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Five UCFPD Resources You Might Not Know About

Celebrating UCF Police Department for National Police Week

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The UCF Police Department operates 24/7 as part of their commitment to keep the UCF community safe. According to the UCFPD website, their mission is “to reduce crime and the fear of crime by providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors and the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees.” 

In honor of National Police Week from Sunday, May 15th<

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DHRL Employee Began Her College Journey at FTU, Now Graduates from UCF

ConGRADulations to the UCF Class of 2022!

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With 2022 Spring commencement rounding the corner on May 6th and 7th, the department of Housing and Residence Life would like to honor a very important member of our family. Theresa Corral was interviewed in a previously published article for “National Thank A Mail Carrier Day,” but Theresa is once again making headlines throughout the department for an even greater accomplishment. Having started her degree at UCF back in 20

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March 2022 OTM Winners Announced

“Of the Month” Campus Recipients Recognized

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OTMs are “Of the Month” awards that recognize exceptional students, staff, faculty, programs, or initiatives during the month. Any resident or staff member can submit an OTM, and the general categories are: Advisor, Executive Board Member, First Year Student, Student, Residence Life Professional Staff, Institution Faculty/Staff, Organization, Resident Assistant, Student Staff Member, and Spotlight. Individuals can also recognize programs for OTMs, and those categories are: Community Service Program, Diversity Program, Educational Program, Passive Program, and

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Five Ways UCF is Contributing to a Healthy, Happy Earth

Earth Day is April 22

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In honor of Earth Day, we’re looking at ways UCF is contributing to a healthier, happy Earth. As one of the largest universities in the country, UCF continues to tackle sustainability in some very large ways. UCF's current sustainability goals are: to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, to become a zero-waste campus, and to integrate 100% sustainability across all campuses! Take a look at these five ways our students, faculty, staff, and campus structure are contributing to this goal.   Read More >>

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UCF Implements Multi-Factor Authentication for all Knights Email Accounts

MFA across Knights email begins May 9th

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Starting Monday, May 9th, all students will begin mandatory enrollment of Microsoft 0365 Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) for Knights Email. MFA provides another layer of protection for email, OneDrive, and other critical applications.

Enrollment will occur the week of May 9th. For more information, click here.

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World Health Day at UCF

April 7th is World Health Day

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History of World Health Day

Today, April 7th, marks World Health Day. Under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Health Day aims to “focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.” This year in particular, WHO encourages all individuals to take a moment and reflect upon life during the COVID-19 pandemic, rising concerns about a polluted planet, and increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, and heart disease. While it is up to every individua

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Centsible Knights Help Improve Student Financial Literacy, Provide Scholarship Opportunities, and More

Adulting Webinar Series to take place throughout April for Financial Literacy Month

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In honor of Financial Literacy Month, Centsible Knights is hosting their annual Adulting Webinar series throughout the month of April. This series provides students with the opportunity to learn more about various topics for maintaining financial health. 

Financial Literacy Month events will include sessions on loan repayment, how credit impacts employment, “A Courageous Guide to Money” with author and comedic fi

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Sixteen UCF Residents Receive 2022 Order of Pegasus Award

A total of 26 students received UCF's most prestigious student honor this year

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Earlier this week, UCF was honored to announce the 26 recipients of the 2021-22 Order of Pegasus Award. The Order of Pegasus is one of “UCF’s most prestigious student honors for those who display incredible academic achievement, university involvement, leadership and community service.” This year’s group of recipients have not only proven themselves above and beyond in the classroom – with a collective GPA of 3.82 -- but have excelled in their commitments outside of our Knight community. Described as being “driven,” “dedicated,” “leader,” “

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UCF Housing Hiring Housing Ambassadors for 2022-2023

Applications due Monday, April 11th at 11:59 p.m.

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UCF Housing is hiring Housing Ambassadors for the 2022-2023 school year. The application closes Monday, April 11th at 11:59 p.m. 

Housing Ambassadors are responsible for conducting daily tours of housing facilities, staffing the department’s main front desk areas, and assisting with special events for marketing on-campus housing. A list of

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UCF Wins School of the Year at 2022 SAACURH Regional Conference

The UCF RHA and NRHH delegations came home with six awards

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Members of UCF’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) recently attended the 2022 South Atlantic Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SAACURH) Regional Business Conference.  

After traveling ‘Around the World in 48 Hours’ with the SAACURH Board of Directors and all other institutions in attendance, UCF left with a grand total of six awards at the regional

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Five Tips for Better Sleep in Your Residence Hall

World Sleep Day is March 19th

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Do you ever just sit back and think about that satisfying feeling of laying down on your bed after a long, tiresome day and letting your head sink into a pillow as you quickly drift off into a deep sleep? It’s an experience every single one of us partakes in, for let’s face it, we ALL have to sleep. To think we’ve heard all of the proclaimed “National Days,” this Saturday, 3/19, marks World Sleep Day! If you’re a night owl, or stick to a strict bedtime schedule, World Sleep Day applies to you. Juggling coursework, jobs, extracurriculars, and a social life can sometimes get the b

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Holi Celebration Comes to Lake Claire

Join the Indian Students Association, Multicultural Students Center, and Progressive Black Men

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Holi is a joyful and colorful Indian tradition celebrated in almost every part of the country by people of all different backgrounds. It is also called the “Festival of Color” and the “Festival of Love” because people gather to celebrate one another and forget any hard feelings. The festival lasts a day and a night and begins by hosting a bonfire in the evening to symbolize the triumph of good over bad. The next morning friends and family gather typically wearing white to throw colorful powder and water at each other and later join for festive meals.  Read More >>

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February 2022 OTM Winners Announced

“Of the Month” Campus Recipients Recognized

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OTMs are “Of the Month” awards that recognize exceptional students, staff, faculty, programs, or initiatives during the month. Any resident or staff member can submit an OTM, and the general categories are: Advisor, Executive Board Member, First Year Student, Student, Residence Life Professional Staff, Institution Faculty/Staff, Organization, Resident Assistant, Student Staff Member, and Spotlight. Individuals can also recognize programs for OTMs, and those categories are: Community Service Program, Diversity Program, Educational Program, Passive Program, and

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DHRL’s Geoffrey Koester and Rob Zinger Accepted into ACUHO-I National Housing Training Institute

NHTI offers residential professional development opportunities

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The National Housing Training Institute is an intense professional development opportunity sponsored by ACUHO-I each year. It addresses many competency and functional areas within Housing & Residence Life and is specifically geared towards helping professionals with 3-7 years of experience in Housing advance their knowledge and careers to the next level. Since its inception in 1971, NHTI has had over 750 individuals participate in this small cohort-model experience. NHTI focuses on competencies including budget management, assessment, crisis management, facili

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Show Your Appreciation for a UCF Employee Through OTM Nominations

March 4th Is National Employee Appreciation Day

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National Employee Appreciation Day falls on March 4th as a day to recognize the efforts of those around us, but why not take every month to celebrate the hard work of those involved in the Housing and Residence Life community? Through the OTM program, or “Of The Month,” you can show your support for fellow residents, advisors, community members, RA's, faculty/staff, and ARH Executive Board members by nominating them through a variety of categories.  <

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Former Lake Claire RA Strikes Deal as Shark Tank Intern

Get to know Anthony Michaelessi

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Meet one of UCF Housing’s very own, Anthony Michaelessi. Originally from Cape Coral, FL, Anthony is a current junior pursuing a degree in Media Production with minors in creative writing and music. Anthony started his adventure with Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Assistant in October of 2020 at UCF’s Unionwest community, where he served as an exemplary departmental and university role model. He eventually made his way to main campus over the summer where he served as an RA for Hercules and then Lake Claire. In this position, Anthony was responsible

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DHRL Employee Karen Rodriguez Named UCF 30 Under 30 Award Winner

30 Under 30 Recognizes Outstanding Young Alumni in the Community

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The Department of Housing and Residence Life's very own Karen Rodriguez has been named a UCF 30 Under 30 Award winner for 2022. Karen is the department's Social Media Marketing Coordinator and a soon-to-be two-time Knight. She graduated from UCF in 2016 with her Bachelors in Advertising and Public Relations, and is set to graduate with her Masters in Business Administration this May.

According to the UCF Alumni website, "The 30 Under 30 awards program recognizes outstanding young alumni who continue to "Reach for the Stars" in their professional and personal lives since graduating fr

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