UCF Summer Theater Opens with "Greater Tuna"

June 02, 2009  Assistant Professors Mark Brotherton and Earl Weaver star in and direct this year’s first UCF summer show, “Greater Tuna.” Weaver will also direct “Cole!” later this summer.

UCF Partners receive Disney grants

May 28, 2009  Two UCF partners have received Disney’s Helping Kids Shine grants. The Orlando Repertory Theatre, home to the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Theatre for Young Audiences, received $10,800 to fund their ACT! Outreach Program. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater, host to third-year students in the Theatre Department’s Masters of Fine...

Master’s Students Present at Children’s Literature Conference

May 27, 2009  Master’s in Literature alumna Mandy Mahaffey and Master’s in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies student Jeannina Perez presented at the Girls’ Culture & Girls’ Studies: Surviving, Reviving, Celebrating Girlhood Conference, October 16–18, 2008 in New Haven, Connecticut. Their papers were, respectively: “Gender Performativity, Sexual Orientation, Body, and the ‘I Kiss...

Master’s and Undergraduate Students Present at International Conference

May 27, 2009  Master’s in Literature alumna Mandy Mahaffey, Master’s in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies student Jessica Masri, and undergraduate English student Corrinne Woods, formed a panel entitled “Time/lessness in The Last Unicorn” at the 30th International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts),...

Master’s in Literature Alumna Joins Ph.D. Program at University of Maryland

May 27, 2009  Master’s in Literature Alumna Ucheche Okereke-Beshel has been accepted into University of Maryland’s English Ph.D. Program and offered a $20,000 fellowship. She joins her new program in fall 2009

UCF Baritone to Sing in Richard Wagner's opera "Das Rheingold"

May 01, 2009  Baritone Thomas Potter will sing the role of Donner in Richard Wagner’s opera “Das Rheingold” with the Indianapolis Opera Company and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Mario Venzago. More information may be found at:

UCF Music’s Presser Foundation Award

April 30, 2009  At the UCF Music Department’s annual Honors Convocation, department chair Johnny Pherigo presented the Presser Foundation Award to Allessandro Bonotto.

UCF Wind Ensemble Composition Award

April 30, 2009  At the UCF Music Department’s annual Honors Convocation, Jay Batzner presented the UCF Wind Ensemble Composition Competition Award to Brandon Clinton.

Gallagher attends conference with Dalai Lama

April 22, 2009  Shaun Gallagher participated in an invitation-only conference with the Dalai Lama and eight other scientists in Dharamsala, India at the Dalai Lama’s residence. The theme of the conference was Attention, Memory and the Mind and was sponsored by the Mind and Life Institute. Gallagher presented his research on embodiment and...

David L. Brunner: Recognizing 20 Years of Excellent Service to the University

April 08, 2009  As Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Central Florida, David L. Brunner has been honored for his 20 years of excellent service to UCF. Brunner conducts the University Chorus and Madrigal Singers, teaches courses in conducting and music education, and coaches private composition students....

Terry Thaxton receives In-House Grant

April 08, 2009  Terry Thaxton has been awarded a 2009 College of Arts & In-House Grant. Thaxton’s research project, a book titled Take it Outside: Creative Writing in the Community, is intended for teachers and students of creative writing who want to develop projects that promote writing as a powerful tool for transforming...

CAH Graduate Student Researcher of the Year

April 08, 2009  Liz Brendel receives CAH Graduate Student Researcher of the Year award for 2008/2009. A M.F.A. student in the Theatre Department, Ms. Brendel’s research titled “Aphra Behn’s The Rover A study of Feminism and Class” won top honors at the 2008 Graduate Research Forum.

Eladio Scharrón receives In-House Grant

April 07, 2009  Eladio Scharrón has been awarded a 2009 In-House Grant that will allow him to finish his work on the recording of the complete works for guitar of Manuel M. Ponce. This Mexican composer is one of the most important classical guitar composers in the 20th century. Three CDs are already...

UCF students and faculty perform at Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center event

April 07, 2009  Theatre students Luke Bernard and Erika Lyon performed at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida Tribute dinner for John and Rita Lowndes. The students were well received as they performed pieces from the recent Theatre Department production of West Side Story. Theatre faculty member Be Boyd also...

Theatre for Young Audiences/USA spotlights UCF Theatre grad

April 07, 2009  Rebecca Podsednik, a graduate of the Theatre for Young Audiences M.F.A. Program, has been spotlighted by the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People’s United States Chapter. She is currently Tour Coordinator in the Theater for Young Audiences program at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Melody Bowdon receives CAH Excellence in Graduate Teaching award

March 23, 2009  Melody Bowdon received the CAH Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award for 2009. Bowdon regularly teaches graduate courses in Technical and Professional Communication, Rhetoric and Composition, and Texts and Technology. Bowdon is currently directing four doctoral dissertations, two doctoral comprehensive exams, and two MA theses. She has served on numerous university...

Kelle Groom wins Outstanding Master's Thesis award

March 23, 2009  Kelle Groom has won the UCF College of Graduate Studies award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis. Groom received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing in December 2008. Her thesis, Five Kingdoms, is a poetry collection. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Witness,...

Nora Lee García-Velazquez honored by La Prensa

March 19, 2009  Nora Lee García-Velazquez has been named among 2009’s “Hispanic Women Who Make the Difference” by La Prensa, the premier Spanish newsweekly in Central Florida. She won in the Education category along with Linda Rosa-Lugo, also of UCF. La Prensa Publisher/CEO Dora Toro and Justina Gonzalez Marti acted as events coordinator...

Dr. Shelley Park Granted Sabbatical for Spring 2010

March 06, 2009  Dr. Park is working on a book, tentatively titled “Real (M)others: The Metaphysics of Maternity in Adoptive, Queer, and Blended Families.” The central philosophical question posed by and explored in her work is “What is a real mother?” Interweaving personal narrative and theoretical reflection, Park explores the emotional and philosophical...

UCF Flute Ensemble tours Guatemala

March 04, 2009  The UCF Flute Ensemble will tour Guatemala under the direction of Nora Lee García-Velázquez from March 6 to 13. The ensemble will appear in Guatemala City and Antigua, performing music by American, French and Latin American composers.