- The UCF College of Sciences hosted its second annual Outstanding AlumKnights awards ceremony on Thursday, honoring 10 Knights from each of the college’s nine departments, as well as the Nicholson School of Communication.
- Pegasus Magazine was delivered to mailboxes and inboxes last week. Read a digital copy, or download the Pegasus Magazine iPad app.
- Hear ye, here ye! The Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with UCF, presents performances of “The Tempest” through March 27 staring UCF alumna, Gracie Winchester, ’14, and “The Adventures of Pericles” through March 26.
- Did you know UCF has a student belly dancing club? The Shimmy Knights are dedicated to promoting positive body image and teaches students who want to learn the art of belly dancing!
- Looking for ways to get involved? View the UCF Alumni events calendar to find a local event near you!
On March 3, the UCF College of Sciences and its alumni chapter hosted their second annual Outstanding AlumKnights awards ceremony. The college’s dean, Michael Johnson, hosted this year’s festivities, which took place in the Grand Ballroom of the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center, where guests enjoyed music, cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a photo booth, in addition to the award presentations.
Congratulations to all of this year’s Outstanding AlumKnights!
The 2016 awardees were:
- Anthropology | Amanda Groff, Ph.D., ’03, ’05, ’07, lecturer, UCF Department of Anthropology
- Biology | David Breininger, Ph.D., ’09, lead wildlife biologist, NASA Ecological Programs, Kennedy Space Center
- Chemistry | Robert DeVor, Ph.D., ’03, ’08, scientist/principal investigator, Vencore Inc.
- Communication | Marci Gonzalez, ’05, reporter, ABC affiliate, New York
- Mathematics | Robert Muise, Ph.D., ’88, ’90, ’03, senior staff systems engineer, Lockheed Martin
- Physics | Howard Bender III, Ph.D., ’97, ’98, R&D program manager, National Security Technologies LLC
- Political Science | Carol Lawrence, ’71, attorney at law, Carolyn J.B. Lawrence P.A.
- Psychology | Diane Robinson, Ph.D., ’06, ’10, program director, Cancer Support Community/Integrative Medicine Department, UF Health Cancer Center, Orlando Health
- Sociology | Monica Mendez, Ph.D., ’02, ’08, executive director, Dress for Success Pittsburgh
- Statistics | Tiffany Wills, ’06, assistant vice president/actuary, Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America
The Orlando Science Center, in partnership with UCF, is proudly hosting a special guest speaker series in conjunction with the Mummies of the World: The Exhibition. Topics will feature studies on current anthropological and archaeological research around the world, including mummification, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology.
The Mummies of the World exhibition depicts a once-in-a-lifetime collection of real mummies and artifacts from around the world. This fascinating acquisition includes ancient mummies dating back as far as 4,500 years. An intriguing mix of old and new, the enchanting exhibit bridges the gap between past and present with contributions from 10 world-renowned institutions and two private collectors.
The special presentations will take place on the following select Saturdays at 1 p.m. in the Digital Adventure Theater:
J. Marla Toyne, Ph.D. | Ancient Trepanation (Cranial Vault Surgery) in Peru
Sandra Wheeler, Ph.D. | Mummies Inside and Out: Mummy Studies and Modern Science
Lana Williams, Ph.D. | Going Out in Style — Beauty Tips from Egypt’s Mummies
Sarah Barber, Ph.D. | No Mummies, No Problem
The speaker series is included with general admission to the Orlando Science Center. Student discounts are available with valid ID. Seating is limited.
On Feb. 5, the University of Central Florida College of Sciences and its alumni chapter hosted the inaugural Outstanding AlumKnights award reception at the Orlando Science Center.
COS Dean, Dr. Michael Johnson welcomed the crowd, and faculty representatives from each of the college’s 10 departments and school presented the awards to their respective recipients.
The 2015 awardees were:
- Anthropology | Keith Edwards, ’10, ’11, president, Medstar Medical
- Biology | Alice Bard, ’86, ’89, environmental specialist II, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Recreation & Parks, Bureau of Parks, District 3
- Chemistry | Jennifer McKinley, ’94, ’96, co-founder and chief operating officer, IRradiance Glass
- Nicholson School of Communication | Clay McMillan, ’90, president, CMI Production Services
- Mathematics | Aicha Elhor Gillespie, Ph.D., ’00, senior vice president of Citi Shared Services Global Re-engineering
- Physics | Clara Rivero-Baleine, Ph.D., ’01, ’03, ’05, mechanical engineer, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
- Political Science | Ybeth Bruzual, ’05, morning news/political coverage anchor/moderator, News 13
- Psychology | Kristin Chase, ’03, director of organizational development department, Universal Orlando
- Sociology | Nicholas Guittar, Ph.D., ’01, ’05, ’11, assistant professor of sociology, Valdosta State University
- Statistics | Stephanie Urdahl, ’05, assistant vice president and actuary, Financial Solutions Pricing Department, Hannover Re
Not only did the event honor the college’s most outstanding alumni, but it also raised money for scholarships through a silent auction.
Guests had fun interacting with exhibits at the science center, including a hands-on liquid nitrogen demonstration that had everyone jumping at the explosion of an expanding balloon! They also enjoyed live music, while sipping drinks and snacking on hors d’oeuvres — including the crowd-favorite flaming donuts. To finish off the evening’s festivities, awardees and their families dressed up in UCF props and captured their Knight pride in the photo booth.