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Arts at UCF keep the enjoyment of making music alive at FMEA

Previously attending the Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Professional Development Conference by performing in the All-State Choir when she was in middle and high school, sophomore music education major Adriana DuPont said she was inspired to pursue her love of making music.  She said her passion for the arts emerged from the teachers who introduced her…

UCF Medievalist Receives Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities

stereotype about the Middle Ages is that medieval people were obsessed with hell: manuscript images are full of demons torturing naked souls, and visions, like Dante’s Inferno from the Divine Comedy, remain enduringly popular to this day. Why were medieval people so fixated on hell? Stephen Hopkins, assistant professor of English, argues that it’s because hell was a…

UCF’s Traveling Theatre Program Brings Magic to Children’s Hospital

Students and faculty in the School of Performing Arts and the College of Nursing discussed their collaborative efforts to bring theatre to hospitalized children with News Channel 6. Bruce and Jeffrey Gould created the Jeanette M. Gould Traveling Theatre Fund at UCF as a way to honor their mother’s love of theatre and respect for the…

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Once again in 2023, a time of new beginnings is upon us as the Lunar New Year begins Jan. 22, kicking off the Year of the Rabbit. A solar year — the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun — lasts around 365 days, while a lunar year, or 12 full cycles of the…

UCF’s 30 Best Photos of 2022

Here’s a look at some of the most memorable photos of the year. Forward CJ Walker prepares to score in the Addition Financial Arena. UCF defeated Memphis 74-64. Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor Salvador Almagro-Moreno studies the emergence and evolution of bacterial pathogens. English alum and applied sociology graduate student Shawn Welcome ’17, who is  Orlando’s second poet laureate,…

How to Celebrate Kwanzaa in 2022

Since it was established in 1966, Kwanzaa has been celebrated every year from December 26 through January 1 by African American families. This holiday is inspired by the start of the harvest season in Africa, and comes from the word “first” in Swahili. Donald Harrell, an adjunct Africana Studies professor, shared with Women’s Health that the holiday was created…

Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Wellness Innovation Award Winners Enhance Mental Health Resiliency

The arts and humanities have a unique power to resonate with the human soul across time, place and socioeconomic status. When this power is harnessed by the community through sustainable, evidence-based and cross-disciplinary initiatives, the potential for positive human impact is limitless. Based on this idea, the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Innovation Award gives…

UCF Choir and Orchestra Kick off the Holidays with “Knights Season of Joy”

Without snow, (or even a cool breeze) to usher in December, how do central Floridians get into the holiday spirit? For many of us, that sentimental feeling starts when we hear seasonal tunes streaming in from storefronts, commercials and car radios. Family holiday traditions also serve to awaken pleasantly warm memories when December rolls around…

Director of UCF’s Themed Experience Programs Wins a 2022 TEA Award

Peter Weishar, director of UCF’s themed experience graduate programs, received a Peter Chernak Distinguished Service Award from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) for his educational and volunteer service to the themed experience industry. Weishar is one of 20 recipients from around the world to receive a 29th annual award from the TEA, announced on Nov. 15 at…

Making Dreams into Reality: How Three Character Animation Students Started Their UCF Careers in Highschool

From a young age, Isabella Moreno, Delaney Kreidler and Casey Mueller have dreamed of telling impossible stories through moving pictures. Today, all three students are launching their careers at UCF’s nationally ranked character animation program. Growing up in Orlando, Mueller and Kreidler were close friends. The pair got their start in middle school making short animations using…

Associate Professor Ann Gleig Awarded Fellowship for Research on Buddhism

Ann Gleig, associate professor of Religion and Cultural Studies at UCF, has been selected as McGill University’s Numata Visiting Professor for the Fall 2023 term. This fellowship is awarded annually to distinguished Buddhist Studies professors around the world. Gleig sets a new precedent as the first professor who researches Buddhism in the U.S. to be…

Limbitless Solutions Wins 2022.ORG Impact Award in Health and Healing Category

Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit direct support organization at the University of Central Florida that increases accessibility and empowers children and adults in the limb difference community, has won the global 2022.ORG Impact Award in the Health and Healing Nonprofit category. The selection was announced Tuesday by the Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit that operates the .ORG Family…

UCF Students Win 2022 Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl

On Saturday, Nov. 5, the UCF Ethics Bowl team did it again. The team of five undergraduate students won the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl for the second time in the last three years, with a final performance record of five-to-zero. They will go on to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl next weekend at…

Philanthropy Helps Innovative Program Bring Joy to Hospitalized Children

a new program made possible by philanthropists Bruce Gould and Jeffrey Gould will help bring more joy and laughter to children in extended hospital stays. The Jeanette M. Gould Traveling Theater Fund honors their mother’s love of the theater and her longtime support of the nursing profession. In its “opening run” this semester, the fund pairs students in theatre studies in creative…