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Posted by Jennifer Karpinski on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 2:49 PM

From learning new routines to understanding graduation requirements to finding their way around campus, incoming freshmen have a lot on their minds. But there's an essential element to starting out that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle; becoming financially literate. Without this crucial knowledge, students risk making financial errors that are costly hurdles to overcome.

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A fun-filled week for your student!
Posted by Paige Phillips on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Pegasus Palooza is the University of Central Florida's official Welcome Week, taking place during the first week of Fall classes, August 18th-August 26th! Pegasus Palooza is geared towards connecting students to the UCF community and instilling a sense of pride and in both new and returning students. During Pegasus Palooza, many of UCF's departments and agencies work together organize a week full of fun and educational events for students!

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SARC's Academic Coaching program offers students individualized academic support and scholarship opportunities.
Posted by Paige Phillips on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 9:49 AM

For first-year students, attending one of the largest universities in the United States can be both exciting and intimidating. It's often easy to get lost in the ocean of students that populates the campus, and overwhelmed by the sheer number of clubs, events, and resources. Whether a first-year student, transfer student, or upperclassmen approaching challenging higher level courses, many students discover that they need to adjust their study skills -- or adopt new ones.

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We invite all first year out-of-state students to attend our OSSM Signature Events for the Fall semester.
Posted by Jennifer Karpinski on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Hey OSSM Parents!

Make sure you student saves the dates below! We invite all first year out-of-state students to attend our OSSM Signature Events for the Fall semester. Our events give your student an opportunity to connect with other out of state students, explore the Orlando area, and receive discounted tickets to theme parks! Signs ups for the OSSM Signature Events are open and can be accessed through the links below. Each event has a limited amount of spaces, so make sure your student reserves their spot before it’s too late.

If you have any questions about OSSM Signature Events, please contact Tiara Anderson at Tiara.Anderson@ucf.edu.

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Moving into the dorms is a truly exciting time for students. It's their first chance to experience life beyond the nest, and their first introduction to life on campus.
Posted by Paige Phillips on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Preparing for move-in day should be a fun experience. But, it's also a teachable moment when students can learn a little about frugality and strategy. After all, there's a delicate balance to strike between being practical, expressive and homelike; all while optimizing space, cooperating with roommates and staying on budget.

To help students kick off campus life on the right foot, here are six hacks for decking out a dorm without overspending:

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SARC's Academic Coaching program offers students individualized academic support and scholarship opportunities.
Posted by Jennifer Karpinski on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 2:19 PM

For first-year students, attending one of the largest universities in the United States can be both exciting and intimidating. It is often easy to get lost in the ocean of students that populates the campus, and overwhelmed by the sheer number of clubs, events, and resources. Whether a first-year student, transfer student, or upperclassmen approaching challenging higher level courses, many students discover that they need to adjust their study skills; or adopt new ones.

Enter the Academic Coaching and Engagement (ACE) program. Created to support all undergraduate students, the ACE program provides one-on-one sessions with Academic Coaches. Coaches are UCF students who have a 3.0 or higher GPA and have been trained as learning skill specialists. Their primary purpose is to support students in every capacity, and act as a bridge that connects the student to the university. Coaches do this by helping ACE participants identify their strengths and areas for growth, then guide them in developing the necessary life and academic skills to succeed in their endeavors. Coaches often determine their individual purpose in the role with inspiration from their own experiences and their interactions with students. "On a superficial level, I was there to teach students how to study and perform well in school. However, I felt like my larger purpose was to instill confidence in my students and show them they can be successful in any facet of life," said Academic Coach Brysson Phan.

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A message from Career Services
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:40 AM

Gaining experience with diversity and inclusion can strengthen your student’s global mindset, which currently is highly prized in the workplace. An ability to speak another language, a study abroad experience, or volunteer work with people who are different shows employers your student has an ability to understand and appreciate another culture. In turn, this provides them essential communication and teamwork skills necessary in all workplace environments.

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Join the OSSM Living Learning Community
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2:36 PM

We invite all first year out-of-state students to live in our Living Learning Community (LLC) in Neptune!

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Is your student in need of a MAJOR?
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 1:57 PM
Students needing additional major and career exploration may benefit from taking the MyPlan Career Assessment through the Career Services website.

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August 20, 2017 will mark the 5th year anniversary of UCF becoming a smoke free campus.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12:49 PM
In 2012 UCF joined over 700 colleges and universities from around the nation as having either a tobacco and/or smoke-free policy in place. Today, there are now at least 1827 100% smoke-free campus sites. Of these, 1536 are also 100% tobacco-free, 1400 also prohibit e-cigarette use and 701 also prohibit hookah use.

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A message from Career Services
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:14 AM

For career planning, demonstrating resilience is an essential skill your student will need to navigate the many ups and downs of the job search process. Perhaps they did not get the job or internship they wanted, or experienced a poor interview, or even received a negative performance evaluation. Sometimes during career planning, students discover that the dream career they’ve had since childhood is no longer an option due to poor performance in a required class, or maybe they experienced an injury with long-term effects on physical or mental ability. How will you and your student respond to these and other pressures?

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Applications are available now.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 2:22 PM
The Think 30 campaign was created to encourage UCF students to complete 30 credit hours each year with the goal of a timely graduation that minimizes the expense of a college degree.

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By: Elizabeth A. Manuel, Interim Associate Director, First Year Experience
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 2:01 PM
April is Financial Literacy Month and it is a topic that is being taken to heart at the University of Central Florida. Students have a lot on their mind from maintaining grades, staying involved or pursuing internships, and ultimately continuing their time at UCF by funding their education. Every student has a different situation, but one thing remains constant; the importance of making educated financial decisions. PEGASUS, the Magazine of the University of Central Florida, recently featured a story regarding one major aspect of Financial Literacy: “Breaking Down Student Debt.” On average, UCF students owe less debt overall and 74% of UCF students are currently working full-time.

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Out of State Student Mentoring Program
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Hello OSSM Parents!

Spring Break is upon us here at OSSM. After students come back from their break, we have some opportunities for them to participate in.

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Deadline is March 22, 2017
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 1:16 PM

A withdrawal is an option for students to remove themselves from a course after the add/drop period ends. A withdrawal from a course should be a consideration if a student is not achieving solid “C” work by the withdrawal deadline. When a student withdraws from a course, a “W” will appear on their transcript but it will not impact their GPA. The student will not receive a course refund.

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Each year, UCF hosts a full week dedicated to informing students about safety precautions and the resources available to them on campus.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:21 AM

This year, Safe Knight Week will be held March 6 through March 10. This week-long event brings awareness to safety, physical and sexual health, wellness, mental health, violence prevention, alcohol and other drugs, high risk behavior, sexual assault, and creating a welcoming campus. The event is a partnership with UCF Police Department, Security and Emergency Management, Student Care Services, Student Government Association, Student Health Services, Recreation and Wellness Center, and Wellness and Health Promotions Services. Encourage your students to attend one of the events for this useful information!

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The Student Academic Resource Center wants you to know about our new program, Academic Coaching and Engagement (ACE)!
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:16 AM

The ACE Program facilitates academic success among undergraduates by providing FREE one-on-one, ongoing peer coaching. Academic coaches help program participants develop important academic and life skills such as organization, time management, goal setting and study skills, which are necessary to ensure satisfactory academic progress. If your student is having a challenging semester, struggling to stay motivated, or just wants to raise their academic game then this is a great opportunity!

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Out of State Student Mentoring Program
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 3:56 PM

Happy New Year, OSSM parents! As 2017 begins, we here at OSSM are looking forward to another semester with our students. Here are some opportunities we have for them coming this semester.

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A message from First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE).
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 3:30 PM

If your student hasn’t done as well as they had hoped in a class this past semester they might consider using grade forgiveness for that class in the spring semester.

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Starting in late fall and ramping up in the spring, area apartment complexes start trying to fill vacancies for the following academic year, even though those leases won't begin until August!
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Leases are enforceable from the moment they are signed. Florida does not have a cancellation period in which students could cancel the lease without financial consequences (though one may be provided for in the lease). The rights and obligations of a student (and her/her guarantor-often a parent) can vary widely depending on whether a student is renting at a student apartment complex, at a traditional apartment complex or a home or condo.

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Out of State Student Mentoring Program
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Hello OSSM Parents!

Winter is coming, meaning the end of the Fall semester! Before your OSSM student begin their winter break, here are upcoming opportunities for them.

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Associate Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 3:42 PM

Greetings,

It’s only been three months since the University of Central Florida’s fall semester began and we are quickly approaching the end of the term. I would like to take a moment and thank all family members and friends who support the academic goals of our students. During the summer and fall semesters, we transition approximately 14,000 new Knights who are now pursuing their undergraduate degree at UCF. We are extremely thankful that you entrusted the faculty and staff at UCF to help prepare students for an exciting and fulfilling future. Rarely do students succeed in school on their own and it is through the support of family and friends that the dream of earning a college degree becomes a reality.

As we approach finals week and start planning for the spring term, I want to share the following information with you:

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It's time for Study Union!
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 2:14 PM

As we approach final exam week at UCF, we would like to invite students to use the many academic support services available through SARC, including Study Union.

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The time to renew housing for 2017-18 is almost here!
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Space for returning residents is limited. It is VERY IMPORTANT that your students will be ready. Applications open on January 10th, 2017.

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Here is a special message from FYAE
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 12:51 PM

The winter break is fast approaching. You are probably looking forward to a visit from your student soon. Before they come home, they need to finish planning for next semester.

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The Office of Transfer and Transition Services (TTS) was awarded funds to support their UNITE program.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:48 AM

The UNITE (Unlocking a Network of Intentional Transfer Engagement) program seeks to provide a platform to enhance transfer student involvement at the University of Central Florida. The program will select and train six transfer students to be Ambassadors, leading engagement efforts for the office of Transfer and Transition Services.

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Here is a special message about the end of the semester from UCF Cares.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 10:47 AM

As the semester comes to a close, UCF Cares wants to make sure your students are feeling supported. The end of a semester can be a busy time for students as finals week approaches. UCF Cares offers many resources and information to assist students as needed.

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Out of State Student Mentoring Program
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Hello OSSM Parents!

We hope you're having an OSSM Fall!

We love providing OSSM opportunities for your students to get involved with their community. With that in mind, here are upcoming opportunities for your students.

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Parents, please encourage your Knights to get their flu shot if they haven't already.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 2:47 PM

Flu season is here and with UCF being one of the largest populated universities, the chances of your Knights being exposed to the flu are guaranteed. Your student should receive the flu shot each year to avoid up to 2 weeks of recovering! Flu season peaks right around finals time, so make sure they are protecting themselves!

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The Office of the First Year Experience (FYE) was awarded funds to support the UCF Common Reading Program and the Common Reading Speaker, Luma Mufleh.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10:36 AM

FYE reestablished the Common Reading Program for UCF's First Time in College (FTIC) students Summer 2014 with the intent to engage FTIC students in dialogue around a relevant topic, while creating a sense of community among incoming students. Each student receives the Common Read book over summer and then has the opportunity to participate in book related events during the academic year. Additionally, the Common Reading will be integrated into several course curriculums.

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Out of State Student Mentoring Program
Posted by Erin Butler on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Hello OSSM Parents!

We hope you’re having an OSSM Fall!

We love providing OSSM opportunities for your students to get involved with their community. With that in mind, OSSM is forming a team to participate in Knight-Thon!

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The UCF Police Department reaches out to make you aware of a variety of scams and frauds impacting people around the country, including members of the UCF community.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Law enforcement are seeing an uptick in get-rich-quick schemes; phone and email scams that demand money in exchange for a loved one's safety; the theft of credit card numbers; and other similar fraudulent activity.

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UCF Cares has resources to help your students this mid-semester.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4:41 PM

Mid-semester can be a tough time for many students. With midterms occurring along with many activities and involvements being in full swing – students can at times feel overwhelmed and/or stressed. UCF Cares offers resources that can assist students with a variety of situations, including but not limited to the following:

- The student is no longer able to balance academic and personal responsibilities.

- The student has had an unexpected health issue and needs support.

- The student is requesting a class absence notice.

- The student has had an unexpected financial crisis and may lose housing or financial support.

- The student may want to become more involved or connected on campus.

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The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) is proud to announce a new program we are offering this fall semester.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 3:32 PM

The ACE Program facilitates academic success among undergraduates by providing FREE one-on-one, ongoing peer coaching. Academic coaches help program participants develop important academic and life skills such as organization, time management, goal setting and study skills, which are necessary to ensure satisfactory academic progress. If your student is having a challenging semester, struggling to stay motivated, or just wants to raise their academic game then this is a great opportunity!

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The deadline is Monday, October 31, 2016.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM

A withdrawal is an option for students to remove themselves from a course after the add/drop period ends. A withdrawal from a course should be a consideration if a student is not achieving solid "C" work by the withdrawal deadline. When a student withdraws from a course, a "W" will not appear on their transcript but it will impact their GPA. The student will not receive a course refund.

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Hosted by the Student Academic Resource Center
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2:20 PM

The Student Academic Resource Center is proud to announce its 13th Annual Learning Fair taking place Thursday, September 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. The Learning Fair aims to assist students in the development of personal and academic skills as well as increased awareness of learning support services, academic student organizations, honors societies/fraternities and other growth opportunities available at UCF.

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Out of State Student Mentoring Program
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 1:16 PM

Hi OSSM Parents!

We hope you enjoyed your summer and had an OSSM August! It’s time to plan for the OSSM Day at Disney! Every fall semester OSSM students have the chance to spend the day at a Walt Disney World theme park.

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Sixteen proposals have been chosen for the fund.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 11:37 AM

The Parent & Family Fund is an annual fund-raising effort that has established a tradition of parent and family support at UCF. Every year the support from more than 2,000 families help to create and enhance quality student programs and services. This fund ensures UCF’s academic excellence when programs require more funding than state funds and student fees allow. Click here to make a donation to the Parent & Family Fund.

This year, the fund was awarded $70,000 and a selection committee was formed to choose proposals that will be funded. Listed below are the sixteen chosen proposals that are supported by the Parent & Family Fund.

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Career Services hosts this bi-annual meeting to discuss current trends.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 2:46 PM

“I’ve learned more about UCF today than in the past two years of my role.” Said Ernesto Sosa, Senior Recruiter for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts who was one of eighteen employers that attended the Career Services second annual Employer Advisory Board meeting on July 14th, 2016. “The information we’re receiving today is a game changer.” This advisory board is made up of employers from across the Central Florida area. The primary mission is to create connections by strengthening the relationship between UCF and the Central Florida community which will increase the effectiveness of Career Services programming for UCF students, explained Veena Garib, Director of Employer Relations for Career Services.

The discussion was focused around current trends at UCF and beyond, best practices for recruiting on campus and how to create a better partnership for the future.

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UCF Accessibility = Technology for All
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 1:32 PM

In college, your student should expect to be reading, writing, researching, and taking notes regularly. Why not employ some technology to aid them with these essential tasks? Follow the paths below to find out how each tool can help. These resources are available to download by all UCF students.

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Out of State Student Mentoring Program
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 3:08 PM

Hey OSSM Parents!

We hope you’re having an OSSM summer! One of the main goals of our program is to assist the students with their transition to UCF and the surrounding community. With that in mind, we are preparing for our Orlando Bus Tour!

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UCF Cares is an umbrella of care-related programs and resources dedicated to fostering a caring community of Knights.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 2:58 PM

UCF Cares about our students! At UCF, we foster a caring community of Knights by asking all of our students, staff, faculty and friends to show they care about one another.

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Something for everyone as New Knights will have an opportunity to participate in the RWC's most comprehensive and diverse program schedule ever!
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:50 AM

Spinning and doing Yoga under the stars, an affordable trip to scenic beaches and rainforests in Costa Rica, playing Intramural Sports alongside Special Olympic athletes, watching the UCF football team while relaxing in a pool with friends and competing in several special events to win great prizes it's all part of the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center's most exciting year of programming ever.

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OSSM is a mentoring program to assist students who are new to Florida.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 10:21 AM

Welcome to OSSM! OSSM (pronounced “awesome”) is the Out of State Student Mentoring Program at UCF. We, in the OSSM Program, understand that going to college in a new state can be a little intimidating, but have no fear because OSSM is here!

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Dining Memberships for UCF students
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 12:03 PM

UCF Dining Services has a variety of Dining Membership options for students throughout the academic year.

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A Special Involvement Opportunity for Knight Parents.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Incoming parents—we invite you to learn about the university’s official parent leadership board, the Parent & Family Philanthropy Council.

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It is a 3-credit elective course designed to assist students in transitioning to the university and collegiate life.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 9:40 AM

SLS 1501 helps students build a strong academic foundation by developing important life and study skills, while investigating services and resources UCF has to offer. In a small classroom setting, It helps students reflect upon why they are in college and how they will succeed.

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The Parent and Family Fund supports Transferring into Professional Success (TiPS), which assists multicultural transfer and first generation students.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:57 AM
The office of Multicultural Academic and Support Services (MASS) in collaboration with the office of Transfer and Transition Services (TTS) has created a train-the-trainer program entitled Transferring into Professional Success (TiPS) to assist multicultural transfer students in their transition to UCF, while engaging them in intensive professional development opportunities that will contribute to career readiness.

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A program to provide students with information and resources that enhance their financial knowledge and equip them to make sound financial decisions.
Posted by Erin Butler on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 1:14 PM

The Office of Student Financial Assistance has created a financial literacy initiative to provide students and other members of the university community with resources to help our student body become more financially knowledgeable.

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Message by Chief Richard Beary, UCF Police Department
Posted by Erin Butler on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:39 PM

On April 26, the UCF Police Department responded to the type of incident that no student, parent or faculty or staff member ever wants to hear about.

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The Parent and Family Fund supports Study Union as they enhance their online services.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 2:33 PM

The University of Central Florida Study Union Streaming Enhancement project aims to build on a partnership between the Student Academic Resources Center (SARC) and the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) by expanding existing student-run online academic services for students through the utilization of new state-of-the-art equipment.

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May 12th
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Summer is quickly approaching and so are job opportunities for your students! On the 12th of May, the Statewide Job Fair is returning to UCF at the CFE Arena from 10AM – 3PM.

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This information is courtesy of the Office of First Year Advising and Exploration (FYAE).
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 3:51 PM

A minor is a complement to a bachelor’s degree requiring anywhere from 18 to 32 credit hours of course work in a particular subject area.

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The Parent and Family Fund supports UCF Cares, which informs students about campus resources that fall under areas like Mental Health and Well-being.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 12:45 PM

UCF Cares is an umbrella of care-related programs and resources dedicated to fostering a compassionate community by building a culture of care one Knight at a time.

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This is feedback from the survey that was distributed in January issue of the Pegasus Parent Post
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 2:38 PM

In January 2016, we asked all parents to share their feedback on their UCF experience and where private dollars should be directed to enhance the UCF experience for all Knights. Many thanks to all the parents who participated—your feedback will be included in the Parent & Family Fund Granting process. In 2015, $100,000 was awarded to important programs on campus because of parent giving!

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The Bounce Back campaign provides students with personalized tips and tools for depression self-management.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Depression is a growing concern on college campuses. About 17 percent of students will experience some form of depression during their time in college. The Bounce Back campaign from UCF Cares offers students tips and resources for managing mild to moderate depression.

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Is your student taking courses back home over the summer?
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 10:36 AM

If the answer is yes, your student will need to fill out a Transient Form to get their course work approved by UCF.

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A Chance for Your Student to Work at UCF's Favorite Place to Play!
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 10:04 AM

If you’re student is looking for work in summer and fall 2016 why not work for one of the largest employers on campus, the UCF Recreation and Wellness Center. The RWC is looking for diverse, enthusiastic, and dedicated students who enjoy interacting in a positive environment with our members. Working at the RWC provides valuable work experience, certifications, leadership skills, learning opportunities and lasting friendships.

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Voices of Diversity presents UCF alumni who are first generation or underrepresented in higher education who have pursued or are currently pursuing graduate or professional fields.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 4:30 PM

This program focuses on UCF alumni who have successfully matriculated in professional or graduate school programs; as well as alumni who, after attending graduate or professional school, are currently practicing in their chosen field.

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New scholarships are available for students to apply for!
Posted by Erin Butler on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 3:28 PM

The UCF Alumni Association and the UCF Bookstore have scholarship opportunities that students can apply for and applications are available online.

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LinkedIn Partners with UCF to Pilot New Job-Search App
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 2:27 PM

UCF is partnering with LinkedIn to test a new job-search app that is focused on students and others about to enter the workforce. To launch the app, LinkedIn also is partnering with Arizona State University and San Jose State University for the pilot program.

The app will guide students through the job-search process that includes some UCF-provided career-related content. Students and staff from the three universities will be given early access to the app during the pilot in February. LinkedIn representatives will host an interactive campus visit that includes an opportunity for UCF students to get their photo taken for free by a LinkedIn professional photographer and learn more about the app from LinkedIn experts.

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Reach Your Health Goals in 2016 By Having A Back-up Plan
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 2:58 PM

We like to start off the New Year with grand plans on ways to better our health. But when we fall short of those goals, all we have left is a feeling of inadequacy. The problem is we don't account for life getting in the way.

This is why having a predetermined back-up plan is so important to keeping you on track. That way, when something unexpected happens, you still gain the health benefits you seek.

Here are some suggested back-up plans for those days when things don't go as planned.

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The Parent and Family Fund supports the Inspire Women's Leadership Program, which aims to provide leadership enhancement and empowerment opportunities for UCF women.
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 8:11 AM

Through networking, mentoring, personal development, and experiential training, UCF women students will be prepared to hold various leadership positions on campus and in the work arena. The Inspire program was created to work primarily with students who have completed at least 60 credit hours and are junior-standing or above while also offering campus wide opportunities for all UCF students to develop their leadership skills through programs focusing on women’s issues.

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Helping your student succeed this next semester.
Posted by Erin Butler on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 4:29 PM

2016 is finally here and that means a new semester for college students. Maybe your student has already set a New Year's resolution related to their success for the next semester. Here is a list of recommended goals students should consider as resolutions.

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Grade Forgiveness offers a student the opportunity to retake a course and earn a second grade that will be substituted for the previous grade.
Posted by Erin Butler on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 1:38 PM

If your student hasn't done as well as they had hoped in a class this past semester they might consider using grade forgiveness for that class in the spring semester.

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Thank you to all the generous parent donors who made a gift via our student Knightline callers this fall.
Posted by Erin Butler on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Because of your generosity, parents contributed $48,931 in cash and pledges to the Parent & Family Fund in support of important initiatives such as student tutoring, the Knights Helping Knights on-campus food pantry, and leadership development programs, among others. In addition, Parents have donated $1,224,732 in cash and pledges across UCF to various scholarships, colleges and departments since July 1 of this year.

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Associate Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services
Posted by Erin Butler on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Greetings,
It has only been three months since the University of Central Florida's fall semester began and we are quickly approaching the end of the term. I would like to take a moment and thank all family members and friends who support the academic goals of our students. During the summer and fall semesters, we transitioned over 14,000 new Knights who are now pursuing their undergraduate degree at UCF. We are extremely thankful that you entrusted the faculty and staff at UCF to help prepare these students for an exciting and fulfilling future. Rarely do students succeed in school on their own and it is through the support of family and friends that the dream of earning a college degree becomes a reality.

As we approach finals week and start planning for the spring term, I want to share the following information with you:

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A guide for when your college student returns home for the holiday break.
Posted by Erin Butler on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Greetings Knight Families!

As family members you play a crucial role in your student’s academic future at UCF. We know that parenting a college student means enjoying both exciting new experiences, and the occasional daunting trial.

This month, your student may be returning home for their first extended period of time since they left for college last summer. The return home can be a major adjustment for both students and their families. While you may have your own thoughts on how the family will spend the holidays, your students may not have the same ideas in mind. To help ease this transition, we would like to encourage you to engage in straightforward conversations with your student about your expectations of their return home. Will they have a curfew? Do you expect them to complete chores? Are there social engagements that you expect them to participate in? Conversations like these between parents and students are crucial, and they can also be extremely rewarding.

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Looking for the perfect gift for your student? We are here to help!
Posted by Erin Butler on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 12:05 PM

The holiday season is coming up and you may be searching for the perfect gift for your college student. We polled some students and wanted to share their recommendations:

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An update on what TTS has done this semester.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

We recently completed the recruitment and hiring process of our six 2015-2016 TiPS Transfer Leaders. The TiPS, transferring into professional success, Transfer Leader program seeks to educate multicultural transfer students on these skills while developing leadership, professional, and organizational skills of their own. Employers are seeking individuals that have more than just a degree to fill their positions. There are crucial skills that students need in order to be professionally marketable.

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Career Services has some advice to prepare for the next Career Expo
Posted by Erin Butler on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 10:12 AM

The UCF Career Expo has succeeded again as UCF's largest career event, executed by Career Services.

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Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2015
Posted by Erin Butler on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11:37 AM

A withdrawal is an option for students to remove themselves from a course after the add/drop period ends. A withdrawal from a course should be a consideration if a student is not achieving solid "C" work by the withdrawal deadline. When a student withdraws from a course, a "W" will appear on their transcript but it will not impact their GPA. The student will not receive a course refund.

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Written by staff from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Posted by Erin Butler on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:43 AM

The month of October can bring to mind multiple associations for people; autumn, pumpkin flavored food and drinks, and the beginning of the holiday season. To your college student, this month most likely means one thing, the dreaded mid-term exams. As a parent, you may be unsure how to help your college student to cope with the stress felt at this time of year.

This month may not be the first time your college student has expressed their stress to you since they began at UCF, but it may be the most intense yet. College classes are characteristic of fewer assignments and exams than in high school classes, contributing to the final grade. This can leave students feeling more pressure to perform well at mid-term time. Your support matters greatly and can help your college student get through this first round of mid-terms in their college experience. You play more of a role then you may have realized. Read below for helpful tips.


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The applications are now available!
Posted by Erin Butler on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Applications for the 2016 Orientation Team are now available via Knight Connect!

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Nearly 3,000 people attended UCF's Family Weekend events September 18th-20th.
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Many campus departments hosted events for students and family members to spend time together.

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Fall Semester is one of the busiest times on the UCF campus!
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:08 AM

As your student starts their college career or begins another semester as a Knight, several important career related events are happening around campus. Career Services is excited to help students as they approach graduation and tackle the prospect of a career. Employers will be on campus throughout the semester to connect with students.

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The new initiative to reserve tailgating spots.
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Parents who plan to watch the Knights take on Furman University at Bright House Networks Stadium during the upcoming Family Weekend should be aware of a new system to reserve some of the best tailgating spots on campus.

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Erin Butler
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 9:42 AM

Greetings Knight Families,
Welcome to our August Pegasus Parent Post! At the Pegasus Parent Program Office we believe that establishing a relationship with our Pegasus Parents and family members is an important part of launching a successful college experience for our Knights. This newsletter is part of our commitment to you, so that you, and therefore your student, will have knowledge of all of the great resources here at the University of Central Florida.

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Two upcoming events from the office of Transfer and Transition Services (TTS)
Posted by Erin Butler on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10:48 AM

During the month of August, the office of Transfer and Transition Services has two events for any student that transferred to UCF. These events are a great way for transfer students to get involved and learn more about the resources the university provides.

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Open enrollment ends Sept. 30!
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:07 PM

Greetings Parents! Did you know that young adults have the highest rate of uninsured of any age group? About 20% of young adults are uninsured, and a large portion of these young adults are college students. College students may think they're invincible, but they're human.

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The safety and security of UCF is the UCF Police Department's No. 1 job, and we ask that you and your student also embrace this responsibility.
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:07 AM

UCFPD officers patrol campus 24/7, including on weekends and holidays. UCFPD also offers a variety of free services and programs to encourage awareness and preparedness.

Here are some ways you and your Knight can get involved in campus safety.

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The Office of First Year Advising and Exploration welcomes you and your student to the University of Central Florida!
Posted by Ra'Von Cooper-Williams on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Your student’s first year in college is an important and special time in their adult lives.

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As students come back to campus for Summer B and the start of Fall semester, we want you to be aware of the registered Greek organizations at UCF that are also recognized by their national chapter.
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 3:16 PM

For your convenience these organizations are listed below by council. Fraternity and Sorority life is a great way to get involved as a Knight! For more information about a specific chapter or council and their recruitment or intake events, please visit http://fsl.sdes.ucf.edu.

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Pegasus Path is a plan to help students set goals for their future.
Posted by Erin Butler on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Pegasus Path is a university-wide curricular and co-curricular commitment that promotes academic and career or graduate school readiness for all UCF students.

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Completed by graduating seniors, this survey informs UCF about their employment and educational pursuits.
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Each semester graduating seniors are asked to complete a First Destination survey, as a graduation requirement, that lets UCF know about their employment & education pursuits after finishing their degree.

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The Pegasus Parent Program at the University of Central Florida will host the university's annual Family Weekend September 18-20, 2015.
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM

The main events for the weekend include a Friday Knight Welcome, Office of Student Involvement (OSI) Jazz Breakfast, UCF College Showcase, UCF Athletics tailgate, and the Furman vs. Knights football game. A detailed schedule of events can be found on the Family Weekend website (http://fye.sdes.ucf.edu/familyweekend/).

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The Statewide Job Fair on May 14, 2015 was a success for students and employers thanks to the Florida Career Centers consortium.
Posted by Erin Butler on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 2:58 PM

The Florida Career Centers consortium includes Career Services representatives from all 10 public universities in the State of Florid: UCF, USF, FSU, FAMU, UNF, UWF, FGCU, FAU, FIU and UF.

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UCF Hillel
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:44 PM

Central Florida Hillel at the University of Central Florida was recently selected as one of two Hillel’s in the country to pilot a Birthright Israel trip for incoming college freshmen.

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Gallagher Student Health and Special Risk
Posted by Erin Butler on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Gallagher Student Health and Special Risk, the insurance plan endorsed by UCF, is offering a scholarship for students going into health careers. Students do not need to be enrolled in the insurance plan to qualify.

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Student Accessibility Services
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 2:12 PM

SDS is excited to announce that it is changing its name to Student Accessibility Services (SAS) effective April 27, 2015.

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Using Personality Assessments
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Students needing additional major and career exploration may benefit from taking the MyPlan career assessment.

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May 14
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9:43 AM

Summer is quickly approaching and so are job opportunities for your students! On the 14th of May, the Statewide Job Fair is returning to UCF at the CFE Arena from 10AM – 3PM.

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Legal services provided to students at UCF
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Did you know that your student can get advice and assistance from an attorney for free?

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SGA funds Bike Share program
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 2:29 PM

The SGA Bike Share program at UCF recently celebrated its first year in operation and has had a tremendous impact on the UCF community.

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The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities has provided this guide for your use.
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 1:27 PM

From the JED Foundation, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities has provided this resource guide to you to help navigate and assist you with helping protecting your child's mental health.

Visit the OSRR website, http://osrr.sdes.ucf.edu/, and the Student Care Services website, http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/, for more information.

Professional Development Opportunities for Students at Career Services
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 1:17 PM

April is another busy month for Career Services. Come in and visit us!

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How to Select a Minor for your Major
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 1:12 PM

A minor is a complement to a bachelor’s degree requiring anywhere from 18 to 32 credit hours of course work in a particular subject area.

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The bicycle is king this week as UCF celebrates Bike Week 2015.
Posted by Erin Butler on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:24 AM

Bike Week will pack in a slew of bike-related activities, starting with a bicycle flash mob on Monday that organizers hope will bring together a sea of two-wheeled transportation.

Central Florida has long been recognized as a top destination for entertainment and hospitality, but the region offers much more.
Posted by Erin Butler on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 8:16 AM

It's also a burgeoning global center for health care and life sciences. Four pillars of the Central Florida business community are pleased to announce the launch of IQ Orlando, an innovation-focused business partnership concentrated on recruiting and launching life science companies. The University of Central Florida, Tavistock Group, AHG Group, and Florida Hospital will harness their collective strength to provide an ecosystem to grow early and mid-stage companies.

How to help your students stay safe
Posted by Joseph Deluna on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 9:41 AM

Brought to you by Wellness and Health Promotion Services, here are tips to keep your students safe during Spring Break.

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