UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White officially joined the Knights family in December. White has had a busy first few months, making several additions to the UCF Athletics staff, including hiring three new head coaches (Scott Frost, football; Johhny Dawkins, men’s basketball; and Katie Abrahamsom-Henderson, women’s basketball), and is in the process of hiring new head coaches for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. In addition to the new hires and overseeing player recruiting, White has gotten actively involved in the Central Florida community. As the keynote speaker at the UCF Community Council meeting held in March at Bright House Networks Stadium, White shared his vision for making UCF a perrennial top-25 powerhouse by attracting and retaining top-tier student-athletes and athletics staff, providing an enhanced student experience, and leveraging corporate partnerships and cross-collaborative opportunities to achieve revenue and resource goals. White also reminded attendees of the role they play in the program’s success, particularly in the areas of season ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. Additional photos from the Community Council meeting are available here.
In celebration of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2016, UCF is proud to be part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfires Initiative, and will feature a series of programs in Central Florida throughout the calendar year. Global Perspectives Director John C. Bersia, UCF’s Pulitzer Laureate, is leading the effort. “This is a special opportunity to bring the full story of the Pulitzers to virtually everyone, and to better understand how they have encouraged excellence in journalism, literature, drama and music,” Bersia said. Continue reading
The Central Florida business community gathered at the Ballroom at Church Street on December 9 to hear from UCF President John C. Hitt and UCF Provost and Executive Vice President Dale Whittaker at the President’s Focus on Excellence Breakfast, sponsored by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. Themed “UCF: Innovating Our Way to the Top,” the breakfast highlighted UCF’s many recent achievements in academics and research. Continue reading
More than 1,000 university and community Knights fans gathered at the CFE Arena for the 2015 Countdown to Kickoff Luncheon held on August 21. Guests were welcomed by President John C. Hitt and Bright House Networks vice president and general manager for the Orlando region Michel Champagne. Then-coach George O’Leary discussed plans for the upcoming season, and keynote speaker and former UCF football player, Sergio Joachim, reflected on his time at UCF. The event raised more than $49,526 for UCF Everyday Champions Scholarships. Since 2009, this annual event has raised more than $273,000 for student-athletes. The Kickoff Luncheon was coordinated by UCF Athletics and the Office of Constituent Relations and also highlighted the new Carl Black & Gold Cabana with a beach theme and exclusive chance drawing package. Additional event photos can be found here.
UCF Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. A. Dale Whittaker invites you to join the American Heart Association’s 2015 Greater Orlando Heart Walk on September 12 at the UCF Memory Mall.