1. Turtle power for the win! UCF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have reached a historic agreement that will establish a permanent conservation research facility at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Once the new space is built, UCF expects to broaden its research to other coastal conservation areas including studies about the endangered southeastern beach mouse, scrub jays and gopher tortoises that also call the Archie Carr Refuge home.
2. We bid farewell to the Central Florida Future, UCF’s long-standing student-run newspaper, which is ceasing publication after 48 years in circulation. A multi-award-winning publication, it was named a national finalist for “Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper” by the Society of Professional Journalists. A special goodbye issue will hit newsstands and the web on Aug. 4.
3. Hats off to the graduates! Roughly 3,600 students will join UCF’s alumni base of more than 260,000 after two commencement ceremonies take place at CFE Arena on Saturday.
4. The National Down Syndrome Congress honored UCF Go Baby Go! with a President’s Award last week. Physical therapy lecturer Jennifer Tucker started a UCF branch of Go Baby Go! to help improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. Tucker and colleagues have held workshops where physical therapy students and staff members join families and community members to retrofit motorized toy cars for children in need of enhanced mobility.
5. Florida Cup is coming to Bright House Networks Stadium in January. The Florida Cup is the largest international sporting event held annually in Central Florida. Broadcast live to over 170 countries, the tournament reaches more than 650 million households. The event is set to take place from Jan. 7-21, 2017 across several venues throughout Central Florida.