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Summer Knights Reading Challenge

Summer Knights Reading Challenge 2019

The Summer Knights Reading Challenge starts June 1 and ends August 1, 2019

  • Open to all UCF students, faculty, and staff.
  • It’s easy! Just track the number of pages for each unique book read using our form linked below (available beginning Friday, June 1).
  • For e-books and audiobooks, simply verify the number of pages in the actual book using Amazon or another source.
  • Reach the goal of reading 500 pages and win a prize pack!
  • All participants will be entered into weekly drawings for gift cards and merchandise from BurgerFi, Catalyst Surf & Skate, Ice & Bites Cafe, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, KIND, Lazy Moon, Smoothie King, Sport Clips, and Starbucks..
  • The top four people who read the most pages overall will win grand prizes.
  • More information available here.

Enter your books on this form.

Thomas Azzari Exhibit

Exhibit: Thomas E. Azzari, The Art of Theme Parks: Stage Design and Production

The exhibitThomas E. Azzari, The Art of Theme Parks: Stage Design and Production” features items from the “Thomas E. Azzari Theme Parks and Attractions Collection, 1973-2018” highlighting Azzari’s work as a designer of theme park productions. Included in the exhibit are drawings, illustrations, project paperwork, and photographs related to SeaWorld, Weeki Wachee Springs, and Silver Springs.

Thomas E. Azzari studied industrial design at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and attended the ArtCenter College of Design in California. Azzari worked over forty years in the media and entertainment industry as a production designer, set designer, and art director.

The exhibit, curated by Sarah Ryschkewitsch, Intern, and Burak Ogreten, Senior Archivist for Special Collections, runs May to August 2019. The exhibit is in the Special Collections & University Archives’ exhibit space located on the 5th floor of the John C. Hitt Library.

National Poetry Month

Poetry Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our 2019 Poetry Contest winners!

They each received a #UCFLibrary waterbottle and their work as been added to the KnightVerse, the student writing contest section of UCF Libraries’ digital repository, STARS.

Haiku winner:
Fountain Finals” by Tim Walker

Sonnet winner:
Together Apart” by Abel Birchfield

Stefani in front of presentation poster

Stefani Hammond Named Scholarship Winner

The University of Central Florida Libraries is proud to announce that Stefani Hammond is the 2019 recipient of the June S. Stillman Memorial Endowed Scholarship.

Hammond is a junior majoring in Anthropology. She plans to obtain a PhD, specializing in Biological Anthropology, and to become a professor at an established research university. A first-generation student, she began working as a student assistant in Circulation Services in the John C. Hitt Library in August 2017.

Hammond’s research career includes the McNair Scholars Program, the Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP), and presentations at UCF Undergraduate Research conferences. She has also participated in research fellowships, written manuscripts for publication in academic research journals, and worked with faculty mentor Dr. John Starbuck in UCF’s Morphometric Research Lab.

Hammond has served as a mentor for UCF’s Resident Leadership Conference and is the current Secretary of the Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society. She has also been a Resident Assistant and a Conference Assistant with the UCF Department of Housing & Residence Life, a role with which she credits with teaching her empathy and compassion in leadership.

This is the 21st awarding of the Stillman scholarship, which is given to a student or staff member of the UCF Libraries. June S. Stillman was one of the first two librarians hired when UCF (then Florida Technological University) opened in 1968. Her impact on students can be seen from a 25th anniversary survey of the first graduating class, a majority of whom listed her as a key figure from their student days. Stillman received her second master’s degree in English Literature from UCF while working as the Head of Reference Services at the Library. She retired in 1996 and tragically passed away in 1998. Her friends and family established the June S. Stillman Memorial Endowed Scholarship in her honor. She is remembered as a consummate professional, the epitome of gentility and compassion, and a proponent of lifelong learning.         

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