Five Things Alumni Need to Know This Week – July 8, 2019

1. We are still feeling very much if not all of the excitement and ecstatic-ness of that Women’s World Cup win yesterday! In case you missed it or in case you love it and want to watch it again, UCF alumna Katie McCain ’07 is behind the incredible Nike ad that kicked off the hype of the 2019 World Cup. Read her story here and probably watch the ad 1-38 more times because it’s very good.

2. “University of Central Florida Associate Professor Subith Vasu and a team of researchers have unlocked some of the secrets behind the destruction of chemical weapons. The results were published recently as a cover story in The Journal of Physical Chemistry. Through his work, Vasu discovered how long it takes for toxic chemical compounds to deteriorate in the intense fire of an explosion, as well as what chemical products are created after their destruction.” Read the entire UCF Today article here.

3. If you read our most recent issue of Pegasus, you already know some of the story of Marcie (Swilley) Washington ’83, the first African-American woman to graduate from UCF’s engineering program who went on to work for NASA, become an ordained minister, and survive her heart stopping for 22 minutes. Last week, NPR tweeted about her and we’re over here beaming with pride for such an outstanding Knight!

4. Speaking of Pegasus and alumni accomplishments, fill out this form to submit a class note about a career win, wedding, new addition to your family, or any other success you think your alma mater oughta know about.

5. Sometimes the accomplishments of our alumni bring them back to campus! That’s the case with Aaron Evans, who is using his artistic skills to paint murals in the Bounce House before this upcoming football season.

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