What is SDES? Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) is a division of the university comprised of a wide-ranging array of programs and services dedicated to providing students with opportunities for learning and a broad, collegiate experience.
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SDES News & Happenings
A week prior the fall semester, Knight Camp welcomed 150 newly admitted students to UCF by providing them the opportunity to meet incoming and current students, learn UCF traditions, and grow personally and professionally through activities and games. Students were placed into Knight Camp House groups and were knighted by Knightro.
This is National Hazing Prevention Week and the University of Central Florida is focusing on how witnesses to hazing can help victims in need.
Members of the Greek community at UCF will take part in a nationwide effort to prevent hazing through various educational sessions and activities. This year the focus of the week will be on educating and encouraging not just victims of hazing, but also those who witness hazing to stand up and report it. According to www.stophazing.org, 40 percent of students say they are aware of hazing taking place on their campus, and more than 20 percent report they have witnessed hazing.
Learning and Interacting with New Knights (LINK) is back in full swing for the 2014-15 academic year. The LINK Program is a way to get students engaged on campus and connected to many great resources UCF has to offer. Partnering with over 40 offices on campus, LINK provides various workshops and programs year round for students to attend.
The Pegasus Parent Program at the University of Central Florida will host the university’s annual Family Weekend September 19-21, 2014. The main events for the weekend include a Friday Knight Welcome, Office of Student Involvement Jazz Breakfast, UCF College Showcase, and the Bethune Cookman vs. Knights football game.
A detailed schedule of events can be found on the Family Weekend website: http://fye.sdes.ucf.edu/familyweekend/.
The Learning Fair is today, September 17 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Union Key West Ballroom.
The Learning Fair, presented by the Student Academic Resource Center, aims to assist students in the development of personal and academic skills as well as increased awareness of learning support services, academic organizations, fraternities and growth opportunities available at UCF.
Student Development and Enrollment Services staff had the opportunity to interview the 2014-15 Student Government Association Student Body President Weston Bayes and Vice President Sydney Altfield.
Both Weston-Sydney served in leadership roles during their UCF collegiate years such as with UCF Homecoming, Knight-Thon and the SDES Advisory Board. Sydney came to UCF from Miami, and is a senior majoring in event management. Weston’s hometown is Naples; he is a senior studying political science-prelaw. They met early at UCF in their freshman year in the SGA Student Body President Advisory Committee and mentorship program. They have been friends ever since. Now this team in the role of SGA president and vice president will oversee a budget of $17.5M.
National TRiO Day brings awareness to the continuing needs of low-income and first generation students and the thousands of student lives TRiO programs have changed. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the legislation which established the federally funded TRiO programs. The UCF PRIME STEM Program/Student Support Services celebrated National TRiO Day by hosting 50 visitors, students, staff and faculty at a recent reception (sponsored in part by Fairwinds Credit Union) where the City of Orlando presented PRIME STEM Program with a Proclamation.
The Registrar’s Office applied for and received a Diversity Activity Grant for this academic year from the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Diversity and inclusion will be the key theme to a Registrar’s Office staff training event in January, and the grant will help cover costs related to training supplies and a dynamic speaker.
“Diversity and Inclusion are an important part of the UCF culture, the priorities of SDES, and the priorities of the Registrar’s Office,” said University Registrar Brian Boyd. “We are very excited to have received this grant that will help us further our professional development.”
According to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Diversity Activity Grants “assist organizations and units in sponsoring diversity speakers, programs, and activities in support of the UCF goal ‘to become more inclusive and diverse.’”
Photo: Student at the Registrar’s Office front desk
U.S. Representative John Mica, whose congressional district includes UCF, visited the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) on August 8 to find out more about how UCF is helping its student veteran population.
Associate University Registrar and VARC Director Paul Viau presented an overview of the VARC’s services while Alzo Reddick, assistant vice president for University Relations and Director of Defense Transition Services, presented Rep. Mica with information about UCF’s Soldiers to Scholars program. Vice President University Relations Dan Holsenbeck; University Registrar Brian Boyd; Career Services’ Director of Career Development Bill Blank; and various student veterans were also on hand to speak with Rep. Mica and answer questions.
Rep. Mica plans to return to UCF in the future to attend a VARC programming event.
VARC, located in the CFE Arena suite 100, is a one-stop solution to for student veterans. The center provides study space and lounge space, as well as access to a number of university offices, in one central location. To learn more about VARC’s services, accommodations and workshops, visit: varc.sdes.ucf.edu.
UCF's alumni ranks expanded once again last month as over 2,300 graduates took part in the two Commencement ceremonies held August 2.
Taking place at the CFE Arena, the day got underway with a 9 a.m. ceremony that saw the colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Education and Human Performance, Graduate Studies, Nursing, and Hospitality Management as well as the Office of Undergraduate Studies take part.
With the 2:30 p.m. afternoon ceremony, the colleges of Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Public Affairs, Medicine, Optics and Photonics, and Sciences engaged their graduates take their turns on the platform.
First-generation college students face a myriad of challenges when they are the first in their family to take the leap from high school to higher education. College can be exciting, but it can also be filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Most of these college students don't have anyone in their families to offer support and first-hand advice on how to succeed in post-secondary education. Many first-generation students are also members of an ethnic minority group, and not only need academic advice, but guidance necessary to navigate day-to-day campus life.
Student Development and Enrollment Services staff member, Dr. Cyndia Morales serves as the assistant director for Multicultural Academic & Support Services, where she coordinates the programs, First-Generation and Multicultural Transfer. She is passionate about her work and understands these students as she was a first generation college student as well. She persevered through life’s barriers – financial, personal, emotional, social and educational – to achieve her dream. Now she guides and advocates for first-generation students to continue their education.
Student Government Association has safety on top of their list. They launched the KnightLYNX bus service that provides transportation for students around the campus vicinity, to Waterford Lakes, and to Downtown Orlando. This bus service is free for all UCF students with a valid UCF ID card. Whether you are walking or riding the bus, the information will be useful below: