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

1. Imagine being a part of a university that is already well-respected, talked about often and at the top of the game in most games you suit up for. And then, imagine your two basketball teams being in the middle of the best seasons in program history and continuing to gain momentum toward competing for the American Athletic Conference Championship’s top prize. Now stop imagining ‘cause you’re a Knight and we’re talking about you and your school. The UCF Men’s and women’s basketball teams are crushing it these days. The women just spent the weekend running through their tournament with success and the men are getting set for their conference tournament later this week.

2. Last week, 30 of our young alumni got some very exciting news as we announced our 2019 class of 30 Under 30. Amongst the 30 recipients are mental health counselors, marketing and communications specialists, attorneys, psychologists, scientists, engineers, nurses, business owners, a Broadway performer, and other accomplished professionals. Congratulations to each of you; we can’t wait to celebrate you in April!

3. We’re also taking time in April to celebrate the arts with our fifth annual UCF Celebrates the Arts. This event showcases performers and artists from across the university and this year’s highlights include a Tony Award-Winning musical, ensemble and chamber concerts, opera, kid and family events, living art and much more. Be a part of it and get your tickets for what you wanna see soon.

4. In honor of the UCF College of Medicine Class of 2019, we encourage you to show your support of our soon-to-be Knight physicians by making a gift to the College of Medicine Alumni Fund, which benefits the College of Medicine and alumni initiatives. Between now and March 15 (which is in just a couple days, so don’t just think “yeah I want to do that” and then not, ‘cause, clock is a ticking and you already lost an hour of your life this weekend), please consider making a gift. Small gifts make a big impact, and ALL gifts make a difference. Match Day is Friday, March 15. Match Day is one of the most important days for medical students, representing the beginning of their transition to resident physicians following their graduation from medical school. Match results are kept secret nationwide until the third Friday in March at noon EDT, when all graduating M4s learn where they have matched.

5. You know how UCF is always doing that thing where we’re kind of a younger school, but we come out swinging and make a name for ourselves? We did it again. For the third consecutive year, UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management is ranked among the top five best hospitality and hotel management schools in the world by CEOWorld Although the college opened just 15 years ago, it managed to be ranked among decades-old programs such as Switzerland’s Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, which ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

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