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Our thoughts are with Orlando

Our thoughts are with those lives lost and affected by the tragedy that struck Pulse nightclub early Sunday morning. Though the violence affects each of us in different ways, we gain strength when we reaffirm our bonds as people and share in our fundamental humanity. Thus, we join thousands of others in Orlando and throughout the nation to counter hatred with love, compassion, and unity among all people.

One way we plan to continue this and other expressions of love and support for survivors, families, friends, and all impacted by this tragedy is to light Century Tower with rainbow colors. The lights will go on tonight at 9 p.m. and shine each night through Friday, July 1st. We have scheduled a commemoration and unity ceremony on Tuesday, June 28th, at 8:30 p.m. at the tower for students, staff, and faculty, as they return from break and begin Summer B. During the two weeks that UF’s most iconic symbol is lit by rainbow colors, as well as afterward, I urge everyone to respond with respect, care, and love.

If you or someone you know is in distress in facing this heinous attack, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

If you needs support and want to speak to a counselor, the Counseling and Wellness Center will have counselors available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at both 3190 Radio Road and at CERC on the 4th floor of Peabody Hall. You may also call our direct line 352-392-1575 at any time. This phone line is staffed 24/7.

Students in distress due to the tragedy in Orlando, or any other reason may also reach out to the Care Team at UMatter@ufl.edu. The Care Team is available today from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

If you know of any University of Central Florida student needing support, please direct them to the UCF Counseling and Psychological Services website http://caps.sdes.ucf.edu. UCF Counseling and Psychological Services is open to students needing support, including. UCF CAPS Crisis Hotline number is: 407-823-2811. 


 
Congrats to our SAI Staff!

SAI wants to celebrate our wonderful staff for receiving their recent awards. Reginald Lane received the James E. Scott Fellowship, which recognizes his commitment to our students and will allow him to broaden his impact. Solange Douglas received a Research Award for being able to apply the data she collected to improving the quality of our advisor trainings and communication. James Tyger received the Art Sandeen Award which is given annually to a UF Division of Student Affairs staff member with less than three years full-time student affairs experience who exemplifies the values that Dr. Sandeen modeled: dedication to the profession, a love for students, commitment to mentoring others in the profession, and a commitment to academic excellence. Thank you all and congratulations!

 
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