Dean’s Star Award Presented to IT Director Fred Okumu

IT Director Fred Okumu , an almost decade-long staff member at UCF Rosen College, received the Dean’s Star Award for November 2019. Here is what was said about Fred: “November’s Dean Star Award recipient has been with us for many years. He has faithfully supported our faculty, our staff, and our students through many changes […]


A Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Mathilda van Niekerk

Dr. Mathilda van Niekerk November 5, 1972 – August 23, 2019 We honor her legacy!   Please consider making a gift to remember our dear friend. DONATE HERE! Gifts made in Dr. van Niekerk’s memory will be used to provide scholarship support to students studying at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management. I understand […]


Partnerships Strengthened at Food & Beverage Industry-Education Think Tank

UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management hosted the first Food & Beverage Industry-Education Think Tank on Friday, October 25, 2019. The event was co-sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) ProStart, the educational arm of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Educational Foundation and Valencia College, a UCF Direct Connect partner, moving students forward […]


Dean’s Star Award Presented to Student Advisor Vanessa Gonzalez

UCF two-time graduate Vanessa Gonzalez, a student advisor and the staff lead for the Rosen College Leadership Council (RCLC) received the Dean’s Star Award for October 2019.  This is what was said about her at the awards presentation at the Faculty meeting on October 4, 2019. Congratulations Vanessa!: “Vanessa Gonzalez embodies the three qualities of […]


Dean’s Star Award Recognizes Instructor and Mentor Vicki Lavendol

Tiny in stature, but big in heart and knowledge-sharing, Vicki Lavendol was selected by Dean Youcheng Wang to be the recipient of the September 2019 Dean’s Star Award. This is what was said about her in the nomination forms: Vicki Lavendol is an outstanding example of professionalism and leadership in every way. She is an […]


Celebrating our Faculty and Staff with Annual Awards

One keeps our international students in-line, one keeps our facilities in tip-top shape and another was a beloved professor. On August 19, 2019, Rosen College recognized three members of the Rosen College family with the annual Staff – , Associate –  and Faculty of the Year awards.  Sheryl Goins who manages our Asian academic programs […]


From Camper to Knight: Lucas Gorlin Tarbell’s Story, in his own words!

I’m Lucas Gorlin Tarbell, and I am 18 years old. I’m from Baltimore, MD. I love traveling, cooking, eating out at restaurants, listening to music, swimming, shopping, and occasionally binge watching Netflix. My mom is an elementary school teacher and my dad is an architect. I also have two dogs, Sandy and Bay Bay. I […]