Five Things Alumni Need to Know this Week – Aug. 27, 2018

UCF Watch Parties

1.UCF FOOTBALL IS BACK THIS WEEK! We know our alumni are pumped for the season opener this Thursday against UConn. In fact, we have more than 30 official #UCFWatchParty locations across the nation where Knights fans will gather to cheer for a black and gold victory!

2. Speaking of football, our first home game is Saturday, Sept. 8 against South Carolina State. Get game day ready with this Fan Guide to UCF Football Season, featuring information on parking, tickets, traditions, and our favorite, Indoor Tailgates!

3. News from the heart of Downtown Orlando: UCF Downtown will open its doors to 7,700 students in less than a year! Take a look at how this game-changing campus will increase access for students and foster collaboration with our partners.

4. Our Knights are out of this world! The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has awarded alumnus Larry Bradley ’94 the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence for his contributions to space exploration. The foundation has also named two UCF students as Astronaut Scholars.

5. Last week, the Orlando City Council, Orange County commissioners and the UCF Board of Trustees approved the transfer of the Sanford Burnham Prebys building in Lake Nona to UCF so the university can repurpose the facility into a comprehensive cancer research and treatment center. The new UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center will house cancer researchers, clinical trials and treatment for patients.

Houston, We Have a Victory!

The Chicago UCF Alumni Chapter cheered on our Knights at the Pony Inn.
The Chicago UCF Alumni Chapter cheered on our Knights at the Pony Inn.
Watch Parties | UCF at Houston

Alumni gathered from coast to coast Thursday evening to watch our Knights play their first conference game of the season, as they took on the Houston Cougars. Many of the alumni association’s regional chapters and clubs hosted watch parties for the matchup — from Florida to San Francisco, and everywhere in between.

In addition, the alumni association hosted an AlumKnight Out at BlackFinn American Grille on Wednesday night to get everyone excited for what ended in another win for the Knights!

Check out more photos from watch parties across the nation.