College of Arts and Humanities

Highlights

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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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

Dr. Milanés' Short Stories Make The Top 10 Books About Cuba

photoTwo short story collections by Dr. Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés have been listed on the Top 10 Books About Cuba by The Guardian coming in at number four and five.

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Dutmers Receives 2015 Order of Pegasus Award

photoCongratulations to Jill Dutmers, a recipient of the 2015 Order of Pegasus Award.  Jill Dutmers is an undergraduate major in English/Literature and is currently deciding which law school to attend. She has been accepted to seven schools.

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The Guardian Features New Book by Milanés

photoA new book by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés has been called a "must read" by The Guardian, one of the world's most widely-read newspapers.

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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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History

Documentary to Look at Academic Freedom, Censorship in 1920s

“Filthy Dreamers,” a documentary that looks at the effort of students, faculty and the president of Florida State Women’s College to stand up for academic freedom and against censorship in the 1920s, will be shown at 1 p.m. Feb. 23, in the UCF Visual Arts Building, Room 132.

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UCF Filmmakers Win Emmy for Documentary

photo“The Committee,” a documentary film by a team from UCF, recently won an Emmy for telling the story of a Florida Legislature investigative panel that sought to root out homosexuals from state universities about 50 years ago.

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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 an assistant professor in the Department of History, and an affiliated faculty in the Latin American Studies 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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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 the program director of the Judaic Studies Program, and a professor in the Judaic Studies Program

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Latin American Studies

LAS sends its First Group of UCF Students to Latin America

photo"Follow the Inca Trail", the first LAS study abroad program, is scheduled for Spring Break 2015. Students enrolled in the program will be teaching English to children in grades K-5 at an indigenous school outside of Cusco. The English classes were prepared by graduate students of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) under the direction of Dr. Marcella Farina. The study abroad director, Brian Yeitz, will lead the UCF group this spring as they tour the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Macchu Pichu. As part of the program, UCF students will spend a day with Quechua children in a rural school in the mountains.

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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

Dr. Folse Prestented at Illinois Bilingual Education Convention in Chicago

photoDr. Keith Folse was invited to deliver a plenary address on March 1st at the 41st annual Illinois Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL) -- Bilingual Education convention in Chicago. His talk "Why Being a Native Speaker Does Not Make You an ESL Teacher" addressed the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective ESL teacher in different types of settings. He specifically addressed the challenges and successes of training novice teachers in UCF's new Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), which has allowed many UCF students to teach overseas since its inception in 2011, including about 20 as Fulbright awardees.

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Dr. López honored as Keynote Speaker in Panama

photoThis past month, UCF's Dr. Humberto López Cruz was honored as a keynote speaker at a conference on literature in Panama speaking on the novel El Lunar Eterno by Javier Riba Peñalba. His passion for the literature of the country was noticed and celebrated on his arrival in the country. He was called upon to represent its literature despite not being of Panamanian nationality. Dr. López was interviewed by La Prensa, a Panamanian publication, about his visit to the country and his thoughts on the future of literature from Panama.

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UCF Students Send Holiday Greetings in Spanish to U.S. Troops

During the fall semester, students in Yilaisa Seijas’s Spanish 1120 and 1121 courses created holiday cards in Spanish to send to women and men serving abroad.

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Promoting Cultural Literacy on Campus and at Conference

photoOn January 8-11, Dr. Alla Kourova and her Research and Mentoring Student Irina Pidberejna presented at the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages international conference.

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Spanish Graduate Association Annual Colloquium Call For Papers

photoThe Spanish Graduate Association (SaGA) is accepting proposals for the 2015 Colloquium: Decimoquinto Coloquio Anual de Literatura, Lingüística y Cultura Hispanoamericana y Peninsular.

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Giordano Conducts Seminar at University of Calabria

photoPaul Giordano conducted a seminar on “Italian Immigrant Writing in the United States” at the University of Calabria, Italy, in October 2014. This seminar was part of a graduate literature course that focused on the writings of Italian emigrants living outside of Italy.

Giordano’s contribution to the seminar dealt with works of prose and poetry published between 1900 and 1950. This seminar was the culmination of a workshop at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy in March 2014.

Giordano is the Neil R. Euliano Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Central Florida.

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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Music

UCF Music Student Competing at the Chicago Brass Festival

photoUCF Sophomore, Joshua Toler (Music Performance, Trumpet), has been accepted to the final round of the Chicago Brass Festival Solo Competition held March 13-14 at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.

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UCF Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band to Feature at the UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 Festival

photoThe UCF Wind Ensemble and UCF Symphonic Band will be featured April 12 in the UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 festival.

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UCF Percussion Ensemble Showcased on WNYC

photoOn January 30, The UCF Percussion Ensemble's new percussion album, Patterns, received some airtime on a WNYC show called New Sounds hosted by John Schaefer.

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Inaugural 'UCF Celebrates the Arts' Festival to Showcase Talent at Dr. Phillips Center

photoStaging a week of artistic presentations – ranging from a musical based on historic Civil War diaries and letters, to the futuristic tale of a young boy traveling to the edge of a black hole – the University of Central Florida will host UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando on April 9-15.

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A Concert Abroad: Professors Perform in Denmark

photoOn February 18, Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu, Assistant Professor in Piano, and Dr. JoAnne Stephenson, Associate Professor, present a collaborative recital of all-American music at the SMKS Concert Series in Odense, Denmark.

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Jazz Professors Perform Nationally

photoOn January 19, The Jazz Professors performed with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for a tribute to Stan Getz at the Plaza 'LIVE' Orlando, including the rarely performed album Focus. The performance included original music and classics recorded and performed by Stan Getz.

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Marching Knights to Perform at ESPN College Football Awards

photoTune in to ESPNU on Thursday, December 11 at 6 p.m. to see our own Marching Knights perform at the Home Depot College Football Awards.

The Home Depot College Football Awards are an annual event encompassing the most prestigious awards in college football. The awards ceremony will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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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 an associate professor in the Department of Music, and an affiliated faculty in the Latin American Studies Program

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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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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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RICHES of Central Florida

UCF Filmmakers Win Emmy for Documentary

photo“The Committee,” a documentary film by a team from UCF, recently won an Emmy for telling the story of a Florida Legislature investigative panel that sought to root out homosexuals from state universities about 50 years ago.

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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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Texts and Technology

T&T Guest Speaker Series: Understanding Graduate Research Production in the Digital Age

photoGuests from the University of Florida – Sophia Acord (Associate Center Director/Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology & Law) and Laurie Taylor (Digital Scholarship Librarian) – met with T&T students and faculty to discuss Open Access and Electronic Dissertations.

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April Anderson: Breaking the Archival Fourth Wall

photoApril Anderson, University Archivist at the Milner Library at Illinois State University, presented a lively discussion for T&T students, faculty, and members of the UCF Library concerning Digital Archival Exhibition in the Digital Realm. Dr. Anderson also visited Dr. Barry Mauer’s class, Visual T&T, to discuss Citizen Curatorship of digital materials.

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Congratulations on a Successful Dissertation Defense

photoCongratulations to Donnie Merritt for successfully defending his dissertation, “The Impact Of User-Generated Interfaces on the Participation of Users with a Disability in Virtual Environments.”

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Texts and Tech Program Hosts Workshops on How Learning Works

photoUCF Texts and Technology hosted two workshops for the program's Graduate Teaching Associates. Led by Eric Main, Associate Director of UCF’s Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning, the sessions were based on the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose, et al.

The workshops address students’ prior learning and motivation, course organization and climate, mastery learning, providing feedback, and encouraging self-directed learning.

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Congratulations on a Successful Dissertation Defense

photoCongratulations to T&T student, Leandra Preston-Sidler, who successfully defended her dissertation on January 27, 2015.

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Congratulations T&T Alum Meghan Griffin!

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the Best Online Programs in the nation and T&T Alum, Dr. Meghan Griffin (2012), leads one of the bachelor degree programs offered at Daytona State College (DSC) that ranked #2! Meghan is the Director of the Bachelor of Applied Science Program (BAS) in Supervision and Management, which was the first online bachelor’s program offered at DSC. Meghan says, “Our goal is simple: leverage digital platforms to give our online students the best learning experience possible. Because we serve returning adult and working students, our students have as much to learn from one another as they do from faculty. So we've made our online classrooms highly interactive and team-oriented, where you're part of a network of professionals located across the globe.

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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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Theatre

Inaugural 'UCF Celebrates the Arts' Festival to Showcase Talent at Dr. Phillips Center

photoStaging a week of artistic presentations – ranging from a musical based on historic Civil War diaries and letters, to the futuristic tale of a young boy traveling to the edge of a black hole – the University of Central Florida will host UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando on April 9-15.

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Boyd Receives Kennedy Center Medallion

photoEach year, the eight Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Most importantly, recipients have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre. It is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.

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(a love story) Isn't Your Traditional Valentine's Day Romantic Comedy

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Stoppard’s Arcadia blends arts, sciences, and language play with human emotions

photoORLANDO, Fla. January 13, 2015 — Theatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, will present Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia from January 22-February 1, 2015 in the Main Stage theater on the University of Central Florida campus.

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Theatre Alumna Reprises Off-Broadway Role

photoMichelle Knight, ’02, stars as Snow White in the Off-Broadway production of “DISENCHANTED!” — a not-for-the-kiddies musical comedy that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. Fairy tales will never be the same! The show runs for a limited engagement Nov. 26 through Jan. 25 at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in New York City.

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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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Visual Arts and Design

Stoeckle Premieres Two Films at Berlinale

photoOne of Germany’s first independent female filmmakers, Ula Stoeckl was invited to premier two films at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

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Graduate Film Students Featured at Upcoming Festivals

photoFour graduate students in UCF's M.F.A. film program will premiere films at upcoming festivals. Zachary Beckler, Maria Emilia Garcia, and Max Rousseau will screen their respective feature-length thesis films Interior, La Descorrupción, Pembroke Circle at the Starlite Film Festival. John Goshorn's The Happiest Place on Earth will debut at Cinequest 25 in San Jose, CA.

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Dombrowski Wins Undergraduate Teaching Award

photoMatt Dombrowski has won the UCF College of Arts & Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

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Documentary to Look at Academic Freedom, Censorship in 1920s

“Filthy Dreamers,” a documentary that looks at the effort of students, faculty and the president of Florida State Women’s College to stand up for academic freedom and against censorship in the 1920s, will be shown at 1 p.m. Feb. 23, in the UCF Visual Arts Building, Room 132.

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Raimundi-Ortiz Presents on Wepa Woman at El Museo Del Barrio

photoOn January 21, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz presented about the Wepa Woman at Diseño , a panelist discussion on the subject of using comic books and superheroes as vehicles for the exploration of identity. The panel took place at El Museo del Barrioin, New York City, and received federal funding from the Latino Initiatives Pool.

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UCF Alum Flourishes on New York Art Scene

photoIn a culture that tends to fixate on fame and fortune, it is easy to overlook the real success achieved by everyday people living their dream. UCF alum Elana Eda Rubinfeld is one of those people.

After graduating from UCF's School of Visual Arts & Design, Elana moved to New York and eventually opened her own art consultation business, Elana Eda Consulting. With over ten years of experience in the art world, Rubinfeld consults on contemporary art, curating and photography, while, according to her website, “connecting curious people with innovative art since 2003… placing works with some of the world's top institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and corporate clients such as Microsoft, Waggener Edstrom, and Patagonia.”

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SVAD Student Interning at Guggenheim Museum, Venice

photoIn December, Katia Porro, SVAD History student, left for Venice, Italy upon graduation to intern at the prestigious Peggy Guggenheim Museum. The museum is one of Europe’s premier museums of modern art. Porro also had the great fortune of studying abroad in Italy with SVAD Assistant Professor, Margaret Ann Zaho, Ph.D.

While Porro worked on her undergraduate degree, she presented her study on Romaine Brooks and the female dandy at last year’s SVAD Art History Symposium. She also researched and catalogued the Harriet Lake costume collection. Porro is currently applying to programs in curatorial studies in fashion.

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Artist-in-Residence in Vienna: Keith Kovach

photoLast month, Keith Kovach was selected as artist-in-residence for Quartier21 in Vienna, Austria. During his month-long residence from January 15 through February 15, Kovach will produce a body of street photography capturing the sense of time and place of Vienna in the winter of 2015. His work will be displayed February 24-25 at the MuseumsQuartier Wien, one of the largest art and culture complexes in the world, also located in Vienna.

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Wyatt Showcases Photography in Atlanta

photoOn December 12 - February 1, M. Laine Wyatt showcased a body of photography at the Portfolio 2014 exhibition at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery in the Tula Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia. The competition and exhibition was sponsored by the Atlanta Photography Group and was juried by Richard McCabe, Curator of Photography at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans.

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New UCF Design Class Brings Art, Engineering Students Together

photoRobert Hoekstra has lived in two worlds for many years — engineering and the arts. Now, he’s officially bringing them together in unprecedented fashion at UCF.

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The Power of Healing Through Art

photoCounseling and Psychological Services, in collaboration with School of Visual Arts and Design and Student Disability Services, is having its third annual Healing Art Exhibition, featuring the artwork of UCF students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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Inaugural 'UCF Celebrates the Arts' Festival to Showcase Talent at Dr. Phillips Center

photoStaging a week of artistic presentations – ranging from a musical based on historic Civil War diaries and letters, to the futuristic tale of a young boy traveling to the edge of a black hole – the University of Central Florida will host UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando on April 9-15.

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UCF Art Graduate Serves Our Local Community

photoPatty Sheehan earned her B.A. in art at UCF back when UCF was a commuter campus. She then went on to serve as President of the Colonialtown North Neighborhood Association and is a former Administrator with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Currently Sheehan is serving as the Orlando Commissioner, of District 4.

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UCF Art Gallery Welcomes New Director

photoSince her arrival in Orlando six months ago, UCF Art Gallery Director Yulia Tikhonova has been busy introducing herself to the Orlando art community. She has an ambitious agenda of expanding UCF’s School of Visual Arts and Design presence downtown through the arts and highlighting local artists. Her overall goal is to develop a more creative downtown scene that includes SVAD students and faculty.

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Inventor’s Kinetic Sculptures Combine Art, Technology

photoWhen he was a young boy, Ryan Buyssens chopped up his toys. “Then I would do something unusual,” he said.

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SVAD Sponsors Game Jam Contest

photoFriday, January 16 – Sunday, January 18

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UCF Filmmakers Win Emmy for Documentary

photo“The Committee,” a documentary film by a team from UCF, recently won an Emmy for telling the story of a Florida Legislature investigative panel that sought to root out homosexuals from state universities about 50 years ago.

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Harris Awarded 2015 Creative Capital Grant

photoSchool of Visual Arts and Design Associate Professor Christopher Harris has been named a 2015 Creative Capital Artist. His film project Speaking in Tongues will be funded by a grant worth up to $95,000.

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Buyssens Featured at London's Kinetica Art Fair

photoThis October, Ryan Buyssens exhibited at the Kinetica Art Fair in London.

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UCF Students Create 3D Pedestrian Bridge Designs

photoUCF students are taking the designing of a pedestrian bridge over Alafaya Trail and University Boulevard into their own hands.

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Art Gallery to Host Exhibit, Discussion on Creativity

photoA mixed media exhibition and discussion on creativity featuring an FSU art instructor will be hosted by the University of Central Florida Art Gallery.

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UCF Students Compete in Leap Motion 3D Jam with "Hollow"

photoA team of UCF students will compete in Leap Motion's 3D Jam. 3D Jam is a six-week global competition for developers to build innovative experiences for desktop, virtual reality, and more.

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Film Alum Nominated for Independent Spirit Award

photoA film by Justin Lader (Film B.F.A. '06) has been nominated for "Best First Screenplay" at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards.

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New York Film Series to Feature Jones "Solo"

photo“Solo,” the latest film from Robert Jones, will screen December 17 as part of the NewFilmmakers New York series.

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"Eye for Broadway" Art Competition Winners

photoThe UCF School of Visual Arts & Design proudly announces the winners of the inaugural J.R. Hopes "Eye for Broadway" Art Competition.

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SVAD Professors Featured in Experimental Animation Show

photoUCF School of Visual Arts & Design professors Matt Dombrowski and Scott F. Hall is featured in an 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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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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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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Women's Studies

Women's Studies Faculty Affiliates Awarded LIFE Awards

photoOn February 22, two Women's Studies faculty affiliates were awarded this year's LIFE at UCF Awards by the Center for the Success of Women Faculty. Winners included Meredith Tweed and Christine Hanlon. Four UCF faculty received awards in total.

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Santana Named AAUW Title IX Champion

Maria Cristina SantanaMaria Santana has been recognized as a Title IX Champion by the American Association of University Women.

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

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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 an associate professor in the Women's Studies Program, the program director of the Women's Studies Program, and an affiliated faculty in the Latin American 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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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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