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‘Financial Independent Partners’ Team Wins Summer 2021 Capstone Competition

The champions of the summer semester’s Great Capstone Case Competition won over the judges with their proposal for sponsor FAIRWINDS Credit Union to implement a new communications strategy and add branches in growing areas of Central Florida. The Financial Independent Partners Team of Julio Allen, Spencer Dubay, Matthew Lawson, Tyler Gill, and Stacy Helman earned…

High Costs and Low Supply from Post-Pandemic Surge to Ease Soon, Economist Predicts

Recent gasoline shortages and big jumps in the cost of living are only temporary, says national economist and Director of UCF’s Institute for Economic Forecasting Sean Snaith. Unleashed pent-up demand, coupled with insufficient supplies to meet the post-pandemic surge, has sent prices soaring. These disruptions are expected to ease over the next few months, along with the…

Rude Behavior at Work Not an Epidemic, UCF Study Shows

Rude behavior at work has come to be expected, like donuts in the breakroom. Two decades of research on employee relationships shows that 98 percent of employees experience rude behavior at work, but now a new study suggests a large majority of workplace relationships are not characterized by rudeness. Isolated incidents of rude behavior at…

Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins Elected Chair of UCF Board of Trustees

UCF alumnus Alex Martins ’01MBA, CEO of the Orlando Magic, was selected as the new chair of the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote by his fellow board members Thursday. He will serve a two-year term as chair beginning July 1. Harold Mills, an Orlando entrepreneur who also has held executive…

Student Team ‘Cash Money’ Takes Great Capstone Case Competition to the Bank

Team Cash Money LLP hit the jackpot at this semester’s Great Capstone Case Competition with their recommendation that competition sponsor Verizon bring its technological prowess to the construction industry. The team of graduating business students Ricardo Viloria, Graham Sock, Michael Hernandez and Chloe Childer took home $2,500 in scholarship funding, thanks to Verizon, for earning the top spot in the competition,…

The Three P’s of Preparation: Finals Week Tips

Finals week is creeping up on us, and it is important to begin preparation. Moving to online classes in these past semesters has been a transition for everyone, and it may have led to some bad habits that students need to break out of to reach their full potential on finals. These psychological, physical and…

Eco-Friendly Activewear Wins 2021 UCF Joust New Venture Competition

When UCF materials science and engineering students Mason Mincey and Derek Saltzman became fed up with plastics and synthetic fibers in athletic wear, they developed an entirely new fabric to solve the issue. The two students’ environmentally friendly clothing material and their company, Soarce, earned the top prize at the Joust New Venture Competition, UCF’s version of Shark…

UCF Business Grad Commits $250,000 to First Generation Scholarships

A $250,000 gift from Jessica Blume ’80 and her husband, Ken, will support a scholarship program for business students who are the first in their families to attend college. This commitment, which marks the largest single gift in the history of the UCF Day of Giving campaign, will provide greater opportunities for first-generation students to graduate from…

Piccolo Named to Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando Board

Ron Piccolo, Ph.D., Chair and Galloway Professor of Management, Department of Management at UCF College of Business, was recently named to the executive board of directors for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO). Piccolo joins a talented group of leading Orlando and national executives that includes: Chair: John de Armas, CEO, Profitland…

Industry Adjunct Faculty: The X Factor

Adjunct faculty represent 57 percent of university instructional employees nationally. What often gets overlooked by some, however, is the value this demographic adds to many stakeholders, most importantly the student academic and professional-development experience. But there are many important investments that adjuncts bring to higher education. The bottom line is that adjunct faculty from the…

Historic Recovery Ahead for U.S. Economy in 2021, Predicts UCF Economist

Fueled by a release of pent-up economic demand, unemployment will decline and Americans will spend more money through 2021, says Sean Snaith, renowned economist and director of UCF’s Institute for Economic Forecasting. While consumer spending shrank by 3.9 percent in 2020 amid the recession, the institute’s first-quarter U.S. forecast predicts spending will accelerate to an…

KPMG Names Khim Kelly to Endowed Professorship

Professor Khim Kelly recently added the title of KPMG Professor of Accounting to her achievements. Kelly, who joined the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting in the College of Business in 2016, teaches courses in financial and managerial accounting. Her research focuses on the design of performance measurement, evaluation and compensation practices in organizations. Her…

Alumni Spotlight – Molly Meyers, ’09 & ’16

As a program manager for Google in New York City, Molly Meyers says she uses the skills she learned in the UCF College of Business Evening MBA program every day. The two-time UCF alumna who earned her MBA in 2016 is our UCF Alumni Spotlight. Meyers first graduated from UCF with a B.S. in Anthropology…

Lifelong Dream Awaits UCF Grad at Super Bowl

Adecade ago when Joey Nelson ’15 applied to UCF, he submitted a personal essay about the leadership style of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris. He once wrote poetry for a class assignment inspired by a play-by-play call from a Bucs game day radio broadcast. He spent his Sundays in college traveling to Tampa to…

I Turned My Love for Hip-hop into My Dream Job

During our recent holiday break, my childhood friend Jeff Pecot gave me a cherished gift that we both grew up with, an Odyssey video game console. Jeff and I had a routine during our middle school days in the early 80s. After we raced to the crib on our Schwinn bicycles, we did our homework…

UCF Entrepreneur, Joust Winner Completes Prestigious Techstars Fellowship

Since Rafaela Frota won the UCF Joust New Venture Competition in 2019, her nutrition-assistance app Wawwe (We Are What We Eat), secured a major investment deal, earned a contract with the nation’s largest hospital network and recently completed the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars Fellowship program. The fellowship gave Frota access to workshops, support and mentorship…

Bosses Need Appreciation, Too

’Tis the season to be grateful, even for your boss, according to a recent University of Central Florida study that suggests when supervisors feel appreciated, it gives them a boost of energy and optimism. In the end, that’s good for employees and the organization’s bottom line. “Based on theory, we knew feeling appreciated by another…

Alumni Spotlight – Socrate Exantus ’00

Socrate Exantus ’00 is a successful entrepreneur, business owner, Amazon best-selling author and world traveler. Yet his passion for learning – and real estate – continues to grow. Already a licensed real estate broker and instructor, the energetic UCF alum is pursuing his Professional MSRE at UCF. Exantus is the CEO and owner, along with wife…