Nicholson News

Centric Magazine Launch Party

December 1, 2012

Nearly 300 people showed up to the Pegasus Ballroom in the Student Union to celebrate the launch of the fall issue of Centric magazine on Nov. 19.

Centric is published each fall and spring by the Nicholson School and is produced by the students in the Journalism program’s Magazine Editing and Production course. Instructor Rick Brunson teaches the class. This semester, students in the course decided to throw a party to celebrate the release of the fall issue. Centric’s marketing director, Alicia DelGallo, was in charge of the effort.

Partygoers were treated to food supplied by Dive Bar, music from the UCF Glee Club, a performance from the dance group, Ruckus and music from DJ Rich Mahogany. They also received a copy of the magazine, which consists of 24 full-color pages packed with features and photos that spotlight inspiring, interesting and innovative members of the UCF community.

Former Centric staff members returned for the party – and liked what they saw.

“They’ve taken what we started and taken it so much farther,’’ said Kelli Ordonia, editor of the inaugural issue of Centric and now a graduate student in UCF’s Public History master’s program.

DelGallo called the party and the course “an experience I’ll never forget.’’ In addition to her marketing duties, DelGallo contributed two articles to the magazine – a feature about a gay student who works at Chick-fil-A, a popular restaurant chain known for taking a strong, public stance against same-sex marriage, as well as a feature on Adrian Gilliam, UCF’s youngest student (he started here at age 13!).

Staff member Raquel Reichard was a member of the magazine’s visuals team and designed a graphic that traced the journey of a pint of blood from a student donor at UCF to a cancer patient at Florida Hospital.

“This class has not only been the best journalism course I’ve taken, but it’s definitely the best class I’ve had throughout my college career,’’ said Reichard, who also works as the lead peer mentor in the Nicholson School’s Academic Student Services Center.

You can request a free copy of Centric by contacting Rick Brunson. You can also check out the magazine’s website, which includes exclusive digital content, at