Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Feb. 22, 2016

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UCF student Joshua Gicker organized a special Valentine’s Day/birthday surprise for campus shuttle driver Maurice Mosby, raising more than $400 for the man who, Gicker says, takes the time to learn his passengers by name and delivers them a “good morning” every day. (See No. 4 below.)

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. Twenty students (out of UCF’s 63,000) were named as recipients of the 2016 Order of Pegasus, the university’s most prestigious student award.
  2. UCF Celebrates the Arts — a free festival of music, performances and visual displays — reprises its second season April 8-16 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the performing arts in downtown Orlando, with an extended program of student and faculty presentations and collaborations. The university’s annual spring dance concert kicks off the nine-day festival, which also includes many displays from the School of Visual Arts and Design. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit arts.cah.ucf.edu.
  3. This Thursday, expand your network and connect with fellow Knights! Mingle with alumni working in the nonprofit community during a joint Networking Knight at Bar Louie (UCF) from 6-8 p.m., hosted by the UCF School of Public Administration and UCF College of Health and Public Affairs Alumni Chapter. Or, join the College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Chapter for an alumni and student Networking Knight in the Engineering II building atrium from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  4. UCF students showed some love to their favorite campus shuttle driver, Maurice Mosby, as they surprised him with more than $400 in gift cards in honor of Valentine’s Day last week, which also happened to be Mosby’s birthday.
  5. Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix brings its World Tour 2016 to the CFE Arena on April 14!

Colleges of Business, Engineering and Sciences Host Joint Networking Knight

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Nearly 70 UCF alumni gathered for an evening of professional networking on Jan. 21. Alumni chapter volunteers from the College of Business Administration, College of Engineering and Computer Science, and College of Sciences partnered to host the event, which took place at the law offices of GrayRobinson in downtown Orlando.

While guests mingled with other professionals from a multitude of diverse fields, Dean Paul Jarley (business), Dean Michael Georgiopoulos (engineering) and Dean Michael Johnson (sciences) each addressed the group of Knights, speaking on the importance of networking, mentorship and advancement.

It was a great Networking Knight to kick off 2016!

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Charles Gray, founding director of GrayRobinson, played an instrumental role in the history of the University of Central Florida. Gray was honored by the UCF Alumni Association in October with the 2015 Champions Award for his continuous support and advocacy for the university.

Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Dec. 7, 2015

UCF engineering students, from left, Mathew Coalson, Evan Dipsiner, Keenan Bosworth, Caroline Kamm and Rebecca Shea are among the many members of the UCF chapter of Engineers Without Borders to build an aquaponics system to help the Bithlo community.
UCF engineering students (left to right) Mathew Coalson, Evan Dipsiner, Keenan Bosworth, Caroline Kamm and Rebecca Shea are among many other members of the UCF chapter of Engineers without Borders, who built an aquaponics system to help at-risk youth in Central Florida’s Bithlo community.

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. A group of students in the UCF chapter of Engineers without Borders spent 18 months building an aquaponics system for Central Florida’s Bithlo community, which will benefit students at the Orange County Academy, a private school serving at-risk youth.
  2. UCF’s Seminole County Alumni Club will host a Networking Knight, in conjunction with a toy drive and fundraiser, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the new Red Cypress Brewery in Winter Springs, which is owned by UCF alumnus Ryan Parker, ’09.
  3. Well, the rumors were just that — rumors. After much speculation that Bowling Green’s Dino Babers would be UCF’s next head football coach, it was instead announced last Monday that Oregon’s Scott Frost will be George O’Leary’s permanent replacement. “Fans better buckle their seat belts, because we’re going to punch the accelerator and go fast around here,” Frost said in his first press conference. Get ready, Knights!
  4. Knights who use service animals on campus are stressing the rules of etiquette when it comes to interacting with their furry friends.
  5. Looking for some fun holiday activities to do with the family this month? Visit Light Up UCF for ice skating, an ice slide, holiday movies, a light show, ferris wheel rides and, of course, Santa! And, this year, alumni can take advantage of the following discounts (online and at the box office):
    • $3 off ice skating with code ALUMNS
    • $17 for the Ultimate Pass with code ALUMNU

Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Nov. 16, 2015

UCF students, from left, Heather Lawrence, Carrie Chenicek, Austin Sturm and Jonathan Haas compete in CyberSEED. Photo courtesy CyberSEED
UCF students (left to right) Heather Lawrence, Carrie Chenicek, Austin Sturm and Jonathan Haas
won more than $25,000 in prize money competing in CyberSEED,
a cybersecurity conference hosted by the University of Connecticut.
PHOTO: Courtesy of CyberSEED

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. Later this morning, the UCF Nicholson School of Communication Hall of Fame will induct Michael Griffin, ’84, vice president of public affairs for Florida Hospital. And, on Wednesday, UCF’s College of Business and Rosen College alumni chapters will host a joint Networking Knight, with both colleges’ deans as special guests.
  2. Last week, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center! Whether you attended an event in the building, gave to the Manny Rodriguez ’75 Endowment or have been a sponsor, we sincerely thank everyone who has supported the alumni center during its first decade.
  3. This month also marks the 10th anniversary of DirectConnect to UCF, which guarantees students’ admission to the university with an associate’s degree from one of the university’s partner colleges. Happy anniversary, DirectConnect!
  4. UCF’s teams of cybersecurity experts cleaned up at another cyber competition, bringing home more than $25,000 in prize money and besting Ivy Leaguers from Yale and Brown universities, the Air Force Academy and others. Go Knights!
  5. On Friday, Light Up UCF returned to campus for its eighth season. The family-friendly activities — including ice skating, rides and holiday attractions — continue through Jan. 3.

Five Things Alumni Need to Know — Oct. 26, 2015

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Ericka Dunlap, ’04, performed the National Anthem during the 2015 Black & Gold Gala awards ceremony on Thursday night.

Here are five things you should know this week:

  1. The UCF Alumni Association celebrated the achievements of 16 Knights who have “Reached for the Stars” during its 2015 Homecoming Black & Gold Gala on Thursday evening. In addition to 11 Professional Achievement Awards, the association presented awards for Distinguished Student, Distinguished Alumnus, and Service to UCF, as well as the Michelle Akers Award and Champions Award. (Individual articles will continue to be posted throughout the coming weeks.)
  2. After the Knights fell 59-10 to No. 21 Houston during Saturday’s Homecoming game — the eighth straight loss this season — Head Football Coach George O’Leary announced his immediate retirement late yesterday.
  3. This week’s alumni events include a College of Business Administration Alumni and Student Networking Knight tonight, and the UCF San Diego Alumni Club’s Knight at the Museum tomorrow night.
  4. Concluding LGBTQ+ History Month, UCF will host Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” actress Lea DeLaria (“Carrie”), who will serve as keynote speaker during the closing ceremony tomorrow afternoon.
  5. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) congratulated UCF’s two-time national champion Cyber Defense Competition Team in a Senate floor statement on Oct. 20.

College Alumni Chapters Host Joint Networking Knight

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Hannah Zuk, ’12 (left), and Chelsea Honey, ’14, were the lucky winners of the evening’s UCF swag gift baskets.
Networking Knight | Business + Engineering/Computer Science

About five dozen alumni from the UCF College of Business Administration and UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science alumni chapters mingled during a joint Networking Knight at the University Club on Jan. 21.

Many of the evening’s attendees included alumni who graduated with degrees from both colleges, as well as recent graduates attending their first alumni event.

Guests heard from both college alumni chapter chairs, as well as Paul Jarley, dean of the UCF College of Business Administration.

The group also heard from Jeff Ostlie, the University Club’s membership chair, who discussed the club’s history and gave a tour of the space.

Cheers to a successful Knight!

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