Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Nov. 30, 2015

(PHOTO: Bernard Wilchusky, Central Florida Future)

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. On Dec. 1 and 2, UCF Emergency Management and the UCF Police Department are teaming up to offer a series of classes to teach students, and faculty and staff members how to think and act quickly in the worst-case scenario. Shots Fired is a two-part class that educates attendees about the UCF Alert emergency notification system and the “Run. Hide. Fight.” method of reacting to an active shooter.
  2. After a devastating 0-12 season, the excitement is building for who will become UCF’s next head football coach. Multiple sources — including the Central Florida Future, SB Nation and — are speculating Bowling Green’s Dino Babers may be George O’Leary’s replacement. But, with a MAC Championship game on the line Friday, Babers isn’t confirming anything. Stay tuned!
  3. Two UCF music alumni literally blew past the competition on their way to winning national trumpet auditions for high-profile bands. Ron Schaer, ’02, won the principal trumpet audition for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Los Angeles, and Francis Franqui, ’04, won a spot as a bugler in the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps.
  4. On Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m., three UCF choruses will perform a free concert, titled “Songs in Waiting,” at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando, to celebrate the holiday season. The performance features the University Chorus, the Women’s Chorus and the Chamber Singers, as well as many vocal and instrument soloists, and will be led by David Brunner and Kelly Miller, faculty members in the UCF School of Performing Arts.
  5. Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the UCF Knight in your life? has great ideas for him, for her, and for kids!