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Change Brings A New Era to UCF

Change comes in many forms. Sometimes we choose to do something different. We decide to move or maybe commit to eating healthier. Change can be as simple a new way to style you hair or can be as challenging as a new career. UCF Athletics saw change in a big way recently when the school…

UCF Hosts Spring Graduation Celebration, April 30 to May 9

UCF is excited to offer spring graduates and their families the opportunity to choose one of two in-person options to celebrate their achievements. Recognitions of graduates will occur April 30 to May 9. Spring 2021 graduates will have the option of either participating in UCF’s Grad Walk or their college’s in-person commencement. Both recognitions will…

UCF Lake Nona Medical Center Opens Full-service Acute-care Hospital

The UCF Lake Nona Medical Center opened March 1, bringing full-service, acute care to the growing Lake Nona community in a hospital that will also train the next generation of healthcare providers and support innovative medical research. Located next to the UCF College of Medicine in Orlando’s Medical City, UCF Lake Nona Medical Center provides 24/7 emergency care, comprehensive…

UCF Grads Helped Bring Pixar’s ‘Soul’ to Life

When UCF alums Teresa Falcone ’14 and Christopher Sanchez ’14 first looked at the storyboards for Pixar’s Soul, they had a gut feeling they were going to be working on something memorable. “You can tell it feels special, when you know that people are going to love the movie when it is released,” Sanchez says. “I could feel it when…

Reflections on Black History Month

As we continue to celebrate the many historical achievements of Black Americans, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the incredible accomplishments, conversations and events that have taken place in our UCF community this February during Black History Month. As Dr. Kent Butler shared earlier in the week, UCF’s diversity brings life to our campuses.…

UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival ’21 Goes Virtual

Jazz is all about improvisation and experimentation — and that is what the annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival will do when it improvises and goes all virtual Feb. 26-27. Performances for the 14th year of the event will be streamed from Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Winter Park (where UCF musicians will be shown) and…

Combating Xenophobia and Discrimination

Lunar New Year is a celebration characterized by unity and prosperity that ushers individuals into a fresh start. I am dismayed to read about the increase in violent incidents against Asian Americans, which has marred this year’s celebration. A recent research study found that more than 2,100 hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans occurred across the country…

UCF Alum’s Art Exhibit Celebrates Black Women Entrepreneurs

Sabrina Dessalines ’20 says it’s never been her intention to be a well-known artist — but her work may paint a different picture. After contributing to a viral collaborative mural in downtown Orlando last year, the self-taught artist now has her own exhibit that celebrates Black History Month and Women’s History Month at a local art…

Being Interested is Interesting

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, we all love to talk about ourselves. Many of us get excited discussing our dreams, desires, feelings or even the Netflix show we just binge-watched last night. Our social media is filled with updates and pictures of our favorite coffee, what we did during our vacation, or…

UCF Names 30 Under 30 Alumni Award Winners

UCF Alumni has announced its annual 30 Under 30 Award winners. These accomplished graduates were chosen for their great professional success, commitment to helping others and track record of giving back to UCF and their local community. “Every year, UCF Alumni’s 30 Under 30 classes are made up of extraordinary young alumni. This year’s class is…

Help Say Goodbye to Stress

Have you ever felt like life is moving too fast and you’re struggling to keep up? While stress may seem inescapable, there are steps you can take to help manage it: 1. Cut back on the coffee Caffeine can easily become the most important ingredient in a busy lifestyle. But too much caffeine can actually…

PHOTOS: UCF Lake Nona Medical Center Sneak Peek

On March 1, the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center, which was developed in partnership with HCA Healthcare’s North Florida Division, will begin to serve the local community and students at the College of Medicine. Located at 6700 Lake Nona Blvd., the newly completed teaching hospital began development in October 2018. The medical center will provide 24/7…

2 Business Magazines Honor Community Leaders with UCF Connections

I4 Business magazine and Orlando Business Journal recently recognized regional business leaders, including several with ties to UCF. Beverly Seay, chair of the UCF Board of Trustees, was placed on both lists. I4 Business Chair Seay, featured in the magazine’s cover story, was named the Business Leader of the Year as the magazine cited her leadership guiding both UCF…

UCF Hires ‘High-Energy’ Athletics Director Committed to Student-Athletes’ Success

Terry Mohajir, the University of Central Florida’s new vice president and director of athletics, has excelled at hiring coaches who win championships, raising the money for first-class athletics facilities and support resources necessary to be nationally competitive, and fulfilling a promise to guarantee a job or graduate school admission for every student-athlete who graduates. Mohajir,…

Learning to Parent in the Pandemic

“I don’t know how to be a parent in the real world!” I exclaimed to my husband. I was exasperated, but finally realized the root of recent frustration. The pandemic wasn’t letting me be a parent in public. At the start of shutdowns and social distancing last spring, my son was 19 months old and…

Celebrating the Lunar New Year

Once again in 2021, a time of new beginnings is upon us as the Lunar New Year looms Feb. 12, kicking off the Year of the Ox. 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…

7th Annual Healing Art Exhibition Showcases Social Justice Visibility

UCF’s seventh annual Healing Art Exhibition, curated by Counseling and Psychological Services in partnership with the School of Visual Arts and Design, will be held virtually on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The exhibition will feature a virtual art gallery and awards ceremony celebrating the 2D artwork created by students, alumni, faculty and…

Overcoming Fear

I remember my first week in Central Florida’s Police Academy like it was yesterday, even though it feels like a lifetime ago. It was the summer of 2007 and I was in my early 20s, 160ish pounds and over 6 feet tall. The physical training for police academies are structured like the U.S. Military Academy’s…