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College of Arts and Humanities

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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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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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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English

'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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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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Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy

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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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

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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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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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

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

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. It was a performance of the “Nutcracker” courtesy of the Russian Ballet of Orlando. This performance brought awareness to the Russian language and 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 is 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 assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

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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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Music

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 director of the Department of Theatre, a professor in the Department of Music, and the director of the School of Performing Arts

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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-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'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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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 Opera Program Highlighted in Central Florida Future

photoThe efforts of the UCF Opera Program were showcased in an article by the Central Florida Future.

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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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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

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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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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Texts and Technology

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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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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Theatre

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 director of the Department of Theatre, a professor in the Department of Music, and the director of the School of Performing Arts

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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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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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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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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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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, the program director of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric University Writing Center, and an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

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Visual Arts and Design

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 Golembergs’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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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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Women's and Gender Studies

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 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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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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Fifth Annual Women's Suffrage March

photoOn August 26, the Women's and Gender Studies program along with the College Democrats, the National Organization for Women and the Voices of Planned Parenthood met to commemorate the 19th Amendment and the right of women to vote.

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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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Writing and Rhetoric

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, the program director of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric University Writing Center, and an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

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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, the program director of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric University Writing Center, and an associate professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric

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