On March 27, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainers will be offering suicide prevention training during the QPR a Thon – Suicide Prevention Training. The event will be held in the Student Union, Room 316AB beginning at 9 a.m. and with a new training starting on the top of each hour with the last training being offered at 2 p.m.
Finding the right classes can be stressful when it comes time to register, but a new tool makes building a schedule a breeze.
Students can use mySchedule Builder to design their dream course schedule.
Twenty-two University of Central Florida graduate programs were ranked in the top 100 in their respective fields by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of 2018 released Tuesday.
The University of Central Florida recently became the first public university in the state to offer students neurofeedback therapy, a treatment for various mental-health disorders that helps patients gain more control over their brain activity.
Multicultural Academic and Support Services hosted Excellence in Action, a recognition ceremony for multicultural and first generation college students and families
A record number of University of Central Florida students will volunteer their time on service projects abroad through the Alternative Break Program this spring break March 13-17.
The Asian Pacific American Coalition, Vietnamese American Student Association, and Multicultural Student Center present Asian Heritage Month. The events include guest speakers, cultural dances, network with business owners, and more. Come learn, explore and celebrate the Asian culture.
Pursuing a college education was not a big priority in Yaridma Tejada’s home when she was a youngster.
She said her immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic – her mom a high school graduate and her dad, who completed third grade – “never helped me with my homework assignments or seemed to enjoy reading or learning themselves.”
Bryce Nelson is excited he’s on track to graduate from UCF with relatively little student-loan debt.
The marketing junior relies on federal financial aid to cover tuition and housing, gets a little help from home, and has a campus work-study job. He’s on track to finish his undergraduate degree with less than $7,000 in student loans outstanding.
The UCF family and Central Florida community celebrated John C. Hitt’s 25th anniversary as the university’s president Wednesday with many presentations and a special award for the president and his wife, Martha.
On February 22, Career Services, in partnership with the Psychology Department, held the second annual Beyond the Degree – Careers in Psychology Panel in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom.
The National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association honored the Recreation and Wellness Center Marketing team with two Creative Excellence Awards at the NIRSA’s Annual Conference in Washington D.C.
March is Women’s History Month and several departments at UCF have organized events to commemorate the occasion.
February is National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day was the perfect time for UCF and Orange County Fire and Rescue to team up and publicly launch two new mobile apps aimed at saving lives. PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED will help smartphone users take important steps in helping any of the 350,000 people who annually experience sudden cardiac arrest.
Join the Office of First Year Experience as we reveal the Common Read selection for the 2017-2018 school year on February 22 at 4:15-5 p.m. at the Live Oak Ballroom/Garden Room.
Memory Mall is a sight to see any day of the week at UCF, but it was filled to capacity on February 9, 2017 for the first-ever UCF Gather Luncheon. More than 550 students were served a free three-course meal, thanks to a collective effort from nearly a dozen departments from the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services and food partners UCF Dining Services, Coca-Cola, Pita Pita and Chicken Salad Chick.
Students were invited to take a break from the demands of the semester, and stop by Counseling and Psychological Services to play with fun, friendly therapy dogs. It is known that the human-animal bond can relieve stress, anxiety and depression, as well as improve mood. Furthermore, this event is intended to increase visibility/accessibility of CAPS on campus and decrease the stigma of mental health services.
The Mr. and Miss UCF Scholarship Program began in 1984 and has been providing scholarships and opportunities to UCF students.
This past weekend, sophomore Angelo Baldado and senior Madison Daniel became the new titleholders of Mr. and Miss UCF, respectively.
Success in the 21st Century for collegiate males attending the University of Central Florida looks very similar to other colleges and universities across the country. Male students are simply not graduating at the same rate as their female counter parts nationwide.
The Multicultural and First Generation Knights Networking Reception was an opportunity for knights representing diverse and often underrepresented campus populations to engage with premiere employers who recruit at UCF.
Congratulations to Melissa Nogues, Haley Zilberberg, and Nicholas Cheke who received the 2016-2017 LGBTQ+ Undergraduate Book Award for their outstanding leadership in the LGBTQ+ community. Each student received $250 for books and materials.
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made in their struggles for freedom and equality in American history.
UCF Knights men’s basketball fans are asked to bring a food or toiletry donation to the home game Feb. 11 to help support the Knights Helping Knights Pantry, an on-campus food pantry for students in need.
Will you be ready for what’s next? Employers seek people that can communicate their problem solving skills, teamwork and professionalism. Each of these competencies can be achieved during your time at UCF and Career Services can help along the way. The Career Expo, specifically, can help you learn about different employment paths, employer expectations, and how to stand out, all in addition to finding a job.
On January 31, 2,838 students attended and 241 employers participated in the Spring 2017 Career Expo at the CFE Arena.
UCF scientists received almost $1.3 million in state funds Wednesday to research the Zika virus with the goal of understanding its effects on human health and developing a vaccine for the mosquito-borne illness.
The funding was part of Gov. Rick Scott’s authorization of $25 million in state funds to develop better testing and prevention for the mosquito-borne virus that authorities say has infected almost 5,000 people in the U.S. and
President John C. Hitt sent the following message to the campus community on Monday, January 30, 2017.
Since the White House issued an executive order suspending the entry of individuals from certain countries into the United States, UCF has worked with our international students and faculty and staff members to help understand and manage this change.
The recreation area around Lake Claire is now the William E. Davis and Mary Jo Davis Recreation Area at Lake Claire, in honor of William E. and Mary Jo Davis, one of the 89 founding families who pledged money and donated land to secure the site for a new university in 1964.
The UCF community of faculty, students and staff are joining together to celebrate women’s history month in March and to highlight women’s achievement and challenges to gender equity.
You are invited to attend spring semester workshops on hazing prevention. The topics include: hazing behaviors, strategies of prevention, leadership development and group responsibility.
Social Justice Week is a series of events to address some of the world’s most pressing social/human rights issues. The goal is to educate and inspire people to take action to help end these local and global issues. The events, hosted by Social Justice and Advocacy, are intentional, timely, and will be impactful in engaging the campus community in conversation.
UCF recently captured its fourth consecutive women’s flag football national championship as the Knights, known as ‘Team Check on It,’ locked down the North Carolina A&T Aggies in the championship game 13-2. The University of West Florida hosts the NIRSA Championship Series National Flag Football Tournament annually the first weekend of January.
With a total 70+ enthusiastic student participants, UCF was well-represented at this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Downtown Orlando. With both decorated posters and wrapped candy in hand, the students marched the streets and greeted the excited community members. Students marched for peace and justice for our world and several students had awesome things to say about the significance of this experience to them.
The National Collegiate Flag Football Championships Hall of Fame enshrined UCF Alumnus Leisha Cavallaro (Class of 2011) into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony in December 2016 in Pensacola, Florida. She joins Nick Brigati, a former UCF IM Sports graduate assistant, as the only two UCF Knights in the Hall of Fame for officiating. Two other Knights, Brandon Baroody (2012) and Drew Hill (2011) are in the NCFFC Hall of Fame as players.
The 2017 National Male Student Success Conference will be held at UCF on February 2-4 and will highlight male academic achievement in college.
The conference, hosted by the UCF Multicultural Academic and Support Services office, will feature keynote speakers Anton Reece, campus president of West Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges, and Ivory A. Toldson, president and CEO of the QEM Network, a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C.
Adrienne Frame has been selected as the University of Central Florida’s new associate vice president and dean of students in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.
One year ago the Florida Legislature established a ground-breaking opportunity for higher-education institutions in the state to transform the lives of students with intellectual disabilities through innovative programs and services focused on education and career paths.
Today, those students are learning about careers in nursing, greenhouse propagation, welding and other occupational fields.
“It’s the only legislation like this in the country,” said Paula Kohler, executive director of the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities, which is based at UCF and serves institutions around the state.
Patricia Moody is your typical gregarious sophomore at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is currently enrolled in two classes and involved in several clubs, including the Sign Language Club and Best Buddies. Moody, from Stuart, Florida, is fluent in American Sign Language. . She enjoys the kickboxing class at the campus gym and the impromptu pizza parties with her friends in her dorm. She is exploring a volunteer opportunity with local law enforcement this school year. Last year, she volunteered eight hours a week in a preschool classroom at United Cerebral Palsy’s Bailes School. Moody also has Down syndrome, and she is working to change the way people view individuals with developmental disabilities.
The LEAD Scholars Academy and Multicultural Student Center are teaming up for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Downtown Orlando on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.
When a desperate mother asked the University of Central Florida to make a prosthetic arm for her son, engineering PhD student Albert Manero had an idea: could an arm be made by 3D printing? What began as one arm for one child later became 20 arms for 20 children.
At times, the past year has been a tough one. But at the University of Central Florida, we’ve got a lot to be proud of. From academic excellence to giving back to the community, here are a dozen moments from 2016 that will make any Knight’s heart swell with pride (in no particular order).
This is an excellent opportunity to meet employers recruiting students and alumni for full-time and part-time professional opportunities.
The Career Expo is open to UCF students and alumni only.
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: CFE Arena
The three ceremonies at the CFE Arena will be:
- 9 a.m. Dec. 16 – College of Education & Human Performance, College of Health & Public Affairs and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
- 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 – College of Arts & Humanities, College of Graduate Studies, College of Nursing, College of Sciences and the College of Undergraduate Studies.
- 9 a.m. Dec. 17 – College of Business Administration, College of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Medicine and the College of Optics & Photonics.
Students in need of food during the winter break can turn to a service from the Knights Helping Knights Pantry that, thanks to the help of parents of UCF Knights, will provide bags with emergency supplies.
For 15 years, the UCF Creed’s core values of Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity and Excellence have guided our conduct and decisions and helped UCF become an engaging and inclusive learning community.
We recognize that diversity and inclusivity strengthen us, and we condemn any form of hate, discrimination and injustice.
As we ponder and discuss race, religion and other important topics, our opinions and beliefs will often differ. It is in this spirit that I encourage you to actively listen, engage in scholarly dialogue and demonstrate our shared commitment to respect for all Knights. I challenge you to demonstrate civility. Acts of hate and offensive behavior will not be tolerated.
If you are feeling anxiety or if you need additional support, I encourage you to consider the following resources:
- Counseling and Psychological Services – www.caps.sdes.ucf.edu or 407-823-2811; and
- UCF Cares – www.cares.sdes.ucf.edu or 407-823-5607.
We are all Knights. Let’s continue to support one another and stand united.
Maribeth Ehasz, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services
As we approach final exam week at UCF, we would like to invite students to use the many academic support services available through Student Academic Resource Center, including Study Union.
The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild invited MQG members around the world to participate in creating quilts for the victims of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub on June 12, 2016. They asked that at least one heart be included in each quilt made.
For a third consecutive year, UCF student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than any other NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision public institution in the nation.
The Knights Helping Knights Pantry is preparing emergency-supply bags for students who find themselves in need of food while campus is closed for the Thanksgiving break.
Life is short, and for those who smoke tobacco, quitting can return precious years and vitality. That’s why the University of Central Florida will be asking smokers to make the pledge to quit on Thursday, Nov. 17, in collaboration with the national American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event.
“A lot of big schools, they act like you’re just lucky to be there and they don’t really care if you graduate or not. Here, they really do care what happens to you. They set things up to help you be successful.”
The Student Development and Enrollment Services Internationalization Committee host two events during International Week: International Student Panel and UCF Abroad: Be in the Know.
In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, the Greek Leadership class will be collecting canned foods and toiletries to stock Knights Helping Knights Pantry.
In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, the Greek Leadership class will be collecting canned foods and toiletries to stock Knights Helping Knights Pantry.
Students in need of professional attire for job interviews, class presentations and other occasions now can rent blazers at the on-campus Knights Helping Knights Pantry.
The University of Central Florida will honor veterans during November with a commemorative ceremony, career and resource fair, and other activities. UCF is ranked one of the best universities in the nation for veterans by offering support services along their journey toward graduation and has been ranked as “military friendly” by G.I. Jobs magazine.
For military veterans, transitioning to civilian life can be tough. Transitioning from the military to a college campus can be even more daunting.
At the University of Central Florida, the Veterans Academic Resource Center eases the way for students who have served their country, providing a one-stop-shop of services to help them succeed.
Getting healthy comes in many forms at UCF. Zumba, meditation, green smoothies, dietary advice and dodgeball just to name a few. Knights learned about all those great options and many more during Wellness and Health Promotion Services and the Recreation and Wellness Center’s first annual Fall Into Wellness day. Nearly 300 Knights came out to Memory Mall on November 2 to learn more about setting goals for their overall wellbeing.
The number of degrees awarded in computer science, information technology, computer engineering and management information systems in Florida has increased the past three years by more than 30 percent – from 947 to 1,292 – thanks to a partnership of three universities known as CSIT-TEAm. [http://www.csit-team.org/about/]
On October 31, princesses, superheroes, pirates, ninjas, garden gnomes and other costumed characters from the UCF Creative School for Children descended on Millican Hall and the Housing and Residence Life offices for Halloween trick-or-treating. About 120 pupils up to age 5, teachers and parents continued the annual university tradition.
The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, a partnership between Florida International University, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida is set to host its second annual fall Virtual Career Fair. This must attend event is open to students and alumni from FIU, UCF and USF and will take place on Nov. 3, 2016.
Learning more about STEM careers and the successful women who work in them was the focus of October 25 event, “Women in STEM: Aim Higher.’ This collaboration between Career Services, iSTEM, and Science Education brought over 70 female students representing all areas of STEM together with women leaders from a wide-variety of technology fields.
On September 30, UCF was named one of the top 20 colleges with the best Career Services in the U.S. by OnlineCollegePlan.com. UCF Career Services, a leader in its field across the state and country, was ranked at number 18.
On October 20, 2016, the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Service TRiO Center held the first annual “TRiO Around the World” event to coincide with Diversity Week at UCF. The event celebrated the cultures, history, and games of each continent around the globe and was supported by a Diversity Action Grant from the Office of Diversity Initiatives.
The fall holiday season is in full swing and the brothers of Alpha Tau Omega at the University of Central Florida are proud to announce their annual fall fundraising event, Haunted Haus.
On October 29 from 6-9 p.m., students will have the chance to take a spooky tour of the ATO haunted house at 4419 Greek Court. This haunted maze will snake through over 10 differently themed-scare rooms with surprises around every corner. Haunted Haus is a complete fall festival that is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
Expect traffic, parking changes and road closures Friday due to a campaign event at the CFE Arena.
The event is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., though crowds are anticipated to arrive at UCF much earlier.
The event is being run by the campaign, but UCF is providing the below information to help event attendees and media covering the rally.
On a normal weekday for nearly half a year, Major League Baseball Umpire Laz Diaz calls balls and strikes or signals outs in stadiums across the country. But just days before taking the field as an umpire in the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays, Diaz had a chance to make a difference in the lives of more than a dozen UCF students.
Knights Wake, the UCF Wakeboarding team, recently won its third national championship in four years by defeating the USF Bulls at Quest ATX Cable Park in Austin, Texas.
It’s On Us is a national awareness-raising campaign that encourages everyone to play an active part in preventing interpersonal violence; #ITSONUS to prevent interpersonal violence, which includes sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking and sexual harassment. Come find out how we can all make UCF a safer place! We will have giveaways such as shirts, rally towels, laptop stickers, tumblers, photos, and more. There will also be a drawing for an It’s On Us Prize Pack, which includes gift cards and all the giveaways from the week.
For over 20 years, Greek Street has closed down once a year to host Trick or Treat on Greek Street (TOTOGS). Many children and family members will be donned in costumes as they walk from house to house on Greek Street.
The Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC), in collaboration with the Orlando VA Medical Center, will be offering Student Veteran Allied Faculty Education (S.A.F.E.) training on:
9 a.m. to noon
Global UCF Building, Room 101
UCF is joining universities across the nation and recognizing National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week [NCAAW] by sponsoring programs and educational initiatives aimed at raising awareness of alcohol issues on campus.
Applications have opened three months earlier than previous years for students to be considered for state and federal financial aid, known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Members of the UCF community will be able to hand over their unused, expired or unwanted prescription medications with no questions asked Wednesday, Oct. 19.
The Recreation and Wellness Center continues its commitment to fulfilling one of UCF President John C. Hitt’s key goals of becoming a more inclusive and diverse university with its annual Inclusive Recreation Expo.
Colleges from Ohio State to Central Florida devise more programs to triage students; determining who needs therapy and who may be fine with some peer counseling. Read more..
Counseling and Psychology Services will deploy an array of advanced suicide-prevention and outreach services this month as part of the Healthy Knights 2020 initiative.
UCF Homecoming, a time for members of the UCF community to come together and take pride in their university, starts today with a series of campus celebrations.
Highlights include Spirit Splash and the UCF football game against Temple, where the Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned.
The College Living Survey is an annual assessment conducted by the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services, Department of Housing and Residence Life. The survey is for all UCF students living on campus and off campus. The survey will ask a series of questions related to living arrangements and usage of campus resources. The survey results will help the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services improve student services and programs.
High school students applying to the University of Central Florida can now do so using an easier, faster tool called The Common App. The online tool allows students to apply to more than 700 colleges and universities using a single application.
The 2017–18 FAFSA® will be available October 1, 2016—three months earlier than usual!
Beginning this year, you’ll also be required to use earlier (2015) tax information** than in previous years. How does that benefit you? Since you’ve already filed your 2015 taxes, you’ll be able to transfer your tax information into your FAFSA right away! (And you won’t need to update your FAFSA after you file 2016 taxes.)
Implicit bias was a hot topic during this week’s presidential debate, and it will again be addressed during a town hall forum at UCF Tuesday, Oct. 4.
The animals may not have noticed, but students from Volunteer UCF helped spruce up the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens on Thursday by pressure cleaning walkways, mulching flower beds and painting new lines to reserve parking spaces for Wounded Warrior visitors to the Sanford attraction.