Five Things Alumni Need to Know this Week – Feb. 11, 2019

1. Celebrate and commemorate our incredible football team by decorating with our limited-edition football poster! Inspired by the most recent issue of Pegasus Magazine, all funds used to purchase the poster go toward supporting UCF football and our student-athletes. It’s really a win-win situation ‘cause you get a rad poster and our Knights get to feel the love and appreciation of their fans. And win-win situations are kind of what we’re all about around here.

2. Speaking of winning, let’s get back to it, shall we? The 2019 football schedule was released last week and we’re already bracing ourselves for a lot of bounce at the Bounce House. Check out the schedule, get your season tickets and practice your UCF cheers. It’s never too early to get ready for college football season.

3. We’ve been asking for UCF Love Stories and you all have delivered! Keep an eye on our social media this week to read some of our favorite stories of love found at 4000 Central Florida Blvd, like Albert and Katie’s.

4. Last week the U.S. Department of Education designated UCF as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, which allows us to compete for federal grants that would expand opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students. Which is very, VERY good news. How’d we get here? To qualify, we needed to have a minimum Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent. Check! Our Hispanic enrollment among undergraduates is 27.5 percent (more than 16,000 students). President Whittaker put it this way: “This designation is a recognition of who we are. To UCF, being Hispanic-serving is about more than enrollment – it’s about outcomes. We are proud of our growing diversity and even more proud of the impact it has on our university and Central Florida community.”

5. Dan Samuels ’08 would have told you himself when he started to get his business degree at UCF that he didn’t have a clue what he was going to do with it. But it was in that business major at UCF that Dan found step one toward a 12-years-and-counting career in nonprofit fundraising and a recent position as the new Director of Philanthropy at Second Harvest Food Bankof Central Florida. How did Dan go from a fair-weather business major to a passionate non-profit professional?

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