Five Things UCF Alumni Need to Know This Week - Jan. 13, 2020

A performance of "Mass" at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2018.

Photo by Austin S. Warren

1. UCF Celebrates the Arts, a 10-day event featuring a wide range of performances and work by students, staff and faculty, returns to the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts April 7-19. A Twilight Zone inspired performance by The Flying Horse Big Band, Choral Concert for a Cause, Improv Night and so much more are on tap for attendees. Tickets will be available for purchase at and the UCF box office at 407-823-1500 starting March 2, but until then you can see the list of performances and events here.

2. Shaquem Griffin '16 burst through the Packers' offensive line and took down Aaron Rodgers, earning his first career sack last night. And Griffin's twin brother, Shaquill, was right there to celebrate the moment. Despite the timely sack, the Griffin twins' Seattle Seahawks fell to the Green Bay Packers 28-23, ending their season. There are no remaining UCF Knights in the playoffs with conference championship weekend up next.

Courtesy of Jen Rosen ’09 (left) and Kelly Nader ’16 (right)

3. After earning degrees in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media Jen Rosen ’09 and Kelly Nader ’16 took different paths before working on the set of ABC's "Shark Tank." Read more about Rosen and Nader's career journeys in this UCF Today piece.

4. UCF men's soccer standouts Cal Jennings and Jonathan Dean '18 will embark on their professional careers after being selected in the MLS SuperDraft last week. Jennings, a forward who bagged 18 goals in 20 matches as a senior, was selected No. 17 overall by FC Dallas. Dean, a midfielder who served as team captain, was taken 39th overall by local club Orlando City.

5. A UCF study, which was published in December, found that participation in judo helped children with autism become more physically active and, in some cases, more comfortable with social interaction. Check out the video above or read more in this piece from UCF Today.