March 2018

  • 4 Student Businesses to Vie for $75,000 in Joust Finals April 11

    2018-03-30 17:09:00

    Four student teams will battle for $75,000 in cash and essential business services Wednesday, April 11, in the finals of the Joust New Venture Competition. The 3 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Morgridge International Reading Center on the UCF Main Campus. The four teams remaining […]

  • Couple’s $6.6M Gift Will Boost Many UCF Programs

    2018-03-30 15:00:26

    What do sea turtles, veterans, language programs, science and football have in common? They’ll all be better off thanks to the generosity of Jim and Julia Rosengren, who have committed $6.6 million to support those programs at the University of Central Florida. It is among the largest alumni commitments in university history. Combined with their […]

  • UCF Alumni Announces 2018 30 Under 30 Awards

    2018-03-30 14:46:33

    UCF Alumni announced the recipients of its fourth annual 30 Under 30 Awards on March 30. This year’s class includes marketing and communications professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, software specialists, attorneys, education leaders, doctors, nurses, the youngest-elected Florida state representative and a football star, among others. “This year’s 30 under 30 class is a group of trailblazing […]

  • Dale Whittaker Confirmed as UCF's Next President

    2018-03-29 10:43:24

    The Florida Board of Governors on Thursday unanimously confirmed the selection of Dale Whittaker as the University of Central Florida’s next president. Whittaker, who currently serves as UCF’s provost and executive vice president, will become the university’s fifth president on July 1. He will replace John C. Hitt, who is retiring from the presidency on […]

  • The New Reality of 'Ready Player One'

    2018-03-29 10:22:52

    You know the sequence. You strap on a pair of virtual reality goggles. There’s a short pause as your eyes send a message to your brain, and you’re in another place. Everything is so clear. So complete. So real. The VR experience is escapism at its best. Or is it? If Steven Spielberg’s latest movie, […]

  • From Spidey to Superstar

    2018-03-29 10:07:05

    UCF theatre alumnus Justin Sargent ’08 is on a first-name basis with Academy Award, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award winner John Legend thanks to his role in Jesus Christ Superstar, set to air live Sunday, April 1, on NBC. As a priest in the ensemble and the understudy to Legend, who is playing Jesus, […]

  • Energy-Research Meeting Seeks Ideas

    2018-03-28 13:04:28

    Have some ideas about what UCF should be exploring in the area of energy research? Then plan on attending UCF’s Blue-Ribbon Panel on Energy Research meeting 2-4 p.m. March 29 in the UCF Global Building, Room 101. The university established the 15-member panel last year to strategize how UCF energy-related research can help meet the […]

  • Building Relationships in a World That Says: “What About Me?”

    2018-03-28 09:07:39

    I believe one of the hardest things in life is building long-lasting relationships. I hear all the time about couples going through divorce and I think why? And it’s not just couples breaking up. I’ve seen parents and children, siblings or dear friends have a falling out and not speak for years, if ever again. […]

  • Research Week to Include New Activities, Bit of the Arts

    2018-03-28 08:00:42

    Student Research Week at UCF begins April 2 with an array of new activities aimed at helping students who do research get better at it, and to show those who haven’t tried their hand at it the many ways research makes a difference. In addition to the event’s traditional workshops, Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, […]

  • UCF Faculty Member Holly McDonald Inspires Change Through Theatre

    2018-03-27 16:11:30

    Holly McDonald can pinpoint the exact moment her love for the theatre began. When she was 16, she rode a bus from her small hometown of Keyser, WV, to The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to watch a production of the musical 42nd Street. “I’d never seen a stage show of that magnitude,” McDonald says. […]

  • U.S. News & World Report: 25 UCF Programs on List of Top 100 Graduate Schools

    2018-03-27 15:30:04

    Twenty-five UCF programs were ranked in the top 100 of their fields by the recently released U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of 2019, a total gain of three programs from last year. UCF has experienced an upward trend in the number of programs on the top 100 list. There were 18 programs ranked […]

  • A Knight’s Best Friend

    2018-03-27 09:47:45

    Amanda Payne ’05 always wanted to work with canines. After graduating from UCF with a degree in criminal justice, she joined the Maitland Police Department to gain experience in law enforcement. But she was always looking forward to someday partnering with a dog like Coli. Payne enlisted in the Army because it offered her a […]

  • The Life and Films of Ula Stoeckl

    2018-03-26 14:40:27

    Her past and present students describe Ula Stoeckl as sweet and classy. Stoeckl blushes when she hears this. “You never know what someone will remember,” she says in a quiet and distinct German accent. She just returned to the UCF campus from a month-long celebration of her filmmaking career in Europe from Munich and Berlin, […]

  • New Laser Technique May Help Detect Chemical Warfare in Atmosphere

    2018-03-26 14:38:36

    The Department of Homeland Security could benefit from a reliable, real-time instrument that could scan the atmosphere for toxic agents in order to alert communities to a biological or chemical attack. UCF optics and photonics Professor Konstantin Vodopyanov is developing just such a technology to accomplish that. He has found a new way to use […]

  • Student's Cookie Company Turns Diet 'Cheat Day' into Healthy-Treat Day

    2018-03-26 14:24:10

    Cookies may not inspire the healthiest of thoughts, but one UCF student is looking to change that. Precious Williams, a junior majoring in restaurant and food-service management at Rosen College of Hospitality Management, recently launched Flourish Cookie Co., a nutritious baking venture that serves up tasty sweets you can feel good about indulging in. Each […]

  • How Puerto Rican Students have Adjusted at UCF 6 months after Hurricane Maria

    2018-03-26 11:05:58

    Augusto Ortiz sat in the stifling heat. Relieved his home escaped significant damage, but surrounded by a neighborhood scattered with debris, Ortiz had spent the first two weeks following Hurricane Maria’s descent helping friends, neighbors and family members with cleanup. Hampered by structural damage, classes at his university would be canceled for months. As he […]

  • Support What You Love! UCF Day of Giving is March 29.

    2018-03-26 08:00:09

    Move over, Spirit Splash! There’s a new tradition that hopes to share the ‘most popular’ title with you and it will be making a big splash on March 29. UCF Day of Giving is all about supporting what you’re passionate about. We’re looking for 1,000 alumni, parents, friends and fans to think about what they […]

  • UCF White Coats Take A Stand Against Gun Violence

    2018-03-23 16:13:41

    Like so many, UCF medical student Kevin Petersen watched in horror last month as a teenage gunman killed 17 fellow students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The violence hit close to home – he grew up just 10 minutes from the high school. Taking action, he organized “White Coats Against Gun […]

  • UCFPD Swears in 5 New Officers, Promotes 3

    2018-03-23 12:26:43

    Family, friends and UCF Police officers and staff welcomed five new officers to the department on Thursday, March 22. The swearing-in ceremony was UCFPD Chief Richard Beary’s final one before his retirement in June. “We want you to be the best you can be,” Chief Beary said to the new officers. “We also want you […]

  • UCF Adds 2 Emergency-Management Degrees

    2018-03-22 16:38:30

    Two new emergency-management degrees were approved today by UCF’s Board of Trustees, establishing the first public university in Florida to offer both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in emergency management. Coincidentally, the approval came a day after U.S. News and World Report ranked UCF’s emergency management and homeland security programs at No. 6 in the […]

  • Could This Toy Help Save Our Planet?

    2018-03-22 11:23:25

    The conversation is supposed to be about deep topics like renewable energy, global warming and scientific methods. But less than a minute in, Fernando Uribe-Romo has a confession: “I feel like a kid in a toy room.” Uribe-Romo is 34, an assistant professor of chemistry at UCF, and the toy room he refers to is […]

  • Everything You Need to Know About Universal Knights 2018

    2018-03-22 11:22:47

    Next month, 12,000 lucky UCF students will be able to visit Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure for free during Universal Knights 2018. The annual event takes place April 15 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, […]

  • Changing Minds, Laws About Violence Against Women

    2018-03-22 09:54:18

    In the midst of the #MeToo and #TIMESUP movements, a group of UCF faculty and students want to change the conversation about violence against women and the way we treat victims, including educating healthcare professionals and lawmakers. The interdisciplinary faculty cluster was formed last fall, bringing together health, social welfare and social justice perspectives. Their […]

  • Brainstorming Should Not Be a Team Sport

    2018-03-21 17:00:52

    Every product, business or organization, from Pop-Tarts to Purina to PTAs, needs innovation to thrive and survive. Innovation is dependent on ideas. And generating ideas is essential to the bottom line. Then why do so many executives do it incorrectly? Brainstorming, a conference technique for stimulating ideas and spontaneous discussion, is a science. That’s proven […]

  • 'Bernarda Alba' Actress Combines Love for Arts, Humanities at UCF

    2018-03-21 15:14:06

    UCF student Ibis Enid Rodríguez has prepared for her roles in last fall’s Seminole State production of The House of Bernarda Alba and in the upcoming Theatre UCF musical adaptation Bernarda Alba for more than 30 years. The actress recalls when she saw La Casa de Bernarda Alba for the first time, “I fell in […]

  • UCF Honors Siemens with President’s Partnership Award

    2018-03-21 10:37:40

    Honoring more than 30 years of academic and research collaboration with Siemens, the University of Central Florida on Tuesday awarded the global technology company with the President’s Partnership Award. UCF President John C. Hitt presented the award to Siemens leaders at an innovation symposium held at The Venue at CFE Arena. The event was attended […]

  • Pamela McCauley Defies Odds as a Female Engineer

    2018-03-21 10:23:33

    As a part of the less than 1 percent of black women engineers in the United States, there is no question Pamela McCauley stands out. McCauley, who serves as director of UCF’s Ergonomics Laboratory in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, defies stereotypes and statistics that women in STEM, particularly those of color, cannot […]

  • Opioid Misuse Isn't White or Black Issue

    2018-03-21 10:01:46

    Although the opioid epidemic has been portrayed in the media as a largely “white” epidemic, a UCF study finds this drug doesn’t discriminate. The abuse of opioids affects whites and black almost equally, according to a study led by sociology doctoral student Harvey Nicholson. His findings were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Drug and […]

  • New Technology Enables Power Plants to Reduce, Safely Recycle Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

    2018-03-20 16:03:34

    University of Central Florida researchers have invented a revolutionary way for power plants to significantly reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse-gas emissions by boosting energy production, potentially saving billions of dollars in maintenance and repairs. The team, led by Jayanta Kapat, developed the technology at UCF’s Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research. The focus […]

  • UCF's Academic Realignment Continues with New Names for Colleges, School

    2018-03-20 07:52:19

    Beginning in July, UCF will have two new colleges and a new interdisciplinary, inter-college school, bringing together programs in key areas where the university excels. The new colleges and school are part of an academic reorganization launched last year to position UCF as a leader in driving 21st-century health care solutions, living and thriving in […]

  • UCF Game to be Featured at Nation's Biggest Video Game Conference

    2018-03-19 09:04:50

    A team from UCF’s School of Visual Arts and Design is headed to one of the biggest video game conferences in the nation, by special invitation. The team will unveil its Magical Savior of Friends video game at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 21-23. The game […]

  • How One Alumna Is Embracing Zenn Through Farming

    2018-03-19 09:00:06

    Jennifer (Schaffner) Kauffman ’09 rises with the sun every morning and walks her 30-second commute to work to complete her first task of the day: release 60 chickens from their coop. The hospitality management graduate tends to the seven goats; waters rows of microgreens while her tortoise, Flash, putters around her rubber working boots; and […]

  • When Medicine Runs In the Family

    2018-03-16 19:06:17

    Dr. Mahesh Allam had a flood of emotions as he watched his daughter, Shalini, rip open the envelope that revealed she’ll spend the next three years at Georgetown University Hospital getting her internal medicine residency training. That’s the same city where he did his training 30 years ago – and his daughter, a UCF medical […]

  • UCF-HCA Gain 162 New Residents, Fellows

    2018-03-16 17:45:04

    Katherine Choi loved building the UCF College of Medicine as a student. So when a leader of UCF’s new partnership obstetrics and gynecology residency talked to Choi about building its new program, her reaction was swift and certain: “Let’s do this.” On Friday, Choi got the opportunity, matching into an OB-GYN specialty at North Florida […]

  • Courage, Persistence Mark Match Day Journey for Medical Students

    2018-03-16 17:08:48

    Mother and daughter had traveled this journey together – when other medical schools thought Jessica Fernandez couldn’t handle their rigorous programs, and four years later when supporters are showcasing Fernandez’s success at UCF as inspiration for others to follow their dreams. On Friday, they stood at National Match Day, arms around each other, waiting to […]

  • Snaith: Tax Cut, Regulatory Reform Help Feed Economic Recovery

    2018-03-15 13:12:37

    The Tax Cut and Jobs Act passed by Congress in late December finally gives the country economic reform we can sink our teeth into, says University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith in his latest U.S. Economic Forecast. “After a steady stream of unfulfilling nothing burgers, Washington, D.C., has finally prepared a ‘something’ burger: an […]

  • UCF's Video Game School Ranked 3rd in World by The Princeton Review

    2018-03-15 09:12:05

    The University of Central Florida’s video game graduate school ranks No. 3 in the world, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine. The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, an anchor of UCF’s planned downtown campus, has been in the top five schools for each of the nine years the Princeton Review has done the […]

  • Sea Turtle Diet Expert to Give Talk about Importance of Healthy Habitat

    2018-03-15 08:00:03

    A University of Central Florida biologist who is an authority on what sea turtles eat will present on her work March 18 in a public seminar. The talk at the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach will focus on what endangered and threatened sea turtles eat, types of habitats they depend upon in Florida, and […]

  • What if We All Treated Life Like One Big Improvisation Skit?

    2018-03-14 09:00:51

    Whenever I need a good laugh or a light TV moment, I find relief by watching Whose Line is it Anyway? I am fascinated by the concept of improvisation and how quickly the comedians can create things off the cuff and pull together some interesting skits and stories. Even when it does not make sense […]

  • New Blackstone Partnership Expands Entrepreneurial Resources for UCF Students

    2018-03-13 09:24:41

    A new partnership between the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Techstars, a global entrepreneurial network and start-up accelerator, will offer additional mentorship, start-up support and networking opportunities for students at the University of Central Florida. The two companies announced the affiliation with the College of Business on March 7 at SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas. Through […]

  • Dale Whittaker Named UCF’s President-Elect

    2018-03-09 18:24:31

    The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees named UCF Provost Dale Whittaker the university’s president-elect Friday after a nationwide search. Whittaker, who currently serves as UCF’s provost and executive vice president, would become president July 1 if his selection is confirmed later this month by the Florida Board of Governors. He would replace John […]

  • A Letter from President John Hitt to President-Elect Dale Whittaker

    2018-03-09 18:13:55

    Dear Dale, Congratulations on being selected as UCF’s next president! Since your arrival in 2014, I have relied upon your intellect, counsel, and friendship. You are a trusted and tested leader, and placing UCF in your hands inspires confidence in our future. As you will soon know, the UCF presidency is a challenging job. But […]

  • Incubator Company Secures NSF Funding to Develop Software to Fight Cancer

    2018-03-08 14:39:20

    The National Science Foundation recently awarded a grant to an Orlando-based company and UCF Incubator client that could help improve cancer patients’ quality of life and potentially reduce the number of times patients are readmitted to a hospital. “It’s a great honor,” said Rodney Bosley, CEO and director of SegAna. “As we move forward in […]

  • Alumna Receives Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    2018-03-08 13:59:45

    Ever since taking a UCF honors diplomacy course at The Burnett Honors College, Amanda Fleming ’15 dreamed of working as a diplomat. Armed with a 4.0 GPA and international work experience, the political science major took steps to make herself competitive for a position in the U.S. Foreign Service, but with the current hiring freeze […]

  • Technology Sometimes Moves So Rapidly That It’s Hard to Keep Up

    2018-03-07 09:10:01

    I have had to face the fact that my students know more about technology than I do. And when something goes wrong with the technology during class, I know that a student will call out, “Click on the lower left-hand corner” or “You need to minimize that screen.” As a history teacher, I have long […]

  • UCF Hosting Emergency Preparedness Exercise March 14

    2018-03-07 09:00:11

    UCF will test its capabilities to respond to a campus wide emergency during a simulation exercise Wednesday, March 14. Classes will not be affected due to Spring Break, but we want you to be aware of increased first responder presence and activities in the south parts of the campus. The full-scale exercise will run from […]

  • Griffin Shines at NFL Scouting Combine

    2018-03-05 13:43:54

    You think 20 reps on the bench press with a prosthetic arm stole the show Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis? UCF alumnus Shaquem Griffin one-upped himself Sunday by running a blazing 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds that turned the world of NFL media on its ear. Griffin’s time — identical to that […]

  • Fish' Super Power May Offer Clues About Biodiversity Evolution

    2018-03-05 12:43:07

    A group of international scientists, including a University of Central Florida biologist, recently discovered that a species of fish living in the north Atlantic Ocean has an ability to adapt to changing environmental conditions that are linked to the depth of its watery habitat. The unknown mechanism, which gives the roundnose grenadier its “super power,” […]

  • UCF Downtown to Boost Interdisciplinary Studies

    2018-03-05 12:39:37

    UCF students Jennifer Sanguiliano and Rachael Mack have found that interdisciplinary studies in public affairs and education are essential for learning about the communities around them. UCF will advance interdisciplinary studies in these areas by bringing together academic programs in education and public affairs to help form a new college that will anchor the university’s […]

  • UCF to Test Emergency Communication Tools Wednesday

    2018-03-05 09:00:32

    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 7. In preparation for Wednesday’s Alert testing, students and faculty and staff members are encouraged to log in to myUCF and review […]

  • Local Grant Awarded to Help Young Children Feel Secure, Prepare for School

    2018-03-01 17:05:31

    A local pilot program aimed at addressing the social and emotional needs of children just got a boost thanks to the Central Florida Foundation’s “100 Women Strong” giving circle. The organization provided a $45,000 grant to the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, which is partnering with the University of Central Florida to implement the […]

  • The Buzz on Alumna Kristin Harris

    2018-03-01 14:30:58

    On any given day, you can find Kristin Harris ’11 interviewing A-listers such as Ryan Gosling, Rihanna, Nicole Kidman, Bill Murray and Ed Sheeran. As BuzzFeed’s celebrity editor and head of talent relations, Harris has the job that pop culture nerds dream about. When she was 10 years old, the Lake Mary, Florida, native pictured her […]

  • Woman of Wonder: Graduate Student and Aerial Acrobat Recognized for Aerospace Work

    2018-03-01 14:20:13

    When she was 7 years old and growing up in Bogota, Colombia, Estefania Bohorquez ’17 would take little day trips 30 miles outside the city. She would walk through a passageway to a fascinating place more than 600 feet underground. There, she would look in awe at what is known as Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral. Bohorquez […]

  • Four Presidential Finalists Holding Open Forums

    2018-03-01 14:00:46

    The University of Central Florida’s Presidential Search Committee on Friday selected four finalists seeking to build on the university’s momentum as its fifth president. The finalists, in alphabetical order, are: Suresh Garimella, Ph.D., executive vice president for research and partnerships, Purdue University Mark Kennedy, MBA, president, University of North Dakota Dale Whittaker, Ph.D., provost and […]