Five Things Alumni Need to Know This Week - September 30, 2019

1. On Saturday night, before our Knights took the field against UConn, Coach Heup told the team, "Be us." Aaaand that's what happened. It was an incredible night in the Bounce House, with 44,164 in attendance. Thanks to everyone who came out for our Family Weekend events, Indoor Tailgate and the game!

We've got our matchup with Cincinatti this Friday night, so find a Watch Party near you to cheer on our team with fellow black-and-gold-wearing friends. Or! If you just so happen to live in Cincinatti, you're in luck. Our Cincinatti Alumni Club is hosting a tailgate before the game. Be there.

2. Our very own former UCF student-athlete, Katie McCain ’07, who was the lead producer for the above Nike "Dream Crazy" ad, has won the Outstanding Commercial Award during the 71st annual Emmy Awards! Learn more about Katie and the story behind the ad in this UCF Today article.

3. This Thursday, Oct. 3, an impressive group of alumni and climate-change advocates are hosting the Second Annual Climate Correction, a conference and expo dedicated to sharing and collaborating on climate change solutions. Get your details and your tickets right here.

4. Homecoming is on the horizon and we've got a lot of really great events planned for alumni and friends (as well as some student events that you're welcome to join!). Mark your calendar for Oct. 14-19 with "HOMECOMING WEEK, GO KNIGHTS, CHARGE ON" and then check here for all the details on what we've got planned.

5. "The UCF RESTORES Clinic was recently awarded $1 million from the U.S. Army to continue development of its own virtual-reality software to treat active-duty service members, military veterans and first responders who experience post-traumatic stress disorder. 'This funding will allow us to develop new tools to further improve the treatment outcome for PTSD,' said Deborah Beidel, director of the clinic. 'To provide the highest level of care – based on the most rigorous science – is not just our goal, but our commitment to everyone whose life has been changed by trauma.' More than 750 service members, veterans, first responders, survivors of sexual assault and mass shootings have been treated at the clinic. The clinic uses virtual reality to deliver treatment through a technique known as exposure therapy to simulate a patient’s traumatic experience and help reduce the anxiety a patient associates with the experience." Read more in this UCF Today article.

Also! Interested in hearing more from Dr. Beidel and about UCF RESTORES Clinic? Be at our Charge On: Rise Above Panel on Oct. 16!