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FINISHING STRONG A Record Year to End a Historic Campaign

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Every great university is carried forward by a community of passionate supporters. This year, UCF’s alumni, friends and partners left no question about the level of their commitment.


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n a column in the Spring 2019 issue of Impact, the magazine of the IGNITE Campaign, campaign chair Rick Walsh ’77 ’83MS HC’14 revealed that it was virtually certain UCF would reach its $500 million goal by the close of the campaign on June 30. Instead of coasting the rest of the way, though, he challenged the university’s alumni, friends and partners to step up their giving in the campaign’s home stretch and finish strong. “Giving now is about more than what the dollars can do,” Walsh wrote. “It’s about standing up and showing you believe in the future of this institution that we love and in the good it’s done for us and the good it’s doing today. It’s about exceeding expectations yet again. It’s about playing all the way to the whistle.” And that’s exactly what the UCF community did, committing a total of $141 million in gifts in fiscal year 2019 — a resounding 74 percent increase over the $81 million committed in fiscal year 2018 — and blowing past the $500

WHAT MATTERS MOST million goal to a final campaign total of more than $531 million. During a challenging time in the university’s history, that strong finish sent exactly the message Walsh had hoped it would. In the long run, though, it’s the impact of this record-setting year on UCF students that matters most. And that’s what we celebrate here — the wonderfully diverse ways your generosity makes a difference on campus and beyond.

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New Oncology Chair HCA Healthcare, UCF’s partner in a new teaching hospital set to open at Lake Nona in 2021, announces a $3 million gift to establish the HCA Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair in Oncology at the College of Medicine. The chair will help UCF recruit and retain a nationally recognized, academic expert in cancer research.

JULY

Limbitless Commitments Limbitless Solutions, the UCFbased nonprofit that makes 3D-printed arms for children at no cost to their families, announces a planned gift from Anne Smallwood valued at $1 million. Several months later, a second planned gift of similar value is announced from Gary Zhou.

AUGUST

New Cancer Center The UCF Board of Trustees

and city and county leaders approve the transfer of the 175,000-square-foot Sanford Burnham Presbys building in Lake Nona to UCF, which plans to transform the facility into a cutting-edge cancer center.

SEPTEMBER

Record Alumni Gift Vince ’95 and Joyce ’98 Virga make the largest alumni gift commitment in UCF history — $10.25 million in estate and current-use resources supporting programs in the College of Business and UCF Athletics.

NOVEMBER

Cuddles for Hospitalized Kids Through the “Give Thanks, Give a Bear” fundraiser, donors sponsor 300 cuddly stuffed pandas in UCF scrubs delivered by UCF nursing students to young patients at six area hospitals. Some $15,000 is raised to enhance the student nursing experience at UCF.

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serve the thousands of uninsured farmworkers living in the Apopka area. The clinics are operated by students and faculty from UCF’s medical, nursing, physical therapy and social work schools.

Al-Ghazali Investiture Philosophy professor Cyrus Zargar is invested into the newly funded Al-Ghazali Endowed Distinguished Professorship, funded through donations from hundreds of members of Central Florida’s Islamic community.

Parramore Health

JANUARY

Funding for Apopka Clinic A $395,000 grant from Florida Blue Foundation supports periodic UCFstaffed free clinics that

DECEMBER

Perfect Champions (Again) The Knights make history as undefeated conference champions for the second straight season. A hardfought loss to LSU in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day finally ends the Knights’ 25-game winning streak.

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With a $600,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation, UCF establishes the Parramore Healthy Community Coalition, focused on improving individual health, civic health and community health in the underserved community adjacent to the university’s new downtown campus.


YEAR IN REVIEW YEAR IN REVIEW replacing former president Dale Whittaker. UCF expects to hire a new permanent president by this summer.

Treating Firefighters UCF RESTORES partners with the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative and its Redline Rescue initiative to offer PTSD treatment services to firefighters at more than 350 departments around the state.

FEBRUARY

Ten Years of Knights Pantry The Knights Helping Knights Pantry started in 2009 in a closet on the third floor of the Student Union. Ten years later, the pantry occupies a 1,867-square-foot suite in Ferrell Commons and has been visited by more than 100,000 students. Cash donations via the UCF Foundation help keep the shelves stocked.

New Cyber Innovation Lab The Lockheed Martin Cyber Innovation Lab, named in recognition of a $1.5 million

commitment from the company, opens as the primary campus hub for students to develop and expand their information security skills and prepare them to enter the high-demand field.

Hispanic Serving Institution The U.S. Department of Education designates the University of Central Florida as a Hispanic Serving Institution, paving the way for the university to compete for federal funding opportunities to improve the educational experiences of Hispanic and low-income students. UCF has 27.5 percent Hispanic undergraduate enrollment, more than 16,000 students.

MARCH

Interim President Seymour The Florida Board of Governors confirms UCF Vice President for Partnerships and Innovation Thad Seymour Jr. as the university’s interim president, U C F F O U N D AT I O N , I N C .


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Grant Funding for PEID The Parramore Education and Innovation District, a UCF-led initiative designed to reduce barriers and improve access to education in the Parramore neighborhood with the goal of providing a pathway for every resident to earn a postsecondary credential, receives $2 million in combined grant funding from the Helios Education Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and The Kresge Foundation.

APRIL

UCF Day of Giving Over 3,000 donors combine to give more than $291,000 during this year’s Day of Giving, a 24-hour philanthropic challenge that encourages fans, friends, faculty, staff and alumni to support what they love at the university.

MAY

The $500 Million Mark On May 8, the IGNITE Campaign quietly passes the $500 million mark on the way to a final total of $531 million reached on June 30. The total is publicly announced in October during Homecoming.

JUNE

Another Historic Commitment Gary and Barbara Bryant make the largest philanthropic commitment in the history of UCF Athletics — a $13 million estate gift to establish the Gary and Barbara Bryant Family Athletic Endowed Scholarship Fund. 2 0 1 9 A N N U A L R E P O R T TO D O N O R S


SUPPORTING FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS

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ith a generous gift to UCF, the Helios Education Foundation supported student success and provided scholarships for 54 first-generation students in 2019. They were students like Daniela Garcia, who emigrated from Colombia as a child and once thought college was out of reach, and Ronnie Sliwicki, who came back to school after a stint in the military and the birth of his two children. Both Garcia and Sliwicki received scholarships funded by the Helios Education Foundation and both plan to work in education themselves — Garcia as a college professor and Sliwicki in secondary education. More than 25 percent of UCF students are first-generation college students; when they cross the stage at graduation, they will be the first in their families to earn a college degree. The Helios Education Foundation donation to first-generation scholarships is multiplied by 2:1 match funding from the State of Florida, allowing more students to receive support. “Receiving the scholarship means I am not defined by my birth or my circumstances,” says Garcia. “I have an opportunity to create my own future.” The Helios Education Foundation was created in 2004 with $500 million in profits from the sale of nonprofit Southwest Student Services, one of the nation’s largest student loan companies, which was bought by the SLM Corporation — better known as Sallie Mae. The foundation is committed to supporting the postsecondary educational dreams of students.

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here’s a lot of history in Orlando’s city center. For James M. Seneff, Jr., executive chairman and founder of CNL Financial Group, that history is personal. In the early 1970s, Seneff staked his future in the city’s center, buying his first building close to what is now UCF’s newly opened downtown campus. Now, Seneff has again put his faith — and financial support — in the heart of the city with a $1.25 million gift to UCF Downtown through the CNL Charitable Foundation. “Having a vibrant downtown is so vital to a city, and I am proud to have been a strong advocate of and investor in Orlando’s downtown for nearly 50 years,” Seneff said. “UCF Downtown will continue to inject new life into the area, and I am pleased to support the university in this endeavor.” In recognition of the commitment, a plaza on UCF’s new downtown campus is named the James M. Seneff Plaza. Founded by Seneff in 1973 and headquartered in Orlando, CNL Financial Group is a private investment management firm providing real estate and alternative investments. Since its inception, CNL and/ or its affiliates have formed or acquired companies with more than $34 billion in assets. The campus, shared with Valencia College, opened in August 2019. Today, more than 8,000 students, faculty and staff learn and work downtown, kick-starting Orlando’s publicprivate Creative Village.

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ING IN A STRONG CITY CENTER James M. Seneff Plaza at UCF Downtown

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HELP ACROSS THE FINISH LINE

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abrina Rodriguez ’19 almost didn’t make it. Just about the time she finished her associate degree at Seminole State College and moved on to UCF via the DirectConnect to UCF program, her father — the family’s primary breadwinner — lost the job he’d held for 17 years. During the year he was unemployed, her mother did what she could to help, but her income didn’t cover the bills. Sabrina’s parents eventually filed for bankruptcy and barely

hung onto their house in Oviedo. Sabrina took fewer classes per semester, got a job to help pay the family bills, and took out loans for tuition and books. But she kept going, working steadily toward her goal of being the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Then, in the summer of 2019, with just one semester to go, she got a letter saying she’d maxed out her student loans and couldn’t borrow any more. By then, her father had gone back to work

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Sabrina Rodriguez ’19 with her parents and brothers.

and she was taking a full schedule of classes. She had no income, no access to loans, and her parents, struggling to get back on their own feet, couldn’t help. Sabrina turned to a friend of the family who worked at Seminole State. “She saw how desperate I was,” Sabrina says. “We went to UCF together and she helped me start applying for aid. That’s how I found out about completion grants.” These onetime grants help good students like Sabrina who are within a semester of graduation make it across the finish line when they have exhausted all other payment options. After an application process, Sabrina was

awarded a Knights Success Grant and a HubbardPond Student Success Grant, funded by a recent gift from Glenn Hubbard ’79, who is chairman of the board at MetLife Inc., and his wife, Constance Pond. Combined, the two grants covered tuition and fees for Sabrina’s final semester. On a sunny Saturday in December, her parents, two brothers and boyfriend watched as she accepted her diploma. “It wouldn’t have happened without that help,” she says. “I had absolutely no way of paying tuition. I thought a lot about giving up. I cried for a month when it looked like I was going to have to. This means everything to me and to my family too.”

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ith a second straight American Athletic Conference championship and a second straight NCAA tournament bid, UCF Volleyball had a season to remember in 2019. So did sophomore outside hitter McKenna Melville, who led the Knights in points and kills and has been described as “one of the greatest attackers in UCF Volleyball history.” Melville ended the season 13th in the nation in kills and 17th in points and was named tournament MVP in the AAC championship, AAC All-Conference First Team, and All-America Honorable Mention by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Melville had help though — and not just from her teammates, coaches and trainers. Like some 300 student-athletes at UCF, she benefits from a full athletic scholarship funded in significant part by philanthropic contributions. Such support, she says, is much more than the perk it is often perceived as: “At this level, there isn’t time for anything but your sport and your academics and maybe a social life sometimes,” she says. “Working isn’t an option. Being on scholarship makes it so I can come here and play the sport that I love and represent UCF.” For Melville, knowing that her scholarship is funded by private donors also provides extra motivation, both in the classroom and on the court. “The feeling of somebody saying, ‘We believe in you, we’ve got your back,’ is amazing,” she says. “You want to be able to show them it was worth it. And having a season like we just had, it feels like we did that.”

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Sophomore outside hitter McKenna Melville

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‘A GREAT WAY TO HONOR BETH’

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rom the point she received her diagnosis, she was all about early detection,” says Cathy McCaw-Engelman of her sister Beth McCaw-McKinney, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in 2014 at age 52 and succumbed to the disease in 2017. Throughout her cancer battle, Beth urged everyone she encountered not to put off screenings, as she had. So it was easy for Cathy to decide on a meaningful way to honor Beth’s memory — a generous gift to UCF that allowed the College of Medicine

to purchase an advanced machine, called the CELLSEARCH System, that can isolate and count individual tumor cells circulating in the blood. UCF is just the second research entity in Florida with one of the machines; the other is at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. The CELLSEARCH System can be used to detect metastasizing cancer and monitor its progression and treatment by counting circulating tumor cells with no more than a simple blood draw. It can also be used in developing new treatments. At UCF,

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Postdoctoral researcher Ana Martini using the CELLSEARCH System.

researcher Dr. Annette Khaled and her team use the machine to study ways to destroy metastatic cells that spread cancer through the body. “There are thousands and thousands of cells in a drop of blood,” Dr. Khaled says. “But before technology like the CELLSEARCH System, we couldn’t see these circulating tumor cells on their journey through the body. Now we can isolate individual circulating tumor cells and capture them as they go from Point A to Point B.” Cathy — a biology major in college who went on

Cathy McCaw-Engelman (sixth from right) at the UCF College of Medicine with family, friends and college leaders.

to found and lead a very successful medical translation and transportation company — saw medical research at UCF as an excellent philanthropic investment. “I wanted to know that my money was being used for something that would make a real impact for cancer patients now and in the future,” she says. “It was a great way to honor Beth.”

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MAKING STUDY ABROAD ACCES Jennifer Roth Miller ’00, Travis Miller ’99 and their children on Isla Bartolomé in the Galápagos Islands

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tudy abroad challenges what you think you know, what you think is right, and expands capacities for new approaches,” says Jennifer Roth Miller ’00, who, with her husband Travis Miller ’99, recently made a generous gift to help UCF students take advantage of international learning opportunities. “This type of education is difficult to address locally and has the capacity to create leaders who can improve humanity globally.” There’s little disagreement about the lifelong benefits of studying abroad. In one survey, 95 percent of participants reported that their experiences still influenced them years later. Even more — 98 percent — said studying abroad had given them a better understanding of their own cultural values and biases, while 82 percent indicated that they had developed a more sophisticated way of looking at the world. Still, remarkably few UCF students participate in study abroad — just 621 last year. The total cost to students can range from $5,000 to $8,000, depending on the length and location of the program. So, while the benefits of study abroad may be priceless, the reality is that its price can be prohibitive. Private philanthropy, like the Millers’ gift, can change that. The Millers themselves lacked the resources to study abroad, but they have since traveled to nearly 50 countries — often bringing their children with them — and believe deeply in the value of international travel and experiential learning. Proceeds from their new endowment fund will be used to cover airfare for students participating in study abroad who have never traveled internationally.

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2019 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FUNDRAISING RESULTS

$141,355,611 Total gifts and commitments

(Includes cash gifts, pledges, securities, gifts in kind and planned gifts)

117,301

35,433

Number of gifts

Number of donors

Buildings and Equipment

9%

Friends

Endowment

8%

Undetermined

2%

20%

Current Use

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81%

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DONOR CLASSIFICATION

DESIGNATED USE Alumni

20%

Foundations

4%

Organizations

3%

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IGNITE CAMPAIGN FINAL RESULTS (7/1/11 – 6/30/19)

$531,507,722 444,102 106,986 Total value of gifts and commitments

Total campaign gifts

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Total campaign donors

Corporations

53%


JULY 1, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019 ENDOWMENT PERFORMANCE

FY 2019 (7/1/18 - 6/30/19)

Beginning market value Net cash flow Appreciation Ending market value

$162,669,626 $146,948,816 $155,099,306 $(3,397,814) $(13,983,326) $(26,455,349) $9,004,242 $35,310,565 $39,632,097 $168,276,054 $168,276,054 $168,276,054

Endowment pool investment return

LAST 3 YEARS (7/1/16 - 6/30/19)

5.4%

LAST 5 YEARS (7/1/14 - 6/30/19)

7.3%

4.8%

Net cash flow includes contributions to endowments, endowment fees and spending distributions. Appreciation includes net investment activity and all fees.

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FINANCIAL POSITION (As of 6/30/19, in millions)

Cash and investments $234.9 Property $129.5 Receivables and other assets $33.3 Total assets $397.7 Outstanding debt Payables and other liabilities Total liabilities

$73.6 $2.4 $76.0

Net assets

$321.7

New endowment funds created in FY 2019

647

Total endowment funds at end of FY 2019

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Funds transferred to UCF for use, by fiscal year, in millions.

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NEW ENDOWED FUNDS IN 2019 Cheer Team Endowed Scholarship Fund Kevin ’92 and Christine ’93 Wydra created the scholarship fund to support student-athletes who participate in the award-winning cheerleading program. Lockheed Martin Cyber Innovation Lab/Lockheed Martin Endowment Fund The endowment fund will be used to support the Lockheed Martin Cyber Innovation Lab for its duration, after which time the funds will be used to support innovation in cyber technologies. Juan R. Guerrero Endowed Scholarship Guerrero was a third-year business student at UCF when he was tragically killed at the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. Family and friends have created the scholarship in Guerrero’s memory for students in the College of Business, with preference given to transfer students, like Guerrero.

Campus Pulse memorial mural

UCF Cheer Team after winning the 2020 national championship

Dr. M. Samsam and Dr. R. Ahangari M.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund Drs. Samsam and Ahangari, physicians in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the UCF College of Medicine, established the scholarship to assist students in the M.D. program with tuition, fees and textbooks.

Andrew and Mariah VanTienderen Scholarship Endowment Fund The VanTienderens’ scholarship will assist students pursuing science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or business degrees, with preference given to those residing in Orange or Seminole counties.

John Mattone Graduate Scholarship Fund for Executive Coaching and Leadership Mattone ’80MS is a best-selling author and respected leadership coach who created the fund to reward master’s and doctoral students studying industrial/ organizational psychology who show promise in the field of coaching and leadership.

Steve Neel Endowed Scholarship for StudentAthletes Neal ’00, a professor in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM), created the scholarship to provide support to studentathletes studying in NSCM who are experiencing financial hardship.

Massing Family Collegiate Recovery Endowment Fund Britt Massing ’93 struggled with alcohol dependency and established the fund to support the work of the Campus Recovery Community (CRC) at UCF, a program that helps students in recovery. The Massing family’s gift will fund book scholarships for those in the CRC program.

APA Florida Orlando Metro Section, Judith Mucci Endowed Scholarship The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship awards to graduate students studying in the urban and regional planning program in the College of Community lnnovation and Education and who plan to work in the Central Florida area after graduation.

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NEW ENDOWED FUNDS IN 2019 Sarah Goedeker Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund Kenneth Goedeker and his daughters Katherine ’08, Amanda ’16 and Lindsey ’11 established the Sarah Goedeker Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the College of Nursing to honor Sarah and the nurses who helped care for her. Saunders Family Endowed Scholarship Fund Scott ’88 and Tammy Saunders’ endowed scholarship will assist students in the College of Business, with preference given to student-athletes. Marlie Kai Spirit Scholarship Endowment Fund Sarah Dodson ’01 and April Agnew ’97 established this scholarship to honor Dodson’s daughter Marlie, who fought cancer for most of her short life and dreamed of being a member of the UCF cheerleading squad when she got older. The recipient of the scholarship must use their role as a cheerleader to impact and inspire others.

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José A. and Nelia Fernández Scholarship Endowed Fund Retired dean and Pegasus Professor José B. Fernández and wife Teresita Fernández established this scholarship in honor of Dean Fernández’s parents for students in the School of Performing Arts who are studying piano. Dean Fernández was named a Pegasus Professor in 2001, UCF’s highest faculty honor, and served as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities for 10 years. HCA Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair in Oncology The HCA Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair in Oncology will be a key faculty member in the College of Medicine of distinguished reputation who will initially engage in teaching, research and scholarly activities in the field of oncology.

Dr. Samsam and Dr. Ahangari Endowed Scholarship Fund Drs. Samsam and Ahangari, physicians in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the UCF College of Medicine, established the scholarship to assist students in the biomedical sciences program or the College of Health Professions and Sciences.

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Kinsley Family Endowed Scholarship in Computer Science Fund Dr. Kathryn Kinsley ’79 ’83PhD was the first woman to earn a doctorate in computer science from UCF. Together with husband Joseph F. Kinsley, she created an endowed scholarship that will reward full-time computer science students who demonstrate involvement in community outreach. The Soldmann Marsh Empowerment Scholarship Fund Cameron Marsh ’13, a firstgeneration student, established the scholarship for College of Business students who are single parents or the primary caregivers to their children. He was inspired by his mother, a single mom and entrepreneur, who homeschooled Marsh and his siblings through middle school.

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NEW ENDOWED FUNDS IN 2019 Peach Family Endowed Scholarship Fund Kenneth Peach, a former healthcare administrator, and his wife, Anne, a member of the UCF College of Nursing Clinical Advisory Board, believe that “UCF nurses are the gold standard” and wanted to create a scholarship to support them. The Peach Family Endowed Scholarship Fund assists students currently enrolled in a graduate program at the UCF College of Nursing. Charles and Jane Cho Endowment Fund for Sustainability Accounting Research Charles ’99 is a professor at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, holds the Erivan K. Haub Chair in Business & Sustainability and is the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business. He and Jane ’00 will provide funding for doctoral students in the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting to attend and present at conferences, with preference given to students who are interested in sustainability and/ or corporate social responsibility research.

Honors College students who demonstrate a commitment to working with the Jewish community. Gase Family Accounting Scholarship James E. Gase ’80 established the scholarship to award full-time undergraduate students studying at the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting. FNAME Endowed Scholarship Fund Bill Ritchie, president of Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives (FNAME) and media sales executive with the Sun Sentinel, created this endowed scholarship for eligible students from the College of Business who participate in the professional selling program at the college.

Dr. Deborah Breiter Terry Endowed Scholarship Howard Britt and Alinda Marciano ’96, CEO and vice president of Premiere Show Group, respectively, established this scholarship in the name of Dr. Deborah Breiter Terry, a well-respected professor in the Department of Tourism, Events and Attractions in the Rosen Dr. Deborah College of Hospitality Breiter Terry Bilsky Family Management. The scholarScholarship Fund ship will benefit undergraduates Michelle Bilsky ’15 is an alumna, majoring in event management. a UCF parent, a member of Shelley Kiefer Pynn the UCF Alumni Board and Kindness Endowed Fund an active volunteer in the Jewish community. The Bilsky Shelley ’74 and Roger Pynn ’73 Family Scholarship Fund established this fund to assist gives preference to Burnett students who are first-time job

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Roger ’73 and Shelley Kiefer Pynn ’74

seekers in need of resources that enable them to seek and secure employment — clothing, jobsearch tools and resume supplies. Roger and Shelley Pynn Opportunity Endowed Fund Roger ’73 and Shelley ’74 established this fund as a strategic leadership tool that will provide crucial funding for unanticipated opportunities for the university. Cardenas Family First Generation Endowed Scholarship Ricardo ’92 and Tammy Cardenas established the Cardenas Family First Generation Endowed Scholarship to assist students who are first in their families to attend college. A first-generation student who became CFO of Darden Restaurants, Ricardo hopes to encourage College of Business students who are experiencing the same hardships he did and remind them that it is possible to defy the odds and become successful. Lord Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship The Honorable John S. Lord Sr. and Carolyn T. Lord established the scholarship for graduate students in the UCF College of Nursing who are pursuing a master of science in nursing leadership and management, with preference given to those working in the case management field.


NEW ENDOWED FUNDS IN 2019 Releasing a loggerhead sea turtle in the Indian River Lagoon

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Moore Turtles Tags Endowed Fund Mark ’99 and Elisha Moore and their two young daughters are passionate about sea turtles and have directed their support to the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group’s long-term sea turtle tagging program. The program focuses on behavior, ecology and conservation across all sea turtle life stages. Benjamin M. Cole, Jr., M.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund Dr. Cole was an Orlando physician for 35 years who frequently made house calls. He retired in 1986 but left an impact on many. He was well known for his passion for medicine and for his benevolence: he frequently treated those who could not afford medical help. The endowed scholarship fund in his name will provide scholarships for firstgeneration students who intend to pursue a career in primary care medicine. CREOL Founding Faculty Graduate Fellowship Fund Dr Eric W. Van Stryland joined the newly formed UCF CREOL (Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers)

in 1987 and became its first dean when the school was elevated to a college. He is now dean emeritus and a professor. Together with Barbara L. Van Stryland, he has established a fellowship fund to support graduate students in the college. LMG Entertainment Technology Endowed Scholarship Fund The endowed scholarship will assist students enrolled at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and majoring in entertainment management.

students who major in finance at the UCF College of Business Administration. Thomas J. Riordan & Herbert C. Towle Endowed Professorship Fund Riordan, a two-time alumnus with degrees in political science and electrical engineering, established the Thomas J. Riordan and Herbert C. Towle Endowed Professorship in the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. Nina C. Price Endowed Scholarship Price’s endowed scholarship supports students in the UCF College of Nursing who are involved in community and school service.

Travis & Jennifer Miller Study Abroad Endowed Fund Travis ’99 and Jennifer Roth Miller ’00 will assist students who wish to study abroad, by covering airfare costs for students who have not yet traveled internationally.

Dr. Roger Handberg Scholarship Fund James Lombardo ’80 and his wife, Nancy Lombardo, established the Dr. Roger Handberg Scholarship Fund in honor of the UCF political science professor who had a profound life-long impact on Mr. Lombardo’s Dr. Roger career as an attorney. Handberg

Jon Brian Lewis Sr. Scholarship Fund Drs. Harvey and Di Ann Lewis established the endowed scholarship fund to honor their son, Jon Brian Lewis Sr. ’91, who had an extensive career with SunTrust where he retired from the wealth management program. The scholarship will assist

Craig S. Miller First Generation Scholarship Fund in the Rosen College of Hospitality Management Miller ’74, a former restaurant executive with more than 35 years of executive management in the food service industry, established the scholarship for undergraduates in Rosen College.

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VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIPVOLU UCF FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Members of the UCF Foundation Board of Directors give generously of their time, their expertise and their resources to advance the University of Central Florida. The following directors served through fiscal year 2019. A current board roster is available at ucffoundation.org/board-of-directors. Officers Nelson J. Marchioli ’72 Chair John D. Euliano H’18 Vice Chair Tony Moreno Jr. ’91 Vice Chair Alan Florez ’98 Treasurer Ronald C. Thow ’93 Secretary Phyllis A. Klock HC’14 Immediate Past Chair Directors Judith A. Albertson HC’14 Richard O. Baldwin Jr. ’80 Sara Bernard ’00 Clarence “Buck” Brown Clint Bullock ’95 Brian Butler Carrie Callahan ’92 Loretta Corey H’17 Cathy Engelman James W. Ferrell ’80 Alan Florez ’98 Douglas E. Gearity, M.D. Bruce Gould Dr. Tracey Henley Gideon J. Lewis ’00, P.A. Diane Mahony ’96 ’01MEd ’14EdS Kevin Miller Mary Beth Morgan Michael Okaty ’96 Dianne Owen ’93 J. Oscar Rodriguez ’86 Chris Tomasso ’93 Eva Tukdarian ’90 Joyce Virga ’98 Richard J. Walsh ’77 ’83MS HC’14

Ex Officio Directors Robert Garvy H’18 Beverly J. Seay H’18 Thaddeus Seymour Jr. Dan Ward ’92 Directors Emeriti James T. Barnes Jr. R. Van Bogan Peter Dagostino Alan G. Fickett ’71 Manuel A. Garcia III J. Charles Gray HC’16 Michael J. Grindstaff ’78 Gerald F. Hilbrich John C. Hitt H’17 Deborah J. Komanski ’79 John F. Lowndes H’19 Rita A. Lowndes H’19 Michael Manglardi ’84 Gerald R. McGratty ’71 Anthony J. Nicholson HC’17 Richard A. Nunis HC’96 Roger W. Pynn ’73 Allen Trovillion Al R. Weiss ’76 Nelson Ying Thomas Yochum Honorary Director Joan D. Ruffier

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NTEER LEADERSHIP VOLUNTEER UCF ALUMNI BOARD The Alumni Board formulates and executes strategies and programs that build a culture of service and philanthropy among UCF’s more than 300,000 alumni. The following members served through fiscal year 2019. A current board roster is available at ucfalumni.com. Officers Dan Ward ’92, Chair Matt Assenmacher ’93 Chair-Elect Sara Bernard ’00 Immediate past chair Kevin Wydra ’92, Treasurer Andre Garcia, PhD ’08 ’16MBA, Secretary Linh Dang ’93, Chair Advocacy Committee Angela Cohen ’98, Chair Engagement Committee

JJ Mackle ’00MA Britt Massing ’93 Davia Moss ’93 ’09MPA Joseph Regenstein ’03 Al Sarabasa ’85 Alireza Shahnami ’81 ’95MSE Kyle Simpson ’11 Beth A. Smith ’04 Andrea St. Onge ’99 ’02MA Melissa Tomasso ’94 Ryan Vescio ’02 Woody Walker ’92 ’94MBA Christine Wydra ’93

Members Michelle Bilsky ’15 Michael Cantrell Dean Caravelis ’02 ’03 MBA Trish Celano ’10MSN Crystal Espinosa Buit ’06 Commander Paul S. Fermo ’92 Carol Hendren ’96 ’99MS Manish Hirapara ’98 Kyle Israel ’08 Allen Lane ’97 Robert Luke ’04

Ex Officio Members The Honorable Josh Boloña ’19 Danielle Honaker ’10 ’16MA Nelson J. Marchioli ’72 Michael J. Morsberger Charlotte Payne ’19 Jazmine Rodriguez ’10 ’12MA Thaddeus Seymour Jr. Julie C. Stroh Emeritus Member John C. Hitt H’17

UCF BOARD OF TRUSTEES The UCF Board of Trustees sets policy and serves as the university’s legal owner and final authority responsible for efficient and effective use of resources. The following trustees served through fiscal year 2019. A current board roster is available at bot.ucf.edu. Robert A. Garvy, Chair Beverly J. Seay, Vice Chair Kenneth W. Bradley ’85 Joseph D. Conte Danny Gaekwad Kyler Gray

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