College of Arts and Humanities

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Africana Studies

Africana Studies Ambassadors Share Knowledge, Passion

photoAmbassadors for the Africana Studies Program at UCF are passionate about history, culture and community. They are active at the university and engaged with local youth, providing mentorship to young students and promoting the importance of Africana Studies.

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Solving a Historical Puzzle with 5,000 Pieces

photoWith more than 5,000 historic items dating back to the 18th century, UCF’s Carol Mundy Collection tells the story of the African-American experience through books, pamphlets, newspapers, posters, photographs and other rare ephemera. The collection, which is kept in the Special Collections & University Archives and displayed on the fifth floor of the John C. Hitt Library, has been the life’s work of one woman who pieced together her future with artifacts from the past.

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Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards & Scholarship Luncheon

The University of Central Florida Africana Studies Program is hosting the 30th Anniversary Dr. John T. Washington Community Service Awards & Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the University of Central Florida’s Student Union Pegasus Ballroom from noon until 1:30 PM.

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Hip-Hop Class Shares Influence of Drake, Jay-Z

In many ways, rappers including Jay-Z, Nas and Missy Elliot have influenced the clothes, cars and style of youth culture. One class that is featured for the spring semester shows how their rhymes extend further beyond the mic.

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Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and Entertainment

UCF Collaborates with ROBOTIS in Robotics Workshop

photoOn January 18 at the annual Otronicon expo in the Orlando Science Center, UCF’s HCI Lab and CREATE teamed up with ROBOTIS to hold an inaugural teacher’s workshop for STEAM learning with robots (http://hci.cah.ucf.edu/roboticsworkshop). ROBOTIS is known globally for making stand outs in the field of robotics. In 2011, DARwIn-OP, the company’s open platform humanoid robot, won the RoboCup, an international robotics soccer competition. ROBOTIS is one of the DARPA Robotics Challenge finalists.

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College of Arts and Humanities

Arts & Wellness Symposium Scheduled Thursday

photoThe 2nd annual Arts & Wellness Symposium, geared to provide information and inspiration as we age and care for others, will be hosted Thursday, Oct. 2, at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center.

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U.S. News Lists UCF as No. 3 'Up-and-Comer' University

photoThe University of Central Florida was ranked today as the nation’s No. 3 “up-and-comer” university in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings of more than 1,300 higher-education institutions.

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2013-2014 CAH Staff and Faculty Award Winners

The College of Arts & Humanities would like to recognize all of our faculty and staff members who have received awards for teaching, research, and service and been promoted during the 2013-2014 academic year. The college is very fortunate to have such productive and accomplished faculty and staff members.

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2014 CAH Staff Recognition Ceremony

photoThe College of Arts and Humanities held its annual Staff Recognition Awards on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in the Student Union.

Dean José Fernández presented Distinguished Service Awards to three employees in appeciation of their outstanding work and contribution to their department and to the College of Arts and Humanities. Jonathan Bowen (Visual Arts & Design) and Connie Harper (History) received the USPS awards, and Susan Jefferson (Modern Languages & Literatures) received the A&P employee award.

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Readers of All Ages Welcome at Saturday's UCF Book Festival

photoMore than 30 distinguished local and national authors will convene at the University of Central Florida to share their interest in literature and engage the community with reading during UCF’s fifth annual Book Festival on Saturday, April 5.

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English

Authors to Read from Works, Discuss Writing

photoTwo authors will visit UCF to read from their works and talk about the writing process.

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Creative Writing Alum Published in AWP National Magazine

photoAn article by Sean Ironman (Creative Writing M.F.A. ’14) was recently published in The Writer’s Chronicle, the national magazine from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.

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Short Story by Poissant Featured in Pegasus Magazine

photo"The End of Aaron," a short story from The Heaven of Animals David James Poissant, is featured in the most recent edition of Pegasus magazine.

  • David James Poissant is assistant professor in the Department of English

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Terry Ann Thaxton's Book Wins Florida Book Awards

photoTerry Ann Thaxton's poetry collection is "as toughly accepting as her own small-town protagonist girls, who are unforgettably beaten, duped, and finally opened into a womanhood that makes them too smart, too sad, and too dangerous for any one man or lifetime," wrote Terri Witek, a previous Florida Book Award poetry medalist.

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Poissant's New Book Warmly Received by Critics

photoThe Heaven of Animals, the debut book from David James Poissant, is receiving glowing reviews in a variety of respected outlets.

  • David James Poissant is assistant professor in the Department of English

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Meet UCF English Professor Who Balances Teaching, Writing and Family

photo"Serious writer” and “One of our very best young writers” are among the praises that flank the back sleeve of The Heaven of Animals: Stories, a collection of short stories by David James Poissant, or Jamie, an assistant professor of English at UCF.

  • David James Poissant is assistant professor in the Department of English

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Pat Rushin: Making The Zero Theorem

photoPat Rushin discusses his first feature film and the screenplays that inspired his work in the latest edition of Pegasus magazine. Rushin is the screenwriter behind The Zero Theorem, the latest film directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Christoph Waltz, Matt Damon, and Tilda Swinton.

  • Pat Rushin is associate professor in the Department of English

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Amelia Mackarey receives 2014 Order of Pegasus Award

photoCongratulations to Amelia Mackarey, a recipient of the 2014 Order of Pegasus Award. This award is the most prestigious award given by UCF. Amelia is an undergraduate major in both English/Literature and Biomedical Sciences and is working with Dr. James Campbell on her HIM thesis Representation and Imagination of the Holocaust in Young Adult Literature.

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Madelyn Flammia Wins Technical and Scientific Communication Award

Madelyn  FlammiaMadelyn Flammia has been honored with a CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award for her article, “Preparing Technical Communication Students to Function as User Advocates in a Self-Service Society."

  • Madelyn Flammia is an associate professor in the Department of English, and an associated associate professor in the Texts and Technology, Ph.D. Program

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Alumna receives Writing Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

photoUCF alumna Kelle Groom recently was one of just 38 writers to receive a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Thaxton Authors Guide to Creative Writing in the Community

photoBloomsbury Publishing recently released a new creative writing guide from Terry Ann Thaxton. Creative Writing in the Community focuses on the practical side of creative writing, connecting classroom experiences to community-based projects. It prepares creative writing students for teaching in schools, homeless centres, youth clubs and care homes.

  • Terry Ann Thaxton is the program director of the Department of English M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and an associate professor in the Department of English

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Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

FIEA Students to Pitch Video Game Ideas

photoThe next potential video games to be developed by students at UCF’s Center for Emerging Media will be up for judging Friday, Dec. 6. The 11 games include gladiators, parasites, nightmares and other on-screen challenges, even one in which the players win not by shooting invading alients, but shooting the best photographs of them.

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History

Film Filthy Dreamers screens at Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival

photoThe film Filthy Dreamers premiered at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival on November 12th. The film was produced in collaboration with the Honor’s College,  The School of Visual Arts and Design and the Department of History. Dr. Lisa Mills (SVAD), Dr. Robert Cassanello (History) and students in the honor’s documentary workshop produced the film which tells the story of the effort to stop the teaching of evolution at Florida State College for Women in the 1920s. Senator Bob Graham was interviewed for the film and appeared at the premier to introduce the film with the students who attended the screening.

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History Professor Publishes Book on NFL

photoIn his newest book, Richard Crepeau examines the National Football League's growth from an obscure sports body into a multibillion-dollar colossus and cultural phenomenon at the center of American sports.

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Student Documentary Nominated for Suncoast Emmy Award

The Committee, a documentary produced by faculty and students from the UCF History department and UCF School of Visual Art and Design (SVAD), in partnership with the Burnett Honors College and the UCF Center for Distributed Learning, was recently nominated for two Suncoast Emmy Awards, in the "Historical Documentary" and "Editing" categories.

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History Graduate Student Presents Podcast at Statewide Council Meeting

Ella Gibson a graduate student in the History Department presented a panel and oversaw a workshop on podcasting in the classroom at the Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS), held in Orlando on October 24-25 at the Embassy Suites.

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New Book Analyzes Revolution that 'Changed Cuba and the World'

photoWeaving together the historical, social and political influences that shaped Cuba since the middle of last century, UCF history professor Luis Martinez-Fernandez has released a narrative and interpretative history of the country’s revolution to the current transformations initiated by President Raúl Castro.

  • Luis Martínez-Fernández is professor in the Department of History

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Cassanello Wins Harry and Harriette Moore Award

photoRobert Cassanello's latest book won the Florida Historical Society's 2014 Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award.

  • Robert Cassanello is associate professor in the Department of History

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Student-Produced Podcast Wins Hampton Dunn Internet Award

photoA video podcast produced by UCF students and faculty won the Florida Historical Society's 2014 Hampton Dunn Internet Award.

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The Committee to Screen at the Orlando Museum of Art

photoThe Orlando Museum of Art will screen The Committee on September 4 as part of its award-winning 1st Thursdays event series.

  • Robert Cassanello is associate professor in the Department of History
  • Lisa Mills is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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The Committee Wins International Jury Award for Best Documentary

photoA documentary by University of Central Florida students and professors won the International Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in South Africa.

  • Robert Cassanello is associate professor in the Department of History
  • Lisa Mills is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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Özoğlu's Lessons Featured by The New York Times

Hakan  ÖzoğluThe New York Times recently featured an article penned by Hakan Özoğlu. "Lessons From the Idea, and Rejection, of Kurdistan" appears among editorials by noted authors in the Times' “How to Redraw the World Map” series.

  • Hakan Özoğlu is a professor in the Department of History, and the program director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program

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RICHES Rated Among Best Resources for Historical Research

Each year, the RUSA/CODES History Section Historical Materials Committee selects an assortment of resources that reflect the best resources for historical research. RICHES of Central Florida made the 2013 list.

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UCF Researchers Compile Histories of Assisted-Living Residents

UCF student and faculty researchers recently compiled oral histories from residents in retirement facilities. The results are published in Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

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UCF’s History Students Hone Skill – Set with Local Internships and Projects

photoHistory majors, it seems, have not always received the recognition they deserve in the job market for the broad package of skills they have honed while earning their college degree.

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Pauley Recounts History on Two Continents

photoBruce Pauley, Professor Emeritus of History at UCF, just published his latest book Pioneering History on Two Continents. This autobiographical work draws on his family and personal history to tell a story that examines the lives of Volga Germans during the eighteenth century, the pioneering experiences of his family in late-nineteenth-century Nebraska, and the dramatic transformations influencing the history profession during the second half of the twentieth century.

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UCF Public History Center, Freedom School to Host Summer Literacy Program for Children

A free children's reading curriculum combined with opportunities to experience visual and performing arts, field trips, history and community service will be offered this summer at UCF's Public History Center in Sanford in partnership with the Freedom School of the Central Florida Children's Defense Fund. The literacy-based program is for children grades 1-12.

In support of the Public History Center's mission to provide hands-on educational experiences for students of all ages, UCF history majors also will have the opportunity to help younger students expand their research and critical-thinking skills. UCF students will facilitate hands-on learning and develop program activities that connect the past to present-day issues.

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Public History Center to Participate in Blue Star Museums Program

The Public History Center is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their communities.

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UCF Public History Center to Host Workshops on Heritage Crafts

photoA workshop series of heritage crafts—designed to teach about the past through hands-on experiences—will be offered this summer by UCF’s Public History Center.

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Inaugural Schell Award Recognizes Innovative Writing Instruction

photoDan Murphree, associate professor of History, is the inaugural winner of an innovative writing instruction award named in honor of Rick Schell, UCF’s vice president and chief of staff.

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Yovanna Pineda Wins NEH Award

NEH Summer Stipend award

Yovanna Pineda was awarded a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete archival research in the United Kingdom and Argentina and begin writing two chapters of her second book project, tentatively entitled “Plowing Toward Modernity: Technological Change, Society, and Development in Argentina’s Agricultural Sector, 1860-1940.” Her monograph is an interdisciplinary project that examines the humanistic dimensions of technological change through the transatlantic transfer of farm machinery between Argentina and developed nations – principally the United Kingdom and the United States – between 1860 and 1940.

  • Yovanna Pineda is assistant professor in the Department of History

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Award-winning UCF film Featured in Orlando Sentinel

photo"The Committee," a documentary by University of Central Florida students and professors, tells part of its shocking story: how in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Florida college students and teachers were pulled out of class and questioned for hours — not about their politics but about their private lives, as part of an effort to drive homosexuals from state universities.

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UCF Film Wins Documentary Award, to be Shown as Part of Civil Rights Series

photoA film directed by two UCF professors won the Best Documentary award at last weekend’s Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford, and will be reshown Feb. 28 as part of the UCF Public History Center’s film series on civil rights.

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UCF Film Wins Best Documentary Award

photoThe film The Committee won the award for Best Documentary at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford on Feb. 15.

  • Robert Cassanello is associate professor in the Department of History
  • Lisa Mills is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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Excellence in Academic Partnership Awarded to Rosalind Beiler

Dr. Rosalind Beiler, Director of Public History was recently honored with the Life @ UCF Women Faculty Excellence in Academic Partnership Award. The award honors faculty who are currently running academic partnerships in the Central Florida region.

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History Graduate Students present Podcast Series

photoUCF history graduate students presented their podcast series, A History of Central Florida at the Florida Conference of Historians recently held in St. Augustine, FL. A History of Central Florida is a 50 episode series chronicling the history of Central Florida from 9,000 BCE until the present. Dr. Tracy Revels appeared as an expert historian on the podcast series, and chaired the session previewing the podcast at the conference. The series explores Central Florida history through objects found in local area museums. The podcast was created as a classroom resource, and can be found on iTunes.

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Architecture Students Design Public History Center Expansion

photoUCF Architecture students, under the guidance of Mike Lindsey and Kourtney Baldwin, recently completed a semester-long project in coordination with the Department of History’s Public History Center in Sanford.

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Judaic Studies

Pelli Wins Judaica Bibliography Award

Moshe  PelliMoshe Pelli is the 2014 winner of the AJL Judaica Bibliography Award. The award, funded by Eric Chaim Kline of Los Angeles, was established to encourage the publication of outstanding Judaica bibliographies.

  • Moshe Pelli is a professor in the Judaic Studies Program, and the program director of the Judaic Studies Program

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Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies Now Offering Online Major

photoUCF's Latin American Studies B.A. is now available as as an online major.

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Modern Languages and Literatures

Mónica Cruz Wins Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards

photoMónica Cruz, a student in the Department of Modern Languages, wins the "Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards". Among winners, she is the only one from the state of Florida.

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Students celebrate the dead during Dia de los Muertos

photoWhile some UCF students prepare for Halloween festivities, UCF Spanish professors conjured up their own version of a traditional Mexican celebration usually honored after the spooky holiday.

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Kourova Awarded Grant by U.S. Department of State

Alla  KourovaAlla Kourova recently received a grant from the U.S. Department of State. The award, worth nearly $100,000, is part of the US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program

  • Alla Kourova is assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Folse Delivers Plenary Talk in Guatemala

photoOn August 1, 2014, Keith Folse delivered the Opening Plenary at the 9th Annual Summer Teachers' Conference in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He also led a workshop on teaching English as a foreign language.

  • Keith Folse is professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Kourova Lectures at Prestigious Institutions in Russia and U.S.

Alla  KourovaAlla Kourova was invited to speak at a number of prestigious institutions in Russia and the U.S. this summer.

  • Alla Kourova is assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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"Traces of History" Receives $1.1mil from Research Council of Norway

photo"Traces of History", a project involving Francisco J. Fernández-Rubiera, received a $1.1 million grant from the Research Council of Norway.

  • Francisco J. Fernández-Rubiera is assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Kourova Wins Multiple Faculty Awards

Alla  KourovaAlla Kourova is the winner of multiple faculty awards this spring. Most recently, she was honored for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at both the college and university level.

  • Alla Kourova is assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Giordano invited to conference in Italy

Paolo  GiordanoPaolo Giordano, Neil E. Euliano Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies, was invited to a conference/workshop at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center titled “Transcending Borders, Bridging Gaps: Italian Americana, Diasporic Studies, and the University Curriculum.”

  • Paolo Giordano is professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Modern Languages Faculty and Alum Present at International Conference

photoIn December, Keith Folse and Melanie Gonzalez presented papers at the Vocab@Vic Conference on Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition at the University of Victoria in New Zealand.

  • Keith Folse is professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Music

UCF Choruses Celebrate Thanksgiving in Community Concert

photoORLANDO, Fla. November 18, 2014 — The UCF Choruses are performing a free Thanksgiving concert titled “The Song of Harvest Home” for the community at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Winter Park at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 20, 2015.

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Rob Schaer Wins 2014 Professional Achievement Award

photoRob Schaer, Music alum from the class of 2002, was awarded UCF's 2014 Professional Achievement Award for the College of Arts & Humanities.

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Percussion Professor Tours with Intercollegiate Quartet

photoThad Anderson recently toured the Midwest with a piano and percussion quartet called Ensemble P4. The group is made up of faculty from Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, and UCF.

  • Thad Anderson is assistant professor in the Department of Music

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Alum Revives Music at Falls City School

photoTake the stairs down to the multiple-purpose room at Falls City Elementary School at a certain time of day and you will hear what sounds like joyous thunder.

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UCF Flute Professor Performs at International Flute Convention

Nora Lee García-VelázquezNora Lee García was recently invited to perform at the 4th International Flute Convention in Seville, Spain.

García was one of only five guest artists from the United States. The roster of international performers included Emmanuel Pahud, William Bennett, Davide Formisano and Alexa Still.

Garcia performed a full recital with pianist Jordi Torrent. She also presented a solo recital at Powell Flutes Showcase where she performed the world premiere of "Danza for Solo Flute".

  • Nora Lee García-Velázquez is associate professor in the Department of Music

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Koons Honored by International Clarinet Association

photoOn August 2, Keith Koons was honored for his service to the International Clarinet Association.

  • Keith Koons is a professor in the Department of Music, and a professor in the Department of Theatre

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Music Faculty Perform and Lecture in Austria

photoThis July, John Almeida and Lyman Brodie, UCF Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, performed throughout Austria as invited members of the European Brass Ensemble.

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Tobias Elected 2nd VP of National Band Association

photoScott Tobias has been elected 2nd Vice President of the National Band Association.

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Marosi Conducts Top Ensemble in São Paulo

Laszlo  MarosiOn June 15, Laszlo Marosi conducted one of Brazil's finest wind ensembles, the Banda Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. The event included the world premiere of "Gaea," a specially commissioned composition by Edson Zampronha.

  • Laszlo Marosi is associate professor in the Department of Music

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UCF to Host Arts Festival at Orlando's New Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

photoThe University of Central Florida will join the inaugural season of downtown Orlando’s new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts by hosting a 10-day arts festival in April, organizers announced Thursday.

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Music Alum Cetverikova Featured in The Clarinet Journal

photoMusic alumnus Anastasia Cetverikova has published an article,"Contemporary Romanian Clarinet Music: Hidden Gems in Our Repertoire" in the June 2014 issue of The Clarinet.

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Jeff Rupert Named Pegasus Professor

photoJeff Rupert has been recognized as a Pegasus Professor, the most prestigious faculty award at UCF.

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Tenth Annual Outdoor Concert at UCF Features Dancers and Kites

photoThe UCF Symphony, conducted by Dr. Laszlo Marosi, will perform the tenth annual Symphony Under the Stars concert on Thursday, April 17, at 8 pm at the UCF Reflecting Pond.

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UCF Composer’s Opera Brings Marco Polo’s Story to Life

photoThe new opera The Red Silk Thread, An Epic Tale of Marco Polo takes us back to the 13th century, but its themes are still relevant today.

  • Stella Sung is the director of the Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and Entertainment, and a professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design

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Flying Horse Big Band Plays Outside the Classroom

photoIn December, UCF's top jazz ensemble performed at the home of Cirque du Soleil orchestra conductor Benoit Glazer.

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Music Alum Honored by U.S. Rep. Grayson

photoUCF alum Leo Lamos (B.M.E. ’03) is among forty Hispanic community leaders in Central Florida recently honored by U.S. Representative Alan Grayson.

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Performing Arts Director Performs in Chicago

Professor Jeff Moore traveled to Chicago to perform Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich at the University of Illinois in Chicago. The ensemble is made up of faculty members from various schools in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Texas and Florida.

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UCF's Flying Horse Record Label Turns Education into Reality

photoMusic business classes in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Central Florida used to involve imaginary scenarios of touring and recording projects.

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Adele LaBrake Retires After 35 Years of Service to UCF

photoAdele LaBrake worked at the University of Central Florida for 35 years, and for 25 of those she was a staple in the Music Department. On Friday, January 31, 2014, Adele retired from the university. During her time at UCF she was the Administrative Assistant to more than 10 different Chairs of the Music Department. Adele saw many changes in the department, including most recently, the building of the Performing Arts Center and the creation of the School of Performing Arts. The School of Performing Arts faculty, staff, and students celebrated Adele’s retirement on Friday, January 24 with a special reception and performance by the UCF steel drum band, and a special arrangement of her favorite song. We wish Adele all the best as she begins her retirement and will greatly miss her presence in the Music Department.

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UCF’s Music Man Puts a Spotlight on Performing Arts’ Collaboration

photoORLANDO, February 3, 2014 — Theatre UCF and the UCF Music Department are joining forces to bring Meredith Willson’s The Music Man to life. The family-friendly musical opens on Thursday, February 20 and runs through Sunday March 2 on the Theatre UCF Main Stage.

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Jeff Moore Performs Post-Minimalist Concert in Syracuse

Professor Jeff Moore traveled to Syracuse, New York to perform on a post-minimalist percussion ensemble concert that included Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet, Peter Garland’s Apple Blossom and the New York premiere of Mark Mellits’s Gravity at Storers Auditorium on the Onondaga Community College campus. The ensemble included OCC faculty members Dr. Robert Bridge and Jen Vacanti, as well as Jon Lee of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. While there, Moore also gave a master class on the transfer value of technique on the various percussion instruments.

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Adriana Nieves Recipient of Burnett Honors College Scholarship

UCF senior music major Adriana Nieves is the recipient of a $ 1,000.00 scholarship award from the Burnett Honors College at UCF for her HIM (Honors in the Major) Thesis proposal, which was submitted during the Fall 2013 semester. Her thesis, “Madama Butterfly: the Mythology, or How Imperialism and the Patriarchy Crushed Butterfly’s Wings,” is an interdisciplinary study of Puccini’s opera, using a variety of literary and critical theories to understand how Western attitudes toward the Orient are embedded in the libretto and supported by Puccini’s music. Ms. Nieves is a graduate of Timber Creek High School in Orlando, and she will complete her B.M. in Vocal Performance degree during the Spring 2014 semester. Her thesis is under the direction of Dr. Scott Warfield, Associate Professor of Music History at UCF.

Rupert Shares the Stage with Jazz Virtuosos Throughout January

Jeff M RupertThis January, Jeff Rupert will join jazz virtuosos at several events across the country.

  • Jeff M Rupert is the director of jazz studies of the Department of Music Jazz, and a professor in the Department of Music

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Trumpet Ensemble to Perform at FMEA Conference

photoThe UCF Trumpet Ensemble has been invited to present a clinic andperformance at the Florida Music Educators' Association conference in Tampa on January 9.

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Jazz Professors Among JazzWeek's Top 100 Albums

photoThe Jazz Professors' latest release is #39 on JazzWeek's Top 100 Jazz Albums of 2013, appearing alongside albums from jazz luminaries like Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, and Keith Jarrett.

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Performing Arts Director performs and teaches in Australia

Professor Jeff Moore was invited to present master classes, clinics, and to perform in concert at the PAS Australia National Drums and Percussion Summer Camp at the University of Adelaide-Elder Conservatory of Music. Moore was among several international percussionists and pedagogues invited from Australia, Austria, and America, including Nebosja Zivkovic of the Konservatorium Wien University in Vienna, Ted Piltzecker of SUNY Purchase, Tim Jones of UNLV, Ben Toth of the Hartt School of Music, Frank Kumor of Kutztown University and Mark Robinson of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Director interviewed for Australian Percussion Magazine

Professor Jeff Moore was interviewed for an article in Australia’s DRUMscene Magazine, released in January 2014. In the article Professor Moore discusses his background and percussion career. In addition, he discussed the topics for his upcoming sessions at the Australian National Drums and Percussion Camp in Adelaide, Australia.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Orlando Shakespeare Theater & UCF to Present The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

photoOrlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is thrilled to present the epic theatrical event The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts I and II. Written by David Edgar and adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, the production is produced in collaboration with Theatre UCF. Co-directed by Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Theatre UCF Chair/Artistic Director Christopher Niess, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts I & II is presented in rotating repertory from January 22 to March 9, 2014 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. Tickets ($17-$40) are available by calling (407) 447-1700, online at http://orlandoshakes.org, or in person at 812 East Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803. Dinner and hotel packages are also available at orlandoshakes.org/nickleby.

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Philosophy

UCF Offers New Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Cultural Studies

A new Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Cultural Studies is being offered at UCF that will include additional courses in theory and methods along with the traditional historical focus.

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Public History Center

UCF Public History Center, Freedom School to Host Summer Literacy Program for Children

A free children's reading curriculum combined with opportunities to experience visual and performing arts, field trips, history and community service will be offered this summer at UCF's Public History Center in Sanford in partnership with the Freedom School of the Central Florida Children's Defense Fund. The literacy-based program is for children grades 1-12.

In support of the Public History Center's mission to provide hands-on educational experiences for students of all ages, UCF history majors also will have the opportunity to help younger students expand their research and critical-thinking skills. UCF students will facilitate hands-on learning and develop program activities that connect the past to present-day issues.

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Excellence in Academic Partnership Awarded to Rosalind Beiler

Dr. Rosalind Beiler, Director of Public History was recently honored with the Life @ UCF Women Faculty Excellence in Academic Partnership Award. The award honors faculty who are currently running academic partnerships in the Central Florida region.

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RICHES of Central Florida

Film Filthy Dreamers screens at Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival

photoThe film Filthy Dreamers premiered at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival on November 12th. The film was produced in collaboration with the Honor’s College,  The School of Visual Arts and Design and the Department of History. Dr. Lisa Mills (SVAD), Dr. Robert Cassanello (History) and students in the honor’s documentary workshop produced the film which tells the story of the effort to stop the teaching of evolution at Florida State College for Women in the 1920s. Senator Bob Graham was interviewed for the film and appeared at the premier to introduce the film with the students who attended the screening.

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Student-Produced Podcast Wins Hampton Dunn Internet Award

photoA video podcast produced by UCF students and faculty won the Florida Historical Society's 2014 Hampton Dunn Internet Award.

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The Committee Wins International Jury Award for Best Documentary

photoA documentary by University of Central Florida students and professors won the International Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in South Africa.

  • Robert Cassanello is associate professor in the Department of History
  • Lisa Mills is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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RICHES Rated Among Best Resources for Historical Research

Each year, the RUSA/CODES History Section Historical Materials Committee selects an assortment of resources that reflect the best resources for historical research. RICHES of Central Florida made the 2013 list.

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UCF Researchers Compile Histories of Assisted-Living Residents

UCF student and faculty researchers recently compiled oral histories from residents in retirement facilities. The results are published in Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

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UCF’s History Students Hone Skill – Set with Local Internships and Projects

photoHistory majors, it seems, have not always received the recognition they deserve in the job market for the broad package of skills they have honed while earning their college degree.

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Pauley Recounts History on Two Continents

photoBruce Pauley, Professor Emeritus of History at UCF, just published his latest book Pioneering History on Two Continents. This autobiographical work draws on his family and personal history to tell a story that examines the lives of Volga Germans during the eighteenth century, the pioneering experiences of his family in late-nineteenth-century Nebraska, and the dramatic transformations influencing the history profession during the second half of the twentieth century.

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Excellence in Academic Partnership Awarded to Rosalind Beiler

Dr. Rosalind Beiler, Director of Public History was recently honored with the Life @ UCF Women Faculty Excellence in Academic Partnership Award. The award honors faculty who are currently running academic partnerships in the Central Florida region.

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Architecture Students Design Public History Center Expansion

photoUCF Architecture students, under the guidance of Mike Lindsey and Kourtney Baldwin, recently completed a semester-long project in coordination with the Department of History’s Public History Center in Sanford.

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Texts and Technology

Cuevas Shares Dissertation Advice

photoHaydee M. Cuevas, a member of the UCF Texts and Technology Advisory Board, recently shared dissertation advice in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's HFES Bulletin.

Cuevas authored two articles, "Preparing the Dissertation Proposal" and "Preparing the Dissertation Final Defense."

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Scot French Presented Work at the Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting

photoT&T faculty, Scot French, presented his latest work on text-mining and topic modeling of the Florida Historical Quarterly at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting in Atlanta, Nov. 14. As part of the SHA workshop, "Computers, Visualization, and Regional History: New Approaches to Visualizing the Literature of a Field," French included examples of student projects from his Digital Tools for Historians (HIS 6165) graduate seminar. His FHQ project collaborator, David Staley, presented on "Hermeneutics through Material Form: Sculpture as Scholarly Performance in Digital History."

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An Interview with Featured Alumnus: Mark Pollitt

photoFormer FBI agent Mark Pollitt first visited UCF while working with the National Center for Forensic Science to develop standards for digital forensics. After his retirement from the FBI, he consulted as a cyber-security expert and did some adjunct teaching before accepting a full time position as a visiting professor at UCF. Shortly afterwards, he was accepted into the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program.

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Read Latest T&T Newsletter

Read the latest T&T newsletter here, including information on dissertation award recipients, incoming students, and important dates to note.

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Scot French's e-poster Featured on the Spring 2014 Issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities

photoThe Spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities featured an e-poster created by T&T Core Faculty member Scot French. The poster -- "Visual Historiography: Visualizing 'The Literature of a Field'"-- represents work presented by French and his co-authors, David Staley of Ohio State and Bill Ferster of the University of Virginia, at the Digital Humanities 2013 conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Dissertation Research Award For Texts & Technology Ph.D. Students

The Texts & Technology program, the UCF Center for Humanities and Digital Research, and the UCF College of Graduate Studies announced a new award program available to students at the dissertation phase of their research in the T&T program.  Five awards of up to $3,000 each will be made for research travel or related support.  The awards are intended to facilitate the timely completion of high-quality dissertations.  Research support examples that can be covered by this award include: help with travel to archives, libraries, or other sites for primary source access; consultation (or interviews) with subject or method experts; participation in a workshop or appropriate technology conference for specialized training; and/or the purchase of specialized technical equipment, e.g., software, supplies, etc. unique to the student’s research and not available elsewhere at UCF. » Download award information

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Vie Examines Digital Activism in New Journal Article

Stephanie  VieStephanie Vie examines "slacktivism" in an upcoming online journal article.

  • Stephanie Vie is an associate professor in the Texts and Technology, Ph.D. Program, and an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

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InMedia publishes Mauer article

Barry  MauerAn article by Barry Mauer entitled "Control Room and the Staging of War" was recently published by InMedia, a french Journal of Media and Media Representations.

  • Barry Mauer is an associate professor in the Department of English, and an associate professor in the Texts and Technology, Ph.D. Program

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Theatre

UCF Choruses Celebrate Thanksgiving in Community Concert

photoORLANDO, Fla. November 18, 2014 — The UCF Choruses are performing a free Thanksgiving concert titled “The Song of Harvest Home” for the community at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Winter Park at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 20, 2015.

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UCF play, Trevor, will benefit local Center for Great Apes

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Kiss of the Spider Woman provides escapism for characters and audiences alike

photoORLANDO, Fla. October 3, 2014 — The Tony Award-winning musical Kiss of the Spider Woman opens at the Theatre UCF Main Stage on October 16 and runs through October 26.

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St. Claire's Work Published in Contemporary Play Anthology

photoA new anthology, Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience from the Best Contemporary Plays, features the work of Sybil St. Claire.

  • Sybil M StClaire is lecturer in the Department of Theatre

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In Theatre UCF’s Baltimore Waltz, imagination is a central character

photoORLANDO, Fla. September 12, 2014 — Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's play Baltimore Waltz opens at the Theatre UCF Black Box on September 18 and runs through September 28.

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Theatre UCF Offers Discount to Faculty, Staff

photoTheatre UCF and UCF School of Performing Arts welcome patrons to the 2014-15 theatre season, and for a limited time, Sept. 2-5, members of the UCF faculty and staff may purchase theatre subscriptions at discounted student prices.

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Theatre UCF Welcome Alumna, Community Members onto Stage

photoORLANDO, Fla. June 30, 2014 — Theatre UCF welcomes back a familiar face for its production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, taking place on the UCF Main Stage from July 10-20, and again August 21-24.

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UCF to Host Arts Festival at Orlando's New Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

photoThe University of Central Florida will join the inaugural season of downtown Orlando’s new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts by hosting a 10-day arts festival in April, organizers announced Thursday.

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Lighting the Way for Some Pretty Hefty Stars

photoCharles "Chip" Perry's summertime work is not just in the spotlight – it is the spotlight. The assistant professor of lighting and sound design for the University of Central Florida’s Theatre department is spending his summer months as lighting director for several World Wrestling Entertainment television production shows. His shows average 12 hours of on-air television programming a week in three arenas in differing cities – a grueling schedule much like being body slammed in the ring. His partial list of professional credits also includes working on several WWE WrestleManias, inclulding WrestleMania XXX earlier this year, and productions at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Lotte World in Seoul, and 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta. Some of his nontheatrical productions include Lionel Richie, Alabama, Kenny Chesney, and the Bonnaroo, Firefly and Forecastle music festivals.

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The Foreigner is no stranger at UCF

photoORLANDO, Fla. June 9, 2014 — The Black Box at Theatre UCF has been transformed into a rustic fishing lodge for a production of The Foreigner, which runs on the university’s east Orlando campus from June 12-29.

Larry Shue’s comedy is directed by Mark Brotherton (The Music Man, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment). The play centers on two friends, one British, who visit a fishing lodge in a small town in Georgia. Since one of the gentlemen is shy and not keen on talking about his recent divorce, the pair tells the local residents that he doesn’t speak English. Believing them, the residents openly discuss some of their nefarious plans, causing “The Foreigner” to have to “learn” English in a very short period of time in order to stop them.

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Theatre UCF Season about Love, Fantasy, and a Chimpanzee

Theatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, introduces an Annual Arts Festival to its 2014-15 season, in addition to its regular schedule of plays and musicals.

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UCF Theatre Graduate Helps Others Recover From Substance Abuse

photoJohn DeLisa is grateful for a lot of things the past few years, but foremost is that he survived – and will graduate Thursday morning at UCF with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in musical theatre.

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Writes of Spring Puts Young Students' Words Into Play

photoThe 2014 Writes of Spring, a collaborative writing and theatrical production involving the UCF Theatre for Young Audiences, will be presented April 22-23 at the Orlando Repertory Theatre (REP).

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Tenth Annual Outdoor Concert at UCF Features Dancers and Kites

photoThe UCF Symphony, conducted by Dr. Laszlo Marosi, will perform the tenth annual Symphony Under the Stars concert on Thursday, April 17, at 8 pm at the UCF Reflecting Pond.

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Dance Concert to Showcase Student Talent

photoTheatre UCF presents its 8th dance concert “Echoes” from April 17-19, 2014. The dance concert showcases students from the University of Central Florida dance classes, as well as student designers from the Theatre department. The event provides an opportunity for UCF students to shape an entire production, with the guidance and supervision of faculty.

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'War Horse' tour stars UCF grad Michael Wyatt Cox

photoMichael Wyatt Cox's Florida childhood provided an unexpected boost to his career. The actor, starring in the touring production of "War Horse," grew up in Jupiter Farms, west of the turnpike in Palm Beach County.

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Play Teaches About Diversity, Acceptance

photoAnd Then Came Tango, a play inspired by the true story of two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo that raise a hatchling, will be staged by master of fine arts students in UCF’s Theatre for Young Audiences program. The free play will be performed at UCF and the Orlando Repertory Theatre and is open to the public.

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Behind the Curtain: Theatre UCF Presents ‘Nicholas Nickleby’

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Epic in scale and difficulty, this is the most ambitious play attempted by UCF.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is a play that strikes fear into the hearts of performers. At 6 ½ hours in length with 150 characters and more than 10,000 lines of dialogue, the dramatic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 19th-century novel is a theatrical challenge like no other. The story of a penniless youth who struggles to save his family from greed, lechery and corruption in Victorian England is so daunting a production that it has been performed professionally just seven times in the U.S. since its 1980 London premiere. Despite being the vehicle for many Laurence Olivier and Tony awards over the years, there are few theater companies willing to attempt it.

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Theatre UCF Breaks New Ground with “Nicholas Nickleby” Stage

It took more than 2,000 man-hours to develop one of the most dynamic characters in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” — the stage. The 6.5-hour production by Theatre UCF and Orlando Shakespeare Theater (OST) is a massive undertaking, with a cast of 27 actors performing 100 scenes that take place in 40 distinct locations, so set designer Bert Scott had to think big.

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UCF’s Theatre Faculty Shines On the Stage and Off

photoUCF Theatre faculty members have been working on a variety of local and national projects.

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Destined for the Stage

Thanks to having three sisters who liked watching musicals, Rob Stack, ’07, grew up watching them too. As a kid, he found himself drawn to Grease 2.
“I know. It’s a horrible movie with a campy, cliché depiction of high school,” he says. “But, I loved every minute of it. I sang all of the songs, and even tried to turn my bike into a motorcycle.”

After that, he was bitten by the musical theater bug, and, in sixth grade, he started acting and enrolled in his first drama class.

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Theatre Lecturer Receives Life @ UCF Award

photoTheatre Lecturer Sybil St. Claire is a recipient of the 2014 Life @ UCF Award for UCF Women Faculty Excellence in Academic Partnerships. She was awarded for the creation of interACTionZ: a queer youth theatre for social change. interACTionZ is a partnership between Theatre UCF, the Zebra Coalition, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, and the Orange County Public School system and is one of only a handful of theatres like it in the nation. The population served consists of Zebra youth (many of whom are homeless), UCF students from multiple majors, and Orange County public high school students.

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Nicholas Nickleby Directors on Engineering a Masterpiece of Theater

photoThe Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is the most ambitious production ever attempted in the 25-year partnership of Theatre UCF and Orlando Shakespeare Theater. The stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 19th century novel is a 6 1/2-hour epic that encompasses 150 characters in 100 scenes. Set in Victorian England, the story of greed, corruption and class is such a difficult test of a theater company’s manpower, finances and stamina that it has only been performed professionally seven times in the U.S. since its 1980 debut.

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UCF Theatre Students Celebrate Familial Diversity

photoStudents in the Theatre for Young Audiences Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Central Florida are presenting And Then Came Tango. The play is inspired by the true story of Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins living in New York’s Central Park Zoo that form a bond, “adopt” an egg and raise the hatchling named Tango. The play will run at UCF on March 23 and April 12 and at the Orlando Repertory Theatre on April 6 and 13.

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Theatre UCF Student Wins Regional Competition for Dramaturgy, Advances to Nationals

photoUniversity of Central Florida student Elle Sullivan has won the Southeast regional competition for dramaturgy at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and will be heading to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level this spring.

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UCF’s Music Man Puts a Spotlight on Performing Arts’ Collaboration

photoORLANDO, February 3, 2014 — Theatre UCF and the UCF Music Department are joining forces to bring Meredith Willson’s The Music Man to life. The family-friendly musical opens on Thursday, February 20 and runs through Sunday March 2 on the Theatre UCF Main Stage.

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Theatre UCF, Orlando Shakespeare Theater Team Up for Epic 'Nicholas Nickleby'

photo“The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts I and II,” adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, is being presented by Theatre UCF and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater through March 9 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park.

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Gamers Face Real-Life Challenges in Theatre UCF's Leveling Up

photoIn the fantasy world of video games, the deaths are only on screen. But when using some of the same technology in the real world of drones and missiles, online battles have real consequences.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater & UCF to Present The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

photoOrlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is thrilled to present the epic theatrical event The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts I and II. Written by David Edgar and adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, the production is produced in collaboration with Theatre UCF. Co-directed by Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Theatre UCF Chair/Artistic Director Christopher Niess, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts I & II is presented in rotating repertory from January 22 to March 9, 2014 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. Tickets ($17-$40) are available by calling (407) 447-1700, online at http://orlandoshakes.org, or in person at 812 East Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803. Dinner and hotel packages are also available at orlandoshakes.org/nickleby.

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Visual Arts and Design

Print Your Own Holiday Cards at Flying Horse Editions' Open House

photoLetterpress. Learning. Libations.

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Haran Wins First Prize at National Juried Exhibition

photoSVAD Associate Professor and Assistant Director Kevin Haran earned first prize at the annual Works on Paper exhibition at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts. His mixed-media drawing UFO 3 was selected from over 700 entries.

  • Kevin Haran is an associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Studio Art, and an assistant director in the School of Visual Arts and Design Studio Art

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Film by Barry Sandler Screens at Writers Guild Event

photoKnock ‘Em Dead a film written by Barry Sandler, recently screened at the Writers Guild of America's Los Angeles headquarters.

  • Barry Sandler is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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UCF MFA Graduate’s Films Playing at Four Festivals this October!

UCF MFA Film graduate Zachary Beckler who directed "Interior" and "Where is Alice?" will be premiering both films at four locations this October. "Interior" and "Where is Alice?" will be showing at the Orlando Freak Show Horror Film Festival, Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Knoxville Horror Film Festival and Atlanta Horror Film Festival (see show dates and times below).

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Healing Art: Call for Entries

photoUCF's Healing Art exhibition is now open to entries. Healing Art is an annual, juried art exhibit created by Counseling & Psychological Services in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts & Design and Student Disability Services.

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Sandler Honored by the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema

photoThe Montreal International Festival of New Cinema will present a special 30th anniversary screening of Ken Russell’s classic psycho-sexual thriller Crimes of Passion, written and produced by UCF film professor Barry Sandler.

  • Barry Sandler is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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SVAD Professors Featured in Experimental Animation Show

photoUCF School of Visual Arts & Design professors Matt Dombrowski and Scott F. Hall will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at Purdue University. Their work will screen at the Fountain Gallery in Lafayette, Indiana as part of "Set in Motion: Video Art & Experimental Film Nights."

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J.R. Hopes Sponsors Inaugural "Eye For Broadway" Art Competition

The inaugural J.R. Hopes "Eye For Broadway" Art Competition is now open to students in UCF's School of Visual Arts & Design.

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UCF brings digital art to Art & Algorithms festival

photoArt and math — when those two words are together, it's usually in an either/or scenario, but one local festival is hoping to break that trend by bringing the two together.

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Visual Arts Faculty to be Featured at Exhibit

photoUCF’s annual School of Visual Arts faculty show will be held Oct. 9 to Nov. 7 in the university art gallery.

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M.F.A. Student's Film to Premiere at Fort Lauderdale Festival

photoPembroke Circle, the debut feature film from recent graduate Max Rousseau, will premiere at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Rousseau wrote and directed the film for his M.F.A. thesis.

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UCF MFA In Emerging Media Open Studio Tour

photoOn Friday October 17 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, the UCF MFA in Emerging Media candidates will host their semi-annual Open Studio Tour. The studios, which house 16 MFA candidates, are located at the Center for Emerging Media, 500 West Livingston, Orlando, FL. This event is a semi-annual tradition, connecting candidates with the neighboring community. Get an in-depth look at the studios and art making processes and meet the artists. Original works will be available for purchase in a silent auction in which the proceeds benefit the students and program. This is a rare opportunity for the public to interact with the artists in their creative environment.

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Buyssens Exhibits Animated Sculptures at World Maker Faire

photoThe art of Ryan Buyssens will be on display at the World Maker Faire in New York City, September 20- 21.

  • Ryan Buyssens is assistant professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design

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SVAD Professor's Debut Book Published by MIT Press

photoAnastasia Salter's debut book was released in August from The MIT Press.

  • Anastasia Salter is an assistant professor in the Texts and Technology, Ph.D. Program, and an assistant professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Digital Media

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U.S. News Lists UCF as No. 3 'Up-and-Comer' University

photoThe University of Central Florida was ranked today as the nation’s No. 3 “up-and-comer” university in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings of more than 1,300 higher-education institutions.

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UCF Alumna's Film at Global Peace Festival Features Affleck, Foxx, Other Stars

photoWhat a star-studded lineup filmmaker Jenni Gold, a UCF graduate, assembled for her latest movie: Ben Affleck, Jamie Foxx, Gary Sinise, Jane Seymour, Marlee Matlin, Geena Davis, William H. Macy and others.

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Wyatt Presents Talk and Exhibition at Southeast Museum of Photography

photoOn September 3, M. Laine Wyatt delivered an Artist Talk at the Southeast Museum of Photography. She was recognized at a reception for her solo photography exhibition Obsessions, Curiosities, and Fancies.

  • Laine Wyatt is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Photography

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SVAD Professor Designs Core Technology for Single-String Guitar

photoScott F. Hall designed the core guitar technology used by the architecture and design firm MONAD Studio to create the single-stringed guitars he recently played at Florida International University’s Miami Beach Urban Studios.

  • Scott F. Hall is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design

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First annual Indie Galactic Space Jam a Success!

photoOn July 26, programmers, animators, modelers, musicians, sound effect designers, game designers, space industry professionals and other interested parties gathered at the Orlando Science Center for the first annual Indie Galactic Space Jam. The event was comprised of teams racing against the clock to build the best games they can in 48 hours.

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The Committee to Screen at the Orlando Museum of Art

photoThe Orlando Museum of Art will screen The Committee on September 4 as part of its award-winning 1st Thursdays event series.

  • Robert Cassanello is associate professor in the Department of History
  • Lisa Mills is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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MFA Film Wins Top Honor at New Hope Film Festival

photoThe Tailor’s Apprentice, a film by Jeff Lehman (M.F.A. Emerging Media – Entrepreneurial Digital Cinema, '13), won two awards at the New Hope Film Festival.

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Hall Featured in European Art Journal

photoScott F. Hall and collaborator Freya Gustava were recently reviewed in the art journal Stigmart10.

Their piece, "Strata (Fleeting Memories)," is featured along with 14 other works from a pool of nearly 700 submissions. "Strata" was co-produced by the pair in 2012.

  • Scott F. Hall is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design

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The Committee Wins International Jury Award for Best Documentary

photoA documentary by University of Central Florida students and professors won the International Jury Award for Best Documentary at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in South Africa.

  • Robert Cassanello is associate professor in the Department of History
  • Lisa Mills is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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Digital Designers Bring Opera to Life

photoWhen a dark and dingy prison scene fades quickly into a sunlit desert landscape, it’s evidence of good theater. But when it takes place without stagehands, set pieces or painted backdrops, it’s innovation.

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Alumna's Short Film Honored at Cannes

photoGrowing up in a family of movie buffs and watching the Oscars every year, it seemed Katie Damien, ’01, was destined for a future in film. In fact, she made her first movie when she was 12 years old, and she hasn’t stopped making movies since.

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Christopher Harris will Screen Reckless Eyeballing at the Institute of Contemporary Arts

photoChristopher Harris will screen his film Reckless Eyeballing at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London as part of their Artists' Film Biennial 2014.

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Harris Selected for Inaugural Exhibition of Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

photoChristopher Harris is among artists selected for the inaugural exhibition of the Orlando Museum of Art Florida Prize in Contemporary Art.

  • Christopher Harris is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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Metrah Pashaee Won the First Prize Award at the 2014 Haverhill Experimental Film Festival

photoUCF alumni Metrah Pashaee won the First Prize award at the 2014 Haverhill Experimental Film Festival in Haverhill, Massachusetts for her short video Human Body Battleground Organ Organism.

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UCF to Host Arts Festival at Orlando's New Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

photoThe University of Central Florida will join the inaugural season of downtown Orlando’s new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts by hosting a 10-day arts festival in April, organizers announced Thursday.

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Wyatt Presents "Obsessions, Curiosities, and Fancies" in Solo Exhibit

photoObsessions, Curiosities, and Fancies, a solo exhibition by M. Laine Wyatt, opens at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach with a reception on June 11.

  • Laine Wyatt is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Photography

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Flying Horse Print Featured in NY Exhibition

photoA recent print Flying Horse Editions published with Carmon Colangelo is currently featured at the International Print Center New York.

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UCF Student Wins Best of Show

photoDelegates gathered in Orlando to honor colleagues during the Association of College Unions International annual conference and the celebration of ACUI’s 100th anniversary.

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UCF Gallery to Feature Photos Chronicling Icons of Arts World

photoThe photography of the late Jack Mitchell, who chronicled the arts scene in New York for 35 years, will be on display at the University of Central Florida Art Gallery from June 12 to July 11.

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Architecture Students Host Open House

photoOn May 7, the Bachelor of Design in Architecture junior class hosted an Open House for parents, friends, local architecture professionals, faculty and administrators. Student work and projects from the fall and spring semesters were on display in the Design 6 Studio at Valencia's West campus.

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Students and Staff Participate in Healing Art Exhibition

photoArt is more than something you view — it is a process the artists go through. In the creative expression, it empowers individuals whether that person is a professional artist or not.

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East Orlando Post Features Guest Reviews from UCF Directors

photoThe East Orlando Post recently featured guest columns by two UCF film students. Zachary Beckler, a 2014 M.F.A. graduate, and Jessica Keller, current B.F.A. student, were invited to review the new Jonathan Glazer film Under The Skin.

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UCF App Aims to Prevent Boat Mishaps, Protect Mosquito Lagoon

photoUCF is banking that technology in the hands of water enthusiasts will help protect the Mosquito Lagoon’s fragile ecosystem in Brevard and Volusia counties.

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UCF Among Top Destinations for Animators

photoThe University of Central Florida is one of the nation's top destinations for aspiring animators according to Animation Career Review.

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UCF Student's Award-Winning Photography Employs Unique Process

photoThe photography of Christopher Boyer is featured in a national juried show as well as an online showcase. Boyer is a senior in UCF's Photography B.S. program.

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Grad Student Featured in Comic Art Journal

photoGary Dufner is a teacher at the International Academy of Design & Technology in Orlando. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cartooning from the School of Visual Art in New York City.

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Ice-Cold Oscar

photoAfter twice applying for Disney’s talent development program, Mo Hassan, ’11, finally received the news he’d been hoping for. He packed up his car and drove more than 2,500 miles across the country from his home in Bradenton, Fla., to the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.

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Film by UCF Student to Premiere at Florida Film Festival

photoWhere Is Alice?, a short film written and directed by award-winning director Zachary Beckler, premieres this weekend at the Florida Film Festival. Zachary is a Film B.F.A. graduate and current M.F.A. student in UCF’s School of Visual Arts & Design.

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Donor Plans Major Gift to UCF Architecture Program

photoIn 1963, Florida governor Farris Bryant signed a bill that created a new state university in Orange County. With Florida Technological University scheduled to open in the fall of 1968, there was much work to be done. Central Florida architect Frederick G. Owles was hired to lay out the vision of FTU's first president Charles Millican and design the first buildings on campus.

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Partnerships Celebrated at President's Circle Reception

photoMembers of the UCF President’s Circle – donors who make annual gifts between $1,000 and $24,999 – were acknowledged for their contributions to the university last night at a reception in the UCF Art Gallery.

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Francis and Moshell Granted Emeritus Status

Two College of Arts & Humanities faculty members were granted emeritus status Wednesday during the annual Founders’ Day ceremony.

  • Ke Francis is professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Studio Art
  • Mike Moshell is a professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Digital Media, and an affiliated associate professor in the Texts and Technology, Ph.D. Program

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Award-winning UCF film Featured in Orlando Sentinel

photo"The Committee," a documentary by University of Central Florida students and professors, tells part of its shocking story: how in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Florida college students and teachers were pulled out of class and questioned for hours — not about their politics but about their private lives, as part of an effort to drive homosexuals from state universities.

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Alum's Short Film to Screen in New York

photoUCF Film alumni Benjamin Pearson (B.A. Cinema Studies 2007) will screen his short video Former Models at the Art of the Real 2014 film series hosted by The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York on Thursday April 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the new landmark state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center.

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Short Film by UCF Grad Screens at Florida Film Festival

photoGabrielle Tillenburg’s short film Fantasy Land will be screening during the Florida Film Festival in Winter Park next month. The film follows the UCF alumna’s journey to revisit Disney’s Magic Kingdom and explore her childhood relationship with her now-deceased father, with the hope of discovering whether those memories were just fantasies.

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Animation Alum's Oscar-Winning Effort

photoRecent graduate Mohanned “Mo” Hassan is one of the animators behind Disney's latest box office smash Frozen. The film has been honored with a host of awards including Best Animated Feature at the 2014 Academy Awards.

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Public Invited to View UCF Student Art Inspired by Science

photoA unique showcase featuring scientific research as it has been interpreted by student artists will be open to the public from March 27 through April 4.

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Gallery to Host Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

photoWith artworks that blend photography and sculpture, to those that challenge personal beliefs, and others that play on memories, the 2014 Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition will be shown March 6-21 at the UCF Art Gallery.

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UCF CAH promotes Creative Careers through Florida IT Performance Grant

photoThe Creative Career Speaker Series is a collaboration between the UCF College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) and UCF’s School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), recipients of a Florida IT Performance Grant.

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UCF Film Wins Best Documentary Award

photoThe film The Committee won the award for Best Documentary at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford on Feb. 15.

  • Robert Cassanello is associate professor in the Department of History
  • Lisa Mills is associate professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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UCF Collaborates with ROBOTIS in Robotics Workshop

photoOn January 18 at the annual Otronicon expo in the Orlando Science Center, UCF’s HCI Lab and CREATE teamed up with ROBOTIS to hold an inaugural teacher’s workshop for STEAM learning with robots (http://hci.cah.ucf.edu/roboticsworkshop). ROBOTIS is known globally for making stand outs in the field of robotics. In 2011, DARwIn-OP, the company’s open platform humanoid robot, won the RoboCup, an international robotics soccer competition. ROBOTIS is one of the DARPA Robotics Challenge finalists.

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New UCF Public Art Designed to be Temporary

photoThe latest piece of art on UCF’s main campus won’t last forever — by design. The “pop up” sculpture, a project by senior studio art major Lea Fales, is meant to exist only for a short period. “Untitled,” which Fales created over a five-week period for Associate professor Scott F. Hall’s intermediate sculpture class, was installed on a grassy terrace behind The Burnett Honors College on Feb. 3. Designed to interact with nearby trees, the piece was relocated to the School of Visual Arts & Design (SVAD) Feb. 4 and will finally be displayed in front of The Burnett Honors College Feb. 5.

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Retired SVAD Professor Exhibits Among Art Giants

photoRecently retired professor David Haxton is among 40 artists exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art featured in the exhibit Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New. His film “Overlapping Planes” is on display alongside artists including Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Morris and John Baldessari.

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UCF Hosts Game Competition at Orlando Science Center's Otronicon Expo

photoThe Orlando Science Center is holding its annual Otronicon video-gaming expo this weekend, and part of its draw is a 48-hour competition organized by UCF to create a video game for a virtual reality game system.

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UCF Alum's Screenplay To Premiere at Sundance

photoThe One I Love, a film written by Justin Lader (Film B.F.A. '06), will premiere at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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UCF Film Students Become Producers for Five Stories 2013 Compilation

photoFilm students at the University of Central Florida have taken on a new role: producer.

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Two UCF Artists Present Solo Exhibitions at Art Basel

photo6th Street Container Gallery is currently hosting two solo exhibitions featuring artists Stephanie Cafcules and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. The exhibitions will be on display until December 12, coinciding with Art Basel, the famous international art show.

  • Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz is assistant professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Studio Art

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Women's Studies

Undergraduate WST Student Presents at the National Women's Studies Association Convention

photoAmy Maitner, presented her work on Purple Ribbon at the NWSA convention in San Juan Puerto Rico on November 15, 2014. The convention was the largest in the association's history with 2,6000 participants. The keynote speaker for the event was bell hooks.

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The International Conference on Poverty, Globalization and Schooling: A Holistic Approach

photoUniversity of Central Florida, Orlando
February 26-28, 2015

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Call for Papers - 2015 Feminist Ethics and Social Theory Conference

FEAST The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory invites submissions for the Fall 2015 Conference: Contested Terrains: Women of Color, Feminisms, and Geopolitics October 1-4, 2015.

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Competitive Research Incentive Seed Funding for Women's Studies

photoCAH granted Women's Studies instructor, Meredith Tweed and Sociology Assistant Professor, Amanda Anthony a Competitive Research Incentive Seed Funding for $13,129 for their project titled “Understanding how cultural gender beliefs affect young women’s core leadership identity development.” Their research project, a partnership between the Women’s Studies Program's Young Women Leaders Program and Seminole County Public Schools, will run through the 2015 school year.

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Than you, Dr. Jahani for the Lecture about Women's Status in Iran, Pre/Post Islamic Revolution

photoVisiting International scholar, Dr. Sheida Jahani spoke to Professor Tweed's "Women, Race, and Struggle" honors course on October 23rd, 2014. She spoke about the status of women in Iran, focusing on the changes that the Islamic Revolution brought for women's roles and equity.

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Love Your Body Week promotes healthy self-image at UCF

photoThe National Organization for Women at UCF is holding its annual Love Your Body Week Oct. 13 to Oct. 17.

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Women's Studies to Commemorate 20th Anniversary

photoUCF Women's Studies will host workshops, receptions and other events this month to commemorate its 20th anniversary on campus.

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Women's Studies introduces their newest team member, International Scholar Dr. Sheida Jahani.

photoOn June 2014 Dr. Jahani joined the Women Studies program. Dr. Jahani finds the use of technology in evaluating the social and educational status of women, a fascinating subject. She is currently collaborating with Dr. M. C. Santana on a research project relating to women in various cultures. Her future research interests will concentrate on examining the role of the religious and political systems across cultural divides and how education and technology can make a material impact on women's lives all over the world.

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UCF Grad Featured in The Feminist Wire

photo"The Other Girl: How I Found Feminism when My Mother Went to Prison," an article by UCF graduate Kristi DiLallo is featured on The Feminist Wire.

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Meet Professor Whose Passion for Helping Others Fuels Her Research

photoJennifer Sandoval is an Assistant Professor in UCF's Nicholson School of Communication as well as Faculty Affiliate for Women's Studies. Her enthusiasm for helping people in her community and around the world drives her academic research, which often takes her to villages in India.

  • Jennifer Sandoval is affiliated assistant professor in the Women's Studies Program

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Mustaine Named Sociology Chair

photoLibby Mustaine, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate for Women's Studies, has been appointed Department Chair for Sociology.

  • Elizabeth Mustaine is affiliated associate professor of sociology in the Women's Studies Program

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Santana wins Keeper of the Creed Award

photoM.C. Santana is a 2014 winner of the Keeper of the Creed award. She was honored during the UCF Student Development and Enrollment Services annual awards ceremony.

  • Maria Cristina Santana is the program director of the Latin American Studies Program, the program director of the Women's Studies Program, and an associate professor in the Women's Studies Program

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Students win 12 distinction awards at 2014 Service Learning Showcase

Twelve Women's Studies students won distinction awards at the 2014 Service Learning Showcase. Here are the winners:

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Santana Wins Service Learning Award

photoM.C. Santana, Director of the Women's Studies program was recognized on February 5, 2014 with the 2014 Service Learning Faculty Recognition Award for distinguished service and outstanding commitment to Service Learning at UCF. Santana was recognized at the Service Learning Luncheon sponsored by Experiential Learning at UCF.

Jasinski Appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

photoWomens Studies Affiliate Faculty member Jana Jasinski has been appointed Associate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

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Elect Her–Campus Women Returning to UCF Program Seeks to Change the Face of Politics

Elect Her–Campus Women Win, the only program that trains college women to run for student government and future office, heads to UCF for its second year. In 2013, 88 percent of Elect Her participants in colleges and universities across the country won their bids for student government president.

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Writing and Rhetoric

New Bachelor's Degree in Writing and Rhetoric to Begin in Fall

photoBefore UCF student Allyson Goolsby took a Rhetoric & Civic Engagement class this semester, she didn’t realize she could play such a role in confronting and solving social problems.

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Department of Writing and Rhetoric's First Annual Awards Reception

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric hosted its first annual Awards Reception on May 1, 2014 in the Sand Key Room. Awards were given to three students and three faculty members who had demonstrated excellence in areas related to departmental goals. Two faculty committees (one for student awards and one for faculty awards) read nomination materials and selected the winners. At the ceremony, committee members presented the awards, and nominators said a few words about their colleagues' or students' work.

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Vie Wins Chuck D. Dziuban Award

photoStephanie Vie is the 2014 winner of UCF's Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching.

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Coming this Fall: B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric

photoOn March 27, the UCF Board of Trustees approved a new bacholor's degree in Writing and Rhetoric.

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