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PROFILE Coach David Kelly talks about his role models

LIFELONG LEARNING Educational opportunities for ages 2 to 92


GIVING BACK Students share their time with the community


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College of Medicine UCFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural class of 41 students will move into the new Medical Education building at Lake Nona this summer.

UCF professor and economist Sean Snaith says the Federal Reserve risks repeating â&#x20AC;&#x153;sins of the pastâ&#x20AC;? if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raise key interest rates. Snaith predicts the end of â&#x20AC;&#x153;excessively loose monetary policyâ&#x20AC;? in his most recent national forecast. After a report from the Fed ab out c ont i nue d e c onom ic growth, the central bank should start raising interest rates by the summer. If not, the economy could â&#x20AC;&#x153;overheat,â&#x20AC;? leading to inflation, Snaith continues. Plus, he adds that â&#x20AC;&#x153;leaving interest rates too low for too long isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the cure for joblessness.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fed kept interest rates too low, too long in the wake of the 2001 recession, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what led to the asset bubble that ultimately made this recession as bad and as deep as it was,â&#x20AC;? he says. IN OTHER NEWS: The Wall Street Journal recently chose Snaith to serve on its economic forecasting panel. He is one of 56 economists on the panel.

Ford Recognizes Green Initiatives Representatives from Ford Motor Company visited UCF and its new solar-powered electric vehicle charging facility for the Florida debut of the new hybrid version of the Ford Escape. The UCF Smart Solar Plug-In Test Facility is a test bed to evaluate electrical power conversion hardware and controls. Greg Frenette, manager of global electrified fleets for Ford Motor Company, praised UCF, calling the solar charging



station â&#x20AC;&#x153;a perfect example of the forward-thinking needed to advance the electrification of transportation.â&#x20AC;?

Obama Recognizes UCFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20,000 Hours UCF earned the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Volunteer Service Award for providing nearly 20,000 hours of community service through a program that sends college students to more than 120 Central Florida elementary and middle schools to teach under-served youths about work-readiness and entrepreneurshipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;1,064 students taught 30,698 children in 2009. The award symbolizes the President of the United Statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recognition of individuals or organizations contributing a s i g n i f i c a nt a m o u nt o f community service.

UCFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Olympic Torchbearer Kaitlyn Chana ran 300 meters to a screaming crowd in Calgary, Canada, carrying one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous symbols of unity and peace. The UCF freshman said of the experience: â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, it was five minutes of my life that I will never forget.â&#x20AC;? To see Kaitlyn on video, visit

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New UCF Nike Uniforms UCF Director of Athletics Keith Tribble announced a partnership with Nike beginning July 1, 2010. Nike director of sports marketing Kit Morris said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look forward to outfitting all of UCFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student-athletes and coaches from its 16 sports programs.â&#x20AC;?

The Florida Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named U C F F i e l d C oordinator Jacqueline Withers its Social Worker of the Year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jacquie models the ethics and values of the social work profession in her work setting, community involvement and personal life,â&#x20AC;? said Cindy Carlson, director of case management at Winter Park Memorial Hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is a shining star.â&#x20AC;?

Other products such as sugarcane, switchgrass and straw are also being considered as possible resources. In Florida, orange peels alone could create 200 million gallons of ethanol every year, reducing greenhouse gas emissionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why the U.S. Department of Agricu lture is f unding the project. Join 42,000 fans

UCF ranks third in the nation for the strength and impact of its patents. The university moved up from seventh place last year in the rankings by IEEE, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading association f o r t h e a d va n c e m e n t o f technology.

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A Trashier Way to Fuel Your Car Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not â&#x20AC;&#x153;Back to the Future,â&#x20AC;? af ter a ll. UCF researcher Dr. Henry Daniell a nd h i s te a m may have made the breakthrough of a lifetimeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;turning trash such as orange peels and newspapers into cheaper, cleaner ethanol fuel.

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UCF made a promise to make the university climate neutral by the year 2050. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts include, but are not limited to, commitments to education and action in the areas of student education, research, and building and grounds management. Want to read the report? Go here: www.



Coach Kelly

Inspired by Greatness It’s David Kelly’s fourth year as UCF’s assistant head football coach and wide receivers coach, as well as one of the team’s top recruiters. Much of the credit for this year’s recruiting class—called “the best ever” by pundits—has gone to Coach Kelly. But he’s too humble to take any credit. Instead, he’ll remind you that recruiting is a team effort. Read on to learn more about the coach and the men who helped mold him into the outstanding person he is today.


Paul Glenn

His high-school coach He became a surrogate father when my own father passed away, and taught me how to be a man. He came up in South Carolina during the heat of integration and learned about being able to live and deal with others who look different, to always be respectful of all whom you meet and to live with class.

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Dick Sheridan

His coach at Furman University I learned: 1) to do everything with class, 2) that you never go wrong by doing the right thing and 3) to always be a role model for your student-athletes by living what you preach.

Eddie Robinson

The coach with the most wins in Division I football history The most important thing I learned from him is that there is no such thing as an obstacle, only a constant string of challenges to overcome. He made every negative a positive. His love of his players was always paramount over and above anything else, and what better compliment is there?


Tony Dungy

Coached the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl XLI championship Maybe the greatest example in the history of coaching—a man who never compromised his beliefs and standards, regardless of the stakes. From him, I learned to always uphold your morals and beliefs, and to never sacrifice family for profession.


George O’Leary UCF’s head coach

He is a master of organization. His bottom line is that you plan your work and then work your plan. You have to have total belief in your system and what you are doing even when constantly attacked by naysayers. If you allow people to sidetrack you then you will never achieve your goals.





To increase freshman and sophomore students’ interest and understanding of science, technology, engineering and

math (STEM), UCF implemented a program called EXCEL. The results? The National Science Foundation recently added $600,000 to the initial $1.8 million to expand the program to UCF juniors and seniors.


UCF TODAY Lifelong Learning

A Lifetime of Learning


child sits and listens to a story. A middle school student learns nursing techniques on a patient dummy. A high school

student considers a career in medicine. Graduate students gaze through microscopes. A professional logs in to a course on the Web after work. A senior citizen attends a lecture on Ancient Greece.

All of this is happening at UCF. Every day. UCF isn’t just a university—it’s a community dedicated to lifelong learning. From our Creative School for Children to programs such as LIFE@ UCF, UCF educates people of all ages through numerous programs. We start at age 2 and continue to teach through ages 22 to 52 to 92.

Teaching the Teachers Technology doesn’t stop for anyone—this remains true in and out of the classroom. That’s why the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) provide ongoing support to the university’s faculty. At CDL, faculty members learn how to shift their online courses from face-to-face to online formats. Faculty members who are new to online teaching also learn how to teach already-established online courses. At the FCTL, faculty continue to share new ideas about classroom management, globalization and the university classroom, as well as how to integrate community service into their courses, how to add sustainability and energy conservation into their course plans, and how to use new technology-based teaching tools. For more information, visit the CDL Web site at distributed or the FCTL Web site at

LIFE@UCF is Good


he Learning Institute for Elders (LIFE) at UCF educates senior citizens on a wide range of topics, from wine to women in space. UCF professors from across the disciplines and colleges

teach the courses—but members also learn through field trips to UCF theatre productions, local parks and museums, as well as games designed to promote brain fitness. For more information, including the current curriculum and an application for membership, visit the LIFE@UCF Web site at

Go Back to School. Virtually. Imagine that you’ve been out of school for years. Or that you’re a returning professional. Maybe you have a family. A job. Maybe you’re deployed overseas. UCF provides academic flexibility to students from all walks of life who need to finish their degrees, to further their education and to develop careers. Online@UCF’s faculty and staff understand that all students face “non-traditional” issues—young students have jobs and have to contend with schedule conflicts. Online courses allow students to attend class from virtually anywhere—the home, the military base or the coffee shop across the street. Visit for more information.


Lifelong Learning UCF TODAY

Future Doctors Meet…Future Doctors


he College of Medicine invited 10 students

working in the college's anatomy lab and the

from Orlando’s Bishop Moore High School

students' written pledge to respect the human

to tour the new facility and to get their first

specimens they were studying. They also got to

glimpse into a “real-world” medical environment. The students are enrolled in the high school’s Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology class.

Bishop Moore students. "They learned a lot. And our medical school students were phenomenal.

students," with a unique learning experience.

I'm so proud of all of them. They were real

The visit included watching a video on anatomy,

professional educators today."

but what about teaching kids to stay healthy? UCF College of Nursing partners with Central Florida schools and other local organizations to bring award-winning health programs to K-12 students across the region. Through the American Lung Association’s “Open Airways for Schools” (OAS) program, UCF provides asthma education to children ages 8 to 11 about the disease, proper use of medication and how to prevent episodes. OAS’ 40-minute segments, which are presented at local schools and other community centers, educate students about self-management techniques. Additionally, a Central Florida Area Health Education Center grant allows the college’s undergraduate students to train middle-school students on tobacco prevention. A one-hour session is taught in various public schools and community centers across Central Florida and includes information about the effects of tobacco and its harmful ingredients on the body.

Educating Professionals Even after students graduate and enter the professional world, they continue to expand their knowledge and expand their career opportunities. From corporate training on issues such as effective management to certificates in areas such as financial planning, UCF’s Division of Continuing Education makes accessible the resources professionals need for re-

education of their teachers and their parents. The Toni Jennings Exceptional Education Institute prepares educators who serve children and adults with special needs, and also provides UCF students the opportunity to gain work experience. Visit for more information.

minds," UCF Professor Jane Gibson said of the

who turned to UCF to provide the "pre-pre-med

Math. English. Art. All of these areas of education are essential—

UCF doesn’t just focus on students’ education—but also the

"It's so nice to see these young, energetic

Their instructor, Ken Wasinger, is a UCF alum

Teaching Children to Breathe Easy

UCF Makes Education Exceptional

meet UCF’s new medical students.

education, training, professional management and personal growth. Visit for more information.


UCF TODAY Lifelong Learning College Students for a Day UCF’s Burnett Honors College gave future Knights an opportunity to learn something valuable years before they attend college—what it’s like to be a college student. College Discovery Day involved 500 5th-graders from Seminole, Lake, Orange and Osceola counties who attended a series of presentations related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics. Students heard from chemistry and digital media professors— and even learned about environmental efforts such as green roofs and the UCF arboretum. In previous years, 7th-grade attendees of College Shadow Day, a similar program, have seen a wide range of programs from the hard sciences and fine arts programs, including engineering, biology, nursing, music, art, theatre and dance.

Promoting Literacy in Compose Yourself! Children Worldwide


Mixes It Up for Young People


or UCF’s Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and

Entertainment (CREATE), the digital arts are the next wave of technology and self-expression. The center hosts a program called

UCF and the Orlando Philharmonic have hit a

workshop, where students learn

The Morgridge International Reading Center defines

“Digital U,” which teaches kids

the principles of composition,

literacy as more than the ability to read—it’s also the ability to write,

and young adults to embrace new

chord with young musicians ages

orchestration, music notation,

speak, listen and think critically. In the U.S. alone, 42 million adults

forms of media, including digital

13 to 18 across the Southeast with

scoring software, and MIDI

can’t read and 50 percent of the nation’s total population can’t read

video, imagery and music, and

a new kind of competition—the

technology from nationally

an eighth-grade-level book.

to incorporate them into their

Young Composers Challenge.

recognized composers. During

The program is designed to

the 2010 spring semester, the

teach students how to compose

workshop was held at UCF’s

an original score for either a full

Center for Emerging Media in

orchestra or chamber ensemble.

downtown Orlando. Students take

The prize? Listening to the Orlando the summer to complete their Philharmonic Orchestra perform


the winning

For more information about the

The challenge begins when

Young Composers Challenge, visit

students attend a free, three-day

Americans do not face unique literacy problems—these problems are shared worldwide. UNICEF estimates that approximately 15 percent of

Partially funded by a grant from

the world’s population lacks basic literacy skills.

Dr. Phillips, Inc., the Digital U

UCF’s Morgridge International Reading Center’s collaborative approach to addressing the world’s literacy needs is to provide a place where professional educators, researchers, parents, authors of children’s books and others can work together to discover and share best practices used to teach children to read. Additionally, the center will house a children’s literature gallery containing nationally and internationally renowned books, as well as global communications tools and rooms. Visit for more information.

Engineering a More Diverse Future


daily lives.

program works in partnership with the city of Orlando in its Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) initiative. Additionally, CREATE’s director, Dr. Stella Sung, and Dr. Carolyn Hopp, a faculty member at UCF’s College of Education, are working to form a collaborative teaching/learning initiative. Digital U exposes young people

he College of Engineering and Computer Science has a

to concepts of personal voice,

mission to encourage middle school girls to choose careers

identity, community and advocacy

in engineering, math and science. Every year, the college holds

in three core areas: Creative

a conference, titled “Expanding Your Horizons,” where girls from

writing, technology, and the

grades 6-8 complete science projects, attend workshops and hear

performing and visual arts. Using

inspiring speakers.

interviews, poetry and narratives,

They also get to tour labs to see how research happens in the

students compose stories to share

college atmosphere.

in a variety of creative formats. Once these stories are collected, students tell them by blending technical knowledge and creative elements and then those stories are shared to help students understand connections between visual/performing arts and self expression, visual literacy and community engagement.

Using the Buddy System The College of Health and Public Affairs is partnering with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Florida to help children with special needs transition from high school to college life. The participants attend classes such as “Careers in Criminal Justice” and “Careers in Public Affairs” with support from UCP. UCF students also serve as “study buddies” and include the participants in study sessions to provide extra support. In its first semester alone, the program had 12 UCF students serving in the program—nearly three students per participant. All of the transition students have completed their high school course work and are supported by McKay Scholarships for students with disabilities. “I like the classes,” said transition student Taylor Nardolillo. “This whole experience is awesome.”


In the Community UCF TODAY

Power to the Solar Schools

Members of Club Kreyol at a candlelight vigil held by the reflecting pond on the University of Central Florida campus.

To learn more or to volunteer, visit UCF’s H.O.P.E. For Haiti Web site at

UCF’s H.O.P.E. For Haiti

On January 12 a catastrophic earthquake measuring at 7.0 on the Richter scale hit the Republic of Haiti—the worst earthquake to hit the region in 200 years. In response to the need, UCF President John C. Hitt formed Task Force H.O.P.E. (Healing,

Out reach, Pa r t nersh ip a nd Education) to help shape and facilitate the UCF community’s long-term assistance in relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts. The university’s faculty, staff, students, friends and neighbors all responded to the need in

numerous ways, including payroll deductions to donate to three Haiti relief funds—the American Red Cross, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and the Harris Rosen Foundation Haiti Relief and Sustainability Efforts.

Nurses Expand 911 Named Most-Admired Employer Cell Phone Banks for Minorities in Science UCF’s Student Nurses Association (SNA) presented dozens of cell phones to UCF Victim Services. The cell phones are collected and donated to the 911 Cell Phone Banks, where they are refurbished and given to people whose safety is at risk.The cell phone drive also serves as a fundraiser for UCF Victim Services, since they receive a percentage of the phone’s value. The money raised goes into the Crime Victim’s Fund, which provides additional help to crime victims. UCF Victim Services Advocate Michelle Quiñones explains, “While many people have their own cell phones these days, there are circumstances where many do not. For example, in domestic violence situations, an abuser may not allow their partner to have their own phone, isolating them from critical support networks. This is why the 911 phones are so important.”

When Soldiers Come Home Readjust ing to civ i lia n life is harder than you might think—that’s something UCF graduate student Rafiz Raza k now s we l l . A U. S . A r my veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, he is committed to helping other veterans. Upon his return, Raza worked as a re-adjustment counselor with the Department of Veterans Af fairs and soon began his graduate studies in social work at UCF. He recently worked with the UCF School of Social Work and the Orlando VA Medical Center to put together a daylong event, “Meeting the Needs of Veterans and Their Families.” Raza geared the program toward practitioners who help vetera ns a nd t heir fa mi lies with everything from physical therapy to responding to the needs of children of returning veterans. Veterans and their family members were invited to learn more about the kinds of challenges they face and about

the resources available to them in Central Florida. “The VA Medical Center has been a tremendous partner in this initiative,” said Estelli Ramos, an instructor and coordinator of the master’s degree program in social work at UCF. “Together, we will be able to address the issues of returning veterans, including re-integration, posttraumatic stress disorder and other topics.”

A spectrum of publications has recognized UCF’s commitment to diversity—they’ve named the university as one of 16 mostadmired companies for minorities in the critical scientific areas. UCF is increasing the retention rates of all students, and specifically under-represented populations, in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines through a variety of specialized programs. One such program, called EXCEL, has attracted about 800 students since 2006.

“Our recognition as a mostadmired employer is a testament to the importance of diversity and mentoring to the faculty, staff and students at the College of Engineering & Computer Science and throughout our university,” said Dean Marwan Simaan. The list of most-admired employers is based on surveys of readers and editors of the following magazines: U.S. Black Engineer & Infor mation Te chnol og y, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology, Women of Color and Science Spectrum Online.

The Cocoa campus of UCF’s Florida Solar Energ y Center (FSEC) will administer a $10 million state program to install solar energy systems at 90 public s chool s — a com m it ment to making Florida schools greener. The SunSmar t Schools E-Shelters (Emergency Shelters) program is expected to boost Florida’s clean energy sector by providing job opportunities to local installers and vendors. The solar electric systems, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, will provide power during outages, offset electricity costs to the school during normal operations and reduce greenhouse gases. “Not only will these systems provide a vital energy resource to an emergency shelter,” said Bill Young, the SunSmart technical manager at FSEC, “they will also provide noise-free power with no air pollution or fuel supply issues.” Nearly 800 schools in Florida are designated as Enhanced Hu r r ic a ne Protec t ion A rea shelters, making the competition fierce for the 90 slots. Schools will be selected based on demographics, emergency shelter needs, partnerships and existing renewable energy education and outreach plans. Learn more about the SunSmart E-Shelter program at www.fsec.

Pride & Passion: The African American Baseball Experience Before Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, threats of violence k e pt h i m f rom

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playing in Central Florida. The player also starred in one of Orlando’s biggest games ever— a 1949 exhibition that attracted a standing-room-only crowd at Carter Street Park, the home of the city’s Negro Leagues team. Tw o g e n e r a t i o n s l a t e r, Robinson’s historic achievements and struggles were chronicled at an exhibit in UCF’s main library. “Pride & Passion: The African American Baseball Experience” told t he stor y of A f rica n American baseball players in the United States from the Civil War through the present, relating their experiences to the struggle for civil rights. “We had to have a certain amount of self-discipline to survive while traveling around to different cities under the ill winds

of racism,” recalled Bob “Peach Head” Mitchell, one of four former Negro Leagues players who visited UCF. “It’s very important for kids today to hear those stories.”

Photo courtesy of Bob Mitchell

UCF TODAY College News Arts and Humanities We’re pleased to announce the formation of The School of Visual Arts and Design, which combines traditional and new media arts with emerging media concepts that are the foundation of animation, game and interactive design. The school will figure prominently in the new strategic city-state mission of the university through significant contributions to local simulation and gaming industries.

Business Administration O r a n g e C o u nt y Mayor R icha rd T. Crotty was the keynote speaker at a panel presentation hosted by the Dr. P. Phillips Institute for Research and Education in Real Estate. More than 200 people attended the sold-out event which was held at the UCF Executive Development Center. The event was moderated by Randy Anderson, Howard Phillips Eminent Scholar Chair and John Crossman, president of Crossman and Company. The college begins offering a Master of Science in Real Estate in June.

Education The Morgridge International Reading Center will begin construction this spring. Encompassing 15,000 square feet, the center will house interactive facilities, demonstration areas, and space for research and partnership activities supporting worldwide initiatives in reading and literacy. The center adds to the nucleus of the College of Education’s facilities already anchored by the UCF Academy for Teaching, Learning and Leadership, and the university’s Education Complex.

Engineering & Computer Science


Elite computer programmers from 88 countries across the globe traveled to Harbin, China in February to compete in the oldest, most prestigious computer programming contest in the world. UCF placed eighth among the 21 U.S. teams-including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell and MIT—and 62nd worldwide. UCF has finished in the top three at the Southeast Regional contest, placing first 14 times, second eight times and third six times. “This is a record unmatched by any southeast regional university,” said Dr. Ali Orooji, UCF faculty adviser for the team.

Graduate Studies The university now has four approved Professional Science Masters (PSM) programs in Modeling and Simulation, Biotechnology, Healthcare Informatics, a nd C on s er v at ion Biolog y. T he s e programs provide technical information, professional content (business, leadership, communications, legal or regulatory course work), and a required internship to better prepare students for employment. PSM programs are like the MBA, but for the sciences. Further information can be obtained at

Health and Public Affairs

Hospitality Management


After the College of Medicine vac ates Universit y Towers this summer, the College of Nursing will move in—bringing together all of its classes and offices in one building for the first time. This temporary space in Central Florida Research Park will serve as the college’s home until funds are raised for a new Nursing Education building at the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona. Graduate faculty and staff will move their offices in June. The main nursing office, and undergraduate faculty and staff offices, will move in August. Classes will remain on UCF’s main campus for Summer 2010. As of Fall 2010, all classes will be held in University Towers.

International news: The Rosen College is one of six global training centers for Meeting Professionals International. The Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies completed a Tourism Master Plan for Ecuador that focuses on enhancing tourism’s public contribution through poverty reduction. Kyung Hee University in Korea will bring 30 students to Rosen for an educational seminar this summer. And an agreement with ISCTE Business School in Portugal will enable students to study one year at each institution and graduate with two master’s degrees.

Optics and Photonics



The college will move this spring into its Medical Education building at the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona. Research faculty members have moved into the college’s Burnett Biomedical Sciences building—a 198,000-square-foot home for research focused on cancer a nd ca rd iovascu la r, infect ious a nd neurodegenerative diseases. As the college moves its medical education faculty and staff to their new 168,000 square-foot Medical Education building in June, it is also selecting the second class of 60 M.D. students, who will begin studies in August.

The college is the largest academic unit with more than 10,300 students. It houses 10 departments, spanning natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics) and social/behavioral sciences (Anthropology, Communication, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology). The college awarded 2,340 degrees in 2009, including 1,970 bachelor’s, 154 master’s and 216 doctoral degrees. It is also a center for cutting-edge research and recently was ranked 2nd among UCF colleges and centers with external research contracts and grants totaling $8 million so far in 2009-2010.

The Commu nicat ion Disorders C l i n i c l a u n c h e d a We b s i t e ( featuring information about its extensive services and videotaped interviews with clients and faculty researchers. During spring break, physical therapy students once again traveled to Jamaica to treat children with special needs living in orphanages and to train their caregivers. Also, the college hosted key administrators from Russian universities to expand its successful exchange program in criminal justice in Volgograd and Moscow to include public administration and social work.




Internationally recognized, the college is comprised of three major research centers: the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL), the Florida Photonics Center of Excellence and the Townes Laser Institute.

The Burnett Honors College The college successfully combines the intimacy of a small liberal arts college with the benefits of a large research university. Honors classes are small and students experience enriched opportunities for learning, discovery and engagement under the mentorship of highly dedicated faculty. The college is housed in its own beautiful facility and many students take advantage of our Honors living-learning community in Tower 3. Learn more about us at


Working class heroes. UCF students work in the classroom. And on our economy. Last year, students volunteered 155,000 hours—helping our region avoid an estimated $2.7 million in costs.



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