Five Things Alumni Need to Know This Week – June 4, 2018

UCF Football Game Time Graphic

1. The American Athletic Conference released game times and television partners for three of the UCF football team’s 2018 matchups. The season opener at UConn on Aug. 30 will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU. UCF hosts FAU in a Friday night contest on Sept. 21, which is set to begin at 7 p.m. on ESPN. UCF’s Nov. 1 home game with Temple is slated to get under way at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

2. UCF alumni are encouraged to help usher in the next generation of Knights at Freshman Welcome events this week in Tampa Bay (June 6) and Southwest Florida (June 7). Enjoy complimentary hors d’ourves, beverages and UCF-themed giveaways as we induct local high school seniors and their families into the UCF family.

For a full list of upcoming events hosted by UCF Alumni, visit

3. The founder of uBreakiFix, Justin Wetherill ’07, is part of the UCF Alumni family. Hear how the UCF College of Business Administration helped Wetherill start and grow his business for the past decade.

4. Orange County is opening a new fire station today that is expected to improve emergency responses in an area that includes UCF. The new station is located at 10679 University Blvd.

5. Word on the street is that USF Athletic Director Mark Harlan has accepted the same position at Utah. We can neither confirm nor deny that losing the War on I4 rivalry trophy to UCF in back-to-back seasons played a part in his decision to leave Tampa, but we wish him well in his new endeavors.

UCF and USF Put Aside Rivalry in Spirit of Thanksgiving


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.


UCF Among Top 30 Worldwide for Patents

(Photo: CFF Archive)
(Photo: CFF Archive)

By Amelia Truong
Digital Producer, Central Florida Future

UCF ranks No. 30 out of 100 universities worldwide that were granted U.S. utility patents in 2014.

As one of the three Florida High Tech Corridor research universities, UCF joins the University of South Florida and the University of Florida, totaling 257 granted patents, according to a list by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

The list recognizes the important role patents play in university research and highlights the corridor region’s growth as a high-tech hub through continued innovation and technology transfer from universities to marketplace.

UCF totaled 66 granted patients, while No. 13 USF totaled 104 patents, and No. 20 UF had 87 granted patents.

Collectively, the three universities beat out other established and well-recognized, high-tech hubs, such as North Carolina’s Research Triangle and Austin’s Silicon Hills region.

The Research Triangle universities — Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina —totaled 109 patents, while 230 were granted to the Texas universities, including the entire University of Texas system, Rice University and Texas A&M University.

“The countless scientists, researchers, innovators and inventors at UCF, USF, UF and throughout our region, enrich our innovation ecosystem and work tirelessly to make tomorrow better than it is today,” said Randy Berridge, president of Florida High Tech Corridor Council.

The corridor is an economic development initiative that has resulted in a strategic approach to high-tech economic development, supporting factors that include matching funds research, marketing and workforce development on a regional rather than local basis.

This article appeared in a July 8, 2015, edition of the Central Florida Future online. It has been slightly edited in accordance with AP and alumni association style guidelines. See original story.