The College of Health and Public Affairs will celebrate UCF’s 50th anniversary this week with activities that engage its students, staff, faculty, donors and alumni.

Today, the college invites its students, staff and faculty to enjoy some “50th Anniversary Cool Treats” from 1 to 3 p.m. in the HPA I atrium. The college’s deans and several of its students in the Student Government Association – including outgoing SGA President Cortez Whatley and newly elected SGA President Melissa Westbrook ­– will help serve the cold, creamy treats. The event also will feature a display on the history of the college’s academic programs.

On Tuesday, the college will host an inaugural recognition event for its faculty researchers. Some 40 faculty members in the college submitted proposals for external funding in 2012-13. The college will honor their efforts at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in HPA I – 335.

Wednesday’s activity is the college’s Scholarship Dinner, an annual event that unites scholarship donors with student recipients. The college will host invited guests at a reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a formal dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Morgridge International Reading Center. This signature event will include a video featuring the scholarship recipients.

On Friday, the college will host its popular Staff Appreciation Luncheon to recognize the contributions of its staff members. This year’s event will highlight the trends, dress and décor of the past five decades. Invited guests will enjoy a luncheon from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Morgridge International Reading Center.

The college began celebrating UCF’s 50-year milestone earlier this year by creating a UCF COHPA Alumni Facebook page with the theme “I Remember When” at The college encourages its alumni and friends to share their UCF memories on this site — and invites the campus community to enjoy their postings.

The College of Health and Public Affairs dates its founding to 1990, when UCF brought together professional programs in health and public affairs to create the College of Health and Professional Studies. The following year, the college assumed its current name. Today, the College of Health and Public Affairs is the second largest college at UCF, with nearly 9,000 students. The college houses 55 academic programs, including one-third of UCF’s nationally ranked graduate programs. Learn more at