, administrators and students in the face of a crisis like Hurricane Irma. After Irma tore through Central Florida, the UCF Wrestling Club members put that empathetic spirit into action. Twenty members mobilized to help clean up the […]

  • Florida’s First Health Care Simulation Graduates Begin Work in Emerging Field

    2017-09-20 17:22:06

    The nine recent graduates from the University of Central Florida College of Nursing Healthcare Simulation program are the first in the state fully trained to lead in the high demand field. “Health care simulation is the perfect blend of educational theory, active practice, innovative technology and self-reflection. I firmly believe this is the future of […]

  • Residency Leader Honored by American Medical Association

    2017-09-20 13:05:46

    Bethany Ballinger remembers growing up in rural England and telling everyone she wanted to be a doctor – just like the one who came to her country home when she was sick. “People just looked at me and patted me on the head and said, ‘Yes, of course, dear,’” she said. That’s because in the […]

  • U.S. Forecast: Economic Health Hinges on Trump's Proposed Policies

    2017-09-20 10:06:00

    If the Trump Administration’s proposed economic policies gain traction, the U.S. can expect faster economic growth and higher inflation, says University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith, but that’s a big “if” given the administration’s tumultuous first eight months. “Tweeting and talking about policy is one thing,” said the director for the Institute for Economic […]

  • UCF Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Adelante Message

    2017-09-20 09:48:30

    Latinos at UCF won’t let Hurricane Irma stop its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Although off to a late start, the celebration is moving ahead starting this week. “I think it is appropriate that our theme is “¡Adelante! Leading with Courage,” said  Cyndia M. Muñiz, president of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association and advisor to […]

  • UCF Launches Adaptive Recreational Program for Neuro-Atypical Community

    2017-09-19 10:18:35

    Central Floridians who have developed a neurological disorder as a result of an accident or disease can now join recreational teams created just for them at the University of Central Florida. A new UCF Adaptive Community Project is seeking up to 70 participants to join sports teams, a theater production and/or a choir adapted to […]

  • Rosen College of Hospitality Management Earns No. 2 Ranking

    2017-09-18 14:29:23

    The Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida has been ranked No. 2 in the world as a hospitality and hotel management school, according to CEOWORLD Magazine. In 2015, Rosen College ranked No.5 on the magazine’s list of the 50 best hospitality and hotel management schools in the world. The jump […]

  • ADHD Kids Can Be Still – If They’re Not Straining Their Brains

    2017-09-18 14:04:52

    How’s this for exasperating: Your ADHD child fidgets and squirms his way through school and homework, but seems laser-focused and motionless sitting in front of the TV watching an action thriller. Well, fret not, because new research shows lack of motivation or boredom with school isn’t to blame for the differing behavior. It turns out […]

  • UCF Researchers’ Work Pushes Battery Tech Forward

    2017-09-18 10:48:51

    University of Central Florida Assistant Professor Yang Yang’s research group has developed two promising energy storage technologies in its work with sustainable energy systems. Yang sees revolutionary systems that can produce and store energy inexpensively and efficiently as a potential solution to energy and environmental crises. “We try to convert solar energy either to electricity […]

  • Hidden Artists: The Tradition Continues

    2017-09-16 09:00:09

    UPDATE: The Hidden Artists Art Reception on Sept. 7 is cancelled. The reception date has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 4-6 p.m. in the John C. Hitt Library room 223. “You might find us in front of the classroom or in the office down the hall and yet never suspect the secret we share. […]

  • I Have Begun to Wonder What is Important to Me as I Consider a Legacy

    2017-09-15 09:29:58

    Former New York Yankee great Yogi Berra was once quoted as saying: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” About seven years ago I began a journey of living more intentionally in my spiritual relationship with God, as a person, as a husband, as a father and as a […]

  • Hurricane Irma: What’s Open at UCF

    2017-09-13 09:55:01

    As Florida recovers from Hurricane Irma, campus services are starting to reopen for students returning to campus. Students were allowed to return to their residence halls Monday, Sept. 11. Normal classes and academic activities will resume Monday, Sept. 18, and faculty and staff members will report to work Friday, Sept. 15, to prepare for normal […]

  • Preparing for Hurricane Irma

    2017-09-08 15:26:35

    What to do in the days before Hurricane Irma arrives Turn on your TV/radio and check your city/county/university websites frequently in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. UCF and UCF Police will also be updating their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Charge your cell phone and any other important electronics now so […]

  • Hurricane Irma: Parking on Campus

    2017-09-08 10:45:46

    In preparation of Hurricane Irma, the University of Central Florida has offered its parking garages as triage and staging areas for first responders. Students who live on campus can keep their vehicles in parking garages and lots, as designated by their valid parking permits. Students from off-campus affiliated housing who will ride out the storm […]

  • Hurricane Irma Forces UCF, Memphis to Call Off Football Game

    2017-09-08 06:55:48

    As the threat to Florida from Category 5 Hurricane Irma increased late Thursday, the University of Central Florida and University of Memphis agreed to suspend their football game Friday night. Heeding Governor Rick Scott’s Thursday night declaration for all public universities to focus on storm preparation, the teams agreed not to play at 6:30 p.m. […]

  • Hurricane Irma: Ride-Out Location Information

    2017-09-07 14:01:47

    As UCF prepares for Hurricane Irma, we remind you to prioritize your personal safety. Ride-out locations opened at 2 p.m. Saturday for students living on campus and in UCF-affiliated housing. The ride-out locations are determined by residence hall and are as follows: UCF students who live in on-campus Greek Housing, those with special accommodations and […]

  • Pegasus Parents: Hurricane Irma Update

    2017-09-07 12:05:19

    For the most recent Hurricane Irma updates, go to A Q&A with UCF Police Chief Richard Beary and Student Development and Enrollment Services Vice President Maribeth Ehasz can be viewed here. As UCF prepares for Hurricane Irma, we strongly urge that students who live on campus move to safe off-campus locations by noon Friday, […]

  • City, County Resources for Hurricane Irma

    2017-09-06 21:19:49

    Resources are available to residents in Orange and Seminole counties and Orlando to help them secure their homes and stay on top of the latest news regarding Hurricane Irma and its impacts locally. Orange County Sand bags Orange County is distributing free sand bags to those with proof of residency at six locations. Distribution will […]

  • Hurricane Irma Frequently Asked Questions

    2017-09-06 14:40:05

    The most recent Hurricane Irma updates are available at  Updated at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. When will classes resume at UCF? Classes will resume Monday, Sept. 18. Work for faculty and staff will resume Friday, Sept. 15. Essential university employees may be required to work while the university is closed. Please discuss your […]

  • No Longer Burdened as The Keeper of Things

    2017-09-06 09:00:56

    For 30 days this summer, when I was between semesters and my college-age children were taking classes and living in dorms, I spent seven hours a day purging my home. Every closet, cabinet, drawer, and corner of my garage was attacked with laser focus. I filled close to 40 trash bags, made eight trips to […]

  • UCF Hurricane Experts Available for Media

    2017-09-05 15:56:58

    UCF faculty with expertise in disaster/crisis management, U.S. coastal flood risks, and tourism and economic impacts are available for interviews on what to anticipate if Florida is hit by Hurricane Irma, plus an evaluation of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Contact UCF’s News & Information team to speak with one of these sources. DISASTER/CRISIS MANAGEMENT: […]

  • Hurricane Irma: UCF Students Return to Classes Sept. 18, Employees Return Sept. 15

    2017-09-05 10:19:31

       Updated 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 UCF students will resume normal classes and academic activities on Monday, Sept. 18. UCF is responding to feedback from students and parents concerned that between limited flights and heavy traffic, it would be difficult for students to return to campus this week. The decision was made to provide […]

  • From Water Skiing to Prison, a Knight Makes an Impact

    2017-09-05 08:00:43

    Kristi Overton Johnson ’92 was 4 years old the first time her “river rat” father took her for a ride on water skis on Pamlico River in Bath, NC. She had no idea the places water skiing would take her — UCF, around the world, halls of fame, emergency rooms and least of all prisons. […]

  • Nursing Honors in the Major Students Shine in Research Excellence

    2017-09-05 06:01:02

    Skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S. Depression, which is estimated to affect more than 15 million adults in the U.S. Pediatric oncology nursing, a challenging and often stressful work environment. These are some of the health care issues being addressed in the award-winning research conducted by recent undergraduates at the UCF […]

  • UCF Physicist Reflects on End of Cassini Mission, Grateful for Career Launch

    2017-09-04 14:16:19

    When NASA’s Cassini mission ended on Sept. 15 by plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, one UCF professor reminisced about the mission that launched his career and the family he’s made throughout the almost 20-year journey. Physics Professor Josh Colwell began working on the Cassini mission right out of graduate school. As Cassini took its last dive […]

  • Limbitless Solutions, 2 Recipients of 3-D Arms to Present at Mayo Clinic Innovation Summit

    2017-09-04 14:14:08

    Two children who received bionic arms through Limbitless Solutions at the University of Central Florida will speak to doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic’s first Neuroscience and Oncology Innovation Summit on Sept . 7. The summit, which runs through Sept. 9 at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, is aimed at […]

  • Celebrating 10 Years of PhD in Nursing Graduates

    2017-09-01 14:30:46

    When the University of Central Florida College of Nursing received approval from the Florida Board of Governors to begin the state’s fifth doctoral program in nursing in spring 2003, it was considered key to solving the state’s shortage of nurses and nurse educators. At that time, it was estimated that 25 percent of nursing faculty members […]