Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide educational programs for group study on topics selected by and for the membership.

Goals

LIFE@UCF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit equal opportunity organization, a community educational program for people of retirement age in the Central Florida area who thirst for continued learning.

Programs

There are a variety of topics in a relaxed learning environment. Course presenters include faculty and staff from UCF, other area institutions and the Community.

LIFE at UCF Organization Status

LIFE at UCF, Inc. is a Florida State Charity with tax exemption registration number CH48018.

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

LIFE at UCF, Inc. is an approved 501(c)(3) Organization Non-profit organization with the IRS.

LIFE at UCF, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) Organization Non-profit organization for the State of Florida.

CURRENT NEWS

**LIFE Class Cancelled 9/12 Due To Hurricane**

Due to the approach of Hurricane Irma and subsequent campus closure, LIFE class for 9/12 has been cancelled. We will attempt to reschedule these speakers for a later date.

Growing Bolder produces video on UCF research project Funded By LIFE

Who says you’re too old to play? Part of Growing Bolder is staying active, moving more and remembering to embrace fun and joy every day. And now, a breakthrough program at the University of Central Florida funded by the LIFE Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Award Program is helping build intergenerational relationships that lead to a win-win situation: kids who aren’t afraid of getting older and adults who are encouraged to get and stay healthy.  LIFE members are participating in this UCF program.  To view a video on this program click on the below link:

Growing Bolder Video

LIFE Board Continues Successful Field trip Program into Fall Semester

Thanks to the hard work of Marie Ruckstuhl the LIFE Field trip program was a big success and will continue into the fall 2017 semester.  Check out the proposed schedule and sign up for events by clicking  the Field Trip tab on this website page.

LIFE Competitive Awards program cancelled for 2017

Due to  new operational funding priorities in the 2017-2018 budget the LIFE Competitive Awards program has been cancelled for this year.  The LIFE board took this action rather than increase membership dues.  The Directed Grants program and the Gerontology  Applied Research Awards program were fully funded.

Board of Directors and LIFE Officer Election Results for 2017-2018

The six new board members are Arnold Bierman, R. Toss Bowers, Ida Cook, James DeRose, Jean Siegfried, and Diane Wink.  In addition Judy Luckett  was approved to fill a vacant board position.

The new LIFE Officers are:
President: Julien Mietin
Vice president: Lee Cross
Secretary: Jean Siegfried
Treasurer: Ann Barretta

Many thanks to outgoing president Vonnie Bradbury for her outstanding leadership of LIFE during the past two years.

LIFE Fund Drive for Gerontology Research at UCF
The LIFE 25 th year celebration announced that a special FUND RAISING DRIVE has been established that will support increased funding to the annual Richard Tucker Gerontology Applied Research Award program, and will create annual student scholarships for UCF students working towards a gerontology minor. Presently this program is supported through excess operating funds. The gerontology Awards program was created to promote gerontology research here at UCF. To date the program has been successful in creating start up research efforts in many of the UCF departments. These successful efforts have provided the information needed to develop larger scale grants from larger research support organizations. Our program needs to grow to meet the expanding UCF base. Please consider donating to this very important research area that can impact all LIFE members. More information about this program can be found on this web site under the Donation tab.

LIFE BOARD APPROVES MEMBERSHIP INCREASE TO 750 FOR FALL 2017 CLASSES
Based the attendance record over the past years the membership committee recommended and the LIFE board approved increasing the LIFE membership limit to 750 starting with the 2017 fall semester. Even with this increase in membership waiting time for new application will still remain over one year. The present waiting list is over 600 and it continues to increase.

SHUTTLE SERVICE
A Shuttle Service for LIFE members is offered every Tuesday to assist members in getting to the Student Union for class sessions. Busses will run from the LYNX Transit center at the first Bay on Route 7 from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. After class the shuttle will run from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Park at garage A or I to take advantage of this service. See the Shuttle Service Tab on this web site for more information.

LIFE EMAILS ARE SENT THROUGH a SPAM PROTECTION SERVICE
Because of limits placed on large numbers of outgoing emails, LIFE must use a Spam protection service (Mailchimp) to send out our emails to the membership. You should have already received an email advising you of this change. Some members have already questioned the change in the sender address information. You will also note at the end of all LIFE emails a link that allows you to unsubscribe to the service. If you inadvertently unsubscribed and wish to receive LIFE information email you can reapply by sending an email to LIFE@ucf.edu. However this process takes special communication to mailchimp and is not guaranteed.

NEW Web Based LIFE Program Evaluation Established
The Curriculum committee needs member feedback on the programs provided each week.   After each presentation an email is sent out to all members that includes a Speaker evaluation form.  Your input is valuable.  Please take the time to complete surveys, especially on those you have found to be very rewarding or not up to par.