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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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College of Arts and Humanities

Horizon Cuba

photoCecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Luis Martínez-Fernández and Dean José Fernández are featured in the most recent edition of Pegasus Magazine, commenting on the political, economic, and social ramifications of changing relations between the United States and Cuba.

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HR/OD&T Offering a Seminar for Staff on Pursuing Higher Education at UCF

photoCollege Bound 101 (Are You on the Right Track): SAVE the DATE Flyer

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Nepal Earthquake Relief Zine Created by Alumni and Faculty

photoA zine showcasing a collection of prints responding to the 2015 earthquake disaster in Nepal are now available with 100% of proceeds funding Nepal Relief efforts through UNICEF.

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2014-15 CAH Faculty Award Winners

The College of Arts & Humanities would like to recognize all of our faculty members who have received awards for teaching, research, and service in the 2014-2015 academic year. The college is very fortunate to have such productive and accomplished faculty members.

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2015 CAH Staff Recognition Ceremony

photoThe College of Arts and Humanities held its annual Staff Recognition Awards on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in the Student Union.

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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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English

New Chair of English Department

photoAfter serving his five-year term, Dr. Patrick Murphy is stepping down as chair of the Department of English. Though Dr. Murphy will be greatly missed, we wish him well on his future endeavors. The department warmly welcomes Dr. Trey Philpotts as our new chair. He is joining us from the English Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he served as professor and chair.

Milanés Recognized for Anthology Contribution

photoCecilia Rodríguez Milanés is part of a group that has been recognized at the International Latino Book Awards. Milanés' contributions to the anthology Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education were acknowledged in the Most Inspirational Nonfiction Books in English category.

  • Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés is an associate professor in the Department of English, an affiliated associate professor of english in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and an affiliated associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

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Milanés' Short Stories Make The Top 10 Books About Cuba

photoTwo short story collections by 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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Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

FIEA Students Present Capstone Gaming Projects

photoEarlier this month, graduate student teams showcased their capstone projects, full video games they spent months creating, to classmates, faculty and other guests at UCF's Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy.

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Test FIEA Video Games This Summer



UCF's Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy is looking for gamers to test video games that are under development by FIEA students. Participating gamers will be able to play five different games, meet the graduate students developing the games and help shape the final projects with feedback.

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FIEA Ranked No. 2 in Top Graduate Schools for Game Design

photoThe Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy has been ranked second by the Princeton Review in its Top Graduate Schools for Game Design rankings. This is the second consecutive year UCF ranks second in the list and it has held a spot in the top five schools since the rankings began.

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Flying Horse Editions

Flying Horse Editions Print on the Cover of Artnews Magazine

photo"Candy Crown", a 3-color lithograph produced by artist Will Cotton at Flying Horse Editions earlier this year, will be featured on the cover of ArtNews magazine and will be offered as part of their new Premium Subscription.

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UCF Performers Climb Jazz Album Chart

photoTwo new albums from UCF's jazz label hit the JazzWeek album chart.

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History

New Digital Tools Help Users Analyze Data

photoUsers can now use tools from the RICHES Mosaic Interface to analyze and annotate items. The free interface is an interactive digital collection of Florida's history that offers a searchable database with access to images, documents, podcasts, oral histories, films, and visualizations.

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UCF Ranked #3 for Online Bachelor in History Program

photoUCF's Online Bachelor of Arts in History scored third in a recent university ranking by TheBestSchools.org. Rankings were based on quality of program, types of courses provided and faculty strength, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation.

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Martínez-Fernández Wins International Latino Book Award

photoLuis Martínez-Fernández has received an award from the International Latino Book Awards. Martínez-Fernández's recent book, Revolutionary Cuba: A History, was recognized in the Best History Books in English category.

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

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UCF History Students Help Preserve Oviedo’s Past at History Harvest

photoA World War II ration book, a photo of a well-traveled Oviedo road before it existed and historical information about the city’s first African-American cemetery were just some of the artifacts collected as part of a recent community initiative to preserve the past using today's digital tools. Nearly 3000 historical items were scanned as community members came to Oviedo's Lawton House with boxes, bags and scrapbooks full of photos and documents.

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History Faculty featured at UCF Book Festival

photoMartinez-Fernandez will discuss his latest book, Revolutionary Cuba: A History in the 6th Annual UCF Book Festival.
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Historic Preservation Class Nominates Jacksonville Film Studio to Become National Historic Landmark

photoDescribed as a legacy to the silent film era, the five-building campus of Norman Laboratories on Arlington Road won’t stay silent for much longer.

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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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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. Lisa Mills (SVAD), 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 an associate professor of history in the Florida Studies Program, and an 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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Judaic Studies

Prof. Moshe Pelli Published A New Book: The Journals of the Haskalah In mid-Nineteenth Century

Hehalutz (1852-1889); Bikurim (1864-1865):

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

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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

Russian Intensive Language Program Graduates First Class this Summer

photoThe first UCF Russian intensive summer language program, STARTALK, launched from July 6-24. Over one hundred students applied to participate in the free program, however due to the grant’s budget, only eighty were admitted to attend – a number that remained well over the original grant budget plan. The program was sponsored by a grant received by Dr. Alla Kourova.

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Faculty and Students Participate with Peer-to-Peer Program in Russia

photoThis summer, ten UCF students and six faculty members participated in a trip to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia, as part of the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, a U.S. Department of State grant. Five students were sponsored by the Russian Club at UCF to participate in the summer program and extra workshops and meetings throughout the program.

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Fernández-Rubiera Presents in Iceland

photoOn May 29-31, Francisco Fernández-Rubiera and Christine Meklenborg Salvesen presented at the 17th Diachrony in Generative Syntax (DiGS17) conference in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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

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UCF and Russian Students Publish Collaborative Booklet

photoStudents at UCF and its Russian partner in the Connecting Classrooms project published a booklet this year called Language and Culture through Russian and American Eyes.

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

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López Cruz Named Pegasus Professor

photoAt the 2015 Founder's Day Honors Convocation, Humberto López Cruz received the Pegasus Professor Award.

  • Humberto López Cruz is the interim department chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and an affiliated faculty in the Latin American Studies Program

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Pidberejna Receives 2015 Foreign Language Award

photoOn April 8, Irina Pidberejna received the 2015 Florida Foreign Language Award as University Scholar of the Year for her Russian/TESOL language studies. The award was a part of Russian Culture Night at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and was presented by Dean José Fernández, Chair of Modern Languages Humberto López Cruz and Alla Kourova, Pidberejna's mentor.

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Spanish M.A. Students and Visiting Instructor Present at GRAPHSY

photoUCF was represented at the 8th Annual Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY) at Georgetown University in Washington, DC April 10-11. Two graduate students in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Spanish M.A. program and one visiting instructor presented their research at the conference.

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Fernández-Rubiera Presents at University of Oslo Conference

photoOn March 9-10, Francisco Fernández-Rubiera and Christine Meklenborg Salvesen presented at the Traces of History conference/workshop at the University of Oslo.

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Folse Prestented at Illinois Bilingual Education Convention in Chicago

photoKeith 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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López honored as Keynote Speaker in Panama

photoThis past month, UCF's 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

Paul 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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Music

UCF Marching Knights Recognized in the Orlando Sentinel

photoThis summer, members of the UCF Marching Knights went through vigorous training to be physically ready for the season while braving the scorching heat, even training during a downpour. There's nothing that can stop the UCF Marching Knights from performing at the first half-time show of the season on September 3.

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Scharrón and Marosi release Héroes Album

photoEladio Scharrón and Laszlo Marosi are pleased to announce their recently released album Héroes.

  • Laszlo Marosi is associate professor in the Department of Music
  • Eladio Scharron is associate professor in the Department of Music

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UCF Flute Professor Performs at Two Festivals this Summer 2015

photoNora Lee García was recently invited to perform with Keith Koons and George Weremchuk at the ClarinetFest Madrid, Spain in July 2015.

  • 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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UCF Performers Climb Jazz Album Chart

photoTwo new albums from UCF's jazz label hit the JazzWeek album chart.

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New UCF Music Director of Orchestras

photoChung Park joins the University of Central Florida Music faculty as the new Director of Orchestras, where he will be conducting the orchestra and teaching string music education.

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UCF Jazz Will Debut Two Albums on June 15

photoFlying Horse Records, UCF’s own jazz label, will release two new albums on June 15.

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Marosi on Tour in South America

photoLaszlo Marosi is on a concert tour with the oldest professional wind ensemble in South America, La Banda Sinfónica de la Provincia de Córdoba. Marosi was invited to conduct for the ensemble.

  • Laszlo Marosi is associate professor in the Department of Music

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Yonetani Performs at Košice Music Festival

photoLast month, Ayako Yonetani performed the Brahms violin concerto with the Slovak State Filharmonia of Košice, conducted by Maestro Leos Svarovsky, during the 60th Košice Music Festival.

  • Ayako Yonetani is professor in the Department of Music

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UCF to Help Rolling Stones Paint it Black – and Gold – at Orlando Concert

photoIt’s only rock ‘n’ roll (but they like it), so the University of Central Florida Chamber Singers will spend the night together with the Rolling Stones next week– well, for one song, anyway.

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Recent Grad Joins Glenn Miller Orchestra

photoJust one week after graduating, Greg Zabel (Music B.A. '15) has joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra tour on bass. Zabel heard about a job opening in the orchestra and was given the opportunity to audition with them when the orchestra traveled to Orlando for a concert and was soon offered the position.

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Music Department Wins $10,000 Grant and Hosts Ed Sheeran

photoOn Monday May 4, the UCF Department of Music received a $10,000 grant and was host to Grammy-nominated artist Ed Sheeran thanks to UCF students winning the #EdOnCampus social media contest by Chegg that garnered over 225,000 votes from more than 8,000 schools.

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Marosi Leading Seminar in Peru

photoOn May 11-16 Laszlo Marosi will be leading a seminar called Festibandas Perú ASPEB 2015 at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Del Peru in Lima, Perú. Marosi will also conduct the National Navy Band of Perú later that week.

  • Laszlo Marosi is associate professor in the Department of Music

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Inaugural UCF Celebrates the Arts Finishes Strong, Looks to 2016 Festival

photoAfter 35 performances and ongoing exhibits over six days, the curtain came down on the inaugural UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 with high hopes for next year.

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Symphony Under the Stars to take over Pegasus Ballroom Thursday evening

photoWhen the sun goes down and the stars look like grains of sand on black velvet, UCF's Symphony Orchestra will bring an audience together through a memorable musical experience.

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Marosi Releases a CD Featuring the Music of Roland Szentpali

photoLaszlo Marosi, Ph.D., recently released his latest CD featuring the music of composer Roland Szentpali.

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Flying Horse Big Band to Perform at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015

photoOn April 11, the Flying Horse Big Band will perform "Shakespeare Swings!" a cabaret-style production giving Shakespeare's works a jazzy twist with vocals coordinated by the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.

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Flying Horse Big Band to Perform at UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015

photoOn April 11, the Flying Horse Big Band will perform "Shakespeare Swings!" a cabaret-style production giving Shakespeare's works a jazzy twist with vocals coordinated by the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts' Educational Activities to Benefit K-12 Students

photoFrom a middle school show choir, to a high school jazz ensemble, to dance students and creative writers, about 1,000 Central Florida K-12 students will participate next month in the inaugural UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 festival at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 to Take Guests on Journey to Edge of Time

photoA visually stunning movie. A moving orchestral performance. A touching story narrated live by an acclaimed actress. Each would be a fun activity in its own right, but combine them all into one free, multimedia performance at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and you have a singular not-to-be-missed opportunity.

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UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival Swings into Town March 20-21

photoThe 8th annual UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival on March 20-21 will feature Grammy winner Catherine Russell, pianist David Hazeltine and other performances.

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Strumming in the Spotlight

photoWhile it may appear he’s having an identity crisis during his 90 minutes on stage, Chase Padgett, ’07, is actually just doing what he loves: performing.

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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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Public History Center

UCF Ranked #3 for Online Bachelor in History Program

photoUCF's Online Bachelor of Arts in History scored third in a recent university ranking by TheBestSchools.org. Rankings were based on quality of program, types of courses provided and faculty strength, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation.

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RICHES of Central Florida

New Digital Tools Help Users Analyze Data

photoUsers can now use tools from the RICHES Mosaic Interface to analyze and annotate items. The free interface is an interactive digital collection of Florida's history that offers a searchable database with access to images, documents, podcasts, oral histories, films, and visualizations.

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UCF Ranked #3 for Online Bachelor in History Program

photoUCF's Online Bachelor of Arts in History scored third in a recent university ranking by TheBestSchools.org. Rankings were based on quality of program, types of courses provided and faculty strength, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation.

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Martínez-Fernández Wins International Latino Book Award

photoLuis Martínez-Fernández has received an award from the International Latino Book Awards. Martínez-Fernández's recent book, Revolutionary Cuba: A History, was recognized in the Best History Books in English category.

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

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UCF History Students Help Preserve Oviedo’s Past at History Harvest

photoA World War II ration book, a photo of a well-traveled Oviedo road before it existed and historical information about the city’s first African-American cemetery were just some of the artifacts collected as part of a recent community initiative to preserve the past using today's digital tools. Nearly 3000 historical items were scanned as community members came to Oviedo's Lawton House with boxes, bags and scrapbooks full of photos and documents.

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Historic Preservation Class Nominates Jacksonville Film Studio to Become National Historic Landmark

photoDescribed as a legacy to the silent film era, the five-building campus of Norman Laboratories on Arlington Road won’t stay silent for much longer.

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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. Lisa Mills (SVAD), 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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Texts and Technology

2015 Conference in Ireland

photoPastoral and inspiring, the University of Limerick campus in western Ireland served as the perfect backdrop for two back-to-back conferences on technical communication attended by several T&T faculty and students, ProComm 2105 and Sigdoc 2015.  Faculty and students presented both workshops and posters during the events.

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Chapter Written by T&T Community Published in Routledge Studies

photoUCF's T&T Community had a chapter Teaching the Repulsive Memorial published in Pedagogies of Public Memory, a Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication anthology. Authors include Barry Jason Mauer, John Venecek, Amy Larner Giroux, Patricia Carlton, Marcy Galbreath, and Valerie Kasper.

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Digital Humanities Workshops by Dánielle Nicole DeVoss

photoThe T&T Guest Speaker Series brought Dánielle Nicole DeVoss to campus in March to discuss innovative new directions in Digital Humanities. She conducted a workshop, "Composing Multimodal Projects,” and presented “Creative, Innovative, Digital, and Entrepreneurial: Constellating New Directions for Humanities Work.” Students, faculty and staff enjoyed learning how to engage students in producing multimodal works, how creativity and innovation merge with digital spaces to create scholarly projects in a continuously transforming landscape, and received numerous possibilities for how to engage the humanities with community initiatives. Dánielle is the Director of Digital Humanities and Professor in Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University.

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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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Theatre

Love and laughter define Theatre UCF’s 2015-16 season

photoORLANDO, Fla. July 6, 2015 — Theatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, focuses its 2015-16 season on love and laughter. This is the first season planned by Artistic Director Earl D. Weaver and it includes three musicals, six plays, and the second annual UCF Celebrates the Arts festival.

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Have you heard about Theatre UCF’s new sound engineer?

photoRobert Dagit has joined the UCF School of Performing Arts as the Sound Engineer for Theatre UCF. 

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Two Comedies Brighten the Theatre UCF Summer Stage

photoORLANDO, Fla. June 8, 2015 — This summer, Theatre UCF is producing two comedies to be performed in repertory on the University’s Main Stage. Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest opens June 25 and the musical Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? by John R. Powers, James Quinn, and Alaric Jans opens on June 26. The two shows run through July 19.

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Shafer Cast in Lifetime's Devious Maids

photoJohn Shafer has been cast in the third season of Lifetime’s critically-acclaimed hit series "Devious Maids."

  • John Wayne Shafer is associate professor in the Department of Theatre

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2015 Summer Theatre Camps at UCF

photoJune 15 through August 7, UCF in partnership with the Orlando Repertory Theatre will hold weekly Youth Academy Camps for Grade 1 - 10 students and Advanced Camps for Grade 9 - 12 students.

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Theatre UCF to Perform in NYC

photoOn May 11, Theatre UCF performers will present Generations: A Knight of Theatre UCF at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in New York City. Tickets are $10 with a 2 drink minimum (must be 21 or older) and can be purchased online at Purple Pass.

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Inaugural UCF Celebrates the Arts Finishes Strong, Looks to 2016 Festival

photoAfter 35 performances and ongoing exhibits over six days, the curtain came down on the inaugural UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 with high hopes for next year.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts' Educational Activities to Benefit K-12 Students

photoFrom a middle school show choir, to a high school jazz ensemble, to dance students and creative writers, about 1,000 Central Florida K-12 students will participate next month in the inaugural UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 festival at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts 2015 to Take Guests on Journey to Edge of Time

photoA visually stunning movie. A moving orchestral performance. A touching story narrated live by an acclaimed actress. Each would be a fun activity in its own right, but combine them all into one free, multimedia performance at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and you have a singular not-to-be-missed opportunity.

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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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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.

  • Belinda C Boyd is associate professor in the Department of Theatre

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

photoUniversity of Central Florida—Theatre UCF

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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

photoUniversity of Central Florida - Theatre UCF

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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 associate 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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UCF Art Gallery

UCF Art Gallery to feature Art of the Carnival Sideshow

photoPainted carnival banners, photographs, sculptures and film screenings are on display at the UCF Art Gallery July 16 - August 29. The exhibition tells the story of the exciting, imaginative, and dissapearing world of the carnival sideshow.

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Visual Arts and Design

Danker Leads Talk after Easy Rider Screening at the Foosaner Museum of Art

photoOn August 20, Lisa Danker will introduce the film Easy Rider at the Foosaner Museum of Art in Melbourne. Following the screening, Danker will lead a discussion about the production history, style and the impact of Easy Rider on the reception of independent filmmaking.

  • Lisa Danker is assistant professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Film

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Experimental Animation Graduates Showcase Animated Short at Film Festivals

photoFour experimental animation graduates are showcasing their animated short film, The Falling Leaf, at LA CineFest, Orlando International Peace and Film Festival and the Miami Independent Film Festival.

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UCF Art Gallery to feature Art of the Carnival Sideshow

photoPainted carnival banners, photographs, sculptures and film screenings are on display at the UCF Art Gallery July 16 - August 29. The exhibition tells the story of the exciting, imaginative, and dissapearing world of the carnival sideshow.

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New Scholarship for Architecture Students

photoThere is a new scholarship available for Architecture B.Des. students. The annual Craig Tremblay Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Architecture will be awarded each spring with the application opening in the fall semester.

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Raimundi-Ortiz showcasing for Florida Art Prize in Contemporary Art

photoWanda Raimundi-Ortize has been selected from hundreds of Florida artists to participate in the Florida Art Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition at the Orlando Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view June 12 – September 6, 2015.

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

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Interview with OMALIX, SVAD Alumna

photoSince her graduation in 2014, OMALIX has been carving an exciting career in the arts. She graduated with a BFA concentration in painting and Magna Cum Laude from UCF. OMALIX’s selection of deeply symbolic personal paintings and photographs are currently on view at the Sirona Fine Art Gallery, Hallandale Beach, FL.

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Buyssens' Sculpture Exhibited at 3D PrintShow in London

photoRyan Buyssens’ kinetic sculpture “Resistance” is being exhibited this month in London as part of the 3D Printshow.

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

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Hall Mentioned in Forbes Life Interview

photoIn a recent Forbes Life interview, Scott F. Hall's work with Monad Studio in creating futuristic 3D-printed instruments was highlighted. Scott was described as having "a knack for reducing an instrument family down to its barest essentials for the sake of playability." This minimalist approach to design has aided Hall and his associates at Monad Studio in creating their series of instruments Multi.

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

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Flying Horse Editions Mentioned in NYTimes

photoFlying Horse Editions, UCF's fine art research facility and print shop, was mentioned in the New York Times style magazine T and a New York Times blog post as the birth place of artist Luis Gispert's method for creating the pieces in his new series Aqua Regia.

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Alum's Award Winning Film Studio

photoStrong Films was founded by Jon Strong (Film B.F.A. ‘11), with a focus on branding through short films and advertisements. Strong Films is interested in the story of their clients and the story of the brands they showcase to create meaningful connections between people, products, brands, and experiences.

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"Eye For Broadway" Competition Names Latest Winners

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

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Film Graduate Wins First Prize in LA Comedy Festival Competition

photoJeffrey Ashkin's film, Frankenstein With Benefits, was awarded Best Screenplay at the 2015 LA Comedy Festival Screenplay Competition.

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Three SVAD Students Win At District Four ADDYs

photoThree SVAD students received awards at the American Advertising Federation’s, Also known as the ADDY's, Fourth District.

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SVAD Alumna's Artwork Gaining Renown

photoOn Saturday, May 16, Omalix Arlette's artwork will be on exhibit at the Sirona Fine Art Gallery in Hallandale Beach, FL. The exhibition will feature paintings and photographs from Omalix's body of work exploring aspects of womanhood.

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UCF Photographers to Host One-Night, "Pop-Up" Show

photoUCF photography students will hold a one-night-only, "pop-up" gallery event tomorrow.

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Hall and Moulden's Performance Covered by 3DPrint, CNBC

photoScott F. Hall, SVAD Associate Professor, and SVAD undergraduate Brandy Moulden's performance and the instruments they played at 3D Print Week in New York were covered on 3DPrint, a news outlet for 3D Printing and CNBC.

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

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2015 Character Animation Premiere and Digital Media Showcase

photoThe 2015 Character Animation Premiere and Digital Media Showcase will invade the Soundstage at the UCF Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando on Monday, April 27 starting at 5:30 p.m.

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UCF Professor to Perform with 3-D Printed Instruments in N.Y.

photoUCF professor Scott F. Hall will combine music and the emerging world of 3-D printing Friday night when he performs on some unconventional instruments at the 3D Print Design Show in New York.

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UCF Student Produces TV Series Thanking Hometown Heroes

photoOn April 4, Star & Shield's Copout Adventures aired across 210 TV markets in the US on Destination America. The show, produced by SVAD Film BFA student Tyler Marino, and Marino's company, Nebula Productions, will be wrapping up its first season mid-May.

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UCF Photography Grad Honored by Photo District News

photoClarissa Bonet has been selected for this year's Photo District News 30. Bonet is a graduate of the UCF School of Visual Arts & Design's Photography program.

The editors of PDN selected Bonet from a field of more than 300 photographers from around the world. Criteria for becoming one of PDN’s 30 was to be actively shooting professionally for at least five years with work that “demonstrated a distinctive vision, creativity, and versatility.”

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Award-winning Artists: Announcing the 2015 J.R. Hopes Scholarship and Competition Winners

photoThe UCF School of Visual Arts & Design proudly announces the winners of two award programs, the J.R. Hopes Art Scholarship and the J.R. Hopes "Eye for Broadway" Art Competition.

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UCF Professor Performs Live at the 3D Print Design Show, Manhattan

photoOn April 17, Scott F. Hall will play at the 3D Print Design Show to be held in I.M. Pei’s Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.

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Film Student Wins Graduate Teaching Award

Ben Lancaster will be honored with UCF's Graduate Teaching Assistant Award at the 12th Annual Graduate Research Forum on March 31, 2015.

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UCF Film Graduates Sweep StarLite Film Festival

photoSeveral UCF graduates took home awards from this year's StarLite Film Festival. Held February 26 – March 1 in Winter Garden, FL, the festival showcases micro-budget narrative films that investigate untold stories, express fresh perspectives and introduce new faces of cinema.

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SVAD Students Win Big at Orlando ADDYs

photoSeveral SVAD students were honored at the 2015 Orlando American Advertising Awards, also known as the ADDYs, receiving silver and gold honors including "Best Student" for senior Brandon Stoker's packaging design.

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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 assistant director in the School of Visual Arts and Design Studio Art, and an associate professor 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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Women's and Gender Studies

Eskamani Day of Service Learning a Success

photoThe inaugural Anna V. Eskamani Day of Service Learning on May 20 in Bithlo was a resounding success. In conjuction with the nonprofit United Global Outreach, the Women's Studies program worked to provide over 150 Bithlo residents with a free community meal.

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Milanés Recognized for Anthology Contribution

photoCecilia Rodríguez Milanés is part of a group that has been recognized at the International Latino Book Awards. Milanés' contributions to the anthology Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education were acknowledged in the Most Inspirational Nonfiction Books in English category.

  • Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés is an associate professor in the Department of English, an affiliated associate professor of english in the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and an affiliated associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

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Santana Presents Keynote for the American Association of University Women

photoApril 11, 2015, M.C. Santana was the keynote speaker for the American Association of University Women, Flager County. Her speech "The Half-Truth About Gender Pay Gap" was in time for Tuesday, April 14th marking the day white women in this country make the same amount of money for 2014 as white males.

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Women's Studies Student Selected to the President's Leadership Council

photoAmy Maitner has been selected for the UCF's President's Leadership Council. Maitner is one of 35 students selected from across the university for their excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service to the university and the Orlando community.

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Santana Presents Keynote in India

photoThis past November, M.C. Santana was granted the opportunity to present the keynote address at the Media Youth and Values conference at the Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli, India.

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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 and Gender Studies Program, the program director of the Women's and Gender 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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