Five Things Alumni Need to Know this Week – March 4, 2019

  1. The UCF men’s basketball team (that really ecstatic crew seen above) is coming off a huge win at No. 6/8 Houston that strengthened its resume for a bid to the NCAA Tournament and secured us our first top 25 spot on the AP Poll since 2011. Now, we’re calling on all Knights fans to help to #SellOutCFE for another big game against No. 22 Cincinnati. It will be the last time that seniors BJ Taylor, Chad Brown, Tacko Fall and the rest of the senior class suit up in UCF uniforms at CFE Arena, so let’s make it a night they won’t forget.

2. All alumni are invited to the UCF Celebrates the Arts Alumni Social! The event, hosted by the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Alumni Chapter, provides the opportunity for graduates from all of our colleges to celebrate the arts with fellow alumni. UCF alumni and Florida House Representatives Anna Eskamani ’12 ’15MNM ’15MPA and Carlos Guillermo Smith ’03, who have both been a voice in advocating the importance of the arts in Florida, will be available for conversation, there will be a Creative City Project Immersive Projection Installation, pictures with Knightro, Titanic the Musical, and plenty of other incredible things for the art-aficionado and the not-so-art-aficionado-but-interested-in-becoming-one-maybe-someday. Get your tickets and your details here.

3. He’s their person. Michael Metzner ’16MD serves as a medical advisor for Grey’s Anatomy. Metzner’s role is to ensure that what happens on the television drama is medically accurate — that diagnoses, surgical procedures, symptoms and dialogue are based on real science. He’s helped write scripts and has even appeared as an extra. Linda Klein, the show’s co-executive producer, calls Metzner “the best thing that has happened to Grey’s Anatomy in a long time.” And its lead actress, Ellen Pompeo, praises the young physician’s collaborative spirit, work ethic and his “intense passion to heal.” Read more here.

4. The Knights Helping Knights Pantry, a class project that started in a closet, has evolved into one of campus’ best resources for students. Celebrating its tenth year at UCF, the grass-roots initiative was started by a group of LEAD Scholars students during the Great Recession in 2009 simply seeking the goal of ensuring that students never had to choose between paying for food or paying for an education. Ten years later, the pantry still serves as an example to how students at UCF find their family in each other.

5. If you’ve been a little out of the loop about our partnership with Nemours, check the original story and video and take a minute to learn more about the PedsAcademy. Last week, others took notice as the New York Times and The Hechinger Report both shared stories about the UCF-led effort to help continue education for chronically-ill children that are often in the hospital for weeks, months or even years, missing their schooling. Through the use of virtual reality, robotics and other digital learning tools, students can keep up with their studies right at their beside if needed. Another example of our students and faculty making a tremendous impact in our community!

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