Five Things Alumni Need to Know This Week - September 9, 2019

1. Since last time we 5-thing’ed, our football team has racked up 110 points collectively against FAMU and FAU, securing a solid start to the 2019 season! The W over FAU this weekend was a clear reminder to anyone who needed reminding — our team comes to play and don’t ever mess with Knightro. That win also bumped us up to a 16/17 ranking heading into Saturday’s home game against Stanford.

2. Not only is our football team making news in the world of rankings, but the entire university is, too! For the third consecutive year, UCF has been recognized among the nation’s most innovative universities according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges Rankings. Interim President Thad Seymour Jr. told UCF Today, “UCF’s innovation comes from its exceptional people, its use of technology to help students succeed and the power of partnerships to have the greatest impact. That’s what makes us one of the country’s model 21st-century universities and the nation’s leading producer of talent.”

3. Now that football season is back in full swing, so are our Alumni events to get fans like you properly stoked to go “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!” Join us at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center this Saturday, Sept. 14 for our pre-Stanford-game Indoor Tailgate and start making arrangements to meet us in Pittsburg on Sept. 21 for our matchup against the Pittsburg Panthers and a UCF ChargeOn Tailgate. Both of these events are excellent chances to gather with fellow Knights, have some drinks, share a meal and get pumped for gameday with our UCF spirit team!  

4. “As Central Floridians prepared for Hurricane Dorian, six UCF medical students left the comforts of home to care for special needs patients at community shelters. The six are among 20 College of Medicine students certified as emergency responders this summer through a partnership with Seminole County Emergency Management Services. The four-day training course was the idea of Todd Husty, a volunteer assistant professor of emergency medicine, who suggested medical students be trained to provide triage services at local shelters during natural disasters.” Read the rest of the story here.

5. If you are a recent graduate or just an alumna or alumnus who is under the age of 32, we’d love to have you be a part of the Young Alumni Council! This is a strong network of young alumni who care about UCF and want to connect with other Knights entering the workforce. This group hosts Watch Parties, service projects and other incredible events. Learn more here.