The University of Central Florida extends an invitation to students and the Orlando community to remember the lives taken at the Pulse night club on June 16th, 2016.
Below is a message from UCF President John C. Hitt explaining how the university will approach the one-year remembrance event. Nearly one year ago, our vibrant, welcoming city was attacked in an act of hate.
On June 12, 2016, a senseless act of violence at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando killed 49 people, including two members of the UCF family, student Juan Ramon Guerrero and alumnus Christopher Andrew Leinonen.
In the aftermath of terror, an outpouring of kindness and support united our community.
It is in that spirit that UCF prepares to remember Pulse on June 8 with a day of reflection, giving back, and coming together. We chose June 8 for our events to allow our community to attend City of Orlando and Orange County Government remembrances on June 12.
June 8, titled “UCF Remembers … 6.12.16,” will include:
“Reflections on Pulse” will be an opportunity to create art and share tributes to the 49 victims. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Atrium. The UCF Remembers Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. near the Student Union between Classroom 1 and Health and Public Affairs. The opening reception for “Resilience: Remembering Pulse” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the UCF Art Gallery. The exhibition, which will run through June 30, includes photos, quilts, paintings, and more that honor the victims and the LGBTQ+ community. “UCF Remembers,” a ceremony honoring the 49 and celebrating diversity and equality, will begin in the Pegasus Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. The event will include performances by the Orlando Gay Chorus, a reading of the names of the 49 victims, and campus and community speakers. I encourage you to remember and reflect in whatever way feels comfortable for you.
As I said last year: UCF stands with our LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and alumni. And I am proud that UCF is a place where love, respect, and inclusion guide all that we do.
Knights Circle will be participating in helping advertise for this event to encourage residents to honor the victims and their families.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and Knights Circle has got you covered! With our 24-hour fitness center, you can get yourself in shape just in time for the summer. Here's a few workout tips from Better Health to help you meet your fitness goals and ensure your safety in our facility:
1. Be aware of your body. Think about how the particular exercise is making you feel. If something doesn’t feel right, stop immediately and seek medical advice.
2. Warm up and cool down. Try slow stretches and go through the motions of your sport or activity before starting. Cool down with slow stretching.
3. Pace yourself. Have at least one recovery day each week to rest. If you are experiencing pain, rest until the pain has gone.
4. Mix it up. Try other sports and exercises to reduce the risk of overtraining.
5. Strap or tape. If a joint is prone to injury, consider strapping or taping it before exercising. Even better, see an exercise physiologist or physiotherapist to obtain a program to strengthen the injured area and get advice on proper taping techniques.
6. Stay hydrated. You can lose around one and a half liters of fluid for every hour of exercise; so drink water before, during and after a session.
7. Be weather aware. Take it easier in hot weather and wear clothing and sunscreen to protect yourself from the elements.
8. Do it right. Try to get the technique right from the beginning, to ensure you are using your muscles correctly.
9. Check your gear. Make sure your shoes and equipment fit properly and are right for the activity. Look after your equipment and check it regularly for safety.
10. Be sensible, especially at night or in secluded areas. Take a friend or your dog, stick to well-lit areas and wear bright or light-reflective clothing so drivers can see you. We hope to see you there soon!
As some of you already know, Knights Circle is making an effort to be more Green, as well as giving our residents the tools they need to be more environmentally conscious! Below you will find some features at Knights Circle as well as some tips to be more Green in 2017!!
VALET RECYCLING: Knights Circle is leading the charge in Eco-Friendly amenities with our Valet Recycling program! You simply need to go the Phase 2 office and pick up one of our blue recycling bags, fill it with your recyclables and put it out with your regular waste on Wednesdays and it will be picked up for you.
GETTING TO SCHOOL: Knights Circle has a DIRECT UCF shuttle, with stops all over the property that drops student off right at the Student Union of UCF, not only saving you some gas and parking costs, but taking away the headache of finding parking in the first place. Don’t forget, we are right across from the school, so you can easily walk or bike as well!
HOME ENERGY SAVING:
Only run full loads in the Dishwasher and Washing Machine. A full load will use the same power as a partial load, but get much more done!
Put up curtains if the sun is making your apartment hot, and make sure you turn on your fan!
Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible!
Buy local as much as possible. The less distance it has to travel the less resources need to be used.
Buy a couple reusable grocery bags, the average person uses about 1,500 plastic bags a year that end up in the landfill!
When you get coffee, bring your own insulated cup!
These are just a few tips, but don’t think that you aren’t making a difference. Every little bit counts! Thanks for helping us Go Green!