Archive for April, 2014

Friendship Luncheon and More: Event Recaps

April 16, 2014

Town & Gown members and guests painted the Interlachen Country Club red in February. During our annual Friendship Luncheon, our event attendance reached record numbers. Everyone had a chance to get to know his or her tablemates a little better with an insightful icebreaker, provided by the Hospitality Committee. While enjoying a delicious lunch, participants were treated to a captivating presentation by Dr. Deborah Beidel on UCF RESTORES, which is a Department of Defense-funded grant program focusing on combat-related PTSD that combines virtual reality therapy with other behavioral treatments. This cutting edge research program draws military veterans and their families from across the United States to participate free of charge. The presentation, which included a look into the virtual programming, amazed members and guests with how UCF has worked to combine technology and psychology to affect change in our modern world.

Members have also been very active in other UCF activities. On March 18th, members put on their walking shoes and met for a reception at the UCF Art Gallery and walking tour of highlights of UCF’s extensive public art collection. The event was led by a senior sculpture student who catalogued the over 250-piece collection. Continuing the theme of art opportunities at UCF, members also celebrated the Theatre UCF program by attending The Music Man on February 27th. Members met for a private reception before enjoying an impressive joint production by UCF’s Theatre and Music Departments. Programs like these enrich our community, and Town & Gown’s mission to both support and spread the word about these amazing opportunities at UCF.



A Message From the President: Sara Segal

Watching a film, have you ever had one scene, perhaps not central to the story or action, etch an indelible image in your mind? The movie may then fade from memory, but that one moment remains… like the small-town scene of young people with nothing to do that lodged in my mind at a recent screening. The sadness there in contrast to our adundant options. What a wealth of opportunity and activity in our Central Florida lives – and nowhere more so than at UCF!

Our calendar of Town & Gown programs and events would be enough to fill any openings on my Google calendar. In the first quarter of 2014, there were breakfast dates at the Dean’s Speaker Series at the Citrus Club, lunch at Interlachen to celebrate T&G Friendships, an afternoon campus tour of public art, evening theatrical performances at UCF and with the Shakespeare Theater in Loch Haven Park, and a grand Business Hall of Fame celebration at the Rosen School of Hospitality.

Then consider the enticing choices at! How to find time to hear from national and international speakers at the Lou Frey Institute or Global Perspectives, to enjoy the Music Department’s free rehearsals and concerts, check out the Book Fair, cheer on student athletes or revisit younger days simply by being on campus! This is a question central to our mission and commitment as members of Town & Gown.

The virtual world offers some ready answers. UCF and Town & Gown websites give us easy access to information, resources and things to do. Our Communication Committee has more options in development – coming soon! Won’t you add UCF to your regular online agenda and social media updates?

Our ever-evolving capacity to connect through technology can be a thrill. However, it doesn’t hold a candle to the pleasure of time together face-to-face. The last two occasions of the year offer a glorious evening of music at Symphony Under the Stars on April 17th and the Annual Meeting & Spring Program at East End Market on May 5th. A big part of both events is the social time for members and guests.

I hope you can join us as we finish the year. Your participation makes all the difference. Your input is also important as we work to connect university and community in ways that enrich all lives. How do you make these challenges work for you, finding time to invest in worthwhile endeavors? What can we do to set the stage for memorable experiences with meaningful impact? Thank you for sharing your ideas and for making Town & Gown a priority in your lives!

With appreciation,

Sara Segal

Sara Segal

UCF has a great story.

Know it. Share it.

Experience it. Enjoy it.