Advocating for a healthy campus community has earned Mary Schmidt-Owens, UCF’s assistant director of Medical and Health Administration, recognition from Orange County.

The Orange County Health Department named Owens a “Public Health HERO” today as part of its celebration of National Public Health Week.

Owens, co-chair of the UCF Smoke-Free Steering Committee, was honored for her commitment in transforming UCF into a smoke-free campus.

The smoke-free policy will is scheduled to go into effect this fall.

For information about the campaign, go to