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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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President Hitt shares his thoughts on diversity and inclusion.
Posted on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 @ 3:03pm by Seth Scott

Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 @ 12:17pm by Seth Scott

ORLANDO, Aug. 18, 2016 – UCF is partnering in a new national project called Re-Imagining the First Year of College that is designed to increase student success, particularly for students who are low-income, first-generation or racial minorities.

The project is an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities because the first year of college is generally when universities experience the greatest loss of students.

“As I think back on my first-year experiences, I can’t help but to think about our students and their first-year experiences here at UCF,” said Maribeth Ehasz, vice president for the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services. “I often wonder: Are we encouraging students to dream big, learn and explore without boundaries, and reach for the stars? Are we creating memorable ‘aha’ moments during their first year of college?”

Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 @ 10:14am by Seth Scott

UCF’s transfer student population was recently highlighted in the Orlando Sentinel:

Pyper Anderson spent many long nights at a 24/7 IHOP, finishing her homework.

Her 2-year-old son had an affinity for pancakes, which was a perfect distraction so Anderson could log onto the wireless Internet for her studies.

"I was kind of sick of seeing the place," said Anderson, 24, who transfers from Valencia College to UCF later this month.

Anderson is typical of incoming UCF students: About 65 percent are transfer students, up from about 52 percent in 2005, the school reported. Among the estimated 6,700 incoming UCF transfer students, their average age is about 23.

"What's different now in higher education — and certainly here — is the diversity of students," said UCF vice president Maribeth Ehasz. "Most people are thinking what it was like for them or what the media portrays as a college student when that's only one type of college student." Accepting so many transfer students means more people are getting access to higher education, Ehasz said, which is part of the university's mission.

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Lisa Jaweed overcame obstacles facing foster care children to earn her bachelor's degree.
Posted on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 @ 10:47am by Seth Scott

Earning a college degree can be an uphill battle for anyone. For those who come out of the foster care system, those hills can seem like mountains.

Foster care children often don’t have their own parents or mentors to help them make the transition to adulthood or apply for college. Only half graduate from high school, and as few as 2 percent obtain a bachelor’s degree.

At the University of Central Florida, Lisa Jaweed beat those odds. On Saturday, the 22-year-old will graduate with a double major in legal studies and social work, and a certificate in victim advocacy. She’ll be among the roughly 3,600 students expected to graduate at two commencement ceremonies.

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UCF joins the Florida Department of Health in monitoring Zika
Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 @ 3:20pm by Seth Scott

There have recently been reported cases of the virus acquired in south Florida and continued cases of travelers from Florida acquiring the virus in other countries.

Common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis, with conditions lasting up to a week. Brazil has reported an increase of birth defects related to the virus, and there are currently no vaccines or medicines to treat the disease.

The Health Department advises these precautions to reduce mosquito bites:

  • Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from breeding

  • Wear protective clothing when mosquitoes are present

  • Cover doors and windows with screens

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellants, which are evaluated for safety and effectiveness

  • Use a mosquito net when sleeping outside

  • Treat clothing with permethrin or buy permethrin-treated items

Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consider postponing travel to any area where the Zika-virus transmission is ongoing. If they must travel to one of these areas, they should talk to their doctor first and follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.

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Hidden Artists Exhibit at UCF John C. Hitt Library: August 1 - September 2
Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2016 @ 11:30am by Judy Pardo

“You might find us in front of the classroom or in the office down the hall and yet never suspect the secret we share. We are artists. Whether we have exhibited in galleries around the world or have never shown our work before, we are artists. We present to you our dreams, our hearts, our passion…We are the Hidden Artists.”

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Some 3,600 students are expected to graduate from the University of Central Florida during two commencement ceremonies Aug. 6 at CFE Arena.
Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 @ 11:59am by Seth Scott

The commencement speakers are alumnus Alan Eustace, a retired Google executive who set the record for the highest freefall parachute jump, and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

The ceremonies will be:

  • 9 a.m. – College of Arts & Humanities, College of Business Administration, College of Education and Human Performance, College of Graduate Studies, College of Nursing, College of Undergraduate Studies, and Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

  • 2:30 p.m. – College of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Health & Public Affairs, College of Medicine, College of Optics & Photonics, and College of Sciences.

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2016 National Male Student Success Conference
UCF’s Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services is accepting proposals
Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 @ 11:53am by Seth Scott

The University of Central Florida’s Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services is accepting proposals for the 2016 National Male Student Success Conference to be held on Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8, 2016, at UCF’s Student Union – 12715 Pegasus Drive, Orlando, Florida. This year’s conference theme is: Creating 21st Century Pathways to Male Success.

Proposal topics should be related to the following:

  • Understanding the perceptions and experiences of male collegians;
  • Creating a campus culture supportive of male collegians;
  • Tackling hot topics on campus retention and persistence;
  • Creating campus dialogue and engagement;
  • Developing and facilitating impactful multicultural and male support programs; and
  • Other impactful related topics may be considered.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, August 19, 2016.

We welcome proposals that will enhance and contribute to the purpose of the conference for students and professionals. Proposals should reflect innovation and cutting-edge content as well as stimulate and provoke dialogue and audience engagement.

Instructions for Online Submission

Please complete the online proposal form. If you experience difficulty submitting online, please contact Multicultural Academic & Support Services (MASS) at 407-823-2716 or e-mail Visit our website: