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On Campus: Summer 2020

Here are a few of the people at UCF who are holding everything together — even during a pandemic.
Sudipta Seal wears a mask while holding a bottle of a nanoparticle coating in a lab.
Sudipta Seal
Professor and Chair for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

“We’re working to research if a nanoparticle coating can be applied to protective equipment to safely reuse supplies.”
Michael Deichen wears a mask outside of UCF' Student Health Center.
Michael Deichen
Associate Vice President for Student Health Services

“One week we were doing our care in person, and the next [week] all our clinical providers had to transition to telehealth. We’ve completed thousands of visits virtually.”
Jasmine Kettenacker wears a mask while holding a camera in front of the Pegasus mural.
Jasmine Kettenacker

“I’ve been here to document this historic time as UCF is working to help those affected by the coronavirus, as well as capture the first days of our new president.”
Andre Simoes pulls some weeds while gardening at the UCF Arboretum.
Andre Simoes ’20
Biology graduate • Greenhouse Coordinator for UCF Arboretum

“The fresh produce we harvest [at the Arboretum] goes to Knights Pantry, which is still supplying students in need with food.”
Crystal Saul inside Millican Hall
Crystal Saul
Associate Director of Presidential Events

“We have been putting most of our energy into the virtual commencement and making that a memorable experience for our graduates.”
Tony Chronister in police uniform
Tony Chronister
UCF Police Department Sergeant

“I helped develop the traffic plan for the on-campus COVID-19 testing site, which is designed to prevent the spread of the virus.”
Jon Palmer wears a mask and poses on a piece of landscaping gear while instead Spectrum Stadium.
Jon Palmer
Assistant Director of Sports Turf and Grounds

“It’s tough for student-athletes to be away right now, but we know as soon as they’re allowed back they will be — and we need to be ready.”*

*Sixty football players have returned for voluntary workouts as of June 1.

To read full excepts from these and other essential personnel, visit UCF Today