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Vice Provost and Dean Perspective

As 2021 draws to a close, I want to thank you for supporting the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS). Together, we ensure that every Knight has the experiences and knowledge to succeed academically. 

We are proud of our students and alumni. Khadejah Khan ’20 received the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award. Sarah Royer, who is graduating this semester, plans to advocate for communities to ensure that everyone has equal access to clean resources and proper infrastructure that benefits both the environment and society.

In 2021, we created new learning opportunities, such as the Study Away program and the Diversity Celebration Series. We also welcomed new faculty members.

We are thankful for all that you do for our students. You supported the college with gifts to scholarships and programs to benefit UCF Knights. Most importantly, you gave your time to the college and its students.  We’ll provide you with new opportunities to engage with the college and students in the New Year. Together, we will enable our students to know more, do more, and be more.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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Theodorea Regina Berry, Ed.D. 
Vice Provost, Division of Student Learning and Academic Success
Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies

University of Central Florida
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Millican Hall 210
Orlando, FL 32816

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From the Desk of Wayne Bowen, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
Director, Interdisciplinary Studies
Interim Director, UCF Abroad

UCF is a special place. Founded in 1963, we’re young compared to our peers. Arizona State University dates back to 1885, and the University of South Florida, considered “new,” was established in 1956.  In a short time, we’ve accomplished a great deal. We’ve conferred more than 380,00 degrees and are one of the largest universities in the nation.

The College of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) is also relatively new. Since our founding in 2015, we’ve added two new degree programs Environmental Studies (B.S.) and Integrative General Studies (B.G.S). We are agile and continually look for opportunities to prepare future graduates to meet the evolving demands of the workplace and graduate school. 

Alumni are key stakeholders in this process. We value your perspectives and willingness to share your insights with the college and students. We’d like to hear about your CUGS experiences. What did you value most? What resources and experiences do you wish you had? Send us an email with your thoughts.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you. Go Knights! Charge on!

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Graduating Senior Plots a Path for Environmental Justice

Environmental studies student Sarah Royer (pictured) chose a path to help create a better and cleaner tomorrow. From the time she was a little girl, she loved everything about the environment and its benefits. She was passionate about learning and doing more — from reading books to finding ways to contribute to making an impact. That passion continued to grow throughout her time in school, and while she wasn’t sure how it would tie into college or a career, Royer knew that it would lead her somewhere great. Read more.

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Celebrating Knights

On November 19, the College of Undergraduate Studies and the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success celebrated student academic success with a reception. Attendees included the college and division’s Advisory Board and Central Florida community members. The event’s highlight was listening to students share their stories about their path to earning their bachelor’s degrees. (Pictured left to right: Kameron ’95 and Amanda Kaviani, Boris Garbe, and Kristy and Dan ’20 Green)

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Thank You for Impacting the Lives of Our Knights

November 30 was Giving Tuesday. More than 870 donors made gifts to UCF, including the Vice Provost and Dean Excellence Fund that benefits students in the College of Undergraduate Studies. Your donations help students pay for textbooks and educational expenses. Thank you for your generosity!

What’s Your Story?

Tell us about your work and adventures since earning your degree, as well as topics that interest you. Email the College of Undergradute Studies your story and news.

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