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On Campus — Fall 2021

From a Welcome Back Social to Hispanic Heritage Month observances, there was a lot to celebrate during the Fall 2021 semester.
Patrick Boland works in a greenhouse
July 28
Director of the Arboretum and Landscape and Natural Resources and Professor of Biology Patrick Bohlen worked in the campus greenhouse.
Alexander and Melinda Cartwright speak to students near student housing
Aug. 20 – UCF President Alexander and First Lady Melinda Cartwright met with Knights during fall move-in day.
Two students hold popsicles while posing for a photo with Knightro
Aug. 23
Two students posed with Knightro during the Welcome Back Popsicle Social held near the Reflecting Pond.
Four students pose for a photo in front of a colorful background
Aug. 16
Members of the student organization Out in STEM gathered for a photoshoot in UCF Downtown’s UnionWest at Creative Village.
Three students stare at a whiteboard while trying to solve a computer programming issue
Aug. 10
Seba Villalobos and Burnett Honors Scholars Daniel West and Sharon Barak ’21 practiced before competing in the International Collegiate Programming Contest North America championship and advancing to the World Finals.
A Hispanic/Latinx dancer in traditional clothing performs
Sept. 15
A dancer performed in the Student Union’s Cape Florida Ballroom during a Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Showcase.
UCF women's soccer players hug after a player scores a goal
Sept. 5
Kristen Scott celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal in the women’s soccer team’s 2-1 win against No. 7 Penn State.
Painting and sculptures in the UCF Art Gallery
Sept. 8
For the first time in nearly 10 years, the UCF Art Gallery featured artwork in August and September from the university’s permanent collection as part of its Out of the Vault Exhibition. The ceramic sculpture on the right, “Vessel with armadillos on legs” (Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed), is one of the oldest pieces in the collection, dating to A.D. 300–700. The collection includes donated works by well-known artists Thomas Hart Benton, John Chamberlain, Dorothy Gillespie, Doris Leeper and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.
The Inspiration4 Launch over the Reflecting Pond
Sept. 17 
More powerful than our earthly gravity, the strengths and stories that united SpaceX’s Inspiration4 crew helped propel them from ordinary to extraordinary and out into cosmic orbit. Just as they have since the university’s founding, UCF researchers, alumni and students continue to advance human spaceflight, space research and exploration through their ingenuity.