30 Under 30 Nomination

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Program Highlights

The 30 Under 30 awards program recognizes outstanding young alumni who continue to "Reach for the Stars" in their professional and personal lives. Young alumni currently make up one third of our alumni population, making them our largest constituent base. This fall, the UCF community will gather to celebrate the achievements of these individuals in the areas of professional success, community involvement and/or university engagement.

2015 Inaugural class winners

2015 Award Winners

  • Joshua A. Andone, Esq. ’11 | Attorney, Hale, Hale & Jacobson
    College of Business Administration
  • Stephanie C. Bolyard MSENVE12 | Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, UCF
    College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Keith Brawner ’08 MSCPE10 PhD13 | Adaptive Tutoring Scientist, United States Army Research Laboratory
    College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Naomi Brownstein ’08 | Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine
    The Burnett Honors College / College of Sciences
  • Janelle N. Burrowes ’13 | Service Director, Boys & Girls Club
    College of Arts and Humanities
  • Shelby J. Campbell, ’09 | Doctor of Audiology, My Family ENT
    College of Health and Public Affairs
  • Amanda N. Castro ’12 | Anchor/Reporter, 41NBC/WMGT
    College of Sciences
  • Chris Castro, ’10 | Program Manager, Office of Sustainability & Energy/Senior Energy Advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer, City of Orlando
    College of Undergraduate Studies
  • Brett R. Chiavari ’07 | Owner & President, BC Restaurant Group
    College of Business Administration
  • Aaron Dietz MA13 PhD14 | Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    College of Sciences
  • Reshad D. Favors Esq. ’10 | Attorney & Fellow, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation/United States Congress
    College of Business Administration
  • Julie Frost ’12 | Performer, Comfort Crew for Military Kids
    College of Arts and Humanities / College of Sciences
  • Christopher R. Frye ’13 | Physics Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University
    The Burnett Honors College / College of Sciences
  • Andre Garcia ’08 | Human Factors Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    College of Sciences
  • Lindsay C. Gartrell ’10 | Corporate Training Manager, The Kessler Collection Inaugural Class
    Rosen College of Hospitality Management
  • Adam J. Giery ’08 MA11 | Principal, Strategos Group
    College of Education and Human Performance
  • Jen Glantz ’10 | Founder and CEO, Bridesmaid for Hire
    College of Arts and Humanities / College of Sciences
  • Kristin Harris ’11 | Associate Celebrity Editor & Talent Relations, Buzzfeed
    College of Sciences
  • Jake Junot MBA11 | Vice President of Global Accounts, C3Research
    College of Business Administration
  • Bridget D. Keefe ’09 MPA11 | Executive Director, Downtown Orlando Partnership
    Rosen College of Hospitality Management / College of Health and Public Affairs
  • Jamile M. Kitnurse ’08 MBA10 MSBM11 | Regional Marketing Manager, Diamond Resorts International
    College of Business Administration
  • Stephanie Ann Koszalka MSW12 | Director of Human Trafficking Victim Services, Florida Abolitionist Inc.
    College of Health and Public Affairs
  • Albert C. Manero ’12 MSAE14 | Lab Director, The Limbitless Project
    The Burnett Honors College / College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Lauren Niederhiser ’12 | Assistant Project Manager, Walt Disney Imagineering
    The Burnett Honors College / College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Gregory A. Pearlman Jr. ’08 | Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
    College of Business Administration
  • Leigha Audrey Proctor ’10 | Director of Business Development, Transperfect Translations
    College of Business Administration
  • Aubree A. Rider ’10 | Co-founder & Owner, The Heroes Group
    College of Business Administration
  • Danny A. Rivera ’12 MPA14 | Special Assistant to Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Government
    College of Health and Public Affairs
  • Colton J. Tapoler ’12 | Instructional Lead, Florida Virtual School
    College of Arts and Humanities / College of Education and Human Performance
  • Victoria Vighetto ’10 MNM13 | Executive Director, March of Dimes Central Florida Division
    College of Health and Public Affairs

Congratulations to all! Go Knights! Charge On!


Timeline:
  • Aug. 1, 2017: Nominations open
  • Aug. 31, 2017: Nominations close
  • Oct. 13, 2017: Class of 2017 30 under 30 honorees notified

 

Please submit nominations to Anne Fitch via e-mail at UCFFund@ucf.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is 30 Under 30?
30 Under 30 is an awards program that recognizes outstanding young UCF alumni who have continued to reach for the stars in their professional and personal lives since graduating from the University of Central Florida.

Young alumni currently make up one third of our alumni population making them the largest constituent base. The 30 Under 30 awards program seeks to connect young alumni to the UCF community.

Each fall, the UCF community celebrates the achievements of these individuals and the impact they have made in their profession, community, or the university post commencement with the 30 Under 30 awards.

Who is eligible for 30 Under 30?
UCF alumni (graduate or undergraduate) age 30 or under as of June 30, 2017 are eligible for 30 Under 30.

What are the requirements for 30 Under 30?
Nominees for 30 Under 30 must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with UCF and strive to uphold the tenants of the UCF Creed.

The UCF Creed
“Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence are the core values that guide our conduct, performance, and decisions.”

30 Under 30 nominations should speak to the achievements of the individual. Candidates will be considered based on exceptional achievement in one or more of the following:
• professional success
• community involvement
• university impact

Who can submit a nomination?
An individual, civic or service group or corporation may submit a nomination. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Who selects the winners?
The University of Central Florida Young Alumni Council will select the 30 Under 30 award recipients.

When are nominations due?
Nomination applications are due by Aug. 31, 2017.

When will award winners be selected?
Winners be selected and all nominees notified by Oct. 13, 2017.

How will award winners be recognized?
30 Under 30 award winners will receive on field recognition at the Nov. 12 home football game against Cincinnati. Winners will also be recognized in print and online publications.

Where do I send a nomination or ask questions?
For more information or to submit a nomination, please contact Anne Fitch via e-mail at UCFFund@ucf.edu or by phone at 407.882.0565.

Eligibility and Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of the University of Central Florida (undergraduate or graduate degree).

  • Must be age 30 or under on June 30, 2017.

  • Must have made an impact in one or more of the following areas: professional success, community involvement, and/or university engagement.

  • Must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining a lifelong relationship with UCF.

  • Must strive to uphold the tenants of the UCF Creed.

  • Must be willing to submit a professional headshot that can be published by UCF Alumni and other UCF entities, as deemed appropriate.

  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

 Questions? Contact Heather Junod.

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