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Central Florida Future Header from 1/4/2010

Central Florida Future Digitization Complete

The UCF Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives and Digital Initiatives departments are pleased to announce the completion of a project to digitize the University of Central Florida’s student newspaper. The publication ran from 1968 to 2016.   

The newspaper’s first issue appeared on October 7, 1968, to coincide with the first day of classes at the newly opened Florida Technological University (FTU), now the University of Central Florida (UCF). The first five issues of the publication did not have a name. Instead, the paper referred to itself as F.T.U.???. By the fifth issue, it became known as the FuTUre. Despite the university changing names from FTU to UCF in 1978, the newspaper’s name did not change to the Central Florida Future until 1985.  

In the early 1990s, the newspaper became unaffiliated with the university. Over the next two decades, it was bought and sold to multiple different companies. It eventually became an entity of Gannett, the owner of USA Today and Florida Today. Sadly, Gannett shut down the Central Florida Future in 2016. 

Since 2012, the UCF Libraries has been digitizing 48-years’ worth of this publication. Unfortunately, due to copyright, only the issues from 1968 to 2010 are available publicly online at

The university’s history covered in the Central Florida Future is an amazing resource. We are so happy to have it available and preserved. 

Beyond the Barrier: The X-1 Project Exhibit at the 4th floor gallery in the UCF Library from August through December of 2021

Exhibit: Beyond the Barrier: The X-1 Project

The exhibit “Beyond the Barrier: The X-1 Project” details the design and development of the X-1 program and contains numerous pilot reports and photographs. Materials in the collection document the X-1 program from start to finish and were collected and used by Louis C. Rotundo when writing his book “Into the Unknown, The X-1 Story.” 

Louis Charles Rotundo was born on October 28, 1949. After graduating from Florida Technological University (now UCF) in 1975, Rotundo pursued his interest in politics, becoming an aid to the United States Senator Lawton Chiles. From 1980 to 1988, Rotundo worked for UCF, including serving as Special Assistant to the President from 1984 to 1987. After leaving UCF in 1988, Rotundo started Rotundo and Associates, a lobbying and consulting firm based in Central Florida. 

The exhibit was curated by UCF Student Alexander Jerome and runs from August 2021 through December 2021. The exhibit is on the 4th-floor gallery of the John C. Hitt Library. 

Student Book Arts Exhibit

Exhibit: 15th Annual Student Book Arts Competition

The 15th Annual Student Book Arts Competition Exhibit is now open. The exhibit features all student entries for this year’s competition. The competition promotes the practice of book arts made by undergraduate and graduate students. The judges were David Benjamin, department head of Special Collections & University Archives, and guest judge Mike Taylor, Florida based book artist.

This year’s winning artist book is “The Bacteria That Kept Coming Back” by Claudia Prado of Rollins College. An honorable mention was awarded to “Transparent Tranquility” by Shannon Ganeshram of UCF. Congratulations to both students! Their artist books will be placed in the permanent Book Arts & Typography Collection at UCF Libraries.

The exhibit is on the 4th floor gallery of the John C. Hitt Library which runs from May 2021 through July 2021. For more information, email

SCUA's 45 Years of Collecting Exhibit

Last Chance to See Exhibit: 45 Years of Collecting

There’s still time to see 45 Years of Collecting: UCF Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives! This exhibit will be on display in the fourth floor gallery at John C Hitt Library. Please note the gallery IS open every weekday from 9am – 4pm. The lights are out until the door opens to preserve the collection but please do come in and visit!

This broad range of materials highlights the evolution of the library’s collection over the past 45 years.

It includes great UCF items like Daunte Culpepper’s football, Spirit Splash rubber duckie, Knightro squishy toy, Pegasus yearbook, and some Citronaut memorabilia.

Daunte Culpepper Football

Check out gorgeous handmade selections from our bookarts like Penumbra by Ke Francis.

Penumbra by Ke Francis

See the oldest item in our collection, a Vulgate Bible from 1546 or local central Florida memorabilia from old tourist pamphlets to Pulse Memorial inspired artworks.

The exhibit runs from February 2021 through April 2021 in the new 4th floor Special Collections & University Archives’ Gallery in the John C. Hitt Library.

For more information, email

Women First at UCF Exhibit

Exhibit: Women First at UCF

ExhibitMonday, March 1st through Friday, April 30th, 2021

The Women First at UCF Project is a collaboration between Dr. M. C. Santana (Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Robert Cassanello (History), Mary Rubin, Eli Jimenez, and Christopher Saclolo (Special Collections & University Archives). In this interdisciplinary project, the exhibit team envisioned documenting the legacy of women who occupied a rank, position or graduation as first in their field. Our desire was to create awareness of the impact and work of hundreds of women in our university’s history.

The first part of the project was to complete an exhibit as well as conduct oral histories, with the help of Dr. Anne Bubriski’s students from WST 3371 Woman and Leadership (fall 2019) and WST 3371H Woman and Leadership courses (spring 2020).

The design of the banners and the exhibit logo were done with the help of Dr. Joo Kim’s students enrolled in GRA 3202C Type and Design courses (spring 2020). The logo was created by Courtney Metzger. The banners were created by Horus Moreno, Mikayla Vendryes, and Markis Zarate (1970s banner), Nathalie Deligero, Daniel Denison, and Macey Humphrey (1980s banner), Tyler Berget, Daisy Dixon, and Justine Vadnais (1990s banner), Isabel Hernandez, Valeria Loyola, and Valan Tune (2000s banner), and Jawn Roppoccio (2010s banner).

All historical documents and photos were provided by Mary Rubin and Eli Jimenez in Special Collection & University Archives with help from the Digital Initiatives unit of the UCF Library. The exhibit team is responsible for the curation and wall design. All oral histories will remain in STARS, UCF’s digital repository, as well as in the University Archives at the John C. Hitt Library.

We realize that in our research and outreach we inadvertently overlooked important voices for this exhibit. We apologize for any oversight on our part and ask that you contact us and tell us your stories. Please share your stories with M. C. Santana at

This exhibit was initially displayed for a short time in March 2020 before the change to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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