Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Feb. 1, 2016


Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. Taking any UCF classes this fall? Want some free money? Apply for one of our many alumni scholarships! (Scroll to the bottom of the page for application instructions.)
  2. February is Matching Gift Month, which means your monetary donations may be worth double if your employer participates in the matching gift program. While we hope UCF is tops on your list of giving priorities, we encourage you to give to whichever organizations mean the most to you!
  3. The UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center is taking part in a Green Office Certification pilot program, also known as the “GreenUP UCF” campaign. Over the next year, our staff will be making changes to help our building become a more sustainable part of our beautiful campus.
  4. Looking for something to do this weekend? If you’re in the Titusville area on Saturday, join our Space Coast UCF Alumni Chapter as they cheer on Knightro in the Mascot Marathon! Or, if you’re out and about in Orlando on Saturday, support our student-athletes at the UCF Baseball FanFest prior to the Knights’ basketball game against Temple (where you can enter your little one in the Second Annual UCF Baby Race during halftime)!
  5. Join the College of Sciences on Feb. 10, as it hosts its next Distinguished Speaker Series. This month’s topic is “Understanding Violence against Women in Rural Communities,” presented by Walter DeKeseredy, professor of sociology at the University of West Virginia.

Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Oct. 12, 2015

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, UCF is hosting several events this month to encourage people to talk about domestic violence and learn more about the impact this crime has not only on the victims, but the entire community.
  2. The UCF Communications Disorders Clinic opened its doors to the public on Friday, showcasing its new state-of-the-art facility in Central Florida Research Park.
  3. The UCF Alumni Association is giving Knights an inside look at ways to help your children prepare for one of the most important decisions of their lives — applying for college! Join us this Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center for our Legacy Admissions Workshop.
  4. Thirteen UCF Alumni chapters and clubs participated in this year’s Knights Give Back, the university’s annual day of service.
  5. The UCF RESTORES clinic is helping veterans combat PTSD, but it needs your help to continue its vital work!

Events Honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

(PHOTO: Nick Russett)

By Aileen Perilla

The UCF community will remember the lives of domestic violence victims during its 8th annual Light Up the Night event Monday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union.

The event, which coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is meant to encourage people to talk about the taboo subject of domestic violence and get a better idea of the impact this crime has not only on the victims, but the entire community.

“Relationship abuse affects everyone,” says Sarah Laake, assistant director of UCF Victim Services, which sponsors the event each year. “It could be a professor, someone in your study group, a relative, the person next to you in the library. We encourage anyone and everyone to join us at Light Up the Night to learn how abuse impacts our community and honor Knights who have lost their lives to intimate partner violence.”

During the program, attendees will see a ceremony called “An Empty Place at the Table,” set up to honor at least seven people with UCF ties who have died as a result of intimate partner violence. It’s meant to shine light on the deadly effects of abuse and memorialize domestic violence victims, Laake says.

Attendees also will hear from two survivors of domestic violence, as well as from Tomas Lares, founder of Florida Abolitionist. The organization’s mission is to end all forms of human trafficking in the U.S. Lares will speak about intimate partner violence and its close relation to human trafficking. Orlando Police Officer William Powell will speak about the use of technology in relation to stalking and how police respond to domestic violence calls.

More than 13 campus and community organizations that serve victims of domestic abuse will also have tables at the event to answer questions and provide resources.

UCF Light up the Night is just one of several events planned this month to keep the conversation about domestic violence going. Others include:

  • The Clothesline Project, a national effort to give survivors of domestic abuse an opportunity to express their emotions by decorating a T-shirt. Everyone is encouraged to decorate T-shirts as a way to show their support of domestic violence prevention. Tables with decorating supplies will be available at Victim Services’ Market Day booth in front of the Student Union every Wednesday this month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the shirts will be hung inside the Student Union throughout October.
  • Paint it Purple, hosted by UCF Victim Services and SafeHouse of Seminole, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Student Union. A “Purple Party” booth will be set up to provide information and freebies to students, as well as to raise awareness about intimate partner violence.
  • My Costume is Not My Consent, also hosted by UCF Victim Services, is happening Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Student Union. This event is intended to start a conversation with students and to remind everyone that, no matter how revealing a Halloween costume may be, it’s not an invitation to skip out on consent.

UCF partners, Harbor House of Central Florida, SafeHouse of Seminole and Help Now of Osceola, also are hosting domestic violence awareness month events across our community. Visit their websites to learn more.

UCF Victim Services provides 24/7 support for those impacted by crime or abuse. Speak with an advocate at any time by calling its hotline, at 407.823.1200.

This story was published Oct. 9, 2015, on UCF Today. It has been edited. See original article.