Five Things UCF Alumni Need to Know This Week - Jan. 6, 2020

Photo by David Gallucci

1. Before UCF capped its third straight double-digit-win season with a resounding 48-25 victory over Marshall in the Gasparilla Bowl, Knight fans kicked off the party at the UCF ChargeOn Tailgate. Scroll through our event photo gallery to see photos from the fun at George M. Steinbrenner Field. 

2. UCF's first on-campus hotel is scheduled for a spring opening. The 179-room Celeste Hotel, located at the main entrance of campus at the corner of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail, will also feature 10,000 square feet of conference and event space, a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, private dining room and more. Read this UCF Today piece for more information on the Celeste Hotel. 

Photo courtesy of Kelly Grillo

3. Kelly Grillo ’05MA ’11PhD got straight Fs her freshman year of high school. But despite facing a learning disability and several challenges in school, Grillo persevered and is now inspiring the next generation as an award-winning teacher. Read her story here.

4. Everyone's favorite 7-foot-6 UCF alumnus, Tacko Fall, is quickly becoming a sensation for the Boston Celtics (And what's not to love?). The fan-favorite earned more than 100,000 fan votes in the first wave of voting for the NBA All-Star Game despite playing in only three games, prompting Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White to call on Knight Nation for support. You can cast your ballot and vote for Tacko here.

5. There's no question 2019 was a big year for UCF. Take a walk down memory lane and relive 2019 with this UCF year in review video.