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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 Teams up with Orange County, Rosen Hotels & Resorts to Provide ESOL Classes for I-Drive Employees

At 47-years-old, Franklin Perez does not mind being in a classroom setting. University of Central Florida instructors are helping this hard-working father and warehouse manager brush up on English. Despite his lack of proficiency, for the last 15 years, he’s worked at the Rosen Centre Hotel along International Drive. Originally from Dominican Republic, Perez’s limited…

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,…

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Creates $250K Endowed Scholarship to Support UCF Hospitality Students

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation (MVW) has made a $250,000 donation to establish an endowed scholarship for students who attend the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management. The scholarship will be known as the Stephen P. Weisz Endowed Scholarship in Hospitality Management Fund, in honor of the retiring chief executive officer of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. Inspired…

Faculty and Staff Members of the Year Honored at UCF Rosen College Retreat

The annual back to campus gathering of UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management faculty and staff was a time for updates about the fall 2022 semester to come, and to recognize faculty and staff members for their accomplishments.  As is the annual tradition, Rosen College recognized exemplary faculty, staff and associates with an Employee of…

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Again Named Nation’s Best

UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management has once again ranked as the premier hospitality and tourism program in the nation, as rated by the ShanghaiRankings listing of 500 of the world’s top universities. For the third year in a row, the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022 ranked Rosen College’s hospitality program No.1 in the nation…

Turning Events into Careers

Aquestion looms larger for every time Selina Mullenax ’12 says, “I love my job.” She repeats the phrase three times in the first five minutes of a conversation about her work at CORT Events. Mullenax uses words like “exciting” and “fun” to describe how she personalizes furniture and decor for clients. “We have to be creative,” she…

Merendino Memorial Wine Scholarship Awarded to UCF Rosen College Student

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management is proud to announce that the first Merendino Memorial Wine Scholarship has been awarded to Carlos Castro-Wetzstein. This $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in Rosen College’s newly launched Beverage Management Certificate Program who demonstrates sustained excellence in educational performance and the study of wine. The certificate program…

4 UCF Researchers Named as Highly Cited Researchers for 2021

Four University of Central Florida researchers have been named highly cited researchers in their field for 2021 by analytics company Clarivate, based on data from Web of Science. The annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade.…

‘A Victory for All of Us’: First-gen Grad Breaks Barriers

When first-generation student Theresa Kieu ’21 crossed the stage to receive her degree in hospitality management from UCF, she had never seen her parents’ eyes so lit up. “It was kind of the first step in breaking that generational curse. …There is no greater feeling. It meant the past four years weren’t for nothing — all that…

UCF Hospitality and Transportation Programs Rank Among World’s Best

UCF has once again ranked among the premiere hospitality and transportation programs in the world, according to ShanghaiRanking’s 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, which assesses 500 of the world’s top universities. For the second year in a row, UCF’s hospitality and tourism programs ranked No. 1 in the nation and No. 2 in the…

UCF’s Hospitality School Ranks Among World’s Top 5 — Again

For the fifth consecutive year, UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management is ranked among the top five best hospitality and hotel management schools in the world, by CEOWorld magazine. The college, which is less than 20 years old, ranked fifth for 2021, among colleges and universities that have been in existence for more than 50 years, such…

UCF Research Shows Vacation Home Rentals Boost Florida’s Economy by $27+ Billion Annually

A new report by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management shows the economic impact of Florida’s vacation home rental industry exceeds $27 billion. “Our research confirms that Florida’s lodging industry for vacations, beyond traditional hotels and resorts, which include rentals like houses, apartments and condos, boosts the economy significantly. Renters remain in the…

Making Holiday Treats with Bite Knights

Bite Knights aims to inspire college students to experiment in the kitchen and try new dishes. The series encourages students that there’s no right or wrong way to cook, as long as you are having fun and staying safe. In this episode, UCF Social Ambassador and Bite Knights host Christopher D’Andrea is joined by two…

Master’s Degree Program Coordinator Honored with Dean’s Star Award

On Friday, September 4, 2020, Dr. David Kwum was honored with the Dean’s Star Award. Dr. Kwun has been a faculty member at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management since 2006 and took on the role of Master’s Degree Program Coordinator at the start of 2020 as the program rapidly expanded. Dr. Kwun received his…

UCF Grad Named Executive Director of Legacy Pointe at UCF

Legacy Pointe at UCF, a UCF-affiliated life care retirement community has named Josh Smith ’04 as its new executive director. “From his beginnings in the culinary service to his in-depth management experience, to his passion for UCF, he’s the perfect match.”— Bob Holmes Smith, who graduated with a hospitality management degree from UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management,…

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management Named Nation’s Best, 2nd in World

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management was ranked this week as one of the premiere hospitality and tourism programs in the world, as rated by ShanghaiRankings’ listing of 500 of the world’s top universities. The ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 also ranked Rosen College’s program No.1 in the country. The college has seen…