College of Arts and Humanities

Highlights

Africana Studies

History Curriculum Needs More Coverage of Black Inventors

There is a reason we study Russian and European history as an integral part of our history curriculum. History is required from pre-K to college because it is a vital part of knowing how you and your country came to be.  

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CAH Dean

Think 30 offers new $1,000 scholarship

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

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

photoCollege Bound 101 (Are You on the Right Track): brochure

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English

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

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

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New Chapbook Reno Published by Florida Review

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

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Censorship Is Not All Bad

photoCensorship is not all bad! Free-speech idealists argue that the solution to bad speech (misinformation, lies, abusive language, etc.) is not censorship but more speech. But bad speech can, and often does, drown out the good.

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Students Selected for University's Highest Honor

photoCongratulations to Michael Scimeca, Gabriela Wolk and Amy Maitner, recipients of the 2016 Order of Pegasus Award.

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'The Big Read' at UCF to Focus on Zora Neale Hurston

photoUCF’s College of Arts & Humanities has been awarded one of 75 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in “The Big Read,” a nationwide program created to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

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UCF Grads to Show Work for Art in Odd Places

photoBright green geometric shapes made out of plastic drinking straws juxtaposed against street medians. Groups of participants knitting in unison to create musical sounds. A live art installation consisting of an X-ray camper parked in a city lot.

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Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

FIEA Students To Debut Four New Games Aug. 5

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

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FIEA Partners with OrlandoiX

photoThis past week, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy partnered with Orlando Interactive Experience (OrlandoiX), to sponsor the international digital festival.

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FIEA Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

photoLast week FIEA celebrated its tenth successful year with events and contests.

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History

2016 Library Fellows Awards

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

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Digital Tools Presentation Serves Local History Keepers

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

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Virtual Reality Meets Historic Preservation during first Digital History Tools Workshop

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

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

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

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UCF Student Filmmakers Win College Emmy for Documentary

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

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Mayor Names May 20 Jerrell H. Shofner Day

City of Orlando Proclamation

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

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Dr. Thomas Greenhaw History Scholarship Winners

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

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History Podcast Wins Best Media Award

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

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

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History Student wins First Place in Graduate Research Forum

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

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History Faculty receive travel stipends for research and presentations

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

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American Historical Association features A History of Central Florida Podcast

photoUCF History Professor Robert Cassanello and his student-produced podcast are featured in Perspectives on History, the newsletter of the American Historical Association.

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RICHES™ Project Receives NEH Common Heritage Grant

photoThe UCF History Department's Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences, and Stories (RICHES™) of Central Florida at the University of Central Florida was awarded a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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History Department Podcast Project Wins Hampton Dunn Internet Award

photoA video podcast produced by UCF students and faculty won the Florida Historical Society's 2015 Hampton Dunn Internet Award. The award is given each year to the best digital project that represents outstanding programs and expands our knowledge of Florida history.

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Central Florida History Podcasts Show 'the Journey That Got Us All Here'

photoInspired by the BBC series “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” a similar project chronicling Central Florida’s past from early native civilizations through the state’s urbanization was completed recently by a UCF professor and his students.

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Latin American Studies

Elizardi Castro Performs for Hispanic Heritage Month

photoOn October 6, Elizardi Castro performed his comedy show Made in Puerto Rico in the Pegasus Ballroom at UCF. The comedy show was part of UCF’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming, made possible by the Latin American Student Association and the Multicultural Student Center. Over 400 people from the UCF community joined the event.

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Modern Languages and Literatures

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

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

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Study Abroad in Russia

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

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Russian Language, Cultural Course Offered at Summer Immersion Program

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

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

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

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

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Marie Léticée's Debut Novel Featured at 36th Annual Salon du Livre

photoUCF Modern Languages Professor Marie Léticée published her debut novel, Moun Lakou [Inna de Yard], this week in Paris, France. Léticée’s publisher, Ibis Rouge, spotlighted the novel by launching it at Salon du Livre, a massive book fair with exhibits by more than 1,000 publishers from around the world, heavy coverage from TV, radio, and internet media, musical performances, author readings and interviews, and even a visit by French President Francois Hollande.

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This Summer: STARTALK Russian Language Intensive Program

photoSTARTALK, a Russian language intensive program, is being held again on July 11-29. The event is hosted by the Russian Language Program from the Modern Languages and Literatures department at UCF.

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

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Students Selected for University's Highest Honor

photoCongratulations to Michael Scimeca, Gabriela Wolk and Amy Maitner, recipients of the 2016 Order of Pegasus Award.

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Kourova Receives 2015 AATSEEL Award for Excellence in Teaching

photoAlla Kourova has received the 2015 American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages Award for Excellence in Teaching (Post-Secondary).

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

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UCF Russian Club

photoAt the end of the international week Russian club at UCF, ( Alla Kourova is an adviser) held their fourth annual event. A performance of the “Nutcracker” - courtesy of the Russian Ballet of Orlando. This performance brought awareness to the Russian language, culture classes and Russian club at UCF. It also served to raise money for two courses: Ukrainian Down Syndrome organization and Study Abroad summer program in Russia. It has successfully raised more than $3000, surpassing previous years.

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Theatre UCF partners with Department of Modern Languages for "The Life is a Dream Project" in Spanish

photoORLANDO, Fla. November 25, 2015 — Students from UCF’s programs in theatre, music, and modern languages joined forces for “The Life is a Dream Project,” a theatrical production performed in Spanish and presented on the UCF campus to the public for free.

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Hickey Wins Professional Achievement Award

photoJuliann Hickey won the UCF College of Arts & Humanities Professional Achievement Award at the Black & Gold Gala on Oct. 22.

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Mazzucchelli Publishes New Book on Sicilian American Literature

photoChiara Mazzucchelli new book, The Heart and the Island: A Critical Study of Sicilian American Literature, was published by SUNY Press earlier this month.

  • Chiara Mazzucchelli is associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Music

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

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

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UCF Music to Host All-State Preparation Clinic

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

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

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

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Welcome SPA Faculty Member: Si-Yan Darren Li

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

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Tremon Kizer Will Oversee UCF Athletic Bands

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

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

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

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Music Professor Rupert Honored by UCF Board of Trustees

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

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UCF Names New Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities

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

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UCF's Voicebox Reaches International A Cappella Finals

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

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Chiu Wins 2016 Performance Excellence Competition

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

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

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

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UCF Creates Entertainment Management Degree with $5 Million Donation

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

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UCF Celebrates the Arts' Musical Performances to Feature Variety of Tastes

photoThe music performances at the second UCF Celebrates the Arts will take you on a journey across the globe. The variety is sure to appeal to many, including those who might not normally attend a classical concert.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Join 400th Anniversary Observance of Shakespeare

photoAs part of UCF’s second annual UCF Celebrates the Arts in April, the university’s orchestra and choruses will team up with Orlando Shakespeare Theater to present a program in collaboration with the worldwide 400th anniversary observance of William Shakespeare’s death.

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WUCF Artisodes Takes the Stage with Michael Feinstein

photoOn this week’s WUCF Artisodes, meet a University of Central Florida student training with five-time Grammy nominated recording artist, Michael Feinstein. The popular sing mentors youth through his “Songbook Academy.”

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UCF Jazz Studies student to be featured with Josh Groban

photoWhen internationally acclaimed pop vocalist Josh Groban takes to the stage in three Central Florida performances, he will be joined by Alex Lewis, a senior UCF Jazz Studies trumpet major.

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Clarinetist Julian Bliss to Perform with UCF Musicians

photoClarinetist Julian Bliss will visit UCF for three events including the UCF Wind Ensemble concert on Friday, Feb.26, and UCF Clarinet Day and the Youth Band of Orlando concert on Saturday, Feb. 27.

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State Recognition of the UCF Music Department

photoAlondra Bahls, BME/BM student, received an Arts Advocacy Award from the Florida Higher Education Arts Network on January 26.

The award was presented at the state capitol in Tallahassee for National Arts Advocacy Day. Alondra was also asked to play a duet with another award recipient from the University of Florida.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts Expands for 2nd Festival

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts 2016 – a free festival of music, performances and visual displays – combines an abundance of arts and talent that would weigh down an actual marquee.

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James Morrison and the UCF Jazz Professors to hold concert

photoAustralian native James Morrison, who has performed for two U.S. presidents and the Queen of England will now join the UCF Jazz Professors for a concert at the University of Central Florida’s Visual Arts Building auditorium, on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

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School of Performing Arts Director Elected to National Board

photoJeffrey M. Moore, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) to serve a one-year term as a regional chair.

  • Jeff Moore is the dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and a professor in the Department of Music

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UCF Piano Professor Performs in Havana, Cuba

photoPiano Professor Yun-Ling Hsu was invited to perform a cultural exchange piano recital at the magnificent historical Sala Ignacio Cervantes Concert Hall in Havana, Cuba in November 2015.

  • Yun-Ling Hsu is assistant professor in the Department of Music Piano

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2 Music Alumni Win National Competitions for New Gigs in Washington, Hollywood

photoTwo UCF music alumni are now on their way to winning national trumpet auditions for high-profile bands.

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UCF Choirs to perform "Songs in Waiting" at St. James Cathedral in Orlando

photoORLANDO, Fla. November 25, 2015 — Three University of Central Florida choruses are set to perform a free concert titled “Songs in Waiting” at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. The performance combines a beautiful setting, an interesting program on texts of emotional depth, and inspired singing.

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New York Times: Mace-wielding women crash the halftime show

photoJust as men have been, women drum majors have been making both waves and soundwaves through their leadership skills across America for almost 40 years.

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Contemporary Pianist R. Andrew Lee to Perform Solo Concert

photoPianist R. Andrew Lee will visit the UCF campus to give a solo recital on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the UCF Art Gallery in the Visual Arts Building. The 7 p.m. event is cohosted by the Collide Contemporary Music Series and the gallery.

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Marosi featured on live album with Bellini Conservatory Symphony Orchestra

photoCollega-Menti: Live from Palermo was recently released on CD, featuring the Bellini Conservatory Symphony Orchestra directed by Laszlo Marosi.

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Contemporary Pianist R. Andrew Lee Performs Solo Concert

photoORLANDO, Fla. October 19, 2015 —Pianist R. Andrew Lee will visit the UCF campus to give a solo recital on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m. in UCF Art Gallery, located inside the Visual Arts Building. The event is cohosted by the Collide Contemporary Music Series and the UCF Art Gallery.

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Jazz is Alive and Happening at UCF

photoThis fall, the UCF Jazz program is combining classic repertory and new works in its performance schedule, which started in September and has performances running through December.

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Garcia Celebrates Latin Heritage Month with Recital

photoOn Saturday, October 3, flutist Nora Lee Garcia will perform a recital entitled “Music of the Americas” with guitarist Rene Izquierdo at the University of Central Florida Rehearsal Hall at 8:00 p.m.

  • Nora Lee García is an associate professor in the Department of Music, and an affiliated associate professor
    school of performing arts in the Latin American Studies Program

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UCF's Flying Horse Records Jazzin' It Up in the Studio

photoWith the help of a few microphones, technicians and a recording studio, some UCF musicians get the chance to have their name on professionally produced and charted albums, all before they graduate.

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RICHES of Central Florida

RICHES™ Project Receives NEH Common Heritage Grant

photoThe UCF History Department's Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences, and Stories (RICHES™) of Central Florida at the University of Central Florida was awarded a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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History Department Podcast Project Wins Hampton Dunn Internet Award

photoA video podcast produced by UCF students and faculty won the Florida Historical Society's 2015 Hampton Dunn Internet Award. The award is given each year to the best digital project that represents outstanding programs and expands our knowledge of Florida history.

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Texts and Technology

Historical Agricultural News Wins 2nd Place in NEH Data Challenge

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

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Digital Humanities 2016 Conference

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

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UCF Graduate Research Forum Winner

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

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T&T Student Jardaneh Successfully Defends Dissertation

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

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T&T Students Miller & Dieterle lead terrific interactive workshop

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

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From Ashes to Ashé: Carlton Successfully Defends Dissertation

photoCongratulations to Tricia Carlton who successfully defended her dissertation, From Ashes to Ashé: Memorializing Traumatic Events through Participatory Digital Archives.

Pictured with Tricia are members of her dissertation committee (left to right): Dr. Bruce B. Janz, Dr. Barry Mauer, Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell (Psychology), and Dr. Mark Kamrath (Chair). Dr. Natalie Underberg-Goode, also a member of the committee, is not pictured.

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Dining with the Cyborgs: Cotto Successfully Defends Dissertation

photoCongratulations to T&T student Maggie Cotto for successfully defending her dissertation, Dining with the Cyborgs: Disembodied Consumption and the Rhetoric of Food Media in the Digital Age, on March 22.

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T&T Student Mitchell Successfully Defends Dissertation

photoCongratulations to T&T student Cynthia Mitchell for successfully defending her dissertation, ”Exploring Repurposing Across Contexts: How Adolescents’ New Literacies Practices Can Inform Understandings about Writing-Related Transfer.“

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T&T 2015-16 CAH Award Winners

Congratulations to T&T alum Leandra Preston-Sidler on being chosen for the College of Arts and Humanities 2015-2016 Award for Outstanding Dissertation for her dissertation, "Watch Me Disappear: Gendered Bodies, Pro-Anorexia, and Self-Injury in Virtual Communities."

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Success of Women Faculty & ProQuest Academic: Baker Successfully Defends Dissertation

photoT&T student, Carissa Baker, attended the UCF Dissertation Forum, a one-day event hosted by the UCF Libraries and the UCF College of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty and ProQuest Academic.

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Digital Humanities Workshops by Brian Blackburne

photoOn Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the T&T Guest Speaker Series brought T&T Alum Brian Blackburne (2008) to campus. Dr. Blackburn shared lunch with T&T students, faculty, and staff and discussed his experience with the hiring and tenure process. That evening, Dr. Blackburne conducted a lecture titled, "2 kewl 4 skool: Examining Students' E-Mail Habits in a Socially Mediated Culture." The lecture was attended by T&T students, alumni, faculty, and staff who enjoyed learning about the interactions between professors and students in e-mail correspondence collected between 2003 and 2013 from Dr. Blackburne’s students. Dr. Blackburne is currently an Associate Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

T&T Mock Job Interview Panel

photoFive courageous T&T students participated in mock job interviews to assist them in preparing for the job market. Sandy Branham and Clayton Benjamin held their interviews via Skype, and Emily Johnson, John Bork, and Eric Murnane participated in face-to-face interviews.  Drs. McDaniel and Vie were friendly but tough Search Committee members, as was Ms. Wendy Givoglu, Dean of Arts/Entertainment at Valencia College and a current T&T student. The "candidates" had pre-selected a job for which they wanted to interview, and submitted cover letters and CVs for consideration. Other T&T students were in attendance as observers, and provided written feedback to the candidates.

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Making Waves, Mixing Colors: Johnson Successfully Defends Dissertation

photoEmily K. Johnson successfully defended her dissertation, Making waves, mixing colors, and using mirrors: The self-regulated learning support features and procedural rhetoric of three whole-body educational games. Emily’s dissertation explores three whole-body educational games (WBEGs) using a quantitative study, a case study, and analyses of their procedural rhetoric to better understand the roles these types of games can have in teaching self-regulated learning (SRL) and digital literacy skills. The three WBEGs, Waves, Color Mixer, and Light and Mirrors, are similarly structured and intended to teach science concepts to players.

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Disciplinary Mythologies: Lamothe Successfully Defends Dissertation

photoJohn Lamothe, a graduate of Penn State University and current T&T student, successfully defended his dissertation, Disciplinary Mythologies: A Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis of Performance Enhancement Technologies in Sports, in UCF’s Center for Graduate Studies. Using a rhetorical-cultural methodological approach, John’s research led to the formation of a new theoretical framework called disciplinary mythologies. His dissertation discusses how two specific disciplinary mythologies—the level-playing-field topos and the nostalgia enthymeme—shape arguments and actions through sports discourse.

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Identification Through a Blended Method of Research: Culler Successfully Defends Dissertation

photoConnie Culler successfully defended her dissertation, Good Works: Commonplaces of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Travel and Tourism Industry. A set of six companies was selected for the study -- Disney, Hilton, Intercontinental, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham – and commonplaces were identified through a blended method of research that employed rhetorical analysis, modified grounded theory, and NVIVO content analysis software.

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Challenging Preconceived Notions on Race and Culture

photoDr. Paulette Richards, Executive Director of the Atlanta-based digital production company, Ayamedia, presented her work in creating lo-tech videos with her handmade puppets, challenging how we see and think about race and culture. Dr. Richards, a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Virginia, is a scholar, teacher, videographer, and performing artist, planting seeds of change wherever she goes. Her work is compelling and significant, and draws primarily on social semiotic theory to develop students’ new media literacies. Dr. Richard uses the production of digital media to make students more aware of visual and other rhetorical strategies. More about Dr. Richards may be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/pauletterichards3/home.

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Theatre

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

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

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Theatre UCF Appoints Listengarten as Artistic Director

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

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Julia Listengarten is New Artistic Director for Theatre UCF

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

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Theatre grads from UCF's early days hold reunion

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

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Welcome SPA Faculty Member: Shawn Boyle

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

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UCF alumnus cast on Broadway, again

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

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Fringe Festival keeps Orlando theater weird

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

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Almost, Maine is a welcomed respite from the Florida heat

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

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UCF Names New Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities

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

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University's Early Theatre Troupes to Stage Reunion

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

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Theatre UCF Student First to Win National Environmental Playwriting Award

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

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Exposure to the Arts at Young Age Fosters Creativity in Children

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

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

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

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

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

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UCF’s She Loves Me is a Feel-Good Musical for All

photoShe Loves Me, directed by associate professor and artistic director Earl D. Weaver, is a classic love story, and in fact, may be the classic love story. Showing March 17 through 26, this Tony Award-winning musical will play on the Theatre UCF Main Stage.

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My Newfound Respect for the Hard Work Performers do Before Stepping on Stage

photoWhen I gave the Theatre UCF students 30 days to teach me how to perform a karaoke song, I didn’t realize I was also handing over my dignity.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Join 400th Anniversary Observance of Shakespeare

photoAs part of UCF’s second annual UCF Celebrates the Arts in April, the university’s orchestra and choruses will team up with Orlando Shakespeare Theater to present a program in collaboration with the worldwide 400th anniversary observance of William Shakespeare’s death.

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'Reeling' Brings Silent Era to Theatre UCF

photoAt a time when silent productions are a relic, Theatre UCF reinvigorates the classic style with a for-all-ages production of Reeling. Playing Feb. 18-28 in the University of Central Florida’s Black Box, this wordless play will have audiences “reeling” with laughter.

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Dancers to Kick Off 9-Day UCF Celebrates the Arts Festival

photoIt may be hard for arts patrons to sit still during the UCF Celebrates the Arts festival when the university’s annual spring dance concert kicks off the nine-day festival at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts Expands for 2nd Festival

photoUCF Celebrates the Arts 2016 – a free festival of music, performances and visual displays – combines an abundance of arts and talent that would weigh down an actual marquee.

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UCF Student to Perform with Michael Feinstein at Dr. Phillips Center

photoUCF freshman Nick Drivas has been invited to perform with Grammy Award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein. The performance will be a part of the “Michael Feinstein: A Sinatra Centennial” concert at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on January 29, 2015.

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'Spunk and the Harlem Literati' Captures Words, Spirit of Zora Neale Hurston

photoTheatre UCF, in collaboration with the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, will present Spunk and the Harlem Literati, an adaptation of the play Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston, beginning Jan. 21. This production is part of the 27th annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival 2016). The play will run through Jan. 21-31 on the UCF campus.

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School of Performing Arts Director Elected to National Board

photoJeffrey M. Moore, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) to serve a one-year term as a regional chair.

  • Jeff Moore is the dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and a professor in the Department of Music

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Theatre Star Takes Stage for Last Time at UCF Graduation

photoWhen Nicky Wood walks onto the stage at the CFE Arena to collect his degree on Friday, he may be one of the few University of Central Florida graduates who won’t be nervous.

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Theatre UCF partners with Department of Modern Languages for "The Life is a Dream Project" in Spanish

photoORLANDO, Fla. November 25, 2015 — Students from UCF’s programs in theatre, music, and modern languages joined forces for “The Life is a Dream Project,” a theatrical production performed in Spanish and presented on the UCF campus to the public for free.

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Former Theatre UCF Actors Find Fame in Hollywood

photoby Deanna Ferrante, Central Florida Future

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Man and Superman is a love story wrapped in a social statement

photoORLANDO, Fla. November 2, 2015 —George Bernard Shaw’s quick witted comedy Man and Superman opensin Theatre UCF’s Black Box on Thursday, November 12.

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The Next Time Someone Has Something Bad to Say About Your Work

photoUCF forum columnist Heather Gibson has been in the Huffington Post regarding her stance on negative comments in the world of the Performing Arts.

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Theatre UCF presents Hair

photoOn October 12-25, Theatre UCF presents Hair, the American tribal love rock musical, by Gerome Ragni, James Rado, and Galt MacDermot, on the Main Stage at the UCF Campus.

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UCF Theatre Annual Costume Sale

photoORLANDO, October 6, 2015 – Theatre UCF’s annual Costume Sale will take place on Friday, October 23 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Small Design Room on the second floor of the Theatre Building in the Performing Arts Center (bldg. 119) at the University of Central Florida campus.

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UCF Art Gallery

Alumna Showcases Photography on Situations of Social Significance

photoUCF alumna, Sue Thompson, will be showcasing her photography documenting situations of social significance as part of the WITNESS: Picturing Social Justice exhibit at the UCF Art Gallery from Sept 27 - Oct 9.

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UCF Art Gallery Pushes for Social Justice

photoAs a first step in building a community of artists and an audience dedicated to social change, Yulia Tikhonova, the Director of the UCF Art Gallery, has scheduled Witness: Picturing Social Justice, a two-week exhibit presenting the works of three photographers from the UCF community: Sue Thompson, Keith Kovach and Rama Masri Zada.

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University Writing Center

R. Mark Hall Awarded 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award

photoR. Mark Hall has been awarded the 2015 Faculty/Staff Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He was nominated by Mary Tripp and Mariana Chao for his sustained efforts to help Writing Center consultants at the University Writing Center consider issues of language and diversity in their consulting practices and daily interactions.

  • R. Mark Hall is the director of the University Writing Center, an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, and the program director of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric University Writing Center

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Visual Arts and Design

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

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

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UCF Patent Helps Grow Local Tech Firm

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

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UCF student film 'Tucker' challenges digital filmmaking

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

To read more, visit Central Florida Future.

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

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

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Oxford American features photos by M. Laine Wyatt

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

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UCF SVAD collaboration brings student artists' talents to University Park

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

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2016 Hopes Scholarship Winners Announced

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

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Zachary Beckler Appointed as a Lecturer in Film

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

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Orlando Science Center Fuses Art with Science at New Gallery

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

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Alumna Clarissa Bonet named 'Work Worth Collecting'

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

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Film Student Tyler Marino Produces Award-Winning Documentary Code 9

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

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Student Documentary Nominated for College Emmy

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

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SVAD Film Lecturer Zachary Beckler’s Feature Film INTERIOR to Screen at Festivals around Florida

photoContinued success for Zachary Beckler as his award winning Horror Film INTERIOR screens at several Florida Film Festivals. Beckler’s film will be a contender for additional Awards at Gasparilla on April 1st at 10:50pm (In Competition), Silver Springs on April 8th at 11:00pm (In Competition: Best Florida Feature. Cash Prize: $7000) and Palm Beach on April 7th at 8:15/ April 13th at 9:20pm (Nominated for Best Horror Feature. Cash Prize: $2000).

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Orlando Science Center collaborates with SVAD students in parallel SOLO shows

photoSVAD’s new relationship with the Orlando Science Center hosts rotating exhibitions featuring student work that explores themes in science. On view is two parallel SOLO shows by BFA student Clayton Dunklin and MFA Grad Forest DeBlois. Both artists share similar intellectual and emotional responses to the complex contemporary dilemma of human-animal relationships. In this shared exhibition, the artists are contributing works that complement the upcoming theme of Earth Day at the Orlando Science Center.

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UCF Art Gallery to Host Symposium to Unite Orlando's Cultural Scene

photoAs if working with a blank canvas, local artists and art organizations will gather at the UCF Art Gallery on March 16 to discuss ideas toward the goal of uniting and promoting the Orlando cultural scene to rival other artistic meccas.

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Professor Emeritus Lotz Exhibit to be Featured at Orlando Museum of Art

photoNew and old art works by UCF Professor Emeritus Steve Lotz, who created the university’s art department in 1968 and retired in 2003, will be exhibited March 12-June 5 at the Orlando Museum of Art.

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Digital Media Graduates Release Video Game on Steam



Recent UCF Digital Media Graduates Peter Milko, Percy Legendre IV and Sean Pinnock just released their video game Blacksea Odyssey for early access on Steam.

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Unity Artwork Creates Oneness and Inclusion

photoThe 4th Annual Healing Art Exhibition reception was held on February 18 at the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services. The exhibit is an annual, juried, 2-D art exhibition created through CAPS in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts & Design. The exhibit showcases artwork by UCF students, alumni, faculty and staff members.

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SVAD student Ben Gill to be part of the BFI Future Film Festival 2016

photoCreated in the Directing 1 class within UCF’s Film Program, undergraduate student Ben Gill and his dark comedy Babies will be featured in the largest film festival for young emerging filmmakers: The Future Film Festival. FFF is a five-day festival featuring films and filmmakers from around the world. Gill will participate in workshops and networking opportunities geared to learn alongside up and coming filmmakers and professionals in the industry. This is the 9th British Film Institute Future Film Festival and will run February 17-21.

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Series of Ads demonstrating iPad Pro as Bob Ross

photoPaying homage to Bob Ross, American Painter/TV host of ‘The Joy of Painting’, Chad Cameron delivers an entertaining demo of Adobe’s Photoshop Sketch digital painting app in a series of Ads produced by Adobe.

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Three SVAD Students Win At Orlando ADDYs

photoThree SVAD students, Jack Prettyman, Adelaide Ritter and Alexandra DesCepedes, received awards at the Orlando ADDYs.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts to Brim with SVAD Creations

photoIt’s a visual world these days – and the works of color, form and motion created by students and faculty will be on full display at the UCF Celebrates the Arts festival in April.

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SVAD Academic Program Review Schedule

SVAD students are invited to participate in the academic review process for the programs in SVAD. Students will be given the opportunity to provide feedback about the program. Below is the upcoming schedule for the program reviews:

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SVAD Assistant Professor of Photography makes short list for a Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Grant

photoThe Lucie Foundation is an international organization dedicated to supporting emerging photographers worldwide. Assistant Professor of Photography Brooks Dierdorff states: “I am excited to be in this pool. “ The Award selects individuals to create or continue a project focused on creating a story through a conceptual Fine Art approach.

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Experimental Filmmaker Lisa Danker to screen her new film "Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby"

photoScreening alongside some of the top young experimental filmmakers working in the world today, Experimental Filmmaker Assistant Professor Lisa Danker's new Film “Beneath a Glass Floor Lobby” will screen February 25 at the $100 Film Festival, the only celluloid-based film festival. When the $100 Film Festival was born in 1992, it showcased eight short films on Super 8. The name sprung from the challenge to shoot a short film on four rolls of Super 8 – which tallied to the cost of $100. In following years, the festival dropped the budgetary limit and allowed 16 mm film, which shifted the focus from low budget to quality small-format films. The festival is now an international celebration of creative story telling on celluloid.

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MFA Thesis Exhibition: black box honey

photoOpening Reception: March 16th 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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UCF to Present Workshops, Student Projects at Love Your Shorts Film Festival

photoFree filmmaking workshops and an evening of student films are all part of a UCF-sponsored Education Day at the Feb. 11-14 Love Your Shorts Film Festival in Sanford.

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"Eye For Broadway" Announces Kinky Boots Contest Winner

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

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UCF Teams Up with Orlando Science Center at Otronicon Technology Event

photoUCF is sponsoring the 11th annual Otronicon at the Orlando Science Center Friday January 15 - Monday January 18.

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UCF STEAM Exhibition: When Art and Science Meet (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS and Mathematics)

photo“The 2016 UCF STEAM Exhibition” is a feature of Otronicon 2016 at the Orlando Science Center.

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Character Animation Short Films Triumph in Festival Circuit

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The two five-minute films from the graduating Character Animation cohort of 2015, Snacktime and Enchanted Ink, are performing incredibly in the film and animation festival circuit. The shorts have won 11 awards and were official selections in 2 International, 15 National, and 8 Local venues. The full list of awards and recognition is shown below, along with a synopsis of each short film.

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'The Big Read' at UCF to Focus on Zora Neale Hurston

photoUCF’s College of Arts & Humanities has been awarded one of 75 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in “The Big Read,” a nationwide program created to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

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LIVE performance by SVAD Associate Professor Scott F. Hall as part of the Concerts from the Library of Congress series

photoTechnofiles: The Printed Instrument is a group of experts presenting the latest developments in 3D concepts and processes and the startling paths they open to create the means of musical performance in conjunction with the Concerts from the Library of Congress series. A panel discussion and demonstration of Eric Goldemberg’s new 3-D printed guitar follows the presentation with a performance by musician and SVAD Associate Professor Scott F. Hall.

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SVAD Professor Keith Kovach releases new book Vienna in the Winter: A Visceral Experience of Time and Place

photoKovach was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in media studies, conducting collaborative research and lecturing at the National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania. His book Vienna in the Winter: A Visceral Experience of Time and Place is a collection of images made during his grant from the Austrian Fulbright Commission and Quartier21/Museums Quartier Artist-in-Residence 2015. This collection of distinctive images captures the city of Vienna as you’ve never seen it before and gets at the heartbeat of the city by weaving street scenes and high-rises with the elegant palaces Vienna is famous for—often including tourists having their pictures taken in the frame.

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Mosher's Sculpture Selected for Arizona Outdoor Sculpture Showcase

photoThe Arizona Outdoor Sculpture Showcase will feature "Standpipe," a large steel sculpture by Matthew Mosher.

Mosher is an intermedia artist and assistant professor in the UCF School of Visual Arts & Design

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Watson's Game-based Course Featured in Chronicle of Higher Ed

photoKeri Watson was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education for her online teaching method involving game-based learning.

  • 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
  • Keri Watson is an assistant professor of art history in the Florida Studies Program, an assistant professor in the Texts and Technology, Ph.D. Program, an assistant professor in the School of Visual Arts and Design Art History, and an affiliated assistant professor of art history in the Women's and Gender Studies Program

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"Eye For Broadway" Announces Cinderella Contest Winner

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

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Digital Media Graduates Create Video Game Coming in Spring 2016

photoRecent UCF Digital Media Graduates Peter Milko, Percy Legendre IV and Sean Pinnock of Blacksea Odyssey create Video Game coming soon to PCs and consoles in Spring 2016.

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Healing Art 2016: Call for Entries

photoUCF's Healing Art exhibition is now open to entries.

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Beckler Wins Best Horror Film at LA’s Shriekfest

photoZachary Beckler’s feature Interior was awarded the Grand Jury Prize of Best Horror Film at Shriekfest on October 3 in Los Angeles.

  • Zachary Beckler is lecturer in the School of Visual Arts and Design

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Buyssens Exhibits at 3D PrintShow in Paris

photoOn October 16-17, Ryan Buyssens’ kinetic sculpture Resistance will be exhibited at the Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris, France as part of the 3D Printshow. Resistance is an interactive, mechatronic sculpture that emulates the articulated flapping of a bird’s wings.

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

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MFA Film Alumni Continues to Screen at Festivals

photoWhile matriculating in the UCF Film MFA program, John Goshorn, MFA ‘12 developed and produced The Happiest Place on Earth, a feature film that has since earned five official selections from festivals around the United States. The film world-premiered at the 25th annual Cineguest Film Festival in San Jose, CA and will continue to screen at the upcoming Orlando Film Festival and Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

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Three Alumni Pushing the Limits of Animation and Projection Mapping

Three Alumni Pushing the Limits of Animation and Projection Mapping

A media company created by three UCF alumni is gaining distinction for their work with recent showings in the Art & Algorithms Digital Arts Festival, the Kennedy Space Center and the Orlando Science Center.

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Discovery Channel Canada to feature interview and performance by Scott F. Hall

photoScott F. Hall will appear on Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet TV show on September 23 at 7 p.m. The segment will feature interviews and a live performance on monobaribasitar shot on location in Miami.

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Beckler’s Horror Feature INTERIOR to Screen at LA Film Festival

photoUCF Film Lecturer Zachary Beckler’s horror feature INTERIOR will screen at Shriekfest 2015 on October 3. The film is an official selection for the prominent Los Angeles festival.

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UCF Grads to Show Work for Art in Odd Places

photoBright green geometric shapes made out of plastic drinking straws juxtaposed against street medians. Groups of participants knitting in unison to create musical sounds. A live art installation consisting of an X-ray camper parked in a city lot.

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UCF is One of 75 Organizations Nationwide to Receive Big Read Grant

photoThe University of Central Florida is a recipient of a grant of $15,000.00 to host The Big Read in Orlando. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. 


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Animation Career Review Features UCF Animation Programs

photoAnimation Career Review’s recent "Take Two: Q&A Interview" with UCF animation professors Cheryl Cabrera and Scott Hall boasts SVAD’s Emerging Media program.

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Women's and Gender Studies

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

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

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UCF Student Addresses Role of Women in Bringing About Societal Change

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

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Students Selected for University's Highest Honor

photoCongratulations to Michael Scimeca, Gabriela Wolk and Amy Maitner, recipients of the 2016 Order of Pegasus Award.

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WGST Director Invites Students to Human Trafficking Awareness Day

photoMaria Santana invites UCF students to the 8th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day at Lake Eola Park on Saturday, January 23, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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

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Welcome Newest WGST Faculty Member: Anne Bubriski-McKenzie

photoWelcome Dr. Anne Bubriski-McKenzie to join us on spring 2016 as a Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies and Coordinator for the Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP).

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WGST Aluma Named one of Central Florida 100 by Orlando Sentinel

photoWomen's and Gender Studies Aluma Anna V. Eskamani, director of public policy and field operations for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, is named one of 100 of Central Florida's most influential people in government, politics and culture by the Orlando Sentinel.

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WGST Student Wins Hispanic Heritage Scholarship

photoWomen’s and Gender Studies is happy to announce that Daniela Muiño, a junior student minoring in the program was selected to receive the prestigious $5000 Hispanic Heritage Scholarship.

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Women's and Gender Studies Program Ranked in Top 12 Best Colleges for Queer Women

photoLast month, UCF's Women's and Gender Studies Program was ranked as one of the Top 12 Best Colleges for Queer Women by SheWired.

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Writing and Rhetoric

DWR Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Dustin Edwards

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

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Annual Schell Award Recognizes Innovative Writing Instruction

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

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DWR 2015-16 Award Winners

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

Middle School Writing Center Modeled after UCF University Writing Center

photoThe University Writing Center was used as a model for Orange County's first middle school writing center at Glenridge Middle School. The UWC Director, R. Mark Hall, was a consultant on the school-wide writing initiative.

  • R. Mark Hall is the director of the University Writing Center, an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, and the program director of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric University Writing Center

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R. Mark Hall Awarded 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award

photoR. Mark Hall has been awarded the 2015 Faculty/Staff Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. He was nominated by Mary Tripp and Mariana Chao for his sustained efforts to help Writing Center consultants at the University Writing Center consider issues of language and diversity in their consulting practices and daily interactions.

  • R. Mark Hall is the director of the University Writing Center, an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, and the program director of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric University Writing Center

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