November 2018

  • UCF Honors 2018's Outstanding Employees

    2018-11-29 12:42:52

    It takes more than 13,000 employees to create University of Central Florida’s diverse, welcoming environment and for students to grow, learn and succeed. President Dale Whittaker recently recognized some of those outstanding employees at Human Resource’s 46th annual Employee Awards Program held at the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom. The 2018 program recognized University Support Personnel […]

  • Nursing Doctoral Student Awarded National Fellowship for Epilepsy Research

    2018-11-28 14:20:51

    Caring for others is ingrained in nursing doctoral student Michelle Tall ’17MSN. “Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, from a family of immigrants, the art of caring was a way of life,” says Tall. It’s what led Tall into the field of nursing nearly 30 years ago. “It was a calling that occurred naturally.” The […]

  • Healthy Eating and Travel Apps Win Big at UCF’s 2018 Social Venture Competition

    2018-11-28 11:49:03

    A pocket dietitian, road-trip-sharing service and an app designed to improve countryside travel earned top honors at UCF’s 2018 Social Venture Competition. The competition, which took place Nov. 15 and is in its third year, rewards students who develop solutions intended to impact society’s biggest problems. Senior photonic science and engineering major Rafaela Frota beat […]

  • The Last Great Equalizer: Education

    2018-11-28 11:01:54

    Some of us have had moments in life when things align and preparation meets opportunity to launch us toward purpose. At 18 years old, for me, that moment was my first year at UCF. As a minority male and first-generation college student with a terminal degree, I have said that I truly believe that education […]

  • Ethics Bowl Team Advances to National Championships

    2018-11-28 10:25:30

    The UCF Ethics Bowl team will return to the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in March for a second consecutive year after recently qualifying at the regional competition. The team finished second out of 18 teams at the University of North Georgia regionals, where the members argued positions on moral questions such as voting rights for […]

  • New UCF Program Helps Cover Child Care Fees for Student Parents

    2018-11-28 10:04:23

    Graduate student Cara Veclotch is planning her December graduation thanks to a UCF program that helped her pay for her children’s child care expenses. UCF’s on-campus childcare center – the Creative School for Children – launched a tuition-assistance program this semester that pays anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of the cost of child care […]

  • UCF Named a Top Supplier of Graduates to Aerospace, Defense Industries — Again

    2018-11-26 09:02:14

    Aviation Week again recently named UCF the No. 1 supplier of graduates to the U.S. aerospace and defense industries – for the fourth consecutive year. More than 4,000 students are currently enrolled in the university’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering programs. There were 111 students who graduated last year with bachelor’s and master’s degrees […]

  • UCF Football: Saturday's Championship Game, Milton Update, Tailgate Info

    2018-11-26 08:49:37

    The No. 8 UCF football team will host the American Athletic Conference Championship for the second consecutive year Saturday. As East Division champion, the Knights will take on West Division champion Memphis in Spectrum Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The Knights, who are coming off a 38-10 win in the War On I-4 rivalry series against […]

  • UCF Volleyball to Host NCAA Tournament for First Time

    2018-11-26 08:30:20

    For the first time in program history, the NCAA Division I Volleyball Tournament is coming to UCF. On Sunday night at a selection show watch party at Burger U, the Knights were tabbed as the No. 13 national seed in the 64-team tournament, also a program first. UCF will face Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday […]

  • Harvest a Christmas Tree at UCF Arboretum

    2018-11-26 08:00:00

    Between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 2, head out to the UCF Arboretum’s nature pavilion  and get into the holiday spirit with this one-of-a-kind experience that includes cutting down your own Christmas tree. The Arboretum staff will take participants out to search for a tree native to the Florida habitat, the Pinus Clausa, or […]

  • This UCF Grad Is Now a World Series Champion

    2018-11-26 07:13:20

    When Chris Sale pitched the final out of this year’s World Series in Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, the first person Kiyoshi Momose ’00MS hugged in the Red Sox dugout was fellow Boston strength and conditioning coach Mike Roose. Then came the hugs for the medical staff. Then the coaching staff. And then, in a […]

  • 5 Things You Need to Know About Giving Tuesday at UCF

    2018-11-23 13:29:24

    Falling on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday puts its own philanthropic spin on days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. On Nov. 27, people all over the world will celebrate generosity by giving their time, talent and treasure. We encourage our Knights to consider UCF when participating in Giving Tuesday this year. In fact, here […]

  • ‘Yes, and:’ Overcoming Anxiety with Improv

    2018-11-21 09:38:15

    The first time I stood on a stage, I threw up. I was 7 years old, and, 10 seconds into an acting class, fear sent my stomach somersaulting. Years later, I tried a high school acting course. My first scene involved a stage kiss. This sent me into paroxysms of unease that resulted in what […]

  • Thanks for the Best Weekend Ever, College GameDay

    2018-11-19 12:22:56

    The College GameDay bus was greeted by a mob of fans along with Knightro, the spirit team, the Marching Knights and Knugget on the corner of East Plaza Drive at 2 p.m. Thursday. UCF punter Mac Loudermilk surprised everyone as the first to step off the bus.   ESPN analyst Maria Taylor stops to pose […]

  • 9 UCF Alumni-Owned Businesses to Support on Small Business Saturday

    2018-11-19 12:20:49

    While the season of holiday sales is upon us, don’t forget to support local business owners on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24. These entrepreneurs are some of the UCF alumni who provide goods and services that make Orlando an even greater place to shop, eat and relax. Pop Parlour Serving up sweets is practically in […]

  • In the Space of Health and Wellness – for Central Florida and the Future

    2018-11-19 12:07:11

    Carl Beers believes in making an investment in Orlando and UCF students. The Central Florida architect has been a regular visitor to one of UCF’s architecture classes for the past five summers. The class, “In the Space of Health and Wellness,” is one that Beers is certainly qualified to lead. Beers, a principal with HKS […]

  • 1st Nation to Ban Harmful Sunscreens as Result of UCF Research

    2018-11-19 09:57:55

    The island Republic of Palau in the western Pacific Ocean is the first nation to ban environmentally harmful sunscreens, effective 2020, to protect one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems. Anyone selling banned sunscreens after the date will be hit with a $1,000 fine. The goal is to protect the islands’ unique ecosystems, which […]

  • Hurricane Maria Evacuee Finds Success as UCF Student

    2018-11-19 08:56:19

    When Hurricane Maria barreled through Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm in September 2017, Karla Santiago reached a major turning point in her life. Maria devastated Santiago’s island, destroyed her mother’s small business and caused millions of dollars in damages to the University of Puerto Rico where she went to school. But Santiago turned […]

  • New Arecibo Observatory Message Challenge Announced

    2018-11-16 11:02:28

    In 1974, the Arecibo Observatory made history by beaming the most powerful radio message into deep space ever made. The famous Arecibo Message was designed by the AO 74’s staff, led by Frank Drake, and with the help of the astronomer and famed science communicator Carl Sagan. It contained information about the human race and […]

  • Everything You Need To Know About College GameDay Coming to Campus

    2018-11-15 08:15:43

    You’ve probably heard by now that ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to campus and the undefeated UCF football team has a big primetime matchup against conference foe Cincinnati on Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC. Below is a timeline of some special events leading up to Saturday that you should also know about — each is a great […]

  • How to Craft the Perfect College GameDay Sign and Get it Seen on TV

    2018-11-14 16:42:02

    When College GameDay was on location in Jacksonville for the Florida-Georgia football game on Oct. 27, a group of Knights from the Jacksonville UCF Alumni Chapter made sure their black-and-gold signs and flags were front and center throughout the broadcast. Becky Koziuk ’03, who graduated with an organizational communication degree and works as the office […]

  • Retention Rate of New UCF Students Hits Record 90.4%

    2018-11-14 16:28:03

    A record 90.4 percent of UCF students who began classes in 2017 returned to the university this fall, reaching one of the state’s thresholds needed for achieving the status as a preeminent research university. The state Board of Governors’ metrics require at least a score of 90 percent to count toward the calculations when determining […]

  • Watch out for Fake Online Reviews During the Busy Holiday Travel Season

    2018-11-14 15:50:10

    Travelers looking to book hotels or try out a new restaurant while vacationing this holiday season should be wary of fake reviews. According to new research from the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, social media has created a rich resource for travelers, but it has also created a field of fakers […]

  • Racing to Save the Indian River Lagoon

    2018-11-14 15:35:48

    From red tide to runoff, the Indian River Lagoon faces many threats. Microplastics may be the newest identified enemy, but a team of UCF researchers and collaborators is racing to find answers before it is too late. UCF biologist Linda Walters and her team, including graduate student Casey Craig ’15, launched new research in the […]

  • Let's Get Global

    2018-11-14 15:00:29

    International students, faculty and staff are an integral part of who we are as Knights. To celebrate our cultural diversity, UCF Global is hosting International Education Week, a campuswide series of concerts, films, panel discussions, parties and other events showcasing traditions, viewpoints, arts, music and flavors from around the world. Here a just a few […]

  • UCF Student to Receive $5000 Scholarship at National Convention

    2018-11-14 14:25:04

    UCF graduate student Diana Abarca is one of three students nationwide selected to receive a $5,000 Minority Student Scholarship at the 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association convention Nov. 15-17 in Boston. The ASHFoundation chose the communication sciences and disorders master’s degree student for the scholarship based on her academic achievement and promise, and the foundation will make […]

  • President Whittaker Welcomes College GameDay to UCF

    2018-11-14 13:00:31

    Sometimes there are moments you know you’ll remember the rest of your life. This week will be one of those for Knight Nation. ESPN College GameDay will broadcast live from campus this Saturday. Our football team — with a nation-best 22-game winning streak — will play Cincinnati at 8 p.m. in ABC’s national primetime game. I […]

  • Following Rules and Doing the Right Thing Aren’t Necessarily the Same

    2018-11-14 09:10:12

    A wise person – or at least some person – once said: “If you don’t like following rules, just break some…You are sure to end up with more.” Nobody likes having to follow rules. In any major organization – be it in the private or public sector – there are lots of rules and regulations […]

  • Med Students Host Sports Medicine Forum

    2018-11-13 15:10:06

    UCF medical students wanting to learn more about one of the fastest growing specialties – orthopedics and sports medicine – will have the opportunity to connect with leading specialist in the practice to hear about their experiences, innovative technologies and advancements in the field. The College of Medicine’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Interest Group will […]

  • Relive UCF Homecoming 2018 Through These 16 Awesome Photos

    2018-11-13 11:00:16

    The week kicked off  Joel McHale as the headline act at Comedy Knight. He made a name for himself as the host of The Soup on E! and the star of NBC’s Community and later The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale on Netflix. During his set, McHale commented on UCF football’s winning streak and Spirit […]

  • Center for Distributed Learning, Cavanagh Win National Awards for Online Programs

    2018-11-13 10:06:41

    Two new national UCF awards for distributed learning reflect the escalating prominence and reach of the university’s online programs. The Center for Distributed Learning, along with partners in the Department of Mathematics, today won the Digital Learning Innovation Award from the Online Learning Consortium. The $100,000 award recognizes the program’s use of digital courses to […]

  • Nemours, UCF Transform Education for Hospitalized Children through PedsAcademy

    2018-11-13 09:30:37

    Nemours Children’s Hospital and UCF today announced a first-of-its kind program that provides highly specialized schooling to chronically ill children in a way that’s tailored to their specific disease. Called UCF’s PedsAcademy at Nemours Children’s Hospital, the new joint program involves more than 50 UCF faculty and student teachers working closely with Nemours physicians daily […]

  • Lady Bikers, Street Dogs and Kolkata Featured in New Films from UCF Students

    2018-11-12 09:24:28

    Lady bikers, street dogs and visceral sights and sounds from a city nearly 10,000 miles away are showcased in new documentaries completed by UCF film students while they spent a few weeks in Kolkata, India. The documentaries will make their UCF debut at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Burnett Honors College as part […]

  • College GameDay Is Coming to UCF

    2018-11-11 11:00:45

    Get your signs and flags ready, Knights fans. ESPN’s College GameDay is coming to UCF’s campus for the football team’s primetime matchup against Cincinnati on Nov. 17. ESPN’s iconic college football preview show, which airs from 9 a.m. until noon every Saturday from different sites throughout the season, will make its first-ever appearance at UCF […]

  • 13 UCF Alums Honored at OBJ’s 2018 40 Under 40 Awards

    2018-11-09 16:21:28

    Thirteen UCF alumni were honored last night at the Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 Awards, an annual celebration that recognizes successful professional who have created a big impact within their industry and in the local community. Honorees were selected from a group of nominees submitted by the general public. In order to be eligible […]

  • UCF Grad on Treating Veterans with PTSD and Other Mental Health Issues

    2018-11-09 10:00:17

    For many veterans the internal struggles of adjusting to civilian life can be just as challenging as the experiences they’ve dealt with in combat. These struggles often take the form of health issues, considering 6 million veterans in 2016 used at least one healthcare service provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to […]

  • Associate Professor Honored by American Academy of Nursing

    2018-11-08 16:12:01

    Mindi Anderson, an associate professor at the UCF College of Nursing, was recently inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Anderson was selected for her significant contributions over the past decade to advance nursing education through simulation best practices. She is one of 195 distinguished nurse leaders in the 2018 class of […]

  • 8 UCF Alumni Elected to Florida Legislature

    2018-11-08 11:55:00

    Eight UCF alumni who were running for the Florida Legislature won their districts in Tuesday’s election. Although they don’t necessarily agree on political issues, pursued different careers and attended UCF at different times, they clearly share a passion for politics. Amber Mariano ’17, a Republican, was re-elected in District 36 in New Port Richey two […]

  • UCF-HCA Announce New Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

    2018-11-08 11:10:14

    The UCF College of Medicine and HCA Healthcare have received approval for their 24th graduate medical education program — a new Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program based at Ocala Regional Medical Center. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medicine Education (ACGME) approved the one-year program for two fellows per year. The program is seeking immediate applicants […]

  • Voting is Just the Beginning 

    2018-11-08 10:49:49

    Dear Knights, I’m pleased that so many of you voted in Tuesday’s election. In fact, student voters helped set an early-voting record at UCF. And on Election Day, our student-voting location was busy from open to close. For many of you, Tuesday was the first time you voted. But voting is not the end of […]

  • Active-Duty Service Members Find Success in UCF Online

    2018-11-08 09:24:16

    Although they’ve never met, Rachel Riley and Eric Christiansen share a thread of connections as UCF students. They both come from military families. They both want to become teachers someday. And they both are among the 18 UCF students currently serving in the U.S. military while also pursuing degrees through UCF Online. The United States […]

  • K-12 Students Get Hands-On Civics Lesson With Mock Election

    2018-11-08 09:08:44

    More than 245,000 K-12 students got a hands-on lesson in civic duty this year through a partnership between UCF’s Lou Frey Institute and Kids Voting USA. The students were spread out across 28 school districts that hosted mock elections this year using a ballot that reflected all the statewide races. The ballot was editable so […]

  • College of Medicine Faculty Member Awarded for Innovative Learning Program

    2018-11-07 15:25:54

    Reach and impact are at the core of PILOT —  a program that gives promising biomedical sciences students opportunities to teach and do original research — and has earned a College of Medicine faculty member university recognition for his innovation. Dr. Robert Borgon, associate professor of medicine at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, received the […]

  • It’s Time to Push for Schools to be Places of True Excitement for Our Kids

    2018-11-07 09:00:19

    I can still see myself in my eighth grade English class. We are being asked to research a possible career. I pick lawyer because that seems like what is expected of me. But I have no interest in the law. I slump at my desk as the teacher drones on about the assignment, while I […]

  • UCF Researcher: Targeting Mutant Gene May Prevent Huntington’s Symptoms

    2018-11-06 09:10:07

    At 27, Danny Miller expected himself to be his company’s “young gun” diesel mechanic. But then he began noticing involuntary muscle movements in his face, hands and feet. He felt weak. His memory was fading. Doctors gave him a heartbreaking diagnosis: Huntington’s disease, an incurable neurodegenerative disease that causes severe mood changes, cognitive decline and […]

  • UCF Researcher Launching into Microgravity with Blue Origin

    2018-11-05 10:22:47

    Julie Brisset, an associate scientist in planetary sciences at UCF’s Florida Space Institute, was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from NASA to study levitating dust clouds in microgravity. Brisset, who earned her doctorate in 2014 at the University of Braunschweig in Germany before becoming a postdoctoral fellow at UCF, will work with the aerospace manufacturer […]

  • 9 Things You Should Know Before Attending Spirit Splash

    2018-11-05 09:41:43

    UCF social media ambassador and senior radio-television major Sonali Prabhu from The Campus Knights along with senior event management major Ashley Aken from the Office of Student Involvement share their insight for a successful run of Nov. 9’s Spirit Splash at the Reflecting Pond. Spirit Splash has been recognized as the best university tradition in […]

  • Nursing Students Reignite Give a Bear Campaign

    2018-11-05 09:13:54

    With the help of alumni and the community, students from the UCF College of Nursing are looking to brighten up the holiday season for local hospitalized children in the form of a cuddly panda bear. In its second and final year, the “Give Thanks, Give a Bear” fundraiser enables the public to sponsor one – or an entire unit […]

  • Homecoming 2018 to Feature Games, Fireworks, Spirit Splash

    2018-11-02 16:59:37

    UCF’s Homecoming 2018 week begins Monday, Nov. 5, and will feature six days of events including comedy, fireworks, talent, Sprit Splash, football and basketball games and other activities. Here’s the schedule: Monday, Nov. 5, 8 p.m. – Comedy Knight starring Joel McHale and featuring Jaboukie Young-White and J.F. Harris. Doors open at the CFE Arena […]

  • 22 Faculty Inducted into UCF's Scroll & Quill Society

    2018-11-02 00:00:11

    Faculty Excellence recently inducted 22 new members into the UCF Scroll & Quill Society, recognizing both creative and research achievements from faculty members whose careers span more than 10 years at UCF. The Scroll and The Quill were separate societies in the 1980s at UCF; the scroll representing research achievement and the quill representing creative […]

  • UCF Class Spotlight: Political Psychology

    2018-11-01 10:32:56

    Class Name POS 4206 – Political Psychology Description The psychological analysis of political behavior, with emphasis on the individual rather than the political system; includes political attitudes and communication, leadership and personality influences on politics. When is it offered?
 Occasionally. How many students are in a class?
 Capacity of 50 Prerequisites
 None Instructor Gary Smith […]

  • Rosen College’s Founding Dean Wears Many Hats

    2018-11-01 09:00:57

    Abraham Pizam, the founding dean of UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, is a multi-faceted man. It’s something one of his students picked up on while he served as her dissertation chair. Marissa Orlowski ’16PhD, now an assistant professor at Rosen, gave him a shadowbox showcasing a variety of miniature hats representing the many areas […]

  • UCF Recognized for Programs Benefiting Transfer Students

    2018-11-01 00:00:13

    Two UCF programs to assist students transitioning to the university were recently recognized for their successes by the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition. The annual recognitions were presented to: Foundations of Excellence, a multiyear process with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, which is […]