Five Things Alumni Need to Know this Week—Feb. 27

    1. In case you haven’t heard by now, Kenneth G. Dixon has made a gift commitment of more than $5 million to UCF Athletics. It is the largest cash pledge ever by an individual UCF alumnus. In recognition of this gift, a 95-acre section of campus will be named the Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village. Check out this gallery to see more of what UCF’s vice president and director of athletics Danny White envisions for the future.

2. “It was so special to walk off the court seeing fans rush the floor. It was a wonderful experience. And that’s what we want to see. We have always said we’re not going to get anything special done without all of us being committed. That’s our student body, our community, our players and staff. Tonight, I think it all came together where everyone was engaged. I thought the students were great. I thought our fans were amazing. It was electric in there again tonight.”

That’s UCF men’s basketball head coach Johnny Dawkins following Sunday’s big win over No. 15 Cincinnati, marking the fourth victory over a ranked opponent in program history.

3. President John C. Hitt will celebrate his 25th anniversary on March 1. At last count in  September 2016, President Hitt has conferred more than 240,000 degrees at UCF. Read more about UCF’s accomplishments under his leadership over the last 25 years.

4. UCF’s lead in the War on I4 series just got a boost from track and field’s title win at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. Redshirt senior Anne-Marie Blaney was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet. The NCAA Indoor Championships will take place in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11, one week before UCF opens the outdoor season at home with the UCF Black and Gold Challenge.

5. More than 200 faculty, staff and students from the UCF music and theatre departments are collaborating on Oklahoma! for Celebrate the Arts, which runs from April 7-14. All events are free but tickets are required for all performances and entrance into the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Visit for more information.

Five Things Alumni Need to Know this Week—Sept. 5, 2016



1. UCF clocks in at 59th overall on Washington Monthly’s recently released College Guide and Rankings. The publication rates colleges based on “what they did for their country.” No surprise here that UCF ranked among the top 10 percent overall, second among Florida’s public institutions and 32nd among public national universities. This ranking pairs nicely with UCF’s standing among Kiplinger’s Best College Values where we are 36th among the nation’s public colleges. Go Knights!

2. Welcome back, UCF Football! The Knights dominated South Carolina State, 38-0, to kick off the season with a bang and deliver a win to Scott Frost in his debut as a head coach. Up next: UCF travels to nationally ranked Michigan (preseason No. 7/8) this Saturday for a noon matchup that will air on ABC.

3. Two scientists at UCF have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid – say what?! This discovery potentially opens a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries. Score one for the smart guys!

4. UCF is still in the running for Big 12 expansion after the conference narrowed down its list of candidates by nearly a third of the pool to 12 schools, ESPN reported last week. According to the article, UCF, which has not commented publicly, is expected to make an in-person presentation to league officials in Dallas this week. The league has said it hopes to make a decision on expansion by the Big 12’s regularly scheduled board of directors meeting Oct. 17.

5. When the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games begin this week, UCF alumnus Chris Seilkop, ’92, will represent Team USA in sitting volleyball. Seilkop, a DeLand, Fla., native, is making his fourth Paralympics appearance. Learn more about Seilkop’s story on Tuesday at