1. On Feb. 21, UCF’s Board of Trustees voted to accept the resignation of President Dale Whittaker. While we are disheartened over the decision, we are confident in the tenacity of this university and our ability to unite together in the face of hardship. Knight Nation is the sum of all of us — all of our students’ ambitions, the accomplishments of our alumni, and our faculty and staff members’ successes. We appreciate the profound impact Dr. Whittaker has had on our university in his time here and are forever grateful that he and Mary are forever Knights. Moving forward, we trust that we are even more fully equipped to pull together and charge on.
2. Let’s be honest, last week was tough. We can think of no better way to start healing than some time doing yoga with goats and benefiting Limbitless Solutions. Yes, Goat Yoga is a thing. Wrap your head around it now, join us for it March 9. Pack your yoga mat and prepare your mind to trade out worries and stress for thoughts of serenity and friendly baby goats.
3. Are you looking for an excuse to use the word “thrice” today? We’ve got you covered. Feel free tell anyone who will listen that in the last three months UCF projects have exited Earth’s atmosphere not once, not twice, but thrice. In December, an experiment flew aboard Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage into space. In January, a similar experiment flew aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft. And last Friday we did it again. It’s casual. UCF is doing literally out-of-this-world things.
4. The Orlando Sentinel is hosting a career fair on March 21 and there is no better pool of talent in Central Florida than our alumni. This is a multi-industry event with both full-time and part-time positions. Dust off that résumé and get the details you need here.
5. UCF graduate student Eric Camarillo ’16 had planned to start an organization after graduation to help the homeless in Central Florida with food, clothing and other necessities, but decided he couldn’t stand by and wait — so he started early to fill those immediate needs. Camarillo, who earned a degree in social work and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in nonprofit management at UCF, started Service and Love Together Outreach, Inc. to provide consistent support and stability to the homeless community. “I thought I would do all of these things when I graduated in order to have an impact on people,” he says, “but why not do something now?” Read more of Eric’s story.