Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Dec. 14, 2015

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Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. For only the second time in its history, all three branches of UCF SGA’s Senate are led by women. The 48th Student Senate’s executive branch is led by Student Body President Cait Zona, the legislative branch is led by Speaker of the Senate Meghan Kircher, and the judicial branch is led by Chief Justice Taylor Scimeca. Congratulations, ladies!
  2. Throughout final exams week, which finally comes to an end tomorrow, the Student Union, Student Academic Resource Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and UCF Police’s Safe Escort Patrol Service have been helping students ease some of the stress that can come with test taking (and the holidays).
  3. UCF chemistry Ph.D. candidate David Nash, ’11, MS14, and his team, which is developing a smartphone-based handheld drug system for law enforcement applications, was selected to further advance their innovation at the national level through the National Science Foundation I-Corps program.
  4. Last week in Tallahassee, Florida Gov. Rick Scott presented the Champion of Service Award to UCF mechanical engineering Ph.D. candidate Albert Manero, ’12, MSAE14, for his work with Limbitless Solutions.
  5. A group of student-athletes is spreading Christmas cheer with the help of Mariah Carey, some jolly dance moves, and a video that’s making its way around the Internet.

Five Things Alumni Need to Know — April 27, 2015

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Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. Engineering students showed off their inventions and new technologies during the Senior Design Showcase on Friday. From a three-in-one ocean rescue trailer, to a detection-and-alert system for parents who travel with infants in their cars’ backseats, to a drone laser tag game, the projects gave students a chance to illustrate their readiness to work in the field of engineering.
  2. It’s finals week! Remember those days? Well, now, the UCF Student Government Association rewards dedicated students “caught” studying in the John C. Hitt Library. Tonight, as part of its annual Kram for the Exam event, SGA members will reward studiers with drawstring bookbags filled with note cards, Post-it Notes, pens, pencils and highlighters, as well as tummy satisfiers like mints, gummies, Cheez-Its and bottles of water.
  3. On April 22, FAIRWINDS Credit Union was presented with the UCF Partnership Award for its philanthropic support, service and commitment to the university. The award was accepted by the company’s president and CEO, Larry Tobin, ’83, during the President’s Partnership Reception at The Burnett House. In 2004, FAIRWINDS made a significant donation to construct the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center.
  4. Ever been to UCF’s Public History Center in Sanford? This weekend is a great time to check it out, as a new demonstration wildflower garden makes it debut for MayFest! Plants include blanketflower, southern beeblossom, meadow beauty and blazing star, which are part of two dozen Florida native wildflowers on display.
  5. Noteworthy alumni events:
    • Wednesday, April 29 — Rosen College alumni, faculty, staff and students commence for the college’s fourth annual Hospitality Knight. This networking and career development event features Tim Miles, an international marketing strategist, speaker and best-selling author, as the evening’s guest speaker.
    • Friday, May 1 — A group of selected College of Engineering and Computer Science alumni will participate in the college’s AlumKnights at Work series. This time, Knights will get a special, behind-the-scenes look at Kennedy Space Center.
    • Saturday, May 2 — The UCF Community Volunteers Alumni Chapter hosts a coastal cleanup at New Smyrna Beach. Family and friends are welcome!