Five Things Alumni Need to Know this Week – Jan. 14, 2019

1. Alumna Abby Jaros ‘14, is young, scrappy, hungry and currently in the touring company of “Hamilton” that opens in Orlando Jan. 22! Jaros majored in musical-theater during her UCF years and is described by former professor, Mark Brotherton, as always being able to rise above a challenge. “She works so hard,” Brotherton told the Orlando Sentinel. “In every class she got better and better and better.” As a member of the “Hamilton” touring company, Jaros has performed the story of Alexander Hamilton more than 400 times since February of 2018. She is looking forward to adding to that number in her college town!

2. Any chance you know a 20-something alum who just so happens to be excelling personally and professionally? Now’s your chance to celebrate them and their success and nominate them for the 30 Under 30 Awards program! This event recognizes and honors young alumni who are making an impact. You must be an alum to be nominated, but any family, friend or coworker can submit a nomination on your behalf any time before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7.

3. It’s the season of new beginnings and we think now is as good a time as any to resolve to get more involved with your alma mater as a mentor! For students at UCF, having a mentor who can show them the ropes and guide them along as they prepare for their future career is a big deal.  It’s both a learning and networking opportunity for the student and a philanthropic and resume-building opportunity for the alum. It’s Knights helping Knights and we hope you’ll be a part of it.

4. Remember when you were a kid and you’d jump from one couch in the living room to another? Well this is kind of like that, only considerably more complicated and cool. Thanks to a collaboration between a private space company and UCF, it is now possible for spacecrafts to use steam to propel from asteroid to asteroid. This development in spacecraft travel can have a profound impact on future exploration because, currently, once a spacecraft runs out of propellant, its interplanetary mission is halted. The new spacecraft (nicknamed “WINE” for World Is Not Enough) is designed to never run out of propellant and thus saves time and money.

5. Mark your calendar now — UCF Day of Giving is March 28, 2019 and we’ve got big things planned this year! UCF Day of Giving is a chance for all Knights to come together and support what they love about UCF. We can’t wait to see the ways you all will make an impact for the future of our university!

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