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See how UCF academics and leaders intersect and collaborate with the community and others in making the world a better place.

Free Developmental Screenings for Children in Preschool, Elementary School in Parramore

The Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute brought together UCF students from the College of Community Innovation and Education and the College of Health Sciences and Professions, along with Nemours Children’s Hospital, to offer free developmental screenings and resources to students in the Rosen Preschool and the OCPS K-8 Academic Center for Excellence last week. The Parramore Education…

Applications Open for the 2021 Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Wellness Innovation Awards

Applications for the 2021 Pabst Steinmetz Foundation Arts and Wellness Innovation Awards are now being accepted. The two $25,000 awards, which seek to build sustainable models for arts and wellness innovation across the Central Florida community and UCF campus, are given annually to projects that are focused on interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of arts and wellness. Applications for 2021 are open through December 3. This year’s…

Distinguished Life Member Status Earns Professor Spot in American Ceramic Society Publication

The September edition of the American Ceramic Society’s (ACerS) Bulletin publication features Pegasus Professor Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D., one of three people recognized in 2021 as a Distinguished Life Member. Richardson will officially accept ACerS’ highest distinction at an awards banquet in October. The award recognizes a lifetime of achievement that has earned Richardson a worldwide…

A Guide to Health and Safety at UCF

Keeping UCF a safe place to learn, live, work and play is a team effort that requires each of us to look out for ourselves and one another. At UCF, there are resources in place to help you stay healthy and well physically and mentally, along with services in place to protect our campuses. Health…

4 Theatre UCF Alumni Seen on the Big Screen

From blockbusters directed by James Cameron to some of Disney’s biggest hits, chances are that you’ve seen Theatre UCF alumni on the big screen before — and you may not have even known it! Our alumni spend years perfecting their craft, performing at the university and with local productions during their time as students. Over the years, many have gone on to careers in television and film. Meet a few of the Theatre UCF…

5 UCF Alumni Named Among OBJ’s 2021 CEOs of the Year

The Orlando Business Journal singled out five Knights among their top 20 CEOs of the Year announced recently. The OBJ commended the honorees for their ability to adapt to the hardship the pandemic caused for businesses, caring for their employees’ wellness over the last 18 months and for “going above and beyond, showcasing innovative ways to encourage…

What to Know for the First Week and Start of Fall 2021 at UCF

As UCF returns to pre-pandemic operations this fall, knowing what resources, support, and events are available for students can help you prepare for a great semester. Here’s a list of some of the many things Knights can take advantage of. Academic Resources | Advising | Class Registration | COVID-19 | Dining Services and Food | Financial Aid | Health and Wellness | Parking and Transportation | Pegasus Palooza | Student Union | Technology | Textbooks | UCF Mobile App |…

How Becoming a Professional Star Wars Sandtrooper Changed My Life

In a world shaken by political divisions and a still-raging pandemic, it’s hard to find solace and self-worth amid the chaos. Fear not. TD-33348 of the Makaze Squad, Florida Garrison at your service to share my story in the hopes that you might become a volunteer in your community — because when we give back,…

ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Features UCF PTSD Clinic

GMA3, a program within ABC’s “Good Morning America,” on Tuesday featured UCF RESTORES’ mental-health support to first responders who worked to uncover the 97 victims of the Surfside condo collapse. UCF RESTORES works to change how we understand, diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The clinic’s high rate of success in treating PTSD in veterans, active-duty military personnel…

UCF Alum Urges Public to Get Vaccinated After COVID Story Makes Headlines

Ever since Terry Greear ’02 shared his harrowing story in a July 28 Facebook post about contracting the coronavirus earlier this year, the world has taken notice. Greear’s story has since appeared in CNN, WESH, the Orlando Sentinel and many other news outlets. His echoes his plea for everyone who is able to get vaccinated because he really can’t stress it…

UCF Programming Team Advances to World Finals

UCF’s Programming Team again proved themselves to be among the best, ousting dozens of universities from the United States and Canada to finish 19th at the North America championship round of the 2021 International Collegiate Programming Contest on Aug. 14. A total of 48 teams competed in this weekend’s championship, which was held virtually. The…

Early Career Exposure Plants Seeds for Fruitful, Award-Winning Career for CSD Alumna

From an early age, seeds were planted in the mind and life of Athanasia Svenning ’16 ’18MA, leading her to the field of communication sciences and disorders.  Her mother, a pharmacist, often spoke with her about entering the field. A family friend, who was a speech-language pathologist (SLP) shared her experiences with Svenning during their therapy sessions together to address…

Vanessa Ziccardi ’15 Receives ‘Emerging Leader’ Award from the Florida Physical Therapy Association

Vanessa Ziccardi ’15DPT is the 2021 recipient of the Emerging Leader Award from the Florida Physical Therapy Association. The honor recognizes physical therapists in Florida who demonstrate extraordinary service early in their career. After graduating from UCF, Ziccardi began her career in Palm Beach in the outpatient neurology setting and transitioned to her own business…

UCF Art Gallery 2020-2021 Exhibition Review

The UCF Art Gallery serves as a catalyst for visual arts experiences and education, culture and community engagement by providing a framework for intellectual and creative inquiry. In the 2020-2021 academic year, the gallery hosted exhibitions and programming both in person and online that examined cultural and social contexts while supporting contemporary art practices. Learn…

12 Animated, Fantasy and Superhero Films Made by UCF Grads

Some of the most critically acclaimed and beloved feature films of the last decade have been made possible through the work of UCF alumni who earned their degrees through the School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD). Animation Career Review recently ranked the SVAD No. 2 among the nation’s top public animation schools and colleges in 2021. UCF’s prestigious…

Armor Up and Get Vaccinated Before the Fall

This fall UCF will offer more of the in-person classes, services and experiences that contribute so much to student success. We want this to be a good and successful experience for you, and we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible if you have not done so already. Doing so is critical…

Surviving Earthquake Motivates UCF Grad to Make the Most of Her Life

Adecade has passed since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti, killing roughly 250,000 people and injuring another 300,000. Many who survived were forced to live among the aftermath in makeshift tents. Soon-to-be UCF graduate Bianka Paul was one of them. Paul, who is earning two degrees in psychology and criminal justice this semester, remembers much of that afternoon in…