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A MESSAGE FROM THE VICE PROVOST For those of you who’ve visited with me in my office, you have seen displayed on my meeting table a gift from a colleague—an etched-glass world globe. On many days, I look at this as what it is—a depiction of the earth as we have known it. On other days, particularly those of introspection, I have often looked at this glass globe and conjured up the notion of a crystal ball. If only we knew what our professional future looked like, we’d likely make some well-informed decisions. But, instead of gazing into the crystal ball, I think we’ve learned to do the next best thing: observe what’s going on around us, try to apply to our own settings the lessons others have learned, prioritize our actions to align with our goals, and make the best informed decisions we can to allow us to guide our organization forward. For many of us, that is the essence of strategic planning. These activities necessarily start with observation. What changes can we as an organization anticipate or predict based upon these observations? What is going on in similar settings in our society and around our globe? What does this mean for the future of higher education and, specifically, what does this mean for UCF’s Regional Campuses? This is complex work that we do. What does the higher education institution of tomorrow or next year or the next decade look like? We certainly don’t know, but we must make informed decisions based on our observations. In my 29 years in higher education, I have observed the explosion of technology, both in our educational pedagogy and in our administrative work. I have observed, as Thomas Friedman famously posited, that the world is getting flatter—despite the shape of my globe - and ever more integrated. I have observed the potential commoditization of higher education, certainly at the lower levels. I have seen a general trend toward devaluing “education” at the feet of “training” or job preparation. These changes are coming to us at an unprecedented rate, accelerated by technology and the explosion of knowledge. We need to prepare ourselves for unknown changes, for uncertain challenges, and for nimble reactions to complex problems. As I think about these changes and contemplate our organizational reaction to them, there’s only one thing that is crystal-ball clear . . .the regional campuses of today are not what they were a few years ago, and they are not going to be the same in another year or two. By anticipating these changes, preparing appropriately to react to them, and then strategically competing in a changing global marketplace, clear advantages will come to astute organizations and their members. My goal will be to help lead our organization toward a path of strategic change, effectiveness and efficiency ensuring our long-term viability, service to our students and to our communities, and organizational success. I ask that you join me on this journey, just as you have welcomed me and asked me to lead you. These challenges can be daunting, and yet the journey will be both exciting and fun. It is not likely to be easy, but it will be meaningful. I believe we will continue to be a model for others to emulate as we continue to be recognized for our success and innovation. GO KNIGHTS!

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Join UCF and the Central Florida community in welcoming the new leader of Regional Campuses and Continuing Education: …Vice Provost Jeff Jones

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ACADEMIC INITIATIVES DEGREE ROAD MAPS AND THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF CLASS SCHEDULING As the fall semester nears its end, the regional campuses scheduling team is in full swing, planning not only spring 2014 but the next academic year. Going forward, there are many things that need to be taken into account, including faculty teaching loads, student schedules, the proper mixture of class modalities and of course enrollment. However, nothing is more important than our students. What faculty may not understand is that we typically have a degree “road map” completed for each program we offer at the regional campuses. This road map, or plan of study, is what allows our students and advisors to plan their degree offerings over the next few years. The idea and impetus behind the concept of the degree road maps began before my time and during the tenure of Joyce Dorner and David Harrison. What they envisioned was a pseudo “contract” with students so they could plan their classes and make sure that they would

be able to graduate in two years if they followed the prescribed plan. These plans have served the students and us well for the past three or four years. However, I don’t think that any of us realized how many of the programs would be offered completely online. Today, UCF offers about 15 undergraduate degree programs, 17 minors, 24 graduate and about 30 graduate certificate programs online. With this many online programs and considerable coursework offered “live” by regional campuses, it is getting extremely difficult to keep up these road maps because of the demand. Instead, we have reconfigured our academic schedule, taking into account traditional live or hybrid academic programming and then supplementing with online coursework. Many students will find this move provides greater opportunities for them to receive their education while staying in their home communities. However, others may find traditional academic offerings limited.

This is the challenge that we all face as we move into this next phase of academic program scheduling. In other words, who are we and what will regional campuses be 5, 10 or 15 years from now. It is easy to say that there will always be a need for live coursework and traditional academic programming, but it another thing to plan for it and make sure that both camps of students and faculty are “healthy and well fed.” This next year I am asking faculty, staff and administrators for help in conceptualizing the proper mixture of live and web offerings. As the university moves to more online offerings and programs, I ask that we take a close look at what we are doing and make sure that we don’t move too quickly in one direction or another. So it might be best to look at this next academic year as a period of introspection, one where you might assist us in planning what we want regional campuses programming to resemble in the near and distant future. - Steve Holmes

ACADEMIC FACULTY HIGHLIGHT During the past Summer Session B, Charles Negy offered his CrossCultural Psychology course in a Study Abroad Program to UCF students in Costa Rica and Panama. The course was taught on the University of Costa Rica (UCR) campus and had both UCF and UCR students enrolled in the course. Following each day’s lecture, UCF students engaged in a language “intercambio” for an hour with UCR students, each teaching/correcting the other’s English and Spanish as necessary. UCF students also had the rich opportunity to be housed in a Costa Rican family’s home, where they gained direct, additional exposure to Costa Rican culture and had to function in Spanish by necessity. Following the three-week course in Costa Rica, students went to Panama for five days, during which they spent two nights on the San Blas Islands governed by Kuna Indians. In addition to spending two days alone on an isolated island (while being tended to by Kuna Indians), students took a boat to a nearby island where the Kuna community lives. Seeing first hand how people choose to live a life devoid of almost all modern conveniences (e.g. sand floors, no indoor bathroom, running water, minimal electricity, etc.) and in extremely close proximity to one another was an eye-opening experience for the UCF students. This program was made possible, in large part, through the generous support of UCF Regional Campuses. - Charles Negy 4

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ENROLLMENT SERVICES ACCOLADES: Gina Clifton, RCHQ Admissions Specialist, participated in the UCF Summer Research Academy sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research. In addition, Gina was selected to participate in the Honors in the Major program. Deborah Bradford, RCHQ Director, was nominated by the College of Education and selected by the Graduate College as a UCF Graduate Faculty Scholar. Lisa Leininger (Cocoa/Palm Bay) ran her first half marathon on Saturday, October 12. All proceeds of the marathon benefited Indian River County Health Start’s Coalition program. Lisa came in fourth place in her age group. Congratulations Lisa! PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Nick Pantloni (Cocoa/Palm Bay), Pamela Gruen (Sanford/Lake Mary and Daytona Beach), Sheri Newble-Dunn (Daytona Beach), Thomas Silarek (South Lake, Leesburg and Ocala), and Kathy Voudry (Valencia West and Osceola) completed Florida Institute of Strategic Enrollment Management (FISEM) and received their certificates in June during the Florida Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (FACRAO) conference in St. Augustine. Eighty percent of those who have earned the FISEM certificate (via the FACRAO program) are from UCF and ALL are from regional campuses! Nick Pantloni, Jessica Houts and Lisa Leiniger, (ES–Cocoa/Palm Bay) attended “Call Me Roma Not Gypsy,” “Dispelling Myths and Revealing the Truth,” and Suicide Prevention Training. CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS: Pamela Gruen (Sanford/Lake Mary and Daytona Beach), Kathy Voudry (Valencia West and Osceola), and Christy Pasnisin (South Lake, Leesburg and Ocala), Enrollment Services Assistant Directors, along with Raphel Robinson (Daytona Beach), Student Services Associate Director, presented at the FACRAO annual meeting in St. Augustine. “Partnership from East to West: Collaborating across the Miles” focused on Enrollment Services communication across UCF Regional Campuses. Deborah Bradford, RC headquarters, and Ed Trombley, Registrar, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University presented at FACRAO on UCF’s Leadership Enhancement Program. Anthony Recascino, Christina Udell and Claire Mitchell of the UCF Daytona Beach campus presented on “Social Media Ed” at the FACRAO annual meeting. Angé Peterson, RC headquarters, Associate Vice President, and Robert Wilkinson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research and Planning at Indiana UniversityPurdue University, Ft. Wayne, presented at the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Conference in Chicago. Their topic was “The Basics of Strategic Planning.” PERSONAL: • Welcome to our newest Knight, Jackson Pantioni, son of Nick Pantioni (Cocoa/Palm Bay) born November 4 at 3:50 p.m. weighing 5.6 lbs. He will need assistance breathing in NICU for a couple of weeks, but other than that all is well. Mom and Dad are doing great.

EVENTS: UCF Cocoa/UCF Palm Bay • Nick Pantloni, Kim Poppert, Jessica Houts and the advising office have so far attended 52 classroom visits, reaching 751 students this fall at Eastern Florida State College and letting students know about the wonderful opportunities that are available through the DirectConnect to UCF program. • Nick and Jessica attended the Brevard County College Fair, speaking to approximately 150 students about the UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay campuses. • Cocoa Enrollment Services had their second Knights Connect Application Day on October 30 to assist students with the UCF application and financial aid process and to complete their spring 2014 applications.  • Nick, Kim, and Jessica will be attending “Boo at the Zoo” to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters. UCF South Lake/UCF Leesburg/ UCF Ocala • Thomas Silarek (ES) and Crystal Flynn (Advising-Ocala) saw about 65 students at the annual College and Career Expo at the Citrus County campus of College of Central Florida. • Thomas, Crystal and Linda Lopp (Nursing) attended the College and Career Expo at the CCF Ocala campus. They greeted and provided UCF information to about 200 high school students and their parents. • Thomas, Robin Tinsley (Advising) and Colleen Scott (DirectConnect to UCF) attended the annual LSSC College Night and met with about 150 of the over 500 attendees. • There are two financial aid workshops planned—one at UCF South Lake and the other at the UCF Ocala campus. LSSC Financial Aid staff will join UCF ES staff during the South Lake event to answer questions about financial aid processes at both schools.

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STUDENT SERVCIES AND ADVISING The Student Services and Advising unit began its new year with a planning meeting to establish its mission and strategic work plan to dovetail with UCF Regional Campuses objectives. The two-day effort included the Enrollment Services team on the first day. Highlighted here is its mission:

UCF Regional Campuses Student Services and Advising, an innovative and collaborative unit, advocates for and engages students to promote academic and student development by creating pathways for student success, retention and graduation through our DirectConnect to UCF Consortium, partnerships and communities.

NEW INITIATIVES LAUNCHED TO PROVIDE RESOURCES FOR SUCCESS AND RETENTION • Defining the DirectConnect to UCF Pathway Program DirectConnect to UCF Coordinators are working to enhance the DirectConnect to UCF program with targeted strategies for the student experience. Milestones are being defined to create expectations and engagement opportunities for a more intentional and exceptional experience as they work towards transferring to UCF. • DirectReconnect takes on a new look! Under the direction and leadership of Waheeda Illasarie, DirectReconnect has been branded with new information sheets and forms that provide greater clarity and guidance for students entering this reinvestment program and for college advisors and regional campuses advisors devoting intentionality to this program. College visits and coordination with the Registrar’s Office continues to help facilitate this pilot program. • Virtual Services The Virtual Services team led by Angela Edwards-Johnson and comprised of key internal stakeholders, including Martin Malpica, Tony Recascino, Sarah Zoll, Angie Jones, Deborah Bradford, Crystal Flynn, Lisa Cruz and Pam Cavanaugh, are developing online services and programs to engage prospective and enrolled students for their success and retention. Under the leadership of Lisa Cruz, Skype advising is being launched in the fall term in partnership with all of our IT team. • Student Services and Advising portal on Knowledge Management System (KMS) Andrea Velez-Vasquez and Carolyn Kennedy have launched our new SSA portal. They have a team that is assisting in the redesign and update to make this resource more relevant in their advisement and services that they provide students. • QPR: Ask a Question, Save a Life Regional Campuses partnered with Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir, Associate Director of Prevention, UCF Counseling & Psychological Services, to offer a Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) training workshop for regional campuses staff and partners. We had 149 attendees, 30 of which represented five partner locations. With over 86% of participants responding to the survey, more than 92% reported that they gained new skills and useful information related to suicide and would suggest the QPR training to a friend. In addition, over 87% of participants reported that they would feel more comfortable talking about suicide with someone as a result of the QPR training. • Academic Support Skills Workshops extend to the Regions A new initiative this year with SARC was to expand our online tutoring offerings to target specific academic skills workshops to broadcast to our students in the region. The targeted topics for fall term were Time Management, Reducing Test Taking Anxiety, and Study Skills & Test Preparation.

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To kick off the new academic year with its strategic initiatives, a number of committees were formed with leadership by the Student Services and Advising team: • Assessment, Pam Brady • KMS, Andrea Velez-Vasquez • Virtual Services, Angela EdwardsJohnson • Skype Advising, Lisa Cruz • Experiential Learning, Sarah Zoll • KnightsPrep, Lisa Cruz • Orientation, Raphel Robinson WELCOME NEW STUDENT SERVICES AND ADVISING TEAM MEMBERS IN THE REGION • Kim Martinez, DirectConnect to UCF Coordinator, Central Region • Colleen Scott, DirectConnect to UCF Coordinator, Western Region TRADITIONAL EVENTS CONTINUE MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH OUR STUDENTS • Partnering with the Office of Diversity Initiatives continues to be an honor and privilege as we hosted the broadcast of the Diversity Breakfast and workshops during Diversity Week. • Collaborating with VARC provides our veterans with important services and facilitation of services critical to the needs of veterans and their dependents. • Anticipated increase in numbers of students with disabilities provided the impetus of utilizing Skype meetings with our Students with Disabilities Services team in onboarding our students to more effectively and expeditiously provide the services needed for their success. Continued, page 7, Professional Development


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What You Didn’t Know About Joe! If any of you have ever had a chance to talk to Joe Schofield, wait, what am I saying? So you already know he has a passion for what some people would call Extreme Couponing. But did you ever wondered what he does with all the “stuff ” he gets with his coupons and those coupons that staff in regional campuses administration bring in to him? The vast majority of the food items, household products, baby food, diapers, cat and dog food, kitty litter, laundry detergents, personal hygiene items, and who knows what else….. are all for charitable donation. (No. He doesn’t do it for a tax deduction.) So far this year Joe has provided over 2,000 pounds of food and desperately needed items to Knights helping Knights, Safehouse of Seminole County, and SPCA. This equates to items with retail prices totaling over $5,500, and Joe got it all through coupons for less than $350. What you see in the picture totaled $21.97. And yes, there have been instances when Joe has wheeled out cartloads of items from a grocery store and, because of his mastery of couponing, the store actually had to pay him.

STUDENT SERVICES AND ADVISING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT • Angel Edgecombe presented a poster session at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) annual conference held in Utah in October. • “A STARS Approach: Elevating a New Intervention Program” was a session presented by Lisa Cruz, Melissa Hanbery and Waheeda Illasarie at the NACADA annual conference held in Utah in October, and they have been asked to submit their research to the Journal of Psychology. • Angela Edwards-Johnson was selected for the Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP). Delaine Priest is her mentor, assisting her with her project on Virtual Services. • Pam Cavanaugh was selected as Chair of Professional Development for AAC. • NASPA Florida Drive-in was hosted on the UCF campus during fall term and regional campuses attendees included Sean Armstrong, Pam Brady, Waheeda Illasarie, Carol Black, Salema Mohamed, Angie Jones, Jackie West-Lee, Ashley Squillante, Tanya Armstrong, Angela Edwards-Johnson and Pam Cavanaugh. re g io n a l camp u se s.u cf.e d u

The following DirectConnect to UCF meetings occurred during the fall semester: September 18 - DirectConnect to UCF Steering Committee assigned working groups to each partner institution. • Data Working Group: Eastern Florida State College • Resource Working Group: Valencia College • Enrollment Services Working Group: Seminole State College • Workforce Working Group: UCF Regional Campuses • Advising Alignment Working Group: Lake Sumter State College • Curriculum Alignment: UCF Regional Campuses and UCF Undergraduate Studies September 9 – Seminole State College October 1 – Eastern Florida State College October 28 – Lake Sumter State College November 5 – Valencia College

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CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT CONFERENCE: CREATING PURPOSEFUL PATHWAYS The fourth annual Curriculum Alignment Conference, Purposeful Pathways, was held November 1, 2013, at the Valencia College campus in Osceola. The conference followed a round of academic discipline meetings in biology, chemistry, physics, math and engineering held during September and October. Angé Peterson opened the meeting, followed by a welcome from Jeff Jones, Vice Provost, UCF Regional Campuses. Mike Hampton, chair of Curriculum Alignment initiative, provided a summary of fall activities and a brief perspective on the status of curriculum alignment and the new initiative of blending advising alignment to strengthen student pathways in the sciences. Hampton introduced the first speaker for the morning session: David Yaron, Professor at Carnegie Mellon, introduced a supplemental learning collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities and concept tests for teachers to use in pre-labs, textbook homework, and in-class activities. The students can review and learn chemistry concepts using the same virtual labs, simulations and tutorials. This is an online solution for both instructors and students. The resources to teach and learn chemistry created by the faculty at Carnegie Mellon is licensed as ChemCollective. Mark A. Poisel, Vice President of Georgia Regents University, was introduced by Angé Peterson and addressed the audience with a special session: Creating Purposeful Pathways: Aligning Advisement to Curriculum. The presentation centered on students imagining sciences as a key to success and how proactive advising can support students’ dreams while embracing the realities. Pam Cavanaugh, Assistant Vice Provost, UCF Regional Campuses, did a session on proactively aligning the student pathways, and Teresa Dorman, Associate Dean, College of Sciences, provided an update on the UCFiSTEM: Initiatives in STEM for Melissa Dagley, Executive Director of iSTEM. The faculty and advisors were asked two questions in the discipline specific break-out sessions following lunch: 1. How can integrated advising impact and support curriculum alignment? 2. How can curriculum alignment provide and support preparation in both teaching and learning to generate more students imagining science or math as keys to the future? A report out of each of the groups concluded the conference and results may be found at www.curriculumalignment.ucf.edu in the near future.

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PALM BAY The fully online Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program successfully completed a state-required program review. An “exemplary” rating in the area of incorporating pedagogy and technical innovations prompted Mary Ann Feldheim, Director of the School of Public Administration, to share her appreciation for Barbara Alderman’s contribution. She observed that Barbara has been customizing the library modules and working with students since 2001.

In addition to UCF Regional Campuses Library Web pages, librarians have created many topic- and course-specific guides that can help students and faculty short circuit Google overload. From this page http://guides.ucf.edu you can find quick answers to FAQs, lists of best resources by subject and even an animated video on how to narrow a research topic. UCF has recently expanded access to educational videos viewable online. Look in the A-Z list for the database called FMG—Films on Demand.

SANFORD/LAKE MARY Peggy Gunnell Nuhn had an article titled “A Marriage Made in Heaven: Supporting the University-College Partnership as a UCF Regional Campus Librarian” published in the fall 2012 issue of Florida Libraries.

This fiscal year Regional Librarians taught 4690 students through a combination of 191 live and online classes and orientations. Librarians also provided personalized oneon-one assistance, both physically and virtually, thanks to Adobe Connect software.

WEST Nuria Curras accepted a position at the University of Puerto Rico in February. Min Tong stepped in and offered some library assistance until her new contract became effective in August. She is now full time at West after spending six years at South Lake. Min Tong received the 2013 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Conference Travel Grant for a trip to 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

SOUTH LAKE Rayla Hanselmann comes to UCF South Lake from Trine University, Angola, Indiana. She received her Master’s in Library Science from Indiana UniversityBloomington and a BA in Music from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Rayla hopes to use her previous experiences with social media to expand library services for UCF users in new virtual directions.

OSCEOLA Carrie Moran joined the UCF Valencia Osceola team as the UCF Regional Librarian on May 10, 2013. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Drexel University and has a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Carrie brings extensive experience with LibGuides software from her prior experience at the Cleveland Community College in North Carolina.

DAYTONA Michael Furlong sponsored UCF students traveling to the Jacksonville Arboretum as part of the UCF Alternative Break Program. The volunteer team worked from FridayMonday on conservation activities and created a new forest trail for the Arboretum that joined together two of the Arboretum’s existing trails.

COCOA The Florida Solar Energy Center Library fell victim to budget shortfalls and is no longer housed in the UCF Cocoa jointuse library. Barbara Alderman was the onsite coordinator for a massive project that involved redistributing parts of the collection to the John C. Hitt Library in Orlando.

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ORLANDO Cynthia Kisby was invited to share her many years of human resource experience by presenting a workshop titled “Three Things You Need to Know About Being Unemployed” for the Placement Center at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

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REGIONAL CAMPUSES WEBSITES The Regional Campuses New Media Team met at RCHQ on September 10th. Those attending included: Angé Peterson (Community Advisor), Anthony Recascino – Chair (RCHQ), Minesh Patel (RCHQ), Christina Udell (Daytona Beach), Claire Mitchell (Daytona Beach), Raphel Robinson (Daytona Beach), Angela Johnson (Daytona Beach), Pam Gruen (Sanford Lake Mary), Crystal Flynn (Ocala), Angelia Jones (Cocoa/Palm Bay), Angel Edgecombe (Cocoa), Melissa Hanbery (Valencia West/Osceola) Lisa Dunn (South Lake), Marylou Wade (RCHQ), Gina Clifton (RCHQ), Christina Grace (Continuing Ed), Jessica Houts (Cocoa), Jessica Matos (Osceola) and Kathy Voudry (West/Osceola). The UCF Regional Campuses Social Media presence continues to grow at a phenomenal rate with social media traffic now outpacing web site traffic. All this is due to changing habits of our students and in general how information is now accessed. Important discussions took place on metrics and how best to track and analyze our social media traffic. Also, discussions on using and creating QR codes and best practices for using our current suite of monitoring tools (Hootsuite & TweetDeck). The meeting closed with a fabulous presentation by Christine Udell and Claire Mitchell of the Daytona Beach campus on “Creating Incentives and Engaging Your Community with Facebook,” which is available for download on the UCF Regional Campuses WIKI. UCF Regional Campuses Social Media Team continues to grow with the addition of Gina Clifton, Social Media Analyst for the new DirectConnect to UCF Fan page being managed by Deborah Bradford. This is all very exciting!

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in the United States. You can usually tell if an e-mail has come from someplace else by seeing terms such as “cheers.” If you expect it from the user, it is OK, but an administrator probably wouldn’t use it.

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Phishing as defined from Dictionary.com is as follows: To try to obtain financial or other confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization, usually a financial institution, but contains a link to a fake Web site that replicates the real one. UCF is seeing an increase in these types of e-mails. Here are some pointers and suggestions for knowing if an e-mail is legitimate or not: • If it is too good to be true, it isn’t true. Nobody will EVER just give you money for helping them move money around. • “UCF’s webmail administrator” will not tell you that you have reached a limit and need to re-authorize your account to maintain your account. The URL to validate will always point to a UCF server, not jimdo.com. • Does the message make sense? Why would a private message have more than one recipient? • If you make a mistake and click on these links, look at the address in the browser. Does it actually go to an UCF.edu page? Sometimes the links say they are going to an UCF.edu page, but when you click on the link, it goes someplace else. • And, finally, how bad is the grammar in the message? If a message has a lot of grammatical and spelling errors, it most likely didn’t come from UCF. This also includes terminology not generally seen 10

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TECHNOLOGY AND UNSUNG HEROES In these increasingly challenging budgetary times, funds to support our ongoing phased replacement program for RC’s technology platforms have been scarce. However, there are “unsung heroes” out there who have been addressing the issue: your IT teams! I know, we all expect our IT professionals to perform amazing things every day, including the ability to immediately figure out what you or I did to make our monitors turn totally blue, but— unless you were directly involved with the initiatives—you wouldn’t realize the incredible amount of time and dedicated efforts expended by our IT professionals in producing Technology Fee proposals over the past 3 years. Calston Llewellyn, Aaron Misiano, Sue Sorenson, Mei Wong, Joe Cassella, Jason Mayer, and Russ Muller have all cooperated in the identification and prioritization of our student facing and network connectivity technology needs, and then coordinated and contributed to the development of the actual Technology Fee proposals. And, if you don’t know, their efforts are what have allowed us to continue with the network conversions, technology upgrades, and platform replacements you see going on around your campuses. Currently, the IT teams are implementing seven technology proposals totaling $2,037,533.38. These projects center on providing students modern network infrastructure, testing centers, and multimedia computer classroom instructional technology. They have also served as a medium of synergy between technical staff at our various regional campuses, their respected partner institutions, and UCF Network Services. For example, Daytona State assisted in the funding and planning of dedicated telecommunications rooms, data center and water-chilled cooling infrastructure for our two joint-use facilities. This new fusion of energy has also sparked a renewed effort on our Sanford/Lake Mary campus with the advent of 10-gig fiber connection between Seminole State and UCF, due to come online in spring 2014.

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On the UCF Daytona Beach campus, UCF Network Services is working in conjunction with RC’s IT team members and Daytona State to complete the renovation of all IT physical spaces in building 140 and 150 and creating new telecommunications closets. These new closets are being used to support an entirely new state-of-the-art cable and network infrastructure which should be completed in the spring semester. Also, the UCF Cocoa and UCF Palm Bay campuses will be receiving the same state-of-theart cable and network infrastructure update with a scheduled completion date of late summer to fall.

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Additionally, all eight regional campuses testing centers will soon receive state-of-theart HD IP cameras which will integrate with campus security at various institutional partnership locations. The creation of new testing spaces in South Lake and Cocoa are progressing as is a much-needed facelift to the Daytona testing center. An upgrade to all student computer labs in Daytona is now complete. Coming soon, an upgrade to 10 multimedia classrooms to meet current digital standards. This year’s Technology Fee proposals continue to focus on similar priorities across the regions. As soon as this year’s awards are announced, we’ll be sure to let everyone know the outcomes.

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Colleges Call on DCE IT Design Team The UCF DCE IT Web and Graphic Design Team of Christina Grace, Marcos Tryzmel, Ricardo Suarez, and Martin Malpica, were asked by Mary Ann Feldheim, Chair-UCF School of Public Administration, to design, develop and launch a prototype platform, “The Central Florida Nonprofit NEXUS.” This site serves as a venue for the Central Florida nonprofit community to network, post events in a community calendar, post jobs, and have the ability to ask questions of experts in the field. The site also allows students from UCF Nonprofit Management programs to communicate and collaborate with fellow students concerning class projects. The site is also home to the Annual Central Florida Community Partners Nonprofit Management Conference. The site received such accolades, the team has now been asked to replicate the product for additional programs. Please visit the “Nonprofit NEXUS” at www.nonprofitnexus.ucf.edu to see the phenomenal final product.

DCE in the Community UCF’s Division of Continuing Education continues to expand service and training opportunities across Central Florida. Throughout the fall, DCE staff members Maria Cherjovsky, Sarah Faehnle, and Erika Nagy have taken UCF DCE to the community by presenting programs, describing services and training opportunities, and participating in numerous community service and professional events. This involvement has covered a broad spectrum of activities, including staffing a booth and marketing DCE programs at the Human Resources Florida Conference, the UCF Student Academic Resource Center’s Learning Fair, Brevard Workforce’s Palm Bay Unit, the Greater Orlando Chapter of the Society for HR Management’s October Membership meeting, the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce’s TechXpo, Advance Health Care’s Online Education Fair for Healthcare Professionals, and the Central Florida Employment Council’s Governor’s job fair, Re-Charge and Re-Energize your Job Search. All of this while still expanding their existing program offering in the following areas: • The Human Resources training portfolio continues to expand and recently earned a national top 20 award. A new Human Resources Generalist Certificate course is now ready to launch, the Human Resources Essentials course has been retooled and re-launched to include the very latest industry content, and the Global Human Resources Certification course is now ready for new offerings. 12

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• Fiber Optics certification courses enrollment has continued to grow in the new Fiscal Year 13-14. In July and October, DCE offered two full curriculum courses on site in the new DCE facilities. UCF DCE also partnered with Daytona State College to offer the Fiber Optics certification course at that location. F L O R I D A

To date, a total of 63 students have attended this program and attained Fiber Optic certification. • The Health Care Risk Management Licensure program which was developed through DCE is now offered completely online. Enrollment in this program has doubled in size this year by already enrolling 60 students and graduating 43 of them to date.


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IN DEMAND -UCF DCE Conference Services Kourtney Dinkins and Dorothy Loman, along with the entire DCE support team, continue to be sought after for their expertise in conference and event-planning and support. This summer they were quite busy with the 2013 Summer AP Institute, IEEE IPCC 2013 Beyond Borders: Communicating Globally event held in Vancouver, Canada, and the State of Florida Erosion and Sediment Control Training Institute. Already this fall they are involved supporting the following: Adult Financial Education Services program; Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research; International Lymphedema & Wound Care Training Institute; South Atlantic Regional Moot Court Tournament at UCF; and the UCF Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series. Whether it is conference registration, technical support or catering, DCE staff are there from the very beginning to assist with all aspects of your event and conference planning, accounting and facility booking. The UCF DCE team ensures every need is met, every aspect of service coordination and delivery is seamless, and that every colleague leaves with a smile. That’s why they keep coming back!

ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE As an option for team-building skills enhancement, UCF Continuing Education provides a Ropes Challenge Course program to assist groups and organizations open channels of communication and build unity. This is a fun and interactive way for teams to challenge themselves, experiencing a variety of Low Ropes, or teambuilding activities, to help build cohesiveness. High elements are structured to build confidence and self-esteem. Each activity emphasizes unique ideas and concepts the participants can build on for more success in the workplace and in their personal

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UCF Valencia Osceola Campus Offers New Program in Biomedical Sciences Beginning with the fall 2013 semester, the UCF Valencia Osceola campus implemented a new degree program offering a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. The program was developed in partnership with Valencia College, the UCF College of Medicine, and UCF Regional Campuses. Staff and faculty from the three partners met over the past year to prepare for the program’s implementation. Students were recruited from the Valencia Osceola campus, Lake Nona campus, and UCF. The program will prepare students to work in a variety of areas upon graduation, providing a much-needed resource for the Medical City located nearby. A biomedical degree prepares students for admission to health professional schools, research with scientists and careers in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

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STAFF In addition to informational and career/major exploration workshops, DirectConnect to UCF at Valencia Osceola and West campuses began offering “Major Meet-ups” this fall, which focus on a specific major or related set of majors (i.e. Business, Education, Health, etc.) to: • Help students understand major requirements (pre-requisites, GPA, etc.). • Provide an open forum in which they can get their questions answered. • Encourage students to network with and learn from one another. Due to their “open access” nature, these sessions have been popular among students, and more have been scheduled for spring 2014. WORKSHOPS The UCF Office of Diversity Initiatives, Career Services, Experiential Learning and Multicultural Academic Support Services have presented topics to both UCF Valencia Osceola Knights and our Valencia College Osceola campus students including: “Job Search Strategies and Interview Skills,” “How To Be Successful in College,” and Diversity Week 2013 presentations featuring “Witness: A Reader’s Theater In Commemoration of Kristallnacht.” One of the newest members of the Osceola team, Librarian Carrie Moran, has been busy visiting classes outlining library resources and making workshop presentations. Jim Smith has been appointed as Assistant Director at our DirectConnect to UCF Center.

CAMPUS NEWS The Osceola campus, in partnership with the Lake Nona Rotary Club, hosted a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to honor the victims and first responders who lost their lives in 2001. Over 1,000 people attended the event including several survivors from 9/11, FDNY and NYPD

FACULTY A number of new faculty members have been appointed to the Osceola campus: Widaad Zaman (Pychology), Jason Chesnut (Psychology), Bernardo Ramirez (Health Services Administration), David Flory (Biomedical Science) Daniel Stephens (Public Administration), Phillip Williams (Criminal Justice), Elizabeth Hoffman (Education), Alicia Stapp (Education), Patrice Case-McFadin (Education), Beth Davis (Psychology), Timothy White (Psychology), Camilla Ambivero (Health Services), Christina Fernandez-Valle (Biomedical Sciences), and William Safranek (Biomedical Sciences). Marc Consalo (Legal Studies) and Harry Coverston (Religion and Cultural Studies) will be teaching classes beginning in the spring 2014 semester. A Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Cultural Studies—an interdisplinary degree—will be offered on the Osceola campus. Harry Coverston will be teaching classes online this spring; however, it is anticipated face-to-face courses will be available in the fall.

STUDENTS Two new student organizations were formed over the summer, the first on the Osceola campus: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Sociology Student Association (or CLASS A) and PsychMind, a psychology student organization.

representatives, local Osceola County fire and law enforcement, military honor guard and representatives from local and Osceola County government. As seen in the pictures, there were 2,997 flags on display to represent each one of those lost on September 11, 2001. Approximately 115 students visited the DirectConnect to UCF table at Well-o-Ween event. Keeping with the Halloween theme, lucky stars (the stress stars), charmed bracelets (the I <3 UCF bracelets), notepads, checklists, brochures, whimsical wands (pencils), treats (mini oatmeal pumpkin muffins, Hershey’s kisses, and eyeball gum) were among the “treats” given out to students. Recipes for success for students were also distributed. Students enjoyed the event and asked several thoughtful questions.

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FACULTY Under the leadership of the UCF architecture faculty, the Design in Architecture students are hard at work developing projects associated with the historic UCF Center for Public History in Sanford as well as a health care campus in New York City. Students are assisted in their studies by members of the local professional community and recently attended a Health Care Architecture MasterClass delivered especially for the Senior Design class at HKS Architects’ downtown Orlando office.

STAFF October was packed with student outreach events. The UCF Knights Degree Expo was the highlight at Valencia College. The Expo provided students the opportunity to sign up for DirectConnect to UCF, learn about the UCF admission process, and discover the specific requirements for his or her major of interest.

Carlos Valdez, teaching Principles of Marketing, organized students into six marketing consultant firms, developing marketing plans throughout the semester to real local businesses like the C.A.R.E. Foundation, Michael Kors, Sussle.org, CM South Inc., Johan Flooring contractor and Seeds natural market. At Osceola, five teams are working with Ken’s Jewelry & Repairs, Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory, Quokka Coffee, Capello’s Restaurant & Pizzeria and Printer Pix. Christopher (Chad) Cronon (Legal Studies) has been appointed a member of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion by the Florida Bar president. The purpose is twofold: to examine the current state of inclusiveness in the Bar and to promote a pipeline of young people of diverse backgrounds to the legal profession. Christopher Leo (Business) recently participated as a moderator for a panel entitled “Trends in Human Resources, Management and Leadership” in our first ever Business Alumni Career Knight event. Held at the Orlando campus, a number of UCF alumni participated: Heather Deyrieux, MSM, SPHR, ‘03 & ‘09 (Director of Client Services, OrlandoJobs.com); Stephen Hong, ‘05 (Director of Human Resources, Levy Restaurants); Richard Montes, ‘06 (HR Operations Manager, Florida Virtual Schools); Michael Steinberg, ‘04 (Human Resource Manager, Bloomingdale’s). The students were able to network, ask questions and enjoy lunch with all the panelists and participating faculty. Ray Sturm (Business) had his paper, “Market Efficiency and Technical Analysis: Can They Coexist?,” published in the July issue of Research in Applied Economics. Also, after the announcement that Eugene Fama won the Nobel Prize in Economics, he gave a presentation to the Young Investors Club at UCF entitled “Eugene Fama vs. Warren Buffett.” Steven Saunders (Psychology) is transferring from the Clermont campus to West. He, along with Paula Reynoso, will be offering students an opportunity to take an Independent Research course with a focus on large-scale, multifaceted and interdisciplinary-themed projects, such as resilience and antisocial personality disorders. Join us in welcoming our newest resident Librarian to the West Campus, Min Tong.

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new friendships. Officers are President Alexis Amoros, Tresurer Pam Quiroz, and Publicist Nia Tapia, with Faculty Advisor Paula Reynoso. MDPC is open to all psychology majors. Contact Alexis at aamoros@knights.ucf.edu.

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Many UCF staff members from Orlando’s academic advising offices joined faculty and staff from Central Region to support this recruiting event. Valencia College staff and members of both Valencia and UCF Student Government continue to be gracious in not only supporting but strengthening our partnership. A new addition to the Expo was representatives from Housing and Resident Life, giving future Knights valuable contact time with a diverse group of UCF representatives. The collaborative effort and team approach greatly contribute to the ongoing success of these events as teams support the mutual commitment to providing transfer students a smooth transition to UCF. Please join us in welcoming Melissa Kors and Grace Martinez to the UCF Valencia West team and Carl “Allen” Dunn to the UCF Valencia Osceola team. They are dedicated to providing excellent service and support to both UCF and Valencia students, staff and faculty at West and Osceola campuses. Welcome Nailea Disla, Peer Advisor. She is a current Psychology major who will be graduating in spring 2014 and is assisting the advising staff with workshops, special projects and student support. Welcome, Nailea! Jude Simeus has been appointed as our Computer Support Specialist at UCF Valencia West.


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Campus News The Clinical Psychology MA Program is going through an exciting evolution. After years of planning, we are finally in our new home on the SLM campus. We have welcomed two new faculty members: Monique Levermore and Jessica Waesche. We are all working together to update our curriculum and are building a new seminar space with treatment rooms. Some program highlights: • Six faculty members provide intensive training and supervision for classes limited to 16 students. • Students have the opportunity to participate in research and complete an optional thesis in preparation for doctoral study. • The curriculum meets Florida state requirements for becoming a licensed mental health counselor.

• The program’s focus on evidencebased treatment is consistent with the evolving field of clinical psychology and prepares students to competently face the demands of our current healthcare system. • Students have access to some of the best practicum and internship sites in Central Florida. • Specialty rooms designed for hands-on training in therapy and assessment.

• Sarah Zoll, DirectConnect to UCF Advisor, has been seeing students on the SSC Altamonte Springs campus once a week. She also participated in SSC’s University Quest. • During Advising Week Jacqueline West-Lee, Andrea Velez-Vazquez, and Sarah Zoll distributed information to students about DirectConnect to UCF and Probation Prevention. Sarah and Pam Williams-Gruen hosted a Lunch and Learn for the SSC advising teams on 9/30/13. Sean Armstrong, along with Pam and Sarah, hosted the Pilot Process meeting in October. • Sean Armstrong and Ashley Squillante hosted the Concurrent Nursing Program Student Disability Services Meeting between the UCF and SSC Disability Services departments on 10/2/13. • Sean Armstrong, Ashley Squillante, and Jacqueline West-Lee attended the NASPA Drive-In Conference at the UCF Orlando campus in October. • The SLM campus broadcast the Diversity Week presentation “WITNESS: A Reader’s Theater in Commemoration of Kristallnach,.” and President Hitt’s State of the University address so faculty and staff were able to watch. • The I.T. team is working with Stacey Dunn, Director of the Clinical Psychology Master’s program, to facilitate the recording and review of student practice counseling sessions. In addition, the I.T. Team partnered with RCHQ I.T. to host and broadcast QPR training to the regional campuses. The training was provided by Teresa Michaelson, Counseling and Psychological Services. Jesse Gruen and Kaushal Patel assisted the headquarters I.T. staff with equipment setup and troubleshooting.

FACULTY AND STAFF David Mealor, Walt Griffin, Superintendent Seminole Public Schools, and Joe Sarnovsky, Executive Vice President and CFO Seminole State College, facilitated a forum for the 2014 Class of Leadership Seminole. Ray Sturm’s paper, “Market Efficiency and Technical Analysis: Can They Coexist?” was published in the July issue of Research in Applied Economics. He also gave a presentation to the Young Investors Club at UCF entitled “Eugene Fama vs. Warren Buffett” after the announcement that Eugene Fama won the Nobel Prize in Economics. Lisa A. Brooks and Juli K. Dixon had an article, “Changing the Rules to Increase Discourse,” published in the September issue of Teaching Children Mathematics. Peggy Nuhn, UCF Librarian, was elected to the Board of the Florida Library Association (F.L.A.) for the 20132015 terms. Peggy is presently serving as Chairman of F.L.A.’s Membership Committee. Danielle Daniels was hired as the Program Assistant to the Concurrent Nursing Program on the SSC Altamonte Springs Campus.

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The Sanford/Lake Mary Student Outreach Services Office (S.O.S.) has been busy providing lots of fun activities and treats for our students and still have many events planned before the end of the semester: Concurrent Nursing Program Orientation, Backto-School Bash, Health Fair, Autism Spectrum Disorders workshop, Student Tie Dye Event, National Alliance of Mental Illness workshop, Homecoming Week, Cram-4-Exam and many others. On November 9, an estimated 120-150 Girl Scouts will visit the Altamonte Springs campus in hopes of earning their Nursing Merit Badges. The nursing students will set up multiple stations and utilize the medical simulation lab to teach various nursing techniques and procedures.

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Nick Pantloni and Sonya Curtis attended Brevard Workforce training events in Rockledge and Palm Bay to share information about Regional Campuses with over 80 Brevard Workforce employees. UCF Cocoa and Palm Bay staff members hosted a treat station at the final weekend of the Brevard Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo,” reaching about 5,000 people with information about DirectConnect to UCF.

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Courtney Christovich won second place in the Social Sciences Division for her HIM thesis entitled, “Student Perceptions of Their Instructors: Do College Students Rate Female Professors More Harshly?” Honorable mention went to Angela Vanella for her HIM thesis entitled, “The Label of Madness: The Effects of Career Choice and Gender on Perceptions of Mental Illness” and Melissa Antler for her HIM thesis entitled, “I am a critical thinker: Exploring the Relationship between SelfConcept and Critical Thinking Ability.”

As part of the course, “Young Children with Special Needs,” students raised over $1500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through the Teachers in Action (TIA) community service assignment. The assignment is designed to help the community while giving UCF education students a deeper understanding of children with various challenges.

The Palm Bay Early Childhood Development and Education students are collaborating on a UCF Holmes Partnership research project at McAuliffe Elementary titled, “The Language of iPads: An MTSS Intervention.” RoseAnn Swiden-Wick, Psychology, awarded 2nd Place in Social Sciences at 2013 SURE F L O R I D A


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Faculty and Staff Andrew Todd was the winner of the UCF 2013 Excellence in Librarianship Award. Three Southern Region faculty members were among the 39 UCF faculty members who were promoted this summer: Nancy Brasel (Education) Jerome Randal (Criminal Justice), and Karen Mottarella (Psychology). Nancy Brasel (Education) and Leandra Preston-Sidler (Women’s Studies) received UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) awards. Krisann Draves (Nursing) received a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the University of South Alabama. She also recently received her certification to be a Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.   Jacqueline LaManna (Nursing) received a PhD in Nursing from the University of Central Florida. Her dissertation was titled, “Acute and Intermediate Hospitalto-Home Transition Outcomes of Older Adults Diagnosed with Diabetes.”

Leandra Preston (Women’s Studies) was selected as a columnist for UCF’s online publication, The Forum. As part of The Forum, selected columnists from all corners of the university agree to write weekly columns on a rotating basis for one year. ‘She, he and ze’ made the case that all people have the right to make their own identity choices in life. The second column was picked up by the Huff Post; “The Overlooked Victims of Domestic Violence Cases: Pets” highlighted a program she started in Brevard County to foster pets while women seek shelter from abusive situations. Deborah Rhyne (Criminal Justice) received a Volunteer Certificate for contributing over 100 hours with the Brevard Public Schools for the 2012-2013 school year. The College of Sciences and the SR would like to welcome two new faculty members to the Cocoa campus: Marisol Parra in Psychology and Hyung Sam Park in Sociology.

As part of Diversity/Disability Awareness month, UCF Cocoa/Palm Bay sponsored the DiversAbility 5k walk/roll/run. The event benefited the Space Coast Center for Independent Living. Angel Edgecombe ran in the race and finished first in her age group. Lauren Miller presented “Doing More with Less” at the 2013 Annual Florida Association of Branch Campus Administrators conference. She is also the annual conference chair and treasurer for FABCA. Denise Young attended the Florida Consortium for International Education Fall Conference in St. Petersburg in September. Through the FCIE she has established a group of UCF Consortium Partners to collaborate on international education. She also attended the Community Leaders Luncheon, hosted by Florida Institute of Technology President Anthony Catanese in October.

CAMPUS NEWS The UCF Cocoa & Palm Bay campuses sponsored the Exemplary Science Teacher Awards program through the Space Coast Science Education Alliance. Three former UCF Cocoa students and two UCF Cocoa & Palm Bay intern supervisors were honored at the event. Advisor Sheryl Schagen and AVP Denise Young attended the event. Regional Vice Provost Jeff Jones, his wife Pam, and Denise Young attended the Space Coast UCF Alumni Chapter’s third annual Starry Knights event on August 1 at the EFSC Planetarium and Observatory in Cocoa. The event celebrated alumni whose contributions have made a notable impact to the community as well as this year’s Debbie K. Phillis ’84 Scholarship winners.

UCF Continuing Education coordinators hosted a breakfast and presented information on programs and certificates that meet workforce needs at the Palm Bay Workforce Brevard offices.

In the summer and early fall semesters, UCF Cocoa and UCF Palm Bay hosted six diversity events with an average attendance of 20 per event. Five staff members received certification at an American Red Cross CPR certification class taught by Environmental Health and Safety on the Cocoa campus. Loree Richard (UCF) and Carol Harvest (Eastern Florida State College) are the new Coordinators in the EFSC-UCF Writing Center. The center is located in the Joint Use Library in Cocoa. Congratulations to Christine Suleski for her 20 years of service to UCF and Felipe Mendez for his 5 years of service. Paula Cepero was hired as a Program Assistant in Academic Advising. Prior to this position, she worked for UCF under a FIPSE Grant as the Veteran Services Program Specialist. Darlyne Egan was hired as a Program Assistant. Prior to accepting this position, she worked in the Cocoa Student Services Office on a temporary basis. re g io n a l camp u se s.u cf.e d u

As a member of the EDC, Denise Young attended an invitation only event at Melbourne Airport where Governor Rick Scott announced that Embraer S.A. will open an aircraft assembly plant and related facilities at Melbourne International Airport for its two new executive jets. The new project will create 600 jobs. Additionally, Embraer’s Engineering and Technology Center, scheduled to open in 2014, will employ about 200 engineers once fully staffed. R E G I O N A L

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CAMPUS NEWS SOS/Student Services: UCF Watch Party for the UCF vs. Penn State Game was held at Miller’s Daytona Beach Ale House. The Ale House created a “special” UCF beverage for the occasion. Advising/Enrollment Services: Darryl Greely and Virginia LaRue were stationed at a table for the 2013 Resource Fair. THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS The UCF Walter and Bettery Boardman Foundation and the UCF Daytona Beach campus hosted the first educational forum on the “relationship between forage fish and Florida birds as part of their ongoing efforts to educate and advocate for the environment in the community. The forum was held August 20. Sharon McBreen, Senior Associate of the outreach arm of the Gulf of Mexico Fish Conservation Campaign, gave the informative presentation. Samantha Sexton and Emily Melman made up the team from PEW Charitable Trusts. We were extremely lucky to have them participate. “Creative Writing” by Michael Furlong was a workshop created with our staff in mind but welcomed by everyone. We enjoyed having Cynthia Kisby join us from UCF Regional Campuses as well as staff from Daytona State College. Michael Furlong (MA, MS) has written short plays, screenplays and short stories. He has published scholarly articles on comics and graphic novels. Recent publications have included “Albedo One,” “Dark Discoveries” and “The Fantastique Unfettered.” Michael is also a 2006 graduate of the Clarion Writer’s workshop in East Lansing, Michigan. In his free time, Michael organizes a speculative fiction workshop for writers in Orlando. Michael presented a wealth of useful and interesting information. It was enjoyable to have those at the table share their experiences and views. Resources and encouragement were abundant. Everyone was so enthused that Michael is checking his availability for another workshop in a series.

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On Thursday, October 24, the UCF Boardman Foundation sponsored a workshop titled “How to Effectively Comment on an Environmental Impact Statement” on the UCF Daytona Beach campus. Dave Hankla, retired Field Supervisor for the FWS Jacksonville Field office, was invited to lead the presentation. Established in 1992 at the UCF Daytona Beach campus, the Walter and Betty Boardman Foundation facilitates dialogue and action in protecting, preserving, and enhancing Central Florida’s natural environment. In the future, the foundation is planning on sponsoring a workshop discussing strategies to use social media networking tools to engage the public in environmental advocacy. All forums and sessions are open to the public. Our newly-formed grant committee attended UCF Grants Day: “Building University Partnerships with Industry” in Orlando. Linda Bradley Thacker, Julie Dann, Angie Leary, Bonnie Marsh and Jeanne Walker will be exploring resources and grants for campus and community projects. November 06-Never too early to start your New Year’s Resolutions! Well, with that in mind, AETNA presented a seminar on how to make them and how to keep them. Once again Karen Averill’s optimism and confidence will carry us through the holidays into a cheerful recipe for resolution success. Our staff enjoyed the afternoon session sharing time with colleagues. F L O R I D A

Photography Professor Laine Wyatt will be showing at a non-profit gallery. 621 gallery in railroad square opening on ‘first Friday’ which sees thousands of people come out to support the arts in the Tallahassee area.

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“KNIGHT FACULTY SPOTLIGHT” Chrysalis Wright (Psychology) was awarded the Women of Distinction Mentoring Award at a reception held on September 19. The award, given by the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty, recognizes female faculty who have contributed significantly to student development through mentoring.

Colleen Scott, DirectConnect Advisor, and Rayla Hanselman, Librarian at the Cooper Memorial Library, are the Western Region’s newest team members. CeCe Rivers represented UCF at Ocala/ Marion County’s first Chamber and Economic Partnership ExCEPtional breakfast held at the College of Central Florida. Guests heard updates on the state of Marion County from Board of Counties’ Commissioner, Kathy Bryant.

On November 6, Black & the UCF South Gold KNIGHT Lake/Leesburg Celebrate HOMECOMING! campuses celebrated the 7th Annual GRAFFITI JUNKTION Black and Gold Knight. This annual event provides an opportunity for local students to celebrate UCF’s Homecoming Week. U N I V E R S I T Y

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On November 14, the UCF Ocala campus hosted Undergraduate Research Showcase the 2nd Annual Western Region Undergraduate Research Showcase. This event provides regional students with an opportunity to participate in undergraduate research at the local campuses. This year’s event had over 22 presentations presented across a variety of disciplines. U

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UCF Ocala is host to this year’s Western Region Undergraduate Research Showcase (WRUS).

The event provides an opportunity to UCF South Lake, UCF Ocala and UCF Leesburg undergraduate students, from any academic major, to showcase their work to our campus community! Individual and group research projects, teaching curriculum ideas, research proposals, literature reviews, historical reviews and business plans will be presented. We invite you to attend the event to learn more about academic presentations. See what UCF students are doing!

For more information, visit www.ucfocala.com and click Undergraduate Research or psychology.cos.ucf.edu/wrus.

Pamela Brady will represent UCF in the West Orange Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Leadership West Orange program. Over the course of 9 months, she will participate in day-long sessions learning about West Orange’s most prominent business and community resources.

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The Annual Team Retreat was held in July at the College of Medicine. The retreat theme was “Fit for Excellence: Presenting our Best Selves at Work.” Discussion and activities centered on strategies to maximize health and wellness in the workplace. The team generated 50 workplace wellness tips that were shared with the entire university community.

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Cyndi Walters (Elementary Education) presented at the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE Conference) on Oct. 10-12 on “Undergraduate Mentoring” and “Nonfiction Text Features aligned with Common Core” and “FEAPS.” She also was honored to hold the actual Olympic torch during the awards luncheon.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. University Center (Building 20) hosted by: UCF Ocala

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Junie Albers-Biddle (Early Childhood Education) presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Albers-Biddle, J. (2013, June) Principals Preferences for Hiring Teachers in Primary Grades. NAECTE Professional Development Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Jeff Biddle (Sport and Exercise Science) co-presented at the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate conference at Rutgers University (October 25) on the role and use of Laboratories of Practice in the professional practice Education Doctorate program at the UCF College of Education and Human Performance.

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Congratulations to Gary Nichols (Business) recipient of the TIP (Teaching Incentive Programs) award for year 20122013. Nichols was one of three faculty members who received an award from the College of Business.

On September 4, UCF Leesburg’s Elementary Education seniors hosted the annual Junior/Senior Cohort Picnic. The students enjoyed great food, fellowship, and games during this midday event.

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Chrysalis Wright is a mentor in the Western Region’s Knights LIGHTS Mentoring Program, Faculty Advisor for the Western Region Psychology Club. She facilitates an annual workshop on Balancing College and Family as part of the region’s SuccessIONS workshop series offered to UCF and partnering state college students. In 2012, she developed and coordinated the first Western Region Undergraduate Showcase at which over 40 students displayed their research projects. She also serves as HIM Coordinator for the Western Region, HIM thesis Chair, and on HIM Committees.

On August 6, Thomas Silarek, Mei Wong, Colleen Scott and Tanya Armstrong informed community residents about DirectConnect to UCF at Clermont’s National Night Out. The event was sponsored by the Clermont Police Department and drew a record crowd of over 4000 attendees.

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Wright’s mentoring began as she established a highly successful regional campuses psychology research lab (undergraduate) soon after joining the Western Region faculty in the fall of 2011. Because of her encouragement, students in her lab and classes have completed research projects, Honors in the Major (HIM) theses, won scholarships, and received Burnett Research Scholars grants. Her students also regularly present their research at student showcases nationally and at UCF. They also submit their work for publication and many have been accepted into graduate programs.


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STUDENTS “SHINING KNIGHT SPOTLIGHT” Kristen Cole is recognized for her leadership in bringing a noted children’s author, Loreen Leedy, to the UCF South Lake campus on October 3. A Literature for Children class assignment which required the creation of a Glog was the impetus for Cole to learn about Leedy’s impressive contributions to the non-fiction literary field and to invite L-R: Christine Walsh, Nicole Betancourt, Loreen Leedy, Kristen Cole, her to campus. All regional Alaina Glidewell, Leah Burket elementary education majors heard the author’s presentation about her passion for literature and experience in becoming a celebrated writer of children’s books. Hats off to Kristen for initiating this successful event. Congratulations to Jessica Brandt, UCF Ocala Psychology major, who was awarded the UCF Undergraduate Researcher of the Month for November 2013. She was chosen based on the overall merit of her research project. Jessica will receive a certificate of achievement and will be spotlighted in the Undergraduate Research monthly newsletter publicized on the Office of Undergraduate Research website. Michelle Craske is a South Lake Psychology major, member of the psychology club, Honors in the Major (HIM), and research assistant for the region’s Media and Migration Lab (the only research lab located on a regional campus). Michelle is also UCFs student caucus representative for the Association for Psychological Science (APS), a national psychology organization. For recruiting the most new members, APS awarded Michelle free registration and a travel stipend to attend next year’s annual APS convention in San Francisco, CA. She will also be featured in the “Campus Rep Spotlight” in an upcoming edition of the APS observer. In May 2013, Chrysalis Wright and regional students Jessica Brandt and Sarah Dierking presented posters at the annual convention of the APS. Heather Simpson, UCF Leesburg Elementary Education major, is working on undergraduate research in collaboration with instructors, Cynthia Walters and Stephanie Luke. The three hope to publish an article on the research findings related to the link between iPad classrooms and attendance. Heather has completed IRB training and has become an enthusiastic researcher. re g io n a l camp u se s.u cf.e d u

ALUMNI in the News! Way to go, Joe! Joe Davidson was awarded Cypress Ridge Elementary Rookie Teacher for the school year of 2013-2014. Joe is a 2012 graduate of UCF.

Deedra De Kemper is a UCF Ocala Psychology major, member of the psychology club, Honors in the Major (HIM) student, and research assistant for the Media & Migration Lab at the South Lake campus. Deedra participated in UCF’s Summer 2013 Study Abroad program. She traveled to Costa Rica and Panama with Charles Negy and others through the Cross-cultural psychology program. On October 19, the Sport and Exercise Science students Robert Calija, Chris Edwards, Mark Harman, Zachary Hubbard, Filipe Lema, Marrisa Mathews, James Monroe, Brandon Nelson, Michael Plummer, Fancheska Ruiz, Adam Schechner, Harrison Shames, Aly Smolowitz, Rachal Trotman, and Steven Zapata participated in the “Stand Up for Pink” paddleboard/kayak event at the Clermont waterfront. The event raises monies for the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation.

Congratulations to the following UCF Ocala Alumni: 2013 Marion County Rookie Teacher of the Year (Nominees) Nancy Von Ohlen Jennifer Way Amie McCamley 2013 Marion County Teacher of the Year (Nominees) Raiza Perdomo Megan Bolomey Christina Lipari Stephanie Hall 2013 Citrus County Teacher of the Year (Nominees) Trisha Knox

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