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UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub Receives $500K to Expand Research

The UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub (PRRH) has been awarded $500,000 in funding to expand its research capabilities to better track key social and economic trends. The funding is part of the FY2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which supports a range of domestic and foreign policy priorities. “There is no better investment than education and research to understand…

Language Studies Connects SPSIA Student to Roots

For student Daniah Jarrah, studying Arabic holds much more power than bilingualism. Jarrah is studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan, with the Qasid Institute, which teaches both modern standard Arabic and classical Arabic. Jarrah notes that modern standard Arabic is the dialect that is used in the political and academic realm of the Middle East. With…

Get to Know Pageant Winner, Miss Universe Contestant: UCF’s Ashley Cariño

Growing up, Ashley Cariño was just as likely to watch an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as she was a Miss Universe pageant. She dreamed of working for NASA and wearing the Miss USA crown. The 27-year-old is now well on her way to achieving both goals. Cariño, an aerospace engineering student at UCF, won the title of Miss…

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…

Arecibo Observatory Makes Historic Announcement of First Female Director

The Arecibo Observatory has named Olga Figueroa Miranda as their new site director. The decision makes Figueroa Miranda the first female director of the observatory, as well as the first female Puerto Rican director. She started the new position this fall. “Olga has a unique inside understanding of the Arecibo Observatory as she has held several positions both…

The Honorable Harriet Elam-Thomas Retires from UCF

Harriet Elam-Thomas who directed the Diplomacy program at UCF, is retiring from the university. Some of her career accomplishments include serving as U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1999-2003; Chief of Mission to Guinea-Bissau; Acting director of USIA; Cultural attaché at the American Embassy in Athens; Country affairs officer for Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus; Director of…

Taking Steps to Support Our International Students

UCF is proud to be home to students, faculty and staff from more than 150 countries. The new federal guidance for international students has created uncertainty about the upcoming semester, on top of the financial and travel challenges already created by the pandemic. We are writing so that you know UCF is taking steps to…