1. Congrats to the UCF baseball team and first-year head coach Greg Lovelady who hit it out of the park over the weekend with their series win over nationally ranked USF for the Knights’ first conference championship since 2004. UCF clinched the No. 1 seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Clearwater and will face East Carolina on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. For complete championship information, including how to buy tickets — we’re looking at you Tampa Knights – please visit theamerican.org.
2. If you know a young alumnus or young alumna doing great work, we want to hear about it! Nominations for UCF Alumni’s 30 Under 30 are now open until May 28. FYI, those nominated must be age 30 or under on June 30, 2017, and self-nominations are not considered.
3. Just when you thought graduation was over… we bring you the graduating class of the College of Medicine! Congrats to the 113 M.D. students who received their degrees over the weekend, including this former Broadway actor.
4. UCF Alumni is hosting several Freshman Welcome events around the state in June and alumni are welcome to attend to support our newest Knights! These free events with light hors d’ouvres and beverages are a great opportunity to share your black and gold bond with the next generation. Check for events in your area:
*Southwest Florida – June 3, 2-4 p.m.
*Jacksonville – June 4, 1-3 p.m.
*Southeast Florida – June 8, 6-8 p.m.
*Tampa — June 28, 6-8 p.m.
1. Turtle power for the win! UCF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have reached a historic agreement that will establish a permanent conservation research facility at the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Once the new space is built, UCF expects to broaden its research to other coastal conservation areas including studies about the endangered southeastern beach mouse, scrub jays and gopher tortoises that also call the Archie Carr Refuge home.
2. We bid farewell to the Central Florida Future, UCF’s long-standing student-run newspaper, which is ceasing publication after 48 years in circulation. A multi-award-winning publication, it was named a national finalist for “Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper” by the Society of Professional Journalists. A special goodbye issue will hit newsstands and the web on Aug. 4.
3. Hats off to the graduates! Roughly 3,600 students will join UCF’s alumni base of more than 260,000 after two commencement ceremonies take place at CFE Arena on Saturday.
4. The National Down Syndrome Congress honored UCF Go Baby Go! with a President’s Award last week. Physical therapy lecturer Jennifer Tucker started a UCF branch of Go Baby Go! to help improve the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. Tucker and colleagues have held workshops where physical therapy students and staff members join families and community members to retrofit motorized toy cars for children in need of enhanced mobility.
5. Florida Cup is coming to Bright House Networks Stadium in January. The Florida Cup is the largest international sporting event held annually in Central Florida. Broadcast live to over 170 countries, the tournament reaches more than 650 million households. The event is set to take place from Jan. 7-21, 2017 across several venues throughout Central Florida.
The Palm Beach alumni chapters of the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida — two schools that are traditionally rivals — put their competitive spirits aside Tuesday night, combining a team of 50 volunteers at the Big Heart Brigade at Palm Beach Gardens’ Fire Station 63. Together, along with countless additional community volunteers, the schools helped assemble 75,000 meals for people in need across South Florida.
UCF and USF face off Thanksgiving evening at 7:30 in Bright House Networks Stadium. The game will air live on ESPN.