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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 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…

Early Outreach Furthers UCF Downtown’s Commitment to Community

On an October day in 2022, Mindy Mozena, director for Enrollment Services at UCF Downtown, came to work dressed as Pete the Cat. It’s an unusual outfit choice for the professional who is usually wearing a blazer and high heels. But today is the campus’s second Book Character Parade and Mozena is laser focused on…

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,…

10 UCF Physicians Are Orlando Magazine’s 2022 Best Doctors

Ten UCF-affiliated physicians are honored this month in Orlando Magazine’s top physicians edition. The publication contains two lists — Top Doctors, compiled by Consumers’ CHECKBOOK, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and Premier Doctors, a peer-review study conducted exclusively for the magazine by an independent research company. Seven awardees are faculty physicians at UCF Health, the College…

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…

UCF Awarded American Physical Society Innovation Fund Grant

Giving Black women a stronger voice in the field of physics is the focus of a new American Physical Society (APS) award to the University of Central Florida. The two-year $198,100 APS grant funds a project titled “Journey to a PhD through the Lens of Black Women in Physics.” Its intention is identifying then removing…

2022 Holiday Card

Breaking through in 2022: Meeting challenges, advancing excellence and unleashing potential in building the University for the Future.

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…

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…

RE-U-KNIGHTED: SPORT BUSINESS ALUMS TEAM UP IN NFL

Detroit Lions’ Annual Thanksgiving Game Has UCF Flavor Nov. 23, 2022By ERIKA HODGES Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be the same without the Macy’s Day Parade, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and…the Detroit Lions. The Lions have played at home on Thanksgiving Day since 1934, only pausing during World War II. This year the historic holiday game will…

CHPS Welcomes New Communications and Marketing Director Heather Lovett

The UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences welcomes Heather Lovett as the director of communications and marketing. Lovett will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to help enhance the visibility and reputation of the College, engage community partners and recruit students and faculty members. She began in the position on Nov. 21. Lovett brings more…

8 Funds to Support at UCF Before the End of 2022

No matter how large or small, every gift is a chance to make a difference. With more than 340 funds to make a gift to at UCF, there’s plenty of great efforts, initiatives and programs to support. Here are just a few. ArboretumThousands of Knights explore the Arboretum’s trails every year, but it’s much more than…

UCF Will Reopen for Normal Operations on Saturday, Nov. 12

Thursday, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. Update Some services that ordinarily operate on holidays and weekends will begin to reopen Friday, Nov. 11, according to their scheduled holiday and weekend hours. Faculty and student researchers who wish to return to labs may do so tomorrow. Saturday classes will go on as scheduled Nov. 12. UCF Housing…

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 Celebrates Veterans Month with Campus-wide Events

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. To honor all who served our nation, UCF is hosting a variety of veterans events and activities throughout the month, both on campus and virtually. “Veterans Month at UCF honors Americans of all races, creeds, ethnicities, genders, classes, and sexual orientations and their contribution to the nation…

The India Center Hosts ‘An Evening with Kal Penn’

The India Center at UCF welcomed actor, writer, producer and public servant Kal Penn for a book reading and discussion on Sept. 26, 2022.  Associate Dean Kerstin Hamann, Ph.D., interim director of the India Center, and Leila Chacko, director of public affairs of the India Center, welcomed the speaker and the audience of approximately 300…