Five Things Alumni Need to Know — June 15, 2015

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The UCF Alumni Association hosted the chairs of its college, regional and special interest chapters and clubs during the annual AlumKnights of the Roundtable: 2015 Chapter & Club Council meeting on Saturday.

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. The UCF Jefferson Awards & Alumni Volunteer Reception took place Friday evening at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center, where nine Knights were honored, and many others recognized, for their countless acts of generosity and numerous volunteer hours to the alumni association.
  2. On Saturday, the UCF Alumni Association hosted its annual Chapter & Club Council meeting, where nearly 50 chapter and club alumni volunteers — from Central Florida and across the nation — gathered to discuss the alumni association’s strategic plan, as well as many other important topics.
  3. The next UCF MedTalk takes place this Wednesday at the Downtown PourHouse, where Dr. Griffith Parks will discuss “The Upshot on Viruses and Vaccines.” The MedTalk series allows participants to learn about current and innovative issues in medicine in a casual setting. This informative and interesting evening is open to everyone.
  4. Sonya Baumstein, ’09, the UCF alumna who was attempting to row solo across the Pacific Ocean was rescued over the weekend due to mechanical issues and bad weather.
  5. UCF students will attempt another Guinness World Record on Thursday — this time, for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson. The attempt is part of a worldwide campaign to promote swimming lessons to save lives.

High-Fives for a Higher Purpose

UCF community attempts Guinness World Record to bring awareness to 3-D arm-building team

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6-year-old Alex Pring was all smiles as he high-fived hundreds of UCF students, alumni, faculty and staff during a Guinness World Record attempt highlighting the work of UCF’s Limbitless Solutions. (PHOTO: Alexis Minieri, Central Florida Future)

By Angie Lewis, ’03

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, was an overcast, windy and rainy day on UCF’s Main Campus, but the weather didn’t put a damper on the mood of hundreds of high-fivers on Memory Mall who gathered for a Guinness World Record attempt.

While they didn’t beat the record for the longest high-five chain, the students, alumni, faculty and staff who participated did help bring attention to the team of UCF students, led by doctoral student Albert Manero, known as Limbitless Solutions, who built a 3-D arm for 6-year-old Alex Pring.

The event was organized by Microsoft OneNote, as part of its campaign called The Collective Project.

“It’s all about changing the world,” Manero says. “We want to be able to give a limb to every child who needs it and empower others to be part of the effort.”

More Info

Watch Alex lead the way on world-record day:

Learn more about Limbitless Solutions and The Collective Project:

Learn more about Albert Manero.