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Homecoming has been a tradition at UCF since its earliest years. It has become a staple of fall programming at the University. Many students, student organizations, university departments, even off campus businesses plan their fall calendars around this week of events. Traditionally, Homecoming is an opportunity for Alumni to revisit and reconnect with their Alma Mater. However, at UCF it is equally important to current students. It is a time for students to exhibit their pride in their school, putting aside other affiliations and raising morale and spirit. Go Knights!


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UCF Events to Note!

9.21.16 Budgeting & Tracking Your Money

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Vol. 1, Num. 3

Oct 2016

USF & LECOM Graduate Tour Recap

UCF Campus Spotlight:

Career Services

UCF Career Services contributes to the university's goal of offering high quality undergraduate and graduate education and student development by providing centralized, comprehensive and coordinated career development, experiential learning and employer relations programs. Please visit them in The Career and Experential Learning Building or visit to learn more.

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On Friday, September 30th, the SDES TRiO Center attended our first graduate school tour of the 2016-2017 academic year.  Fifteen scholars traveled to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton and the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa.  In addition to learning about LECOM’s admissions process and financial aid, scholars took a tour of the campus with current medical school students, were introduced to problem-based learning, medical school curriculum and a brief history of osteopathic medicine.   In fact, a scholar served as a standardized patient and got to see how osteopathic medicine works from the patient’s perspective. After a quick lunch, scholars traveled to Tampa to learn more about USF’s graduate programs.  Scholars enjoyed a walking tour of the campus and learned more about the campus' many graduate degrees. 
The SDES TRiO Center will be hosting four additional graduate school tours this year:  University of Florida on October 28th, Scripps Research Institute and FAU on January 27th, FAMU and Barry Law Schools on February 10th, and Florida State University and FAMU on March 17th.  Seats are still available for many trips (UF is closed)- reserve your seat in today! Click here.

Project BEST Headshots

Make sure to iron your ties and fix your collars because Project BEST is offering free headshots for scholars! These headshots will help you build your professional brand online. You can make an appointment for your picture Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm-5pm or walk-in during those hours with your business attire on. Contact Giselle Duran at with any questions about the services. 

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"Family Movie Knight"

Academic Deadlines

Academic Advising Week | October 10-21

Grade Forgiveness Deadline | October 31, 11:59PM

Withdrawal Deadline | October 31, 11:59PM

Student Spotlight

Jessica Renee

Project BESTer since Summer 2016

Jessica landed a medical shadowing internship with Pre-Med Fellowship Abroad in Almansa, Spain. She will be shadowing doctors at the Hospital Publico General de Almansa for a week. Jessica is a Health Sciences Pre-Clinical major with aspirations of becoming a Physicians' Assistant. The Study Abroad program offers opportunities every winter, spring, and summer in a variety of places from Russia, China, France, South Africa, and more!


Join the Project BEST staff as we host our 1st "Family Movie Knight" Potluck Style! Bring your favorite dish and grab a comfy seat as we get together to enjoy a fun featured film! This is an opportunity for scholars to socialize with each other and ease their active minds from the stresses of school. We want to provide a relaxing and entertaining environment to reward you for the work you have done. We are taking votes for our movie selection so please click here to RSVP! 

Your options are:

X-Men: Apocalypse

Captain America 3: Civil War

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Jurrasic World



Student Development and Enrollment Services

Event Learning Community* or
Certificate Program*
Date Time Location

Where Did The Time Go?:

Tips for Managing Your Time

 TRiO Workshop Oct.10 2PM-3PM   SU220
Good Nutrition on a Student Budget  Financial Literacy  Oct.11  2PM-3PM  SU221 
Getting Connected in


Health Professions 

Oct.11   11AM-12PM SU221 
Graduate & Professional
Schools Fair 

Graduate School Preparedness


Health Professions

Oct.12  10AM-2PM  Pegasus Ballroom 
"Family Movie Knight" Potluck Style  Project BEST Event  Oct.12  6PM-9PM 

Neptune Multipurpose


Investing Basics w/ FAIRWINDS  Financial Literacy  Oct.13  1:30PM-2:30PM  SU223 
Social Networking Strategies  Career Readiness  Oct.13   3PM-4PM  CSEL 121

Applying to Graduate & 

Professional School

 Grad School Preparedness Oct.20   3PM-4PM CSEL 121
Academic Skills TRiO Workshop  Oct.24  1PM-2PM  SU221
Alumni Panel  All Learning Communities Oct.25  4PM-6PM 

Fairwinds Alumni


Test Taking Skills TRiO Workshop  Oct.26  12PM-1PM  SU223



Important Reminders!

Scholars please remind yourselves to log onto Canvas and complete some of the modules that you are required to. Per your Project BEST Student Agreement, you are required to complete three Canvas modules per year in at least one of the following areas: Financial Literacy, Financial Aid, and Academic Wellness.

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Scholars we understand that your schedules are bustling with class assignments, extracurricular activities, and more! Here's a quick reminder of some of our events going on this month so you don't miss out! This calendar is a mix of TRiO, Project BEST, Certificate Program, and Learning Community events.

October Events

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