The College of Arts and Humanities recently received a gift-in-kind valued at $454K from the combined generosity of LMG and Entertainment Technology Partners, leaders in the delivery of entertainment services for virtual and live productions.
The donation of innovative technology includes two large LED screens, projectors and facial recognition body temperature scanners that will enable the college to enhance its on-stage performances and give students and faculty an opportunity to utilize these tools in their research practice.
“We are grateful to LMG for their donation and support of our students,” says Jeff Moore, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. “As we prepare the next generation of workforce for creative and technical industries, gifts like this one are invaluable – students across the university will now have access to equipment and tools they can use for research, learning and career preparation.”
The LED screens and projectors will benefit both the College of Arts and Humanities and Rosen College of Hospitality Management, as well as enhance Theatre UCF’s programming and full season of contemporary and classic plays and musicals each year — and beyond — at on-campus and off- campus productions presented by the UCF School of Performing Arts.
The university will also use the facial recognition body temperature scanners in research being done in UCF’s College of Medicine, College of Community Innovation and Education, College of Sciences, College of Health Professions and Sciences, College of Optics and Photonics, and the Office of Graduate Studies.
“The arts and humanities offer opportunities for students to let their creativity and imagination run wild. The world needs more of that!” says Les Goldberg, CEO of LMG. “I’m honored to invest in the future of our students and infuse innovation into the next generation.”
Neil Morrison, president of Systems Innovation, shares Goldberg’s passion for not only providing the best technology for virtual and in-person multimedia events, but also educating the next generation of artists who will help make those events happen.
“We’re thrilled to partner with UCF, providing students with the tools relevant to our industry, and hopefully sparking interest in future careers in event and entertainment technology,” says Morrison.
Pictured (left to right): Neil Morrison, president of Systems Innovation and Les Goldberg, CEO of LMG.