First Star Awards for 2020 presented to Career Fair Faculty and Grad Advisor

Lecturer and career fair faculty member Steve Brinkman was recognized with a Dean’s Star Award, the first for 2020.  Brinkman was described in his nomination as “having raised the bar for the twice-a-year career fair to a level that has truly impressed all internal and external stakeholders. His dedication, hard work and sheer positivity is […]


December 2019 Dean’s Star Awards Go to Events and Culinary Wizards

Events Manager and Adjunct Instructor A’Rion Raymond and Culinary Assistant Nicholas Marsali were the two recipients of the December 2019 Dean’s Star Awards.   Here is what was said about the two leading up to the surprise award presentation at the faculty and staff holiday luncheon: “A hallmark of great hospitality organizations is the “never say […]


Almost A Quarter Million Dollars in Scholarships Awarded

Excitement and applause were in the air in the Darden Auditorium on November 12, 2019, at UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management as more than 100 students were awarded a total of $241,700 in scholarships to further their education.  Family, friends, faculty and staff were in attendance at the ceremony, along with donors and industry […]


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 […]