september 2017 NEWSLETTER
A Note To Our Knights
Between Harvey and Irma, it's been a rough month for a large portion of Knight Nation. With additional storms looming in uncertainty, we hope that you and your loved ones continue to recover and stay safe. So many of you have embraced the Knight spirit by giving back, donating supplies, opening up your home, lending a hand to your neighbors and volunteering in your communities. Your alma mater couldn't be prouder, and you continue to stay in our thoughts.
We express our sincere thanks to everyone in the UCF community who donated food items or made gifts to help restock the shelves of Knights Pantry. In less than a week, more than $80,000 has been raised, which will support the student-run organization's effort to help Knights year-round. If you are in the position to make a gift, please visit ucffoundation.org/knightshelpknights, and any non-perishable food items can be dropped off to the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center.
As always, Charge On!
-Your UCF Alumni family
New Homecoming Event for UCF Alumni
ChargeOn: Beyond the Sport is a unique professional development opportunity for UCF’s graduates and friends. This first-of-its-kind panel at UCF of Olympic gold medalists and national champions will feature head coaches Greg Lovelady, Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, Johnny Dawkins, Jeanette Bolden and Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. The group will discuss themes like leadership, motivation, teamwork and what it takes to reach the highest level of success in your personal and professional life.
The event is free but space is limited and registration is required.
Learn more about Homecoming Week’s schedule of events.
Records Broken at UCF
The new school year began Aug. 21 and UCF welcomed its largest and most diverse student body in its history. Enrollment now tops more than 66,000 students, and the fall freshman class has an average incoming GPA of 4.05, which marks a university record. A record 45 percent of current students are minorities, and 25 percent are the first in their families to attend college. What can we say? This is BIG.
College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series
The UCF College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series is back this September with six UCF faculty who are experts in topics relevant to the natural, computational, social or behavioral sciences and the developments in their respective fields. The 2017-18 series will be held monthly at Tuscawilla Country Club at 6 p.m., from September 2017 to April 2018 (excluding November and December). See the Full Lineup.
30 Under 30 Reception
You’ve heard their names, now learn more about this year’s 30 Under 30 award recipients. The group was recently honored at a special ceremony at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center. View the photo story
Know of an outstanding candidate not on the list? Anyone can nominate UCF alumnus for consideration, and nominations for the 2018 class will open in the spring. Check our social media and website for the all call for nominations this Spring.
UCF Among Nation's Most Innovative Universities
The University of Central Florida ranks among the nation’s most innovative universities along with Harvard, Stanford, Duke, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges of 2018 guide. UCF was listed as the No. 25 most innovative university out of nearly 1,400 universities and colleges in the nation.
Big Band News
The UCF Marching Knights have a new 3,500-square-foot home on the south side of campus, which opened in August. The facility is a welcome change for the 325-member band, which previously operated out of a trailer. President John C. Hitt and Jeff Moore, dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, welcomed band members, alumni, donors and other guests to the grand opening.
- Ride Of A Lifetime | New Hall-of-Fame inductee and alumna Kristi Overton Johnson ’92 traded in her life on the water for a life in prisons.
- UCF Alumnus Hits It Big at ‘Today’ Show | From interviewing Lin Manuel Miranda to taking flight with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, Aaron Brownlee '06 has experienced some incredible moments while working for NBC's the "Today" show.
- Hannah and Her Horses | Hannah Miller ’14 is a rare female athlete in the sport of amateur harness racing, and she’s making a name for herself as one of the nation’s top drivers.
- Pro Bowl | Stefanie Johnson ’06 ’08MA came to UCF to pursue her dream of a professional bowling career and now she’s living out that dream in Texas.
- Hoist The Colors | The City of Orlando raised a new flag July 31 on its 142nd birthday, and it was a particularly proud moment for Tim Eggert ’02, who crafted the design. The new flag was selected from more than 1,000 submissions in a contest that the City of Orlando launched in February.
- Dr. Mom | More than 3,700 students graduated in August, and Orlando native Taylor Bousfield ’13Med ’17PhD learned a valuable lesson as she pursued her doctorate while juggling life as a wife and working mother: don’t put off life for school, and don’t put off school for life.
- The UCF women’s soccer team is locked in at No. 14 in this week’s national rankings. Although Hurricane Irma disrupted their schedule, the Knights enter conference play this week with a 4-1 record, which includes a huge victory over No. 4 North Carolina. Interested in attending a match? Check the schedule.
- The UCF football team is back in action this weekend against Maryland for the first time after its 61-17 season-opening victory over FIU at Spectrum Stadium. UCF sophomore quarterback McKenzie Milton was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week following the win. And just announced, a sixth home game on Oct. 28!
- After successful campaigns in their first year at UCF, three coaches signed contract extensions in August: men’s basketball’s Johnny Dawkins; women’s basketball’s Katie Abrahamson-Henderson and baseball’s Greg Lovelady. Football head coach Scott Frost signed his extension back in May.
- The Knights made their hometown proud during Irma relief efforts by aiding the National Guard, filling sand bags and packing non-perishable food items.
- Armor up and Charge On at UCF Alumni’s Indoor Tailgates! Doors open at the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center three hours prior to kickoff and admission is free for all UCF alumni and their guests.
Save the Date for Giving Tuesday: Nov. 28
On Tuesday, Nov. 28 the UCF community will come together to show our support of this amazing university through philanthropy. Mark your calendar for this worldwide day of giving and get ready to share your love of Black & Gold with everyone you know!
Want to be an ambassador for UCF on Giving Tuesday? Email [email protected] for more info.
Regional Alumni Facebook Groups
Your UCF connection is never far from home! Each of our regional UCF Alumni Chapters and Clubs have their own Facebook groups, so join the fun with fellow Knights in your area.
Things to Do
- Sept. 20-24: Iphigenia and Other Daughters
- Sept. 22: College of Sciences Networking Event (Washington D.C.), 5:30-8 p.m.
- Sept. 23: UCF Young Alumni Watch Party at Hooch
- Sept. 23: UCF men’s soccer at USF (Tampa), 7 p.m.
- Sept. 28: UCF women’s soccer vs. Tulsa (conference opener), 7 p.m.
- Sept. 30: UCF Football vs. Memphis, 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 10: Comedy Knight, 8 p.m. (discount code UCFHC17)
- Oct. 11: “How to Handle Sensitive Topics on an Interview” Virtual Session, 10-11:30 a.m.
- Oct. 12: Concert Knight, 8 p.m. (discount code UCFHC17)
- Oct. 13: Spirit Splash, Noon
- Oct. 13: Charge On: Beyond the Sport, 2-3:30 p.m.
- Oct. 13: Fireworks on Memory Mall
- Oct. 14: UCF Alumni Indoor Tailgate, 3 hours before kickoff
- Oct. 14: UCF Football vs. ECU
- Nov. 10: Men's and Women's Basketball Doubleheader (Season Openers)
- Nov. 11: UCF Alumni Indoor Tailgate, 3 hours before kickoff
- Nov. 11: UCF Football vs. UCONN
- Nov. 24: UCF Alumni Indoor Tailgate, 3 hours before kickoff
- Nov. 24: UCF Football vs. USF
- Nov. 28: Giving Tuesday