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Tales from UCF’s Very First Day of Classes

Oct. 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the first day of classes, and Linda (Singer) Black ’71 was one of 1,948 students there to experience it. ...

Many People Who Are Stalked Never Tell Anyone

According to survey data from more than 2,100 adults, one-quarter of Americans who have been stalked never told anyone about it.  The finding comes from a study about stalking published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology in July 2018. The study sheds light on the fact that many who experience stalking never report it; ...

Stand Alone ERs Popping Up in Your Neighborhood

Stand Alone ER's are popping up everywhere and they're equipped to do everything a hospital ER can do. Think of it as the new healthcare on demand! "We want our healthcare and we want it now," says Philip Wessel an Associate Instructor of Health Management at UCF. ...

I Am Not a “Fundraiser” — I Build Bridges

As a three-time Knight graduate, I am proud to work for UCF. Coming back to my alma mater as a professional is not only a dream come true, it’s being able to give back to the institution that gave me my start. From former classmates to new external relationships, I ...

UCF Alumnus Directs Lockheed Martin’s Relief Efforts for Hurricane Maria

Forty horses. Sixteen cars. One commercial airplane. What do these things all have in common? They each weigh roughly 80,000 pounds, the amount of relief supplies Lockheed Martin’s crisis-management lead Ron Hawks ’12 helped a team to collect, organize and deliver to Puerto Rico last year after it was severely damaged by Hurricane ...

UCF Alumna Brings Passion For Community To Career At City Hall

It’s no secret that Orlando is growing exponentially. Recently, the metro area’s population surpassed 2.5 million for the first time ever. With the seemingly endless addition of buildings and the 56,000 people that moved to the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford areas in 2017, it can be easy for residents to feel confused about ...
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Meet this week’s #UCFCCIEKnight, Madelena Lawida, a student in our school psychology program.

After graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology from Binghamton University, Maddi was introduced to the field of school psychology. It was a perfect fit for her since it blends her passions for education and psychology, so she moved to Florida all the way from Buffalo, New York.

"School psychology is a combination of all the things I love. I was familiar with UCF, and when I learned about the school psychology program here, I was even more intrigued. I visited the campus before applying, and every single person who I spoke to at UCF was nothing but friendly and helpful. Knowing that I would be surrounded by these types of people in a great program on a beautiful campus made it easy to decide to attend here.”

Maddi is also a program assistant at UCF’s PedsAcademy, a program that facilitates meaningful and engaging activities across all school subject areas for patients at Nemours Children’s Hospital. “Giving the children a sense of normalcy during their hospital stays and seeing their smiles while learning is so heartwarming. I encourage anyone who is eligible to apply to become an intern. You won’t regret it!”

Maddi’s main goal after completing her education specialist degree is simple: “To advocate for children and to help them succeed not only in school but in life. With the many challenges children face today, I want to be a positive force in their world.”

When she is not completing assignments for school, Maddi loves to travel. Last summer, she visited nine states and 12 national parks. “It was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget. The U.S. truly has beautiful places that you could never even imagine. Now, I have the travel bug.”

Where should Maddi travel next? 🚙 🌎

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education2 days ago

Angel Sanchez ’17 was a formerly incarcerated youth who served 12 years in prison. He earned his GED, a paralegal certificate through a correspondence course, and passed two college-level examination program tests in American History. Upon his release, he moved to Orlando and attended Valencia College before transferring to UCF.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts – summa cum laude – in political science and legal studies, earned the coveted Order of the Pegasus award, participated as a legislative scholar, and served as the president of UCF’s Moot Court team.

Last week, he was sworn into the Washington, D.C. Bar in the same courthouse where he was convicted in 1999. “Some of us are called to do the impossible. I never thought this day would come,” says Sanchez, who discovered his love for the law after reading a 1978 case of a former inmate who became a lawyer. “That’s the power of having role models.” Sanchez adds that he hopes others will now be inspired by his story.

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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education2 weeks ago

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 Education2 weeks 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 Education3 weeks 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.”


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UCF College of Community Innovation and Education3 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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