Five Things Alumni Need to Know This Week - August 12, 2019

1. Fall semester is starting soon here on campus, which for students means a whole lot of new classes and late nights studying, and for alumni it means a fresh batch of opportunities to make a big difference in the life of a New Knight. These students need an alumnus or alumna like you to help them navigate this semester! Learn more about mentorship opportunities here.

2. We're feeling all kinds of proud of our first all-female cybersecurity competition team! This group, which is part of the university's decorated Collegiate Cyber Defense Club, finished among the top three at the Wicked6 Cyber Games in Las Vegas. Associate Lecturer Thomas Neodorst, who serves as the faculty advisor for [email protected], told UCF Today, “I knew they devoted many hours to practicing and their efforts paid off. I felt privileged to watch the team compete live on stage at the HyperX Esports Arena. Jensly, Sara, Lauryn and Sydney were focused on the mission at hand and appeared confident throughout most of the day. At times, I could see expressions of confusion and worry on their faces. But, as the round progressed, those expressions were replaced with huge smiles as the team successfully completed all their mission tasks in the final round with several minutes to spare.”

3. UCF Alumni is about to kick it up several notches with our events calendar and we'd love you to join in on some of the fun! Whether you're local to Orlando or your post-UCF successes have taken you far from home, check out our events calendar for what's happening in Knight Nation.

4. "The unfinished Majesty Building in Altamonte Springs is better known as the “I-4 Eyesore” to locals who have driven by it over the past 18 years. That thumb-shaped building was the inspiration for a popular T-shirt design by Andrew Chang ’12 ’14MHA. He started the local company Swan City in 2016 as a way of paying tribute to quirks and highlights of his adopted city. 'The snarky, kitschy feel of Swan City is very much my personality,' Chang says. In addition to tees, Swan City also has a line of slightly irreverent posters, candles and other merchandise in its online store." Read the rest of Andrew's story here.

5. "Laser scientist Christina C. C. Willis ’09MS ’13PhD has been selected for a one-year congressional fellowship in Washington to help craft recommendations and scientific policies. Willis will begin her Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship as a special legislative assistant in September thanks to her selection for the post by The Optical Society and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. 'I am excited to learn as much as I can about the legislative process and how science policy is crafted,' says the UCF alumna, who graduated with both her master’s degree and doctorate in optics. 'I look forward to expanding my skill set by working on a broad range of technical topics, especially the areas of energy and environmental policy, STEM education and STEM diversity.'" Read the full story here.