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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Dr. Blackwell Wins Two Teaching Awards

Filed under: UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 22:58

Dr. Blackwell was honored on Saturday April 15th, 2023 as the recipient of the UCF College of Nursing 2023 Outstanding Knight Nurse Award in Education. The award:

Recognizes nursing educators and/or faculty for sharing knowledge, creating and cultivating an environment that supports life-long learning, using innovative teaching strategies, utilizing evidence-based practice in clinical areas, and focusing on scholarly research and dissemination within clinical settings.

A decades-long educator and four-time alumnus of the UCF College of Nursing, Christopher Blackwell is currently an associate professor and program director for the Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, which he established in 2014. Blackwell is well known for his student-centered teaching philosophy, using innovative course materials, interactive resources and multimedia presentations to engage students and ensure the best possible learning experience. His students consistently give him high praise for making difficult material easier to understand. Blackwell’s dedication extends beyond the classroom as he mentors students to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. As a Knight nurse, he shines bright in his dedication to his students, his commitment to academic excellence, and in mentoring future generations.

In addition, Dr. Blackwell is a recipient of the 2023 Teaching Incentive Program Award from the College of Nursing, an award he has also received in 2011 and 2017.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Dr. Blackwell Earns 2021 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the UCF College of Nursing

Filed under: Nursing Science,UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 13:15

The 2021 University of Central Florida’s Founders Day Ceremony was held on Wednesday April 7th. The University honored recipients earning prestigious awards from the University and their respective Colleges. Dr. Blackwell was among those recognized. Dr. Blackwell earned the 2021 Excellence in Graduate Teaching award from UCF’s College of Nursing. The award recognizes graduate Faculty that have contributed significantly to graduate education, including substantial teaching of graduate courses (including thesis and dissertation courses), shown innovation to improve graduate teaching, and who have exhibited evidence of significant impact on graduate teaching. The award marks Blackwell’s second major recognition in the 2020-2021 academic year, after being inducted into the University’s prestigious Scroll and Quill Society at the end of 2020.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dr. Blackwell Wins the 2017 UCF College of Nursing Award for Excellence in Research

Filed under: Nursing Science,UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:39

Christopher W. Blackwell, Ph.D., ARNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, CNE, FAANP, Associate ProfessorCoordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Programs in the College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida was awarded for Excellence in Research by the College of Nursing. Dr. Blackwell was recognized at the UCF Founder’s Day ceremony on April 5th.


Monday, March 18, 2013

UCF Alum Takes Over Lead Role of Best Musical Tony-Award Winner Once

Filed under: Performing Arts,UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 22:54

benhope200 Ben Hope, a proud Alum from the BFA Theatre Program at UCF, will permanently take over the lead role of “Guy” in the Tony-Award Winning Best Musical Once. Steve Kazee, who won the Tony Award for Best Actor for his performance in the show will give his final performance on March 24th. Kazee has been out of the show for at least 4 weeks for vocal rest. I had the honor of seeing Ben fill-in for Kazee back in August of 2012. And he is GREAT! Congratulations to Ben for landing the leading role in what could arguably be the best show currently on Broadway and representing the Black and Gold with pride!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Good Bye, Sweet Angel

Filed under: Tragic News and Events,UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:49


A wonderful child, whose dream was to become a UCF cheerleader, lost her 5-year battle with brain cancer on New Year’s Eve last year. Eight-year old Marlie Dodson was an avid UCF fan who attended UCF football and basketball games adorned in her UCF cheerleader outfit and Black & Gold Knights bandana. Before her death, the entire UCF cheerleading team brought Marlie happiness in the hospital; and Knightro, UCF’s famous mascot, made an appearance at her home before her passing. And while her death brings sadness and mourning, her legacy will live forever. Marlie’s mother, sisters, brother in-law, and sister in-law, all of whom are UCF Alums, have created a scholarship with the College of Nursing for future nurses who wish to work in the field of oncology. Marlie underwent 12 different surgeries, eight weeks of radiation, and countless cycles of chemotherapy; and her mother said the oncology nurses were the ones who touched her soul the most during her most trying of times. Once the scholarship reaches $25,000, it will allow a perpetual scholarship for future oncology nurses. To donate to the fund, contact Katie Korkoz, the College’s Development Officer at (407) 823-1600. Below, take a look at the wonderfully moving video tribute to dear Marlie Dodson:

Photo Courtesy Orlando Sentinel

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Theater Review: Broadway’s Once: A New Musical

Filed under: Performing Arts,UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:32


Love can never be an easy road to travel in life. And despite the traditional depiction of love as roses, violets, and happy endings in other forms of entertainment, it rarely is depicted on the stage as an easy feat. And for the new gorgeously lush and moving musical Once, that is certainly true. The show is based on a 2006 independent film of the same title that I have never seen. It also garnered praise and won an Academy Award for Best Song for “Falling Slowly,” the reprisal of which in this show will send chills up and down your spine and really tug on your heartstrings. Once originated off-Broadway and the transition to the Great White Way seems to have been seamless.

While the staging is simple and basic (but don’t misinterpret that– it’s not nearly as barren and plain as one of my least favorite productions Chicago), the real star of the show is its two lead actors and the music itself. The story takes place in Dublin, Ireland; and the characters of the show are relatively nameless. Boy (played perfectly by Steve Kazee) is a young love-jaded Irish man who has just decided to give up his musical ambitions when he meets Girl (played flawlessly by Christi Milioti, who is sure to be Tony nominated for her performance) who promises him she can help him realize his musical talents and bring his music to life. As the two set-off on their musical journey accompanied by a very talented ensemble, all of whom are musicians who also serve as the orchestra for the show, love ensues as deep secrets of each one’s past comes to the surface.

Steve Kazee’s performance as Boy is unbelievably fantastic.  His voice is rich and melodic and he brings the Irish music of the score absolute authenticity and transports the audience to Ireland. He is also a phenomenal actor, who shows that behind his beautiful and powerful voice, is a true talent for bringing his character to life. The same can all be equally said for Christi Milioti, who so perfectly plays the role of Girl that I had to ask my partner if she was really Czech. Her voice is both soft and resonant and the character she plays requires a certain type of strong yet caring personality that Miloti nails to a T! And the ensemble should be also be lauded (although Anne L. Nathan, who plays Mother, needs a little more dialect work). The stars of the show also do an Irish jam session thirty minutes prior to each performance. And the audience is welcome on-stage to dance, sing, and enjoy some time with the cast. The start of the show is something to really pay attention to; make sure you’re in your seat 5 minutes before showtime to really appreciate how it’s done.

I must close by saying that one of the best surprises of Once (beyond the amazing and incredibly touching show itself) is actor Ben Hope, who is a member of the ensemble. Hope is a graduate of the BFA in Theater Performance Program at the University of Central Florida (UCF), which is of course my Alma Mater, current employer, and University I love so much. This is the first Broadway show where I have seen a UCF Alum in the cast. I’ve seen a handful of UCF Alums in various tours throughout the years, but never on Broadway. Congratulations to Mr. Hope, who is representing the Black & Gold with pride with his every performance of Once at the Jacobs Theater on Broadway in New York City!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

UCF Moves into Tier 1 of Top Universities

Filed under: UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:14

alumni.gif The US News and World Reports released their annual ranking of the nation’s universities and colleges this week and the University of Central Florida (UCF) has moved into the top tier of the nation’s best universities. While numerous programs at UCF have been nationally-ranked before (for example, UCF’s MBA program, graduate programs in Public Affairs, and undergraduate programs in Nursing and Engineering have all been ranked at-least in the top 50 by surveys of their academic peers), this marks the first-time UCF as a whole has moved into the top tier of the nation’s best universities. UCF ranked #179, which is in the top 5% of all universities in the United States. Harvard, Princeton, and Yale are also top-tier institutions. The only other public university in Florida to be ranked in Tier 1 was the University of Florida, which ranked #53 (down from #47 last year). CONGRATULATIONS UCF!!! This is wonderful news for a young university that has grown to be the 3rd largest in the nation! GO KNIGHTS!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Princeton Review Ranks UCF’s MBA Program in Top 10 in US

Filed under: UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 19:03


Great news came today for the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida (UCF). UCF’s Master of Business Administration program was ranked in the Top 10 by the Princeton Review, which ranks the top 301 Business Schools in the United States. UCF was one of only a couple of public universities ranked in the Top 10 in the nation and was the only Florida program to make the rankings. Ranked as #10 for the best administered program, UCF sits besides such prestigious business programs as Harvard University, New York University, and Dartmouth College. Here are the top 10 programs ranked by Princeton Review:

1. Harvard University — Harvard Business School
2. Vanderbilt University — Owen Graduate School of Management
3. University of Michigan — Ann Arbor Steven M. Ross School of Business
4. Northwestern University — Kellogg School of Management
5. Elon University — Martha and Spencer Lover School of Business
6. University of California Berkeley — Haas School of Business
7. New York University — Leonard N. Stern School of Business
8. Dartmouth College — Tuck School of Business
9. Miami University Ohio — Farmer School of Business
*10. University of Central Florida College of Business Administration*

CONGRATULATIONS UCF’s College of Business Administration! What a prestigious honor to receive!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

UCF Alum’s “Surrogates” in Theaters Friday

Filed under: Film and Entertainment,UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 02:23

surrogates poster Bruce Willis by MyCine. Robert Vendetti, an alumni from the University of Central Florida’s College of Graduate Studies, sees the release of the motion picture based on his graphic novel on comic book series Surrogates released this Friday in movie theaters nationwide. Entertainment Weekly called this tale of people who live vicarious lives through their artificial (and artificially gorgeous) “surrogates” “a resplendently grimy commentary” on our times. “The minute I heard Bruce Willis was cast was the first moment I allowed myself to hope that this might actually get turned into a movie,” Venditti says with a laugh. “A producer who had just hung out his shingle called me up [Max Handelman]. He shopped it around, ran into a studio guy who had just seen Sin City and wanted ‘something edgy, comic-booky’ like that. So Mandeville Films got involved, then Jonathan Mostow [director of U-571, Terminator 3], with screenwriters from Terminator 3. “I’ve been involved, at least in the loop,” he says. “I looked at it from the perspective that these other people were creative minds in their own right. If they’re inspired by something I did to bring their own creativity to it, I’m taking that as a compliment and letting them do what they want. They were staying true to the themes and adding their own ideas and plot lines and characters. You know they’re going to add explosions. That’s Hollywood.” Surrogates releases Friday from Touchstone Pictures. To visit the ridiculously cool official Site for Surrogates: http://chooseyoursurrogate.com/.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Classes Begin for UCF’s College of Medicine

Filed under: UCF News and Event — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:46

Inaugural class of UCF med school

Today, the University of Central Florida (UCF) began coursework for its inaugural class in its College of Medicine. In all, 41 students will begin their journey towards their Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees. Today, the students took-part in the traditional first-year medical student white coat ceremony with Cecil Wilson, the President of the American Medical Association (AMA), in-attendance. For a first for any University in the United States, All 41 UCF medical students will receive an entirely free medical education, which usually carries a mean pricetag of $120,000. Congratulations to these students! They will all be amazing examples of just how much “UCF Stands for Opportunity.”

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