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
The Recreation and Wellness Center main building on South Gemini Boulevard will be closing April 28 through May 4 to add a splash of black and gold into the facility. A week-long maintenance project will begin on the tile in the main building.
During this time students, faculty and staff can workout at RWC @ Knights Plaza, located on the corner of West Plaza Drive and Gemini Boulevard adjacent to the CFE Arena. RWC @ Knights Plaza is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. the week of April 28.
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities in conjunction with the UCF Parent and Family Fund hosted the Spring 2014 Creed Art Contest. Students from across campus were encouraged to submit original works of art that represented the UCF Creed values. Students submitted their original artwork and 1 grand-prize winner was selected by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Students who submitted their artwork included their personal artistic reflections. This semester’s winner was Amaris Rosario.
The University Testing Center received national recognition from the College Board as being one of the top 100 CLEP test centers in the county administering the most CLEP exams in 2012-2013. This is the 9th consecutive year that UTC has been recognized with this outstanding honor. UTC is committed to the CLEP program and providing CLEP exams as an educational opportunity that will help connect students to college success.
UTC is located on the first floor of Howard Phillips Hall, room 106. The center offers a secure and comfortable environment that includes two technologically advanced computer testing labs with 41 testing stations as well as a traditional paper-and-pencil testing facility. For more information, visit: utc.sdes.ucf.edu.
If your answer is “Yes,” UCF wants them. But the university won’t ask any more questions about them.
UCF Police and UCF Health Services will partner to collect expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs as part of an anonymous, no-questions-asked national effort to curb drug abuse and safely dispose of unneeded medicine.
UCF’s fourth drug take-back event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Prescription Drug Take Back-Day, which will be held Saturday, April 26.
The University of Central Florida recognizes the needs of new mothers by developing lactation privacy rooms on campus. These secure locations provide UCF mothers, whether students, staff or faculty, the ability to ease back into work or school without having to sacrifice the healthy practice of expressing their milk.
Numerous studies and healthcare recommendations point to breastfeeding for the promotion of optimal infant health. However, it can be a very difficult process for the postpartum professional or collegiate mother returning to work or school. The College of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner graduate students chose to support this because they understand that supplying an environment that is conveniently located and dedicated to the lactation needs of the community supports the continuation of the breastfeeding process while working towards success in career and/or studies.
"A sense of excitement and anticipation greeted the staff of First Year Advising and Exploration on February 5 as they prepared for the arrival of hundreds of students in the Pegasus Ballroom," said Courtney Demings, academic advisor FYAE. A committee of four individuals from FYAE and Housing and Residence Life respectively: Danielle Aming, Dillon Burleson, Gregory Saunders, and Brittany Blount spent several months planning the First Year Scholars Banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of 1,824 students who earned a 3.5 GPA or better for fall 2013. Their vision became a reality when approximately 400 of these students attended a reception held in their honor.
Students enjoyed a festive Italian dinner catered by Sbarro’s as well as entertainment by the Crescendudes, who performed cappella style. Maribeth Ehasz, vice president Student Development and Enrollment Services, welcomed students and congratulated them on their success. Pedro Patino, associate chair Chemistry Department, served as the keynote speaker for the program. Voted by first-year students as the faculty member most influential in their success for fall 2013, Patino took this opportunity to address these students and offer inspiration for the road ahead. He avowed, "My teaching philosophy is…transmitting knowledge to others." He finished his presentation with an edict to his students via a proverb: "The only place where success is before work is in the dictionary."
Try stopping a ball or doing a yoga plank pose while blindfolded. Score a basketball or cross the goal line while riding in a wheelchair. Those experiences are all part of what the Recreation and Wellness Center featured during the 2014 Adaptive Recreation Expo held at the RWC in February. The RWC partnered with Student Disability Services, the Orlando Magic Wheels and Orange County to put on the day-long event featuring the great activities available at the RWC for students with disabilities.
Students of all abilities teamed up in several great events including: blindfolded yoga, Adaptive Table Tennis and Badminton, a Paralympic Sport called Goalball, Quad Rugby (wheelchair rugby) and Wheelchair Basketball. Katherine Torres a UCF sophomore from Orlando who uses a wheelchair, was excited to take part in such a unique event, “The first thing was blindfold yoga. I’ve never done yoga before so it was a big challenge and it definitely was a workout and it was a lot of fun. Then after that I came over here to the main gym and played table tennis. It was a little harder than I thought it would be but it was a lot, a lot of fun. I like how all the RWC workers came and got into the wheel chairs and have a good open mind about things and actually took it seriously.”
The Office of Multicultural Academic & Support Services hosted the Excellence in Action ceremony with approximately 200 first generation and multicultural students who were recognized for their academic achievement. Not only did these students achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher in the fall 2013 semester, but they also stand with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. The students were recognized with a certificate and a ribbon, and convened with their families and friends, who congratulated them on their accomplishments.
Kensington Shields-Dutton, coordinator in the Office of Student Involvement, gave the keynote address, acknowledging the students’ achievement and encouraging them to continue on their paths to excellence.
The University of Central Florida’s International Services Center office reports that 1, 544 students were enrolled in the fall 2013 semester. As the international student population continues to increase, so has Student Development and Enrollment Services' commitment to address the needs of the international student population. Since 2010, the SDES Internationalization Committee has designed and implemented campus programming that supports the university’s strategic goal of creating an international campus climate. Under the supervision of DeLaine Priest, associate vice president of SDES, the SDES Internationalization Committee has provided campus programming activities and services that promote campus involvement.
According to Darren Caine, associate director, International Services Center, “The International Services Center and SDES have established a great partnership focused on the needs of the international student population at UCF. Through collaboration on different events and services, ISC and SDES have shared a commitment to enhancing the international student experience at UCF. SDES continues to work closely with ISC to strengthen ties and remain committed to future collaborations.”
Everyone is welcome to come to the:
2014 Healing Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, February 27
Reception includes refreshments, music, award announcements and raffle.
Counseling and Psychological Services in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts and Design will be honoring and celebrating our UCF artists from various departments during our themed Healing Art Exhibition: “Journey to Acceptance.” This exhibit focuses on using art for self-discovery, self-acceptance and healing purposes.
CAPS welcomes everyone to join them for this event to honor and celebrate the artists.