IT’S A ’CANES WORLD

University of Miami Alumni Association
2014 Calendar Year Report

UMAA Global Tour 2014

Follow along as we recount the last year and highlight the places we visited and the alumni we engaged. Let’s all remember why “It’s Great to Be a Miami Hurricane.”


  • HOUSTON
    Stories of U
    Legendary Hurricane and Olympic champion Lauryn Williams shares her memories of the U with the UM Alumni Association as part of its Stories of U campaign.
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  • Los Angeles
    ’Canes Film Showcase
    This year’s ’Canes Film Showcase featured a variety of films highlighting the talents of emerging filmmakers from the University of Miami School of Communication’s Motion Pictures Program.
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  • Fort Worth
    Affinity Engagement
    Fred Rich, of Fort Worth, Texas, was one of 42 individual champions who fundraised for specific affinity groups.
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  • China
    Accelerating Ambition
    With Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc leading the way, UMAA led an international program of receptions and engagements in Asia.
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  • Los Angeles
    Game Watches
    Game watch parties hosted by alumni clubs across the nation gave fans the opportunity to cheer for their beloved ’Canes.
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  • Cleveland
    Welcome to the Neighborhood
    The Welcome to the Neighborhood initiative kicked off in FY14, with the Regional Engagement Team hosting social events in several cities like Cleveland, Ohio.
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  • Dallas
    Summer Send-Offs
    Held in 21 cities nationwide, Summer Send-Off receptions connected more than 1,050 students, parents, and alumni.
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  • Colombia
    Alumni Clubs
    With 40 national and international alumni clubs, it’s easier than ever for alumni to stay connected, even in countries like Colombia.
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  • Chicago
    Young Alumni
    Energetic and ambitious young alumni gathered in Chicago, where they participated in a UMAA exclusive networking reception.
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  • Coral Gables
    McLamore Society
    UMAA’s fiscal year culminated with the Leadership and Loyalty Reception honoring James McLamore.
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  • Philadelphia
    Goldstein Challenge
    Sean Goldstein, who works for IBM as an SAP consultant, served as the young alumni spokesperson for the GOLDstein Challenge, challenging his fellow classmates to give back to the University.
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  • Palm Beach
    Leadership and Loyalty Breakfasts
    President Donna E. Shalala addressed attendees at the Palm Beach Leadership and Loyalty Breakfast, part of a new stewardship strategy that engages donors in different cities.
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  • Spain
    Alumni Board of Directors
    A member of the Alumni Board of Directors, Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo of Spain is one of 36 active alumni volunteers who engage ’Canes and guide UMAA programming.
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  • Tokyo
    Accelerating Ambition
    Tokyo, Japan, was among the Far East destinations on the Accelerating Ambition tour last year during which Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc outlined the strategic plan for the University’s next level of excellence.
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  • Washington, D.C.
    Young Alumni Leadership Council
    As a member of the Young Alumni Leadership Council, Washington, D.C. public school teacher Shajena Erazo, A.B. ’09, helps connect and reengage young alumni with the UMAA.
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  • Louisiana
    Duck Commander Independence Bowl Pregame Celebration
    Bowl fever swept Louisiana last December when hundreds of alumni joined the UM Alumni Association for the official UM vs. South Carolina Duck Commander Independence Bowl pregame celebration.
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  • Tampa
    Global Networking Day
    In 2014 Tampa was one of more than 29 cities to host a Global Networking Reception—a formal setting that provided alumni the opportunity to connect and interact.
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  • Saudi Arabia
    International Alumni
    Dr. Taghreed Al-Saraj hosted an alumni gathering in Saudi Arabia last April, proving that the U’s international footprint continues to expand.
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  • New York
    Regional Engagement
    Regional programming such as a Theater Arts Reception in New York provided specific segments of alumni opportunities to connect.
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  • Kansas City
    Impact of U
    Alumni across the country joined the UMAA in fiscal year 2014 for one of President Donna E. Shalala’s Impact of U tour stops.
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  • Chicago
    Chicago Coaches Dinner
    Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and UM alumnus Gino Torreta, right, attended the 2014 Chicago Coaches dinner, which raised funds for student scholarships and athletic initiatives.
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  • CORAL GABLES
    Alumni Weekend and Homecoming
    Alumni celebrated their place in history during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2014.
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  • CORAL GABLES
    Fine Furry ’Canes
    Furry ’Canes launched last spring to encourage alumni to show their UM pride through their pets.
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