On Feb. 5, the University of Central Florida College of Sciences and its alumni chapter hosted the inaugural Outstanding AlumKnights award reception at the Orlando Science Center.
COS Dean, Dr. Michael Johnson welcomed the crowd, and faculty representatives from each of the college’s 10 departments and school presented the awards to their respective recipients.
The 2015 awardees were:
Anthropology | Keith Edwards, ’10, ’11, president, Medstar Medical
Biology | Alice Bard, ’86, ’89, environmental specialist II, District 3 Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation & Parks
Chemistry | Jennifer McKinley, ’94, ’96, co-founder and chief operating officer, IRradiance Glass
Nicholson School of Communication | Clay McMillan, ’90, president, CMP Production Services
Mathematics | Aicha Elhor Gillespie, Ph.D., ’00, senior vice president of Citi Shared Services Global Re-engineering
Physics | Clara Rivero-Baleine, Ph.D., ’01, ’03, ’05, mechanical engineer, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Political Science | Ybeth Bruzual, ’05, news anchor, Central Florida News 13
Psychology | Kristin Chase, ’03, director of organizational development department, Universal Orlando
Sociology | Nicholas Guittar, Ph.D., ’01, ’05, ’11, assistant professor of sociology, Valdosta State University
Statistics | Stephanie Urdahl, ’05, assistant vice president, Financial Solutions Pricing Department, Hannover Life Reassurance
Not only did the event honor the college’s most outstanding alumni, but it also raised money for scholarships through a silent auction.
Guests had fun interacting with exhibits at the science center, including a hands-on liquid nitrogen demonstration that had everyone jumping at the explosion of an expanding balloon! They also enjoyed live music, while sipping drinks and snacking on hors d’oeuvres — including the crowd-favorite flaming donuts. To finish off the evening’s festivities, awardees and their families dressed up in UCF props and captured their Knight pride in the photo booth.