Five Things Alumni Need to Know this Week—August 21

1. Today is the first day of school for Knights, and the university will welcome the largest and most diverse student body in its history, including a freshman class with a university-record GPA. Enrollment at UCF now tops 66,000 students, and the fall freshman class has an average incoming GPA of 4.05. Among the incoming freshman class are some of the nation’s top students, including 88 National Merit Scholars. A record 45 percent of current students are minorities, and 25 percent are the first in their families to attend college.

2. “I donate because we’re at a special moment in time. We’re making philanthropy part of our culture.” – Mike Morsberger, Vice President for Advancement and CEO of UCF Foundation, Inc.
Become one of the 70,000 donors moving UCF forward: www.ucffoundation.org/70k

3. The UCF Marching Knights have a new home on the south side of campus following Saturday’s opening of a 3,500-square-foot building for offices and instrument storage. The facility is a welcome change for the 325-member band, which previously operated out of a trailer.

4. Alumnus Chris Sadowski ’99 was featured by Ironman.com for raising awareness and funds to combat hunger by logging 188 miles in two endurance races overseas. The Winter Park resident has completed more than 50 triathlons, including six IRONMAN races and two IRONMAN World Championship events, along with 20-plus marathons, eight ultramarathons, and numerous 5K and 10K running races. Charge On, Chris!

5. Several local and national UCF Alumni chapters and clubs are hosting events this week ranging from trivia to Painting with a Twist to baseball games. Find out if one is in your area to connect with other Knights.

Knights Jam to Knights at SunFest

Many alumni musicians took part in the SunFest Music Festival in Palm Beach, Fla., including Jonnie Morgan Band members  Jeremy Adams, '12 (far left); Corey Paul, '13 (second from left); Jonnie Morgan, '10 (front, center); and Brandon Sollins, '11 (far right).  (Photo: jonniemorganband.com)
Many alumni musicians took part in the SunFest Music Festival in Palm Beach, Fla., including Jonnie Morgan Band members
Jeremy Adams, ’12 (far left); Corey Paul, ’13 (second from left); Jonnie Morgan, ’10 (front, center); and Brandon Sollins, ’11 (far right).
(Photo: jonniemorganband.com)

By Angie Lewis, ’03

The Palm Beach UCF Alumni Chapter gathered April 30 to rock out to fellow Knights in FELICITY, the Jonnie Morgan Band, and Kasson, all of whom performed during the SunFest Music Festival, which hosts 50 bands on three stages over five days at the West Palm Beach waterfront.

Damien Fagiolino, ’14, is the vocalist for American Hard Rock band FELICITY. Their first single, “Gold,” was selected by the Remix Your Future company to be put on the “Best of the City: Orlando Edition” album, and has has more than 70,000 streams.

Four of the six members of horn-infused modern rock band, the Jonnie Morgan Band, are alumni, who include Jonnie Morgan, ’10, vocalist and rhythm guitarist; Brandon Sollins, ’11, lead guitarist; Jeremy Adams, ’12, bassist; and Corey Paul, ’13, trombonist. JMB headlined the 2013 Florida Music Festival and opened up for Cheap Trick in West Palm Beach, as well as played at the House of Blues Orlando, and UCF Homecoming in 2012.

Jordan Telesca, ’14, is the guitarist, saxophonist and vocalist for Kasson, which plays rock/gritty pop mixed with influences of indie/alternative. They’ve performed at The Big Orlando Festival and Warped Tour, playing alongside bands like Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Yellowcard, Anberlin (with frontman Stephen Christian, ’05), Paramore, and more.

Rock on, Knights!