Five Things Alumni Need to Know—March 21, 2016

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. Students of the UCF College of Medicine celebrated Match Day on Friday, March 18. Many matched into their top choices for residency, greeting the news with screams, cheers and hugs as they opened their envelopes.
  2. On Tuesday, March 14, Governor Rick Scott approved $20 million in state funds in support of UCF Downtown.
  3. The Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, released the performance funding achievements of the state’s public universities and UCF tied for first place.
  4. The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, an anchor of UCF’s planned downtown campus, achieved its first No. 1 ranking after two years as the second-ranked school in North America.
  5. Twenty UCF programs were ranked among the top 100 in their fields by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Graduate Schools 2017 guidebook.

Five Things Alumni Need to Know—March 14, 2016

UCF College of Business Hall of Fame 2016

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. On Feb, 25, the UCF College of Business inducted three alumni into the Hall of Fame. Carrie Callahan, ’92, Carrie Hall, ’86 and Larry Tobin, ’83 were celebrated along with seven other alumni who were recognized for entrepreneurial career success. PHOTOS
  2. On March 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a Refugee Simulation Camp on Memory Mall will give people a small taste of what it means to face such dire circumstances
  3. UCF Emeritus Professor of Art, Steve Lotz will showcase his personal exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art through June 5.
  4. The UCF College of Nursing Alumni Reunion registration deadline is approaching! RSVP by March 18.
  5. UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White announced Thursday night that head men’s basketball coach Donnie Jones has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately.

Intrusion into UCF Network Involves Personal Data



An intrusion into the University of Central Florida’s computer network has resulted in unauthorized access to certain personal information of some current/former students and employees.

UCF has established a web page — — with details about the incident, including the groups of current/former students and employees involved, and recommendations for those impacted. UCF also has established a call center, available at 877.752.5527 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Those impacted by the incident will be notified via letters, which should be received the week of Feb. 8.

UCF is also offering a free year of credit monitoring and identity protection services to those impacted.

“Safeguarding your personal information is of the utmost importance at UCF,” President John C. Hitt says. “To ensure our vigilance, I have called for a thorough review of our online systems, policies and training to determine what improvements we can make in light of this recent incident.

“Every day, people and groups attempt to illegally access secure data from institutions around the world. Higher education institutions are popular targets.

“UCF will continue to work diligently to protect this important information from those who would break the law to get it.”

Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Sept. 28, 2015


Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. On Oct. 1, the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Alumni Chapter, and the Orlando Museum of Art, will host Eclectic Knights VII, part of OMA’s 16th season of 1st Thursdays. The event features more than 50 pieces of artwork, made exclusively by UCF alumni, faculty and staff.
  2. On Saturday, Oct. 3, the UCF Alumni Association will participate in beautification efforts at Orlando’s historic Greenwood Cemetery, as part of UCF’s annual day of service, Knights Give Back. In addition, the UCF College of Sciences Alumni Chapter will assist the biology department’s efforts to restore degraded shorelines and oyster reefs at the Indian River Lagoon.
  3. UCF College of Business Administration student Jesse Wolfe, owner of O’Dang Hummus, will be featured on the Oct. 2 episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” with his company’s custom flavors of hummus and hummus-based salad dressings.
  4. UCF MedTalk returns on Oct. 7, when Dr. Annette Khaled will discuss “Tackling Breast Cancer,” as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This popular event, hosted by the UCF College and Medicine and UCF Alumni Association, presents informal talks about current and innovative issues in medicine in a casual setting.
  5. Former UCF student Rob Starkman launched Rock ‘Em Apparel from his college apartment, and has since brought in more than $1 million in revenue each of the last two years for his unique brand of socks, which include UCF designs.