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Rising in U.S. News Rankings, UCF Advances Florida’s Workforce Through High-quality Online Programs

The University of Central Florida unleashes the potential of its students with high-quality degrees, faculty with strong academic and industry expertise, and multiple educational pathways that best position students for success while advancing Florida’s workforce needs. Online programs are a vital pathway for the approximately 73% of students enrolled in college who are considered nontraditional students.…

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…

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,…

A Trailblazing Ph.D. Student Marks First for UCF Nursing

When Kimberly P. Emery Rathbun ’17BSN walks across the stage at Addition Financial Arena on Friday to be officially hooded as “Dr. Emery,” she will mark a milestone in her career and at the UCF College of Nursing. Emery is the college’s first graduate of the BSN to Ph.D. program, an innovative program where nursing students interested in…

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…

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…

UCF Recognizes 6 Top Scholars as 2022 Luminary Award Winners

Six faculty members were lauded for being leaders and making impacts in their fields during UCF’s annual Luminary Awards on Tuesday at Leu Gardens in Orlando. The Luminary Awards are designed to recognize some of UCF’s brightest stars who shine a positive light on UCF and on their respective fields, as well as illuminate a…

Bank of America Awards UCF $250K Grant to Increase Hispanic/Latina/o/x Representation in Healthcare

bank of America has selected UCF as a preferred partner for a two-year $250,000 grant to support Hispanic/Latina/o/x students pursuing careers in healthcare through its Progresando Initiative. The initiative was created to help Hispanic/Latina/o/x students achieve upward economic mobility through careers in healthcare, while also helping to increase representation and address the shortage of culturally proficient, Spanish-speaking…

A Legacy Continues to Inspire New Generations of Knight Nurses

The biggest loss is those that will never be able to be taught by her,” says Clinical Coordinator Kate Dorminy ’06BSN ’10MSN of colleague and friend Joyce DeGennaro ’03, ’09BSN, ’13MSN. DeGennaro was an inspiration to all who knew her, impacting thousands of nursing students as an educator and advisor to the Students Nurses’ Association, and leaving a…

Supporting Hispanic Nurse Practitioners and the Health of Diverse Communities

The Hispanic and Latinx population continues to grow, and so do the healthcare disparities these communities face. Hispanic Heritage Month serves as a reminder of the importance of a diverse nursing workforce who understand these healthcare challenges and are uniquely positioned to help address them. That’s why alumna Veronica Sampayo ’13 established the Clinician Life Scholarship in…

UCF Ranks Among the Nation’s Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs

UCF continues to rise in the rankings for its nursing degree programs. In the 2023 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Central Florida is ranked No. 51 among the nation’s Best Undergraduate (BSN) Nursing Programs – the highest ranking in university history. “UCF’s College of Nursing continues to lead the charge in…

UCF Welcomes New Nursing Department Chair and Faculty Members

In addition to welcoming new cohorts of students who will help address the nursing shortage, UCF’s College of Nursing is welcoming a new department chair and new faculty members for Fall 2022 to educate future generations of Knight nurses. New Department Chair Azizeh K. Sowan, PhD, RN, MSN, MSDA, MBA, FAAN, was named the new…

Celebrating New Knight Nurses: Meet the Summer Class of 2022

Meet the newest cohort of Knight nurses. The Summer Class of 2022 celebrated the completion of their nursing degree at the College of Nursing’s professional recognition ceremony last night and will walk across the stage at Addition Financial Arena on Friday evening at UCF’s commencement. In total, UCF awarded 287 nursing degrees: 230 bachelor’s degrees (BSN), nine master’s…

New College of Nursing Building at Lake Nona Receives Approval

UCF’s College of Nursing would be able to graduate more nurses and nursing faculty, helping to combat the nation’s critical nursing shortage while fostering more innovation and collaboration with a new building at Lake Nona, Florida. The Board of Trustees this week approved the use of state allocated funds to begin the planning and design phase for…