College of Arts and Humanities

Highlights

Africana Studies

New Africana Studies Online Collections

photoIn honor of Black History Month, the UCF Libraries and the Africana Studies program would like to announce the acquisition of five new African American primary source databases. These collections, which were acquired as part of a technology fee proposal, fill a crucial need for primary source material related to the far-ranging field of African Americana studies. They contain a treasure trove of unique material that will be invaluable to subjects such as Africana studies, history, political science, legal studies, literature, art, and more. Here’s what’s included in the package:

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Vabre selected for Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.

photoAnabelle Vabre has been selected as an intern for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C. Vabre is currently pursuing a B.A. in human communications and a minor in Africana Studies.

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CAH Dean

Think 30 offers new $1,000 scholarship

photoThe Think 30 campaign was created to encourage UCF students to complete 30 credit hours each year with the goal of a timely graduation that minimizes the expense of a college degree.

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English

Creative Writing professor Ephraim Scott Sommers releases his first book The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire

photoUCF Creative Writing professor Ephraim Scott Sommers has released his first book, a collection of poetry entitled The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire, this month through Tebot Bach Press.

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Five UCF First-Year Composition Students' Writing Featured in New Issue of Stylus

photoCongratulations to UCF students Kristina Abicca, Dana Mikkelsen, Taylor Rayfield, Amber Steward, and Shravan Yandra, all of whom have had work they produced in their first-year composition classes published in the latest issue of Stylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing. The subjects of their individual articles vary—from considerations of writing processes to the effects of multilingualism on note-taking and knowledge-making to the rhetoric behind design choices made on medical resource websites—but all share a sense that writing can be used to meaningfully inquire into the world around us. "Their work is truly outstanding," said Stylus faculty editor, Matthew Bryan, "and represents our first-year writing program very well."

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If Our Gatekeepers Can't Function Properly, We Are Doomed

photoAndrew Wakefield, a British doctor who lost his medical license in 2010, falsely claimed in a 1998 scientific paper published in The Lancet that measles, mumps and rubella vaccines cause autism and Crohn’s disease. His claims, though bogus, were widely reported and led to a decline in vaccination rates and new outbreaks of measles and mumps.

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New Chapbook Reno Published by Florida Review

photoReno, by Memphis author Nat Akin, has been published by Florida Review Publications as the fourth in a new series of chapbooks. The chapbook project was started by former editor Jocelyn Bartkevicius in honor of previous editor Jeanne Leiby, who had gone on from UCF to become the first female editor of the prestigious Southern Review at Louisiana State University, but died tragically in a car accident in 2011. The chapbook series features novella-length fiction or nonfiction or graphic narrative, the latter a genre that Jeanne pioneered in publishing; these longer forms tend to have a difficult time finding homes in traditional literary magazines such as The Florida Review.

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Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

From Reality to Fantasy

photoUCF alumus Matthew Laurence ’06, is being compared to Percy Jackson creator Rick Riordan thanks to his debut fantasy novel Freya.

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UCF Ranked No. 2 Video Game School in North America by Princeton Review

photoThe University of Central Florida’s video game graduate school ranks No. 2 in North America, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine.

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Experience FIEA Day to Showcase No. 1 Game-Development Program

photoFor just the second time in its 10-year history, UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy will hold Experience FIEA Day on Feb. 10 for prospective students who want to check out the No. 1 graduate game-development program in the world.

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UCF grad students develop game that lets users control it with their eyes

photoGrad students at UCF's Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy are featured in a segment from WOFL Fox 35 Orlando. The group developed a game that lets users control it with just their eyes.

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FIEA Students To Debut Four New Games Aug. 5

Faculty, staff and students will have a chance to see the debut of four games from students at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, UCF’s graduate video game-development program.

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History

Three College of Arts and Humanities Students to be Inducted into the Order of Pegasus

Three College of Arts and Humanities students, Sabrina Jérôme, Christopher Clemente, and Lauren Gandy, will be inducted into the Class of 2017 Order of Pegasus—the university’s highest and most prestigious award—honoring outstanding student performance “in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.”

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UCF History Professor Teaches Through Podcasts

photoUsing various items as symbols of history, like a leather cap and goggles, surfboards, ceramic pots, a quirky, yet space-age sound, student animation and over a hundred interviews—Professor Robert Cassanello created a podcast.

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History Alumnus Published in UCF’s Undergraduate Research Journal

Jared Muha graduated from UCF with a degree in History in May 2015. He recently published an article titled “Mexico in 1999: Taking Back the UNAM” in the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal.  Currently, he is a public school history teacher in Seminole County, Florida and hopes to share his passion for history, learning, and social justice with others.

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History Graduate Student selected to work on Digital Documentary Edition

Serving as Graduate Research Associate for the Kentucky Historical Society, graduate student Tyler Campbell was selected to work on the Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition as an emerging scholar. He will help annotate the project’s first 1,500 documents.

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A Summer at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture: Grad Student Becomes a Part of History

photoThousands of applications were received and Porsha Dossie was one of twenty-four chosen to intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. As the Curatorial Affairs intern, Dossie created content for two video installations for the museum, and helped to facilitate a lecture series for interns at a National Parks Site in St. Croix, which allows scholars and cultural professionals to mentor the interns in public engagement, oral histories, and other relevant skills for the field. She also researched and developed a media packet for The Atlantic magazine about the Jones Hall Simms House and the historically black community of Poolesville, Maryland. Porsha was also invited to attend the staff preview in September.

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Honorable Mention for Best Chapter of the Year (2016) awarded to UCF's Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

photoCongratulations to UCF’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History Honor Society for their recent award of Honorable Mention for Best Chapter of the Year. The Alpha Gamma Chi Chapter hosts academic, social, and charitable activities throughout the year. This student-led organization works with campus and community partners to enrich students’ intellectual and professional experiences. 2015-2016 student officers include: Kayla Campana, Ian Marsh, Jose Ezequiel Flores, Austin Wojkiewicz, Graciela Gomez and Garret Hillyer. Dr. Amelia Lyons serves as the chapter advisor.

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Changing America Exhibit

photoHow UCF Public History Students are Changing America One Exhibit at a Time

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History Professor James Clark Provides Historical Insight on Local Elections

photoJoining WKMG-TV Channel 6 Reporter Mike DeForest live on air, Dr. James Clark shared political commentary on Tuesday, August 30 as the Primary Election results were totaled. Dr. Clark serves as a trusted resource providing insight as a Florida historian, who is well-versed in the state’s rich heritage.

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Changing America: Dr. Scot French Shares His Research on the Historic Black Township of Eatonville

photoHow did Maitland's Lewis Lawrence (1806-1886), a wealthy white businessman and philanthropist from upstate New York, become friend and patron to the historic black township of Eatonville, Florida (est. 1887)? What motivated Lawrence, in the social and political context of the New South/Post-Reconstruction Era, to assist African American laborers in the purchase of homes and the establishment of a church -- St. Lawrence African Methodist Episcopal -- that bears his name to this day?

Dr. Scot French, Associate Professor/Director of Public History, presented his research into this important but little-known figure as an introductory event in UCF Public History's "Changing America, 1863-1963" exhibit and public program series. (A community partner, Art & History Museums - Maitland, hosted and co-sponsored the talk as part of its own "Untold Stories" exhibit.) French detailed Lawrence's role in planning/financing the "Negro colony" of Eatonville and establishing rigid moral codes as a condition of residency and property ownership.

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Prestigious Fellowship Awarded to History Professor

photoDr. Tiffany Earley-Spadoni won a 2016-17 Mesopotamian Fellowship from the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR) for her project "New Foundations: a Comparative Study of the Creation of Neo-Assyrian and Urartian Landscapes."

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2016 Library Fellows Awards

photoEach year, the Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport issue awards to recognize significant achievements in maritime heritage writing.

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Digital Tools Presentation Serves Local History Keepers

photoAs historic sites constantly seek new methods to engage the public, UCF’s Public History program continues its commitment to serving as a community partner in providing helpful resources. In addition to graduate students, representatives of local historic entities such as the Geneva Historical Society, the Winter Park Historical Society and the Sanford Museum attended a presentation titled Interpreting and Preserving Historic Places: Virtual Tours, Virtual Reality, and Google held at Maitland Art & History.

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Virtual Reality Meets Historic Preservation during first Digital History Tools Workshop

photoVirtual reality headsets, smart phones and enthusiastic historians merged as part of the Public History program’s first Digital History Tools Workshop Series.

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UCF Emmy-Winning Documentary to be Shown on 100 PBS Stations, Campus

photoAn Emmy-winning documentary film created by UCF honors students began airing this week on more than 100 PBS television stations nationwide, telling the story of a Florida Legislature panel that tried to remove homosexual students and employees from state universities decades ago.

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UCF Student Filmmakers Win College Emmy for Documentary

photo"Filthy Dreamers," a documentary by UCF students about the challenges to academic freedoms at Florida State College for Women in the 1920s, won an Emmy on Wednesday at the 37th College Television Awards in Los Angeles.

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Mayor Names May 20 Jerrell H. Shofner Day

City of Orlando Proclamation

WHEREAS, generally regarded as the "Dean of the Florida historians," Jerrell H. Shofner was born in Haslet, Texas on January 30, 1929, and came to Florida by way of the United States Air Force; and

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Dr. Thomas Greenhaw History Scholarship Winners

photoPreserving the legacy of Dr. Thomas Greenhaw, The Dr. Thomas Greenhaw History Scholarship was awarded to Porsha Dossie and John Grande during the Annual Pauley Speaker Series on Global Affairs.

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History Podcast Wins Best Media Award

photoA History of Central Florida won the 2016 Hampton Dunn Internet Award for best media project concerning Florida history.

A History of Central Florida is a podcast produced by UCF's Regional Initiative for Collection the History, Experiences and Stories of Central Florida.

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History Student wins First Place in Graduate Research Forum

photoJames A. "Drew" Padgett was the first place MA winner in the Fine Arts and Humanities category at the 2016 Graduate Research Forum with his project "Counting Kills: Exploring the Debary Hall Game Ledger, 1904-1941" and also the recipient of a cash prize. He will compete at the state-level research forum at the University of Florida later this month.

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History Faculty receive travel stipends for research and presentations

photoSix faculty members in the History Department were awarded travel funds during the 10th Annual Pauley Speaker Series on Global Affairs.

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Judaic Studies

New book by Prof. Moshe Pelli

photoProfessor Moshe Pelli, former director of the UCF Judaic Studies, and Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies, has just published his new book by the Hebrew University’s Magnes Press in Jerusalem.

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Middle Eastern Studies

Ozoglu is Awarded the Fulbright Core Scholar Fellowship to Turkey

photoProf. Hakan Ozoglu is awarded the Fulbright Core Scholar Fellowship to Turkey for his research and book project titled "The Mission of the U.S. High Commissioner Admiral Mark Lambert Bristol in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey: 1919-1927."

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Modern Languages and Literatures

Voices in Italian Americana recognized by ANVUR

Modern Languages and Literature's journal, Voices in Italian Americana, has been recognized by the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes.

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Three College of Arts and Humanities Students to be Inducted into the Order of Pegasus

Three College of Arts and Humanities students, Sabrina Jérôme, Christopher Clemente, and Lauren Gandy, will be inducted into the Class of 2017 Order of Pegasus—the university’s highest and most prestigious award—honoring outstanding student performance “in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.”

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Ballet Performance of Don Qixote to benefit Ukrainian Down Syndrome Organization

The Russian club at UCF will host a performance of Don Qixote in partnership with the Russian Ballet of Orlando. The event will benefit the Ukrainian Down Syndrome Organization.

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UCF Club provides opportunities to use foreign language skills in the community

The UCF-Hillcrest Modern Language Club, established in spring 2015, provides UCF and Hillcrest Elementary School students the opportunity to use their Spanish and French skills in a collaborative environment. This partnership connects UCF students with the greater Orlando community.

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Kourova wins third STARTALK grant for Russian language program

photoAlla Kourova has been awarded a STARTALK grant for the third year in a row. Kourova’s proposal, “Preparation of a Business Trip to Russia,” has been selected for funding as part of the STARTALK 2017 program. Kourova is an assistant professor of Russian.

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The U.S. Department of Education Awards $2.4 Million Grant for Researching Ways to Improve the Teaching of English Learners

Dr. Florin Mihai and Dr. Kerry Purmensky of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures have just received a 5-year, 2.4 million dollar research grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). Both are Co-Principal Investigators with Principal Investigator Dr. Joyce Nutta of the College of Education and Human Performance. This research grant, entitled Project MELTS (Micro-credentialing of English Learner Teaching Skills) and partnering with Pinellas County Schools will develop and research the effectiveness of 10 video-based modules. These modules of instructional skills will support elementary English learners at beginning, intermediate, and advanced English proficiency levels and will be implemented in eight teacher preparation courses taken at the beginning of a student’s junior year through student teaching.

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Professor Folse Delivers Opening Plenary at Panama TESOL Congress

photoDr. Keith Folse (Professor of TESOL) was invited to deliver the opening plenary address to the 30th Annual Congress 2016 at the Universidad Interamericanama de Panama in Panama City on September 16, 2016. His talk compared teachers' vs. learners' perceptions of the most challenging aspects of learning English as a foreign language, particularly grammar. Citing examples of errors found in his research data from UCF students learning Spanish as a foreign language, Dr. Folse compared Panamanian university students' and UCF students' foreign language difficulties.

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Kourova Presented Book Picturing Russia: Research Guide to Russian Culture at the Embassy of the Russian Federation

photoOn September 22, 2016, Dr. Kourova presented her book, Picturing Russia: Research Guide to Russian Culture, in Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the USA. She met with the head of the Russian Cultural Center and the first secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the USA, Oleg Zhiganov. Along with the presentation of her book, Kourova and Zhiganov took part in a discussion regarding future collaboration between the University of Central Florida and the Russian Culture Center of the Embassy of the Russian Federation.

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UCF Student Excels During Internship in Washington

photoEvery day for an entire semester, Alex A. Alvarado would wake up, walk to Capitol Hill, and say to himself: “Man, how did I get here?”

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Summer 2016 STARTALK Intensive Russian Language Program

photoJuly 2016 marked the second year in a row of an intensive Russian language program at UCF. (Program director Alla Kourova). The program, STARTALK, meaning "Start Talking" lasted for 3 weeks, starting Monday, July 11th. It consisted of 60 students, both beginner and advanced, who had the opportunity to participate in this program for free. There were a total of 3 different classes (two beginner and one advanced). Over the course of three weeks, students of varying levels of Russian attended Monday thru Friday classes from 9 am to 12 pm, where they learned everything from the alphabet and basic introductory phrases to more complicated conversations that one might encounter in Russian daily life. After classes, students were treated to an hour long free lunch from the Russian store/bakery Lacomka, which prepared multiple course meals every day that the program ran.

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Folse is Recognized as one of "50 at 50" by TESOL Association

photoThe International TESOL Association has recognized UCF's Dr. Keith Folse as one of a special group of "50 at 50" leaders who have made a significant contribution to the TESOL profession within the past fifty years.

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Study Abroad in Russia

photoIn June of 2016, 18 UCF students traveled to Russia to study abroad at Moscow State University. Dr. Kourova is the program director. There they had the opportunity to study the Russian language, explore Moscow and St. Petersburg, and experience all the Russian culture had to offer. After their classes at the Institute of Russian Language, students would embark on excursions to museums, cathedrals and historical sites. When not on an excursion, students would have the opportunity to practice their communication skills, through peer to peer interaction at the Moscow Pedagogical University with Russian students.

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Russian Language, Cultural Course Offered at Summer Immersion Program

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A free immersive program at UCF this summer to teach Russian speech and culture is part of a U.S. program designed to prepare students to be proficient in a “critical need” language.

UCF’s STARTALK program, under the direction of Alla Kourova, an assistant professor of Russian, will be offered weekdays July 11-29 for 60 people in the community, but priority will be given to high school and UCF students 16 and older. Classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will provide the opportunity to talk and practice the language in real-life situations, including during lunch from Russian café Lacomka.

Participants will have extra-curricular activities including field trips to American-Russian business companies, and cultural venues such as museums and religious centers.

“The benefits of foreign-language education are greater than a surface level analysis will yield,” Kourova said.

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Music

Ninth Annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival Engages Both Students and the Community

photoThe ninth annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, occurring March 24 and 25 on the University of Central Florida campus, will showcase the talent of local high school jazz bands and feature performances by renowned jazz musicians.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Return April 7-14 for 3rd Season

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts – the university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations – will return April 7-14 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.

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Rupert & Drexler’s new release climbs jazz album charts

photoThe latest album from UCF's esteemed jazz faculty has been well received following its release on January 6. Imagination, a live duo recording from Rupert & Drexler, debuted at #16 during its first week on the CMJ chart, made the Top 50 on the Roots Music Report, and landed on CMJ and JazzWeek’s ‘Most Added’ charts.

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Virtuoso Pianist André Laplante Returns for UCF Piano Day

photoDue to popular demand, virtuoso French-Canadian concert pianist André Laplante returns as the guest artist of the third Annual UCF Piano Day.

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Potter to sing opera in Lakeland

photoThomas Potter, UCF voice teacher and opera director, will sing the lead baritone role of “Tonio” in Leoncavallo's famous opera Pagliacci (the clowns) with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra at the Branscomb Auditorium in Lakeland, FL on Saturday, January 21.

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Piano Professor Reviews Student Auditions in Beijing

photoPiano professor Yun-Ling Hsu has been invited to review live piano auditions in Beijing, China in January.

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Wind Ensemble Concert Moves

photoSunday’s concert by the UCF Wind Ensemble, which will feature a marimba concerto by Dean Jeff Moore of the College of Arts & Humanities as soloist, has a new venue and time. The free concert will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Timber Creek High School, 1001 Avalon Park South Blvd., Orlando. The ensemble is under the direction of Chung Park, an assistant professor in the music department. For details: 407-823-1500.

UCF Marching Knights and Music Fraternities & Sororities Participated in Fall Classic Opening Ceremonies

photoOn Friday, November 11th, members of the UCF Marching Knights and our Music Fraternities and Sororities participated in the Fall Classic Opening Ceremonies for the Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic. The Special Olympics Florida State Fall Classic is the culminating celebration and competition for athletes, partners, and coaches participating in cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball, and Unified flag football. State Fall Classic took place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex November 11-12, 2016. It hosted more than 1,200 athletes, partners, and coaches. Special thanks to David Barocas, UCF Trumpet player, for organizing this incredible opportunity.

UCF Music professor Laszlo Marosi lauded

photoLaszlo Marosi, associate professor at UCF, has been honored with several prestigious music awards from international organizations over the past year.

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Jazz legend Ira Sullivan to join Flying Horse Big Band in concert

photoUCF's Flying Horse Big Band will perform with five-time Grammy nominee Ira Sullivan on Friday, November 4. The premier ensemble of the university's jazz studies program, the Flying Horse Big Band is under the direction of Pegasus Professor Jeff Rupert, director of Jazz Studies.

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García performs at International Flute Convention near Paris

photoAssociate professor Nora Lee García recently performed at the 5th International Flute Convention hosted by the Maurice-Ravel Conservatory in Levallois, France.

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UCF Percussionist Performs Soundtrack based on SunRail Travels

photoIn October, UCF Music faculty and percussionist Dr. Thad Anderson will give two free performances of Northbound, a travel soundtrack he composed based on a light rail trip. The performances will take place on Thursday, October 27 on the UCF campus and Sunday, October 30, at the Timucua Arts White House.

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UCF Music to Host All-State Preparation Clinic for Middle, High Schoolers

photoThe University of Central Florida will offer a day-long All-State Preparation Clinic to middle and high school students on Saturday, August 27. The clinic is free, but advance registration is required.

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Dr. Steven Chicurel-Stein Takes the Helm at the School of Performing Arts

photoAs director of the UCF School of the Performing Arts, Dr. Steven Chicurel-Stein is focused on enhancing the school's strengths and showcasing those attributes to the community.

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Welcome SPA Faculty Member: Si-Yan Darren Li

photoThe UCF School of Performing Arts is pleased to welcome Assistant Professor Si-Yan Darren Li to the Music faculty. Li will be leading the cello studio at the university.

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Tremon Kizer Will Oversee UCF Athletic Bands

photoAs the University of Central Florida's new Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, Tremon Kizer will oversee all aspects of the athletic band program and teach courses in music education.

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UCF's The World Goes 'Round is a Song-and-Dance Extravaganza

photoThe UCF School of Performing Arts opens The World Goes 'Round, a musical revue of songs by songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb. The production runs June 23 through July 2 on the Theatre UCF Main Stage.

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Music Professor Rupert Honored by UCF Board of Trustees

photoMusic Professor Jeffrey Rupert has been honored as a "foremost scholar" by the UCF Board of Trustees and has been granted one of eight "Trustee Chair" awards.

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UCF Names New Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities

photoAfter an extensive national search that began in October, the University of Central Florida has selected Jeffrey Moore, director of UCF’s School of Performing Arts, as its new dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. He will start his new role Aug. 8.

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UCF's Voicebox Reaches International A Cappella Finals

photoVoicebox a cappella group from UCF has sung its way to the finals of this weekend’s International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella in New York.

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Chiu Wins 2016 Performance Excellence Competition

photoPercussionist and music major Calvin Chiu won the 2016 Performance Excellence Competition. The contest is hosted annually by the UCF School of Performing Arts.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Experience 'The Warped Side of the Universe'

photoAn out-of-this-world collaboration of music, science and visual effects will fuse when the story creator and artists of the science fiction film Interstellar will present a star-studded event with UCF musicians April 9 at the UCF Celebrates the Arts festival.

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UCF Creates Entertainment Management Degree with $5 Million Donation

photoThe Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida has received a $5 million private donation to establish a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Management starting Fall 2016. The donor wishes to remain anonymous. This four-year undergraduate program will focus on the managerial aspects of entertainment and is the first of its kind to be offered by a SACS-accredited public institution in the United States.

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Philosophy

Three College of Arts and Humanities Students to be Inducted into the Order of Pegasus

Three College of Arts and Humanities students, Sabrina Jérôme, Christopher Clemente, and Lauren Gandy, will be inducted into the Class of 2017 Order of Pegasus—the university’s highest and most prestigious award—honoring outstanding student performance “in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.”

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Philosophy Professor Published in Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy Journal

photoDr. Luciana Garbayo has had her article, "Simulation as an Ethical Imperative and Epistemic Responsibility for the Implementation of Medical Guidelines in Health Care" published in the journal of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy.

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Philosophy Professor Wins Research Incentive Award

photoDr. Stephen Fiore, Professor of the Philosophy Department, has won a 2017 UCF Research Incentive Award. This award encourages faculty to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their field, and also recognizes "faculty contributions to UCF's key goal of achieving international prominence in research and creative activities."

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Texts and Technology

T&T Dissertation Award Program Now Accepting Applications

T&T Dissertation Award Program Now Accepting Applications

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Three T&T students recently published in Visual Ethnography v5(2).

Four T&T students-- Bartley Argo, Nicholas DeArmas, Amanda Hill, and Sara Raffel-- were recently published in Visual Ethnography v5(2).): “The Way It Used to Be: Exploring Cultural Heritage Through the Augmented Reality Story of a Neighborhood Soul Food Restaurant.” Visual Ethnography is an international, peer-reviewed journal. The article is about a project the students did in Dr. Underberg-Goode’s Ethnographic Storytelling and New Media and Applied Interactive Story classes.

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T&T Student,Kendra Auberry, Won the 2016 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Research Award

photoT&T student Kendra Auberry recently won the 2016 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Research Award in the Florida College System Sector for her research on collective impact. Collective impact refers to a collaborative, inter-organizational effort to effect social change. Auberry, who is the STEM librarian at Indian River State College (IRSC), researches and supports faculty who are teaching service learning courses. Her recent research project focused on service learning evaluation methods which go beyond the traditional focus of reflective exercises for students but seek to solve complex problems (mostly social justice or public health issues) in more collaborative ways (via collective impact) between higher education and community based organizations. She began her research in a T&T course taught by Dr. Bruce Janz.

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T&T Student Published in Xchanges

photoCongratulations to T&T student, Jennifer Miller, on her recently published article in Xchanges! Her article may be viewed here: "Multiliteracies for Inclusive Technologies: A Case Study on Location-Based Services and Domestic Violence Survivors."

Three T&T Students Have Been Named 2016-2018 HASTAC Scholars

photoThe Texts and Technology program is pleased to announce that three of its students, Nick DeArmas, Jennifer Miller, and David Morton, have been named 2016-2018 HASTAC Scholars (pronounced Haystack: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory). The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program is an innovative student-driven community of graduate and undergraduate students that represents dozens of disciplines and 145 colleges and universities in an effort to build a community of students working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences. HASTAC Scholars blog, host online forums, develop new projects and organize events, and much of their work centers on rethinking pedagogy, learning, research and academia for the digital age.

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Student-led Inquiry Project Becomes Expanded Research Project

photoCongratulations to Texts & Technology students Brandy Dieterle and Landon Berry on the publication of their article in Computers in Composition on the Writing Center Digital Workspace they designed for our University Writing Center. Brandy previously worked as a peer tutor in the University Writing Center and teaches composition for our department. She also contributes to the department by teaching ENC 3417-Literacy and Technology. Landon was also a peer tutor in the University Writing Center and has worked with UCF’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program. Landon also teaches composition for the department.

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Historical Agricultural News Wins 2nd Place in NEH Data Challenge

photoHistorical Agricultural News, a project by Amy Giroux, Marcy Galbreath, and Nathan Giroux, recently won second place in the NEH Chronicling America Historic Newspapers Data Challenge. Drs. Giroux and Galbreath are both 2014 graduates of UCF's Texts and Technology doctoral program.

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Digital Humanities 2016 Conference

photoT&T student, Tricia Carlton, and T&T alum, Amy Giroux, traveled to Poland to attend the Digital Humanities 2016 Conference in Kraków. The theme of the conference was “Digital Identities: the Past and the Future.” Pictured is Tricia at her poster session. The conference was hosted by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków.

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UCF Graduate Research Forum Winner

photoCongratulations to Texts & Technology student, Jennifer Miller, who won First Place in the Fine Arts & Humanities category at UCF’s 2016 Graduate Research Forum. In addition to a cash award, Jennifer is off to compete in at the State-level research forum to be held in Gainesville at the end of the month.

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T&T Student Jardaneh Successfully Defends Dissertation

photoCongratulations to T&T student Kevin Jardaneh for successfully defending his dissertation,Building a Foundation for Goal-Attainment and Problem-Solving in Interdisciplinary Studies: Reimagining Web-Based Core Curriculum Through a Classical Lens, on March 31.

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T&T Students Miller & Dieterle lead terrific interactive workshop

photoT&T students Jennifer Roth Miller and Brandy Dieterle led a terrific interactive workshop, From Strategic Objectives to Digtial Tools: Using Social Media for Activism, at the Department of Writing & Rhetoric’s Annual Symposium. They are pictured here with DWR’s Jacob Stewart who helped lead the workshop.

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Theatre

UCF Celebrates the Arts to Team with Orlando REP to Produce The Giver

photoThe Giver, an award-winning social-science novel that has become a staple reading assignment in many middle schools around the country, will be a featured stage performance during the upcoming UCF Celebrates the Arts festival.

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Henrik Ibsen’s drama Hedda Gabler still resonates

photoTheatre UCF's production of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler will open on Thursday, March 23 and run through Sunday, April 2. Hedda Gabler is a spellbinding drama of revenge, manipulation, sexual repression, deceit and despair, climaxing in an ending that never fails to shock and surprise.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Return April 7-14 for 3rd Season

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts – the university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations – will return April 7-14 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.

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Theatre UCF wins at Kennedy Center regional competition

photoTheatre UCF students gathered a number of awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Georgia Southern University.

BFA Design and Technology student Jack Audet won the Regional National Sound Design Award and will be head to the national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in April.

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Romeo and Juliet gets a Jazz Age treatment

photoTheatre UCF’s production of Romeo and Juliet will open on Thursday, February 16 and run through Sunday, February 26. The Shakespeare classic will be set in the 1930’s, and tell the tale of star-crossed lovers whose families clash in their fight to achieve the American Dream.

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UCF School of Performing Arts Student, Alumni and Staff Engaged in Upcoming Cabaret Performance

photoOn February 11, 2017, The Orlando Gay Chorus is presenting Love Is…A Fairy Tale, an evening of cabaret performances featuring several UCF staff, alumni and a current student.

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UCF students to present musical for youth about hunger

photoOrlando, Fla. – On Friday, February 24, Theatre UCF will present the musical Puddin’ and the Grumble, a coming-of-age tale that follows Puddin’, a young girl struggling with starting over at a new school, living with her eccentric, avid singer and yogi of a grandma, and most of all, overcoming childhood hunger.

Puddin’ and the Grumble was written by Becky Boesen and David von Kampen and was commissioned and created in partnership with the Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-­Lincoln. UCF’s show is presented in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to raise awareness and funds to support the fight against hunger in the Orlando community.

The student-run production features graduate students in the Theatre for Young Audiences program on the creative team and students from the undergraduate acting, musical theatre, and theatre studies programs in the cast.

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UCF Alumna Bright As Broadway

photoThree weeks after earning her degree a semester early in December 2014, Abby Jaros sat on her bed alongside her parents in a packed up apartment.

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Cloud 9 is a thought-provoking spectacle

photoTheatre UCF opens Caryl Churchill's time shifting comedy Cloud 9 on Thursday, November 10, in UCF's Black Box theater. The play, a parody of the Victorian Empire's sexual rigidity, runs through November 20.

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Feinstein at UCF School of Performing Arts

photoAward-winning performer Michael Feinstein takes his seat behind the Steinway Piano and accompanies Kyle Laing, a student in UCF’s musical theatre program, on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Love Look Away,” while an audience of Laing’s peers and professors listens intently.

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Be Boyd Honored as Woman of Distinction

photoTheatre Associate Professor Be Boyd has been honored by the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty as a 2016 UCF Women of Distinction. Three awards were granted to women faculty members this year for “Excellence in Innovation,” which the Center defines as the adaptation of one’s expertise to a new field. The other honorees are Drs. Marla Toyne and Shannon Carter, both from the College of Sciences.

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Monstrously Fun Young Frankenstein Also Provides Learning Opportunities

photoJust in time for the Halloween season, the Theatre UCF comes alive with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,running October 20 through 30 on the UCF Main Stage.

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Monstrously Fun Young Frankenstein Also Provides Learning Opportunities

photoJust in time for the Halloween season, the Theatre UCF comes alive with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein,running October 20 through 30 on the UCF Main Stage.

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Dr. Steven Chicurel-Stein Takes the Helm at the School of Performing Arts

photoAs director of the UCF School of the Performing Arts, Dr. Steven Chicurel-Stein is focused on enhancing the school's strengths and showcasing those attributes to the community.

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Julia Listengarten is New Artistic Director for Theatre UCF

photoTheatre professor Dr. Julia Listengarten has been appointed the Artistic Director for Theatre UCF. The artistic director is typically responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing the artistic vision of a theatre company.

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Theatre grads from UCF's early days hold reunion

photoOn June 10, dozens of actors, directors, costume designers and other denizens of the theater descended onto a small party venue in Winter Springs to reunite with one another. Despite the vivid experiences they shared long ago, many of them hadn’t seen each other in more than 40 years.

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Welcome SPA Faculty Member: Shawn Boyle

photoThe UCF School of Performing Arts is pleased to introduce assistant professor Shawn Boyle. Boyle will be part of the Theatre faculty, teaching lighting design and working on Theatre UCF's productions starting in August.

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UCF alumnus cast on Broadway, again

photoQuentin Earl Darrington, a recent graduate of UCF’s master’s program in acting, will hit the New York City stage next month for his second Broadway show.

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Fringe Festival keeps Orlando theater weird

photoVeterans of The Orlando Fringe Festival describe it as a celebration of art in all its forms.

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Almost, Maine is a welcomed respite from the Florida heat

photoOrlando, Fla. (May 25, 2016) – Theatre UCF opens John Cariani’s play Almost, Maine on Thursday, June 2. The play is a series of vignettes about love in a northern town and runs through June 11 in UCF’s Black Box theater.

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UCF Names New Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities

photoAfter an extensive national search that began in October, the University of Central Florida has selected Jeffrey Moore, director of UCF’s School of Performing Arts, as its new dean of the College of Arts & Humanities. He will start his new role Aug. 8.

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University's Early Theatre Troupes to Stage Reunion

photoIn the early days of UCF – when it was known as Florida Technological University with the overriding mission to provide personnel for the U.S. space program – there also was a small group of dedicated theatre students, faculty and staff on campus.

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Theatre UCF Student First to Win National Environmental Playwriting Award

photoUniversity of Central Florida student Alex Hehr has been awarded the National Planet Earth Arts Award at the Kennedy Center for the American College Theatre Festival, for his original piece Biodegradable Seagulls. He is the first recipient of the national award.

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Exposure to the Arts at Young Age Fosters Creativity in Children

photoI recently ignored the cardinal rule of parenthood and kept my 2-year-old, Huck, awake during his normal naptime. I knew it was risky, but then, so is suggesting he wear a shirt that isn’t his favorite color orange, so I was willing to take my chances.

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One-act plays take stage at UCF's Project Spotlight

photoProject Spotlight, the only student-run theater development organization at UCF, performed its biannual one-act festival this past weekend.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts Week sees students perform 'Life is a Dream'

photoUCF students and faculty presented a theater production titled “The Life is a Dream Project” on April 9 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando as part of the "UCF Celebrates the Arts" week.

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Visual Arts and Design

Dr. Keri Watson Awarded Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award

photoDr. Keri Watson of the School of Visual Arts and Design has received a 2018 Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art in China. The award, sponsored by the Fulbright Scholar Program, offers an opportunity to teach American Art History prior to 1980 at the undergraduate or graduate level in China. Awards are co-funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Awardees gain exposure expected to inspire an expansion of interest among university administrators, faculty and students to build their institutional capacity for curriculum and research mentoring on American art history.

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UCF Art Professor and Performance Artist Lands Spot in Smithsonian Exhibit

photoWanda Raimundi-Ortiz feels she represents more than just herself in her art.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts Expands Venues for Works by SVAD Students, Faculty

photoPresentations by students and faculty in UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design – fine art, tableau vivant (living art), films, interactive gaming and other fields – will expand to multiple venues in this year’s UCF Celebrates the Arts.

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UCF Students Present at the Florida Conference of Historians

photoMarch 10-12, 2017
Punta Gorda, Fl

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Chromactive: An Interactive Color Experience by Ryan Buyssens at Art31

photoEach March, the Art & History Museums of Maitland's Art Center host Art31, a month-long series of art exhibits. At this year's fourth annual gallery event series, the art is centered around Borrowed Light, an exhibition inspired by Stephen Knapp's brilliant paintings that incorporate lights, glass, and color.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Return April 7-14 for 3rd Season

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts – the university’s annual showcase of student and faculty presentations – will return April 7-14 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.

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Art History Student Wins Barbato Fellowship

photoArt history student Gaby van Ravenswaay has been awarded the Barbato Fellowship for Graduate Study at Case Western University

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UCF Student Wins at Orlando ADDYs

photoJosé Manuel Llanos won a student award for his package design project at the 2017 Orlando Addy Awards.

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Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz to premiere live performance portrait at Knowles Chapel

photoWanda Raimundi-Ortiz, assistant professor in the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design, will create a live performance portrait at Knowles Chapel in Winter Park on Tuesday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

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Robert Rivers Featured in Artborne Magazine

photoRobert Rivers, professor of art at the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design, is featured in Artborne Magazine . The article includes an interview with Rivers in his home and studio, and expounds upon his life experiences in accordance with his art.

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UCF Represents at Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford

photoEducational workshops for aspiring and veteran filmmakers and an exhibition of 14 student films will be sponsored by UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities as part of the seventh annual Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford on Feb. 9-12.

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Haran's models and drawings feature in solo exhibition

photoThe Anita S. Wooten Gallery will host ‘Counterpoint,’ an exhibition of work by Kevin Haran.

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Students and alumni launch all-girl art 'zine

photoAn All-Girl Art-Zine Set Out to Empower and Inspire!

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Artists Confront Topic of Climate Change

photoScience and art often overlap – as in an upcoming climate-change exhibit presented by UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design and the CREATE Program.

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Kovach Presents Photo Journey through Cuba

photoCuba In Transition: A Photo Journey, a new book from Keith Kovach and Linda Grimm-Kovach, explores the island nation through image and text.

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Raimundi-Ortiz Named Visiting Artist at Renowned School

photoWanda Raimundi-Ortiz has been invited to be a visiting artist at Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. next fall.

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Sandler to be honored at Outfest screening

photoOutfest, the world's foremost LGBT Film Festival, will honor Barry Sandler with a screening of The Mirror Crack'd.

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Grinch Christmas TV Special Turns 50, Reminds What is Important – UCF Animator

photoYou’d think that after a half century the Grinch would remember his lesson.

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American Advertising Federation Chooses Two Knights for Most Promising Minority Students Class

photoTwo Nicholson students were named to the 2017 class of the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students Program. Alexandra DeCespedes and Linnea Goodman are advertising-public relations majors who will graduate in the spring.

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UCF Video Game that Integrates Limbitless Technology Wins Innovation Award

photoA video game collaboration that stemmed from UCF’s Limbitless Solutions and the School of Visual Arts & Design was recognized today for its innovation at the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge, an event that brings together top companies in the simulation and gaming industry.

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UCF alum wins Command X design competition

photoUCF alum Adam Lehman won the Command X competition at the 2016 AIGA conference. His first-place award include $1,000 cash and a trove of prizes.

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Blending Technology and Traditional Art to Inspire A Love of Science

photoRyan Buyssens was the kind of kid who would take his toys apart and rebuild them in new ways. Sometimes they worked. Sometimes they didn’t.

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UCF community joins charity quilt drive to honor Pulse responders

photoUCF faculty members Anastasia Salter and Anne Sullivan contributed to a charity drive for victims, families and responders following the horrific shooting at Orlando's Pulse LGBTQ nightclub.

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Art in Odd Places to Feature Pop-Up Exhibits on Campus

photoKeep your eyes and ears open Wednesday and Thursday around UCF’s main campus – you just may stumble across some pop-up displays that are part of the national Art in Odd Places event.

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Underberg-Goode invited to Science of Storytelling Summit

Natalie Underberg-Goode is one of eleven scholars invited to the Science of Storytelling Summit

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The Citizen Curator Project

photoUCF faculty members Yulia Tikhonova (UCF Art Gallery), Barry Mauer (English), and John Venecek (Libraries) have been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.

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Architect Curtis Fentress to Discuss Orlando International Airport Project in Free Talk

photoThe UCF School of Visual Arts is hosting a lecture by architect Curtis Fentress on Monday, November 7 in the Bridge Auditorium at UCF's Center for Emerging Media. The talk will begin at 6 pm and advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

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UCF Professor Creates Latina Personality to Explain Art World

photoBefore she became a professor, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz had her work exhibited in galleries around the world.

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UCF-based Limbitless Solutions Visits White House

photoStephanie Valderrama, creative director for UCF based Limbitless Solutions, is visiting the White House today as part of the White House Design For All Showcase.

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ARTBORNE features SVAD's Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz as September Cover Story

photoArtborne Magazine is an independently published, print and online publication dedicated to the development and advancement of Orlando’s art scene. The monthly magazine features local artists and organizations, and ranges from Q&A’s, essays, reviews, and artists spotlights on the fine arts, music, performance, fashion, and literary worlds.

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SVAD's Assistant Professor of Art collaborates with the National Museum of Mexican Art

photoVisual Arts Director / Chief Curator of the National Museum of Mexican Art Cesáreo Moreno invites Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz to participate in the 30th annual Day of the Dead Exhibition this September. Ortiz will create a site-specific ofrenda style installation in response to the recent tragedy of the Orlando Pulse nightclub. Ortiz has been gathering items from the Orlando area to include in the installation, extending the notion of collaborative art with the emotional response of the community and bringing the objects to Chicago to create a memorial. The tribute will be on display from September 23 to December 11 in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago as part of the largest annual Day of the Dead exhibition in the US.

To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

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Sandler's Crimes of Passion Restored for Blu-ray Release

photoCrimes of Passion, a film written by associate professor Barry Sandler, debuts on Blu-Ray this summer. The new Blu-ray/DVD set features commentary and interviews by screenwriter Barry Sandler and director Ken Russell.

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UCF Patent Helps Grow Local Tech Firm

A popular Orlando-based organization app for students plans to relaunch at University of Central Florida with a new feature.

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UCF student film 'Tucker' challenges digital filmmaking

photooshua Evangelista, a UCF Film BFA student working under the nom de plume “J. Ellis Evans,” has successfully crafted a short film that uses this gimmick to challenge what we would typically expect from digital filmmaking. Tucker is a film that takes place entirely from the perspective of a young woman’s loyal companion. Evans wants the audience to experience the world as though we were looking through the eyes of a dog. We play as Tucker, eat as Tucker, even growl as Tucker. The immersive quality of the film’s first-person perspective makes us believe we are Tucker the dog, without anyone else in the film convincing us otherwise.

To read more, visit Central Florida Future.

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UCF Emmy-Winning Documentary to be Shown on 100 PBS Stations, Campus

photoAn Emmy-winning documentary film created by UCF honors students began airing this week on more than 100 PBS television stations nationwide, telling the story of a Florida Legislature panel that tried to remove homosexual students and employees from state universities decades ago.

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Oxford American features photos by M. Laine Wyatt

photoM. Laine Wyatt is featured in the Oxford American's weekly column "Eyes on the South."

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UCF SVAD collaboration brings student artists' talents to University Park

Art meets business with a collaboration launching this week between the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) and Crocker Partners, owner of the nearby University Park office center.

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2016 Hopes Scholarship Winners Announced

photoThe UCF School of Visual Arts & Design proudly announces two winners of the 2016 J.R. Hopes Art Scholarship. This year's recipients are Kirkland Macy and Robert Shirley.

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Zachary Beckler Appointed as a Lecturer in Film

photoThe School of Visual Arts & Design within the College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida is please to announce the appointment of Zachary Beckler as a Lecturer in Film starting in August 2016.

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Orlando Science Center Fuses Art with Science at New Gallery

photoThe national educational movement to promote the seamless working relationship of science and art has taken the next step, teaming up the UCF School of Visual Arts & Design and the Orlando Science Center with a permanent new gallery of science-inspired artwork.

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Alumna Clarissa Bonet named 'Work Worth Collecting'

photoClarissa Bonet is a professional photographer living and working in Chicago. She received a B.S. in Photography from UCF in 2008. Bonet went on to earn an M.F.A. in Photography from Columbia College Chicago where she was also a two-time recipient of the Albert P. Weisman Award.

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Film Student Tyler Marino Produces Award-Winning Documentary Code 9

photoBFA film student Tyler Marino produced the award-winning documentary Code 9 that will be featured at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa, Florida.

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Student Documentary Nominated for College Emmy

photoA team of UCF students has been nominated for an Emmy for their documentary film about the challenges to academic freedom nearly 90 years ago at Florida State College for Women.

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Women's and Gender Studies

A Cuban Heritage Serves to Inspire Fight for Women’s Rights

photoDuring Hispanic Heritage Month, UCF Today will share some of our students' and faculty members' stories and how being Latino has shaped their lives.

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Our Social Media Inters reporting on Assistant Professor Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

photo"My favorite part of teaching- being able to bend minds!!
I love that "AHA!" moment in a young person's eyes."

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Dear Daughter, In Face of Tragedy Try to Keep Your Spirit Intact

photo“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” – Mister Rogers

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UCF Student Addresses Role of Women in Bringing About Societal Change

photoFor Casey Margarite Field, leading the charge for female empowerment is one of her life’s passions. And it has taken her to far-flung places.

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Writing and Rhetoric

Vie wins prestigious national grant to study social media in writing classrooms

photoDr. Stephanie Vie, associate professor and Interim Department Chair for Writing and Rhetoric, will be recognized at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) as the recipient of a 2017 Research Initiative grant. The CCCC, an association within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is the flagship organization for scholars in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies. Established in 2004, the CCCC Research Initiative grant program currently awards grants of up to $10,000 for research that will advance the organization.

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Adele Richardson: Excellence in Teaching and Advising

photoAdele Richardson of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric has had a busy year so far, winning two awards for her outstanding work as a professor and academic advisor. Adele won the 2017 College of Arts & Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2017 University Excellence in Undergraduate Faculty Academic Advising Award. Only two advising awards will be given out in 2017 for the entire university, and Adele is one of only 21 faculty receiving undergraduate teaching awards for the entire university this year. The limited nature of these awards testifies to the success of Adele’s work with students as a teacher and academic advisor.

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Nathan Holic’s Class Featured in the Orlando Sentinel

photoNathan Holic of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric and his class were featured in the Orlando Sentinel on February 27, 2017 for his ENC3375 Rhetoric in Popular Culture class. This is a special topics class where the subject matter varies semester by semester, and largely depends on which professor teaches the class. Some past topics featured fantasy football, the zombie apocalypse, and Holic's rendition of the class, which is called "The Rhetoric of Comics."

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2017 Department of Writing and Rhetoric Symposium

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric held their 3rd annual Writing and Rhetoric Symposium on February 22nd, 2017, to celebrate the hard work of students and faculty in the department's undergraduate programs. The symposium theme, "Crossing Boundaries: Listening, Writing, & Rhetorical Action," showcased concurrent sessions focused on using concepts of writing and rhetoric to promote civic engagement, in addition to effective listening skills. The event featured two keynote speakers, several concurrent breakout sessions, as well as the induction of new members into Pi Epsilon Pi, the department's chapter of a national student honor society for writing studies.

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Dr. Kevin Roozen: Expanding Literate Landscapes

photoKevin Roozen, an associate professor in the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Department of Writing and Rhetoric, recently had his book Expanding Literate Landscapes: Persons, Practices, and Sociohistoric Perspectives of Disciplinary Development published with Computers and Composition Digital Press. The book, which is co-authored with Joe Erickson of Anoka Ramsey Community College, presents five longitudinal case studies of writers which challenge narrow, institutionally-bounded accounts of disciplinary writing, learning, and socialization.

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Women Making History at UCF: Three Notable Women in Writing and Rhetoric

photoThree women in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric have been nominated to be featured on the website of the Center for Success of Women Faculty as "women making history at UCF."The entire month of March is dedicated to Women's History Month; every day, a different woman will be featured along with a personal interview. The CSWF's main focus is supporting and highlighting the excellent work of UCF's female faculty, as well as providing resources for success.

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Knights Write Showcase: A Spotlight on the Exceptional Work of First-Year Writers

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric hosted the 7th annual Knights Wright Showcase on February 1st, 2017. This showcase is an opportunity for students from the first-year writing program to exhibit their hard work and dedication in refining their composition and research skills. The event was open to the community, and was well received by all.

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Ella Raynor: Winner of the 2017 CCCC Scholars for the Dream Award

photoCongratulations are in order for our very own Ella Dali Raynor for winning the 2017 CCCC Scholars for the Dream award. Ella is a graduate teaching assistant who has been with Writing and Rhetoric since fall of 2015 and is currently an MA student in the Writing and Rhetoric Master's degree program. Ella is one of only ten students nationwide to win this prestigious and highly competitive award.

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Zemliansky Wins Award for Collection of Essays

photoPavel Zemliansky, a professor in the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Department of Writing and Rhetoric, has been honored with a 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication Technical and Scientific Communication Award for his collection of essays, Rethinking Post-Communist Rhetoric: Perspectives on Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication in Post-Soviet Spaces. The piece, which was co-authored by Kirk St. Amant of East Carolina University, was the winning submission in the Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication category.

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Knights Write Showcase: A Spotlight on the Exceptional Work of First-Year Writers

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric hosted the 7th annual Knights Wright Showcase on February 1, 2017. This showcase is an opportunity for students from the first-year writing program to exhibit their hard work and dedication in refining their composition and research skills. The event was open to the community, and was well received by all.

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Five UCF First-Year Composition Students' Writing Featured in New Issue of Stylus

photoCongratulations to UCF students Kristina Abicca, Dana Mikkelsen, Taylor Rayfield, Amber Steward, and Shravan Yandra, all of whom have had work they produced in their first-year composition classes published in the latest issue of Stylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing. The subjects of their individual articles vary—from considerations of writing processes to the effects of multilingualism on note-taking and knowledge-making to the rhetoric behind design choices made on medical resource websites—but all share a sense that writing can be used to meaningfully inquire into the world around us. "Their work is truly outstanding," said Stylus faculty editor, Matthew Bryan, "and represents our first-year writing program very well."

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Honors in the Major Research Uses Prison Publication to Examine Writing Practices

photoWriting and Rhetoric Major Alexandra Stepanov continues her research, "The Rhetoric of Inmates: Identification Within Prison Settings," for the Honors in the Major (HIM) program. Stepanov is working with her thesis chair Dr. Stephanie Wheeler, along with committee members Dr. Marcy Galbreath and Dr. Anthony Grajeda, to examine how inmates use rhetorical strategies to inform and change the conversation of their identities. Specifically, Stepanov is exploring the writing in the prison newspaper San Quentin News, a publication staffed by incarcerated men. Alexandra Stepanov's projected thesis defense date is in April 2017.

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UCF Alumnus Heads to His New Position at Daytona State College Writing Center

photoThe Daytona State College Writing Center welcomes UCF alumnus Mikael Romo as their new writing specialist. Mikael is a 2015 graduate from UCF with a BA in Writing and Rhetoric. He had this to say about the Writing and Rhetoric major:

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UCF Students Compete at an International Conference

photoThe Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC) works to advance an interdisciplinary approach to design, development, and delivery of communication. The mission of SIGDOC includes the encouragement of research, development, and use of emerging modes of communication. In September, SIGDOC held its annual conference, which included the ACM Student Research Competition. The SRC is a joint venture of ACM and Microsoft where undergraduate and graduate students present their original research to a panel of judges. It is an exciting opportunity for students to venture deeper into the world of research, learn from other students and professionals, envision real-world applications of their work, and gain recognition. This year's SRC included students from universities across the country, including UCF.

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Writing Across the Curriculum and Working Across Campus: WAC Partners with Faculty Across Disciplines

photoWith the objective of assisting faculty across different disciplines in creating and achieving effective writing instruction, the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program implements several ongoing programs simultaneously. Recent news of the WAC program includes:
In September, a year-long interdisciplinary project focusing on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) began. The six participants include faculty from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the NanoScience Technology Center, and the College of Business Administration. This is a great opportunity for scholars to receive assistance with their research from WAC. Last year’s participants in the WAC SoTL project will present their paper, “Redefining the Function of Lesson Plans: A Study of Teacher Candidates’ Knowledge of Lesson Plan as Genre,” at the 2017 Association of Teacher Educators’ Annual Conference.
WAC is awarding six starter grants to faculty from the Department of Legal Studies, the Department of History, and the College of Education and Human Performance.

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Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Student Enriches the UCF Community

photoRachel E. Molko is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts Rhetoric and Composition program. Her recent work on exploring spoken-word poetry as a literacy tool has led to opportunities to present at the WPA conference, the Thomas R. Watson conference, and Cultural Rhetorics Conference.

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Student-led Inquiry Project Becomes Expanded Research Project

photoCongratulations to Texts & Technology students Brandy Dieterle and Landon Berry on the publication of their article in Computers in Composition on the Writing Center Digital Workspace they designed for our University Writing Center. Brandy previously worked as a peer tutor in the University Writing Center and teaches composition for our department. She also contributes to the department by teaching ENC 3417-Literacy and Technology. Landon was also a peer tutor in the University Writing Center and has worked with UCF’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program. Landon also teaches composition for the department.

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DWR Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Dustin Edwards

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to welcome assistant professor Dustin Edwards to the UCF community. Edwards researches and teaches digital-material rhetoric, and he has particular specializations in public writing and circulation, writing infrastructures, and intellectual property.

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Annual Schell Award Recognizes Innovative Writing Instruction

photoEach year, UCF's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, which is housed in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, honors one innovative teacher with the Schell Award for Implementing Innovative Writing Instruction in the Disciplines. The award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated commitment to and success in improving student learning through sound discipline-specific writing instruction in his or her courses. The award recognizes and encourages the kind of writing instruction that uses writing to achieve deeper student learning.

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DWR 2015-16 Award Winners

Congratulations to the Department of Writing and Rhetoric’s faculty who received 2015-2016 TIP and SoTL awards. Kathleen Bell and Nate Holic received the Teaching Incentive Award (TIP), which rewards sustained high levels of teaching effectiveness. Mark Hall, Mary Tripp, and Pavel Zemliansky received the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (SoTL). The SoTL award is given to faculty who make outstanding contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning within their discipline and/or to the teaching and learning community.

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Phone: 407-823-2251  •  Fax: 407-823-5156  •  Website Technical Support: cahweb@ucf.edu
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