Fraternities and sororities at the University of Central Florida collectively donated to charity more than $1 million – the most in a single year – in the 2016-17 academic year.
The 4th Annual SDES INstitute had record numbers of attendees this year with some tremendous sessions and posters. One poster and one session were each highlighted winners after a popular vote from attendees. The Best In Print Award is for the display at the poster session which best communicated its information. Fresh U by Jonathan Carr won the Best In Print Award for a stunning display about the greens grown on campus that included bags of fresh herbs given out directly to attendees. The Buzzworthy Award is the session that was identified as the session that will be most talked about with colleagues and the votes were overwhelming for Inside Out? Finding Joy by Anna-Bradley Lozier & Stephanie Hartkopf. Five additional CREED awards were distributed for those presentations which best exemplified a CREED value.
As the University of Central Florida prepares to honor and remember the 49 lives taken at Pulse, a tribute to two of the victims is being installed on the heart of UCF’s campus.
Looking for internships, interviews, careers, events and resources? UCF now has a one-stop-shop solution. Career Services and Experiential Learning are excited to introduce Handshake on June 1.
A 4.9K charity run through streets near downtown Orlando will honor the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub attack.
The commUNITY Rainbow Run [ http://www.communityrainbowrun.com/ ]] is scheduled for June 10, two days before the one-year anniversary of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. It will begin and end at Wadeview Park, just a few blocks from Pulse.
Twenty-four University of Central Florida faculty and staff members for the past academic year have met once a month to discuss inclusiveness, explore their own feelings about the topic and learn of others’ perspectives – all in an effort to create more inclusive curriculum and workplace environments.
Prospective LEAD Scholars Academy students apply for admission into the academy during their senior year of high school after being granted admission into UCF.
Children from the Parramore community helped Central Florida leaders sink shovels into the dirt today at a groundbreaking ceremony ushering in a transformative campus that will soon rise in downtown Orlando.
Desia majored in psychology and is a spring 2017 graduate. She was a LEAD Scholar, Resident Assistant, teaching assistant, Counseling and Psychological Services Peer Educator, research assistant, and McNair Scholar.
The University of Central Florida hosted a new graduation event this month to celebrate a growing community at the university: Latino students. Fifty students and their families gathered in the Live Oak Center for Nuestra Graduación [Our Graduation], which was a celebratory event put on by the Latino Faculty & Staff Association.
I am pleased to share a snapshot of activities and achievements of UCF’s Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services during the 2015-2016 academic year. Our students and staff have a lot to celebrate and much to look forward to. I am particularly proud of our advancements in attracting more outstanding and diverse students, our efforts to improve student success, and our response to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub incident and the Black Lives Matter movement. As student advocates, we must continue to share our successes, wins, and opportunities. To view an interactive version of our annual highlights, please visit our DREAM BIG highlights page.
Maribeth Ehasz, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services
Austin majored in biomedical sciences and minored in leadership studies. He is a National Merit Scholar, LEAD Scholar, The Burnett Honors College member, president of the UCF Pre-Med American Medical Student Association and recipient of the 2017 Order of Pegasus.
Watch the UCF Commencement ceremonies on the UCF YouTube channel.
About 7,900 University of Central Florida students are expected to graduate in six ceremonies May 4-6 at the CFE Arena.
On May 2, the PRIME STEM program in the TRIO Center offered an all-day career readiness event for their first generation, low income and students with disabilities.
The Knights Paintball Club won its second national championship recently with a 7-5 defeat of Florida Atlantic University at Austin Tindall Regional Park in Kissimmee, FL.
UCF Athletics honored 76 student-athletes Tuesday afternoon at the annual Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration. Senior Associate Athletics Director Dr. Eric A. Wood, Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Manoj Chopra and Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Daniel J. White spoke to this year's class of graduating Knights, commending them on their achievement in front of their coaches, as well as members of the UCF Athletics staff and administration.
Most undergraduate degrees at UCF require 120 hours. Taking 30 credit hours each year enhances the chances that a student will earn a degree in four years. 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.
The ninth annual TRiO End of the Year Celebration was held on April 25 to celebrate the successes of scholars in two of UCF’s TRiO Programs- PRIME STEM and Project BEST.
Woody Joseph has been named the new director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of Central Florida. Joseph previously served as the assistant director.
UCF’s Recreation and Wellness Center continues to produce the next generation of campus recreation professionals. The 2017 crop includes a current RWC professional staff member and six graduating seniors.
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.
UCF’s mobile demonstration kitchen is the ﬁrst of its kind in the country. The mobile aspect of the kitchen allows the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services to reach more students in the efforts to increase accessibility to fruit and vegetables, provide nutrition skills, and reduce food waste.
The Internal Revenue Service’s removal of a popular tool that helps students apply for financial aid has made it even more important for students to file their aid applications early and to fill out the forms correctly – otherwise, they’ll be at greater risk of delays in receiving their money.
Counseling and Psychological Services will be hosting the first Purrfectly Stress Free event at CAPS on April 19 at noon-2 p.m. and at the same time and day, they will also host PAWS a tively Stress Free. Both events will be held in the CAPS building but in separate rooms.
The Asian Student Association hosted the 17th anniversary of the Mr. and Miss ASA Scholarship Pageant on April 2. The event, themed fairy tales, was held at the Cape Florida Ballroom with an overwhelming audience of more than 400 attendees.
Come out and laugh and learn as Colin Ryan presents Funny Money: A Comedic Guide to Money Management on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Morgridge International Reading Center.
The UCF Police Department and UCF Student Health Services are partnering to collect expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
Medications will be collected Monday, April 10, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Student Union Atrium.
Flags will be at half-staff and the Student Union’s Pegasus seal will be covered with tea-light candles and yellow roses April 11 for an Eternal Knights Memorial Service honoring 18 students who passed away in the past 12 months.
UCF Wrestling Club member Justus Griffith had been there before. Staring down the mat at Darius Bunch from Emmanuel College, a Christian Liberal Arts school in Northeast Georgia.
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 sexual assault and relationship abuse.
Please join Wellness and Health Promotion Services for the grand opening of the FreshU Kitchen: UCF's first food truck for a free cooking demonstration, healthy and delicious samples, activities, music and a visit from Knightro.
The University of Central Florida’s Knight-Thon student philanthropy group revealed Sunday it has raised $1.25 million in the past year for Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Central Florida’s Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
Wear red on April 4 Equal Pay Day to symbolize how far women and minorities are "in the red" with their pay. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. It is far worse for women of color.
At 12 years old, Jordin Rosser already was discouraged to pursue her dream career. Her aunt, a computer scientist, was facing discrimination for being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Her ideas were being overlooked, and when a male counterpart would suggest the same thing, he would be praised by their boss.
Suicide can be prevented. Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages. It is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans and the second leading cause in the college-age population. However, people rarely communicate openly about suicide, which hinders effective prevention.
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.