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Hurricane Ian Update:

Classes are canceled Wednesday, Sept. 28, through Friday, Sept. 30. Classes are expected to resume Monday, Oct. 3.

The university will close for operations Wednesday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Sept. 29.

Read the full update 👇

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education4 days ago

Eric Smith ’93, a criminal justice alum, has served in numerous roles throughout his 27-year tenure at the Orlando Police Department. Most recently, he became the city’s newest chief of police.

“Our community is very close, and having the opportunity to better serve them is so important to me.”

Congratulations, Chief Smith!

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education1 week ago

#UCFCCIE alumna Maria Vazquez ’95MEd ’10EdD will become the first Hispanic superintendent of Orange County Public Schools.

The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Vazquez says her parents made significant sacrifices for their family and always emphasized the importance of education. “I hope that other children who have stories similar to my own see that if they set a goal and work hard, they will be able to succeed. I am a living, breathing example of the power education has to transform lives.”

#HispanicHeritageMonth

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education2 weeks ago

It was a day of networking and collaboration for our future educators. 📚

Knights from our School of Teacher Education got to listen to nationally acclaimed book authors and engage in hands-on workshops with faculty, community experts and district leaders to discuss all things education.

Here’s a backstage look 👀

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education2 weeks ago

Congratulations to Staci Zavattaro, a UCF School of Public Administration professor and 2022-23 Richard P. Nathan Public Policy fellow.

Zavattaro is one of 13 scholars awarded a fellowship this year from SUNY - The State University of New York's Rockefeller Institute of Government. Her research will focus on examining issues faced by public deathcare professionals to identify policy and resource interventions.

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education2 weeks ago

Meet this week's #UCFCCIEKnight, Jan Soto Acevedo, a legal studies student and president of UCF's Moot Court.

Jan received scholarships for Ivy League schools, but ultimately, UCF's student involvement opportunities made it easy for Jan to decide. "Before I came to UCF, I researched organizations I wanted to be a part of. Even before starting my first semester here, I knew I wanted to join Moot Court."

Jan's primary goal as a UCF student was to make an impact by involving himself in community work as much as possible.

"Moot Court gave me that opportunity. I've been a member for three years and president for the last two. In my first year, we made it to nationals. This past year, we climbed even further and got to the Top 16 at nationals. And this year, hopefully, we'll make it to No. 1. However, my love for teaching and mentorship keeps me going and coming back. I've gotten to see this group of individuals grow and learn. I want to see them continue to prosper."

Jan is majoring in political science with a minor in legal studies. Why these two fields? "A good way to encapsulate political science and legal studies is that it paints a full picture of the law. To understand how the law should be interpreted, you need to understand how it was created (political science) and how it's reviewed (legal studies). You gain the knowledge necessary to move a nation forward when you meet in the middle."

After graduation, Jan wants to continue exploring his passion for national security law by applying to a graduate program at John Hopkins University. He also hopes to join the Supreme Court Undergraduate Internship next spring.

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