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UCF CARES

UCF Cares Ambassadors

A group of students was formed to promote the goals of UCF Cares. These students raise awareness about UCF Cares and educate their fellow Knights on resources, events, and services. The UCF Cares Ambassadors understand what it means to be a college student and what they need from UCF Cares to be successful. Our goal is to make student and faculty/staff aware of students that need guidance in their academic journey and to connect them to the appropriate resources around campus. Be sure to stop by one of our tabling events or presentations to meet our Ambassadors!

Meet Our Ambassadors

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Even Alman
Ambassador

Major: Political Science and English Technical Communications
Year: Senior

What did you join the UCF Cares Ambassadors?
I'm compassionate towards anyone struggling with depressive tendencies, anxiety/panic issues, or other kinds of mental blockades. I really wanted to use past experiences dealing with my own issues to good use, or at least try to.

Favorite UCF Cares Event:
From Coloring Comes Caring, because it's where I get to reach the most people. I also get to talk/holler as loud as I want because we're directly inside the SU and the din of the cafeteria gives me an excuse to do so (especially during the rush of foot traffic in-between classes). Coloring things poorly is also fun. I never really improved past 5th grade, honestly.

Fun Fact:
I have a twin brother that goes to Cornell who can't grow any facial hair.

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Jacob Alkana
Ambassador

Major: Math Education
Year: Final semester at UCF

Why did you join the UCF Cares Ambassadors?
I joined UCF Cares Freshman year in 2013, I was not involved in anything my first couple of months at UCF and when I received the email about UCF Cares and to be an ambassador my eyes lit up in excitement. I was always that person that would give an arm and a leg for something to make them happy. I always cared about someone if I knew them for a few minutes or for my whole life. I was always striving to make people happy because I knew what it was like to have no one to care about you or make you happy. I wanted to be that person that have them positive, hope for their life, and belief in themselves.

Favorite UCF Cares event:
Even though its not that big of an event, I thoroughly enjoy the ambassador tabling. Most of the time we would get ignored because no one wanted to get bother by us, but that didn't bother me. To be able to outreach to the students about what we have to offer and share my personal experiences is what made me enjoy UCF Cares the most. That one on one talk with some people and to tell them that we have the resources we have for them, I could see, really would light up their day because I cared and so did UCF about them.

Fun Fact:
I like putting myself in uncomfortable situations, that most people call me crazy for, so I can grow as an individual.

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James Ross
Ambassador

Major: Psychology
Year: I'm halfway through my junior year. I can't believe how fast the time has gone by!

Why did you join the UCF Cares Ambassadors?
In fall of freshman year, I was unaware of the many great resources available for students. Over time I learned of the various services that UCF students can access for free or at discounted rates, such as Student Health Services (SHS), Knights Pantry, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and many others. Fast forward to junior year: I wanted to join a group that would help raise awareness of these options so that students of all backgrounds can get the support they need to have a successful college experience. UCF Cares was a perfect fit!

Favorite UCF Cares event:
My favorite UCF Cares event would definitely be Prize Ride! We give students a ride in our golf cart to wherever they are headed on campus while asking them questions about the various resources available to them through UCF. Participants are given a prize once they answer a few questions correctly, hence the name Prize Ride!

Fun Fact:
I used to play in a funk rock band called Blur (before we realized that name had already been taken 20 years prior). Our gimmick was that all three of us knew how to play guitar, bass, and drums, and would often switch instruments in between songs.

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Kimberly Cruz
Ambassador

Major: Psychology
Year: Junior

Why did you join the UCF Cares Ambassadors?
I joined because I wanted to get more involved with UCF and I absolutely loved UCF Cares mission to cultivated a culture of care one Knight at a time.

Favorite UCF Cares event:
My favorite event is the Prize Ride so far. i love surprising people with prizes and I know I would love to be driven to my classes when I'm running late!

Fun Fact:
I have been join to anime and video game conventions sine i was in the 7th grade!

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Morgan MacDougall
Ambassador

Major: Psychology
Year: Senior

Why did you join the UCF Cares Ambassadors?
I joined the group my second semester here in UCF. I was a transfer student so I really wanted to get involved with something that would allow me to reach out to students about resources I never knew about when I transferred school. I am also a passionate advocate of self-care and a healthy balance lifestyle, and UCF Cares promotes a lot of these types of sources. I joined because I had an interest in helping people, I wanted to make an impact somewhere in the community and not just feel like a number at a huge school.

Favorite UCF Cares event:
I love UCF Cares day, it really showcases our connections with all the other campus resources that we work with, and I think it caters well to first-year students. I have always had a great time at this event, and I love seeing students find out new information that could potentially impact their education at UCF.

Fun Fact:
I have a lot of school spirit! I was a number of the marching knights for 2 years and I really love attending all the games.

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Sara Skapyak
Ambassador

Major: Mathematics Education
Year: Second year, but a junior by credits

Why did you join the UCF Cares Ambassadors?
At first I was just looking for a way to get involved on campus, but then I feel in love with their motto and everything that they try to do for our students on campus.

Favorite UCF Cares event:
UCF Cares day. It is so much fun to watch students get so happy about the free stuff we give them as they learn about everything we do.

Fun Fact:
I love to coupon! I ate paying full price for thing and always look for the best deal.

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Taylor Gianfrancisco
Ambassador

Major: My major is English, specifically in Creative Writing. I also have a minor in Latin American Studies.
Year: Senior

Why did you join UCF Cares Ambassadors?
I joined UCF Cares Ambassadors students group because I knew how important resources are to college students who are struggling.

Favorite UCF Cares event:
My Favorite UCF Cares event was the Hunger and Homelessness Community Showcase.

Fun Fact:
When I was ten year old, I received two scholarship to complete in tap dancing!

Care in Action

UCF Cares wants to recognize those students, faculty and staff who are being caring Knights! Each month we will recognize individuals with a certificate acknowledging their commitment to Building a Culture of Care, One Knight at a Time!

If you know someone who is going above and beyond for a fellow Knight, please click here to complete our nomination form. These forms will be reviewed by staff in our office, and winners will be notified.

In your nomination, we encourage you to consider the following:

  • What caring actions has the nominee displayed?
  • How have others been impacted by these actions?
  • Nominee name, contact information, and any additional relevant information

Recruitment

Our Spring 2017 Ambassador recruitment process has ended. We recruit new Ambassadors in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Please check back at the beginning of the Summer semester for information about becoming a new Ambassador. In the meantime, please visit us during outreach and tabling events, and continue to help UCF create a culture of care, one Knight at a time!

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