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Veterans Day Tribute at UM | Friday, November 11 at 10 a.m.

UM President Donna E. Shalala will be joined by Rear Admiral William Baumgartner (USCG Commander), Lieutenant Colonel Leo R. Gray (Retired-Tuskegee Airmen), local leaders, and military personnel for a Veterans Day Ceremony hosted at the University of Miami.

This tribute will take place at "The Rock", in front of the UM Bookstore, located at 1306 Stanford Drive on the Coral Gables campus. Parking is available at the Pavia Garage located at 5615 Pavia Street.

US Army Major and UM Nursing Graduate Honored by Alma Mater

School of Nursing and Health Studies, November 2011

Hope Williamson, D.N.P., a U.S. Army major that graduated from the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at University of Miami's School of Nursing and Health Studies, was honored by her Alma Mater as "Alumnus of Distinction" during a breakfast last Saturday at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

More than 250 people gathered at the Biltmore to celebrate the event, which was part of Homecoming Weekend at the University. Williamson has returned from a tour of duty to Iraq where she trained medics and soldiers on the latest trauma techniques to treat injured soldiers.

After receiving her "Alumnus of Distinction" award, Williamson told the audience, "The education and experience I received at the UM School of Nursing and Health Studies prepared me to go back to the combat zone and have an immediate impact on both medics in the field; and improving the level of emergency trauma care provided to our brave soldiers injured in combat." Williamson went on to say, "What a tremendous honor to be recognized by Dean Nilda Peragallo and such an amazing school and faculty. The education I received at UM will be with me every day for the rest of my career."

Born into a military family, Williamson has spent 28 years in the Army and served as clinical head nurse of the Emergency Medical Treatment Section in Baghdad , Iraq as well as serving in the Gulf War from 1991-1992.

Alumna Wins Grammy

@Miami Newsletter February 2011

Before Army Staff Sergeant Brandie Lane, B.S. '06, joined the Army she was the head audio engineer at Sono Luminus, a record label in Virginia specializing in classical and jazz music.

Now the West Point Band's audio engineer can call herself a Grammy winner for her work on the album Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works. She and her team all walked away from Sunday night's 53rd Annual Grammy Awards with an award for Best Engineered Album in the classical music category.

Nurse warrior

@Miami Newsletter August 2010

Two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan exposed alumna Hope Williamson, D.N.P. '10, to the gruesome sights of war: soldiers with severe burns and limbs so badly injured they needed to be amputated. But through it all, Williamson maintained her poise, concentrating on her responsibilities as a U.S. Army major and combat nurse supervising medical operations in field and serving as a primary support specialist for medics.

Last week, she departed for her third mission in Afghanistan, taking with her a suite of new medical and leadership skills she acquired as a recent graduate of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.

“I learned the true meaning of evidence-based practice and leadership and will apply these new skills to provide more compassionate care for our men and women critically injured in combat,” Williamson said during a recent private meeting with Dean Nilda Peragallo, who honored the UM graduate before her departure.

“In the combat zone I wear a firearm on my side and never forget that I am a soldier first,” said Williamson, a resident of Sacramento, California, who comes from a large military family—her father served in the Air Force and three of her seven brothers were in the Army and Marines. “I am prepared to do whatever is needed to protect my team and country, but at the same time I am committed to saving lives. I guess ‘Nurse Warrior’ really sums it up.”

Dedicated UM Alumnus Becomes Colonel

@Miami Newsletter May 2010

On April 10th, after 17 years of service in the United States Air Force Reserve, Dr. Rudy Moise, M.B.A. ’94, J.D. ’97, was promoted to colonel at the Homestead Air Force base in Florida. Rudy is a long-time supporter of UM, serving as past president of the UM Alumni Association from 2003-2005, former ex-officio member of the University’s Board of Trustees, and assistant professor at the University.

He was recently selected as the William R. Butler Community Service Award recipient for his exemplary dedication to the welfare of others and will be honored at the spring 2011 annual Alumni Awards Ceremony. Rudy is deeply involved in civic activities that benefit South Florida. Rudy’s most recent honor as colonel adds to a noteworthy list of designations including physician, attorney, businessman, and statesman. Rudy is currently running for congress in Florida for Congressional District 17.

Alumna Supporting Iraqi Women

@Miami Newsletter September 2009

Alumna Lettie Bien, J.D. '86, an attorney and former President/CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is in her second deployment to Iraq. Her first, as a U.S. Army colonel, was in 2004. Bien, who retired in 2007 after 30 years in the U.S. Army/U.S. Army Reserves, was asked to return this year as a Special Advisor to the Commander, Multi-National Corps-Iraq for Ministerial, Governmental and Embassy Affairs.

Bien, whose portfolio also includes Iraqi Women’s Initiatives, was recently the Mistress of Ceremonies for an Iraqi Women’s Initiatives Conference held at Camp Victory, Iraq, on June 27. More than 100 people attended, including U.S. government officials (Department of Defense, Department of State, and USAID), Iraqi government officials, NGOs, Provincial Reconstruction Team members, Iraqi bilingual, bicultural advisors, and business representatives, among others.

The conference was focused on improving the lives of Iraqi women, a primary goal of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The effort for the upcoming year will be led by the U.S. Embassy-Iraq and will focus on education, health and economics, with a particular emphasis on assisting the approximately 1 million war widows throughout the country.

The UM Alumni Association salutes Ms. Bien and all alumni serving our country.

Law School Graduate Recognized for Political Courage

@Miami Newsletter June 2006

University of Miami alumnus Alberto Mora, J.D. '81, was recently presented with the 2006 Profile In Courage award by Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy. Mora is a former U.S. Navy General Counsel who “demonstrated moral and political courage in waging a three-year, behind-the-scenes battle with military and civilian leaders over U.S. military policy regarding the treatment of detainees. The award was created in 1989 in honor of President John F. Kennedy as recognition of commitment and contribution to public service to individuals who withstood opposition to what they believe is the right course of action. Mora joined U.S. Congressman John Murtha in receiving the 2006 Awards.

Judge Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor

@Miami Newsletter July 2005

The Honorable John G. Gale, J.D. '58, has been awarded the 2005 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the Board of Directors of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. The Medal of Honor is awarded to American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contribution to their own ethnic group, ancestral countries and American Society. Judge Gale, retired administrative judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Miami, previously served in the Army Intelligence division in World War II. Following graduation from the University of Miami School of Law, he embarked on a highly decorated and honorable career as a jurist and judge. He has been knighted by the Republic of Italy for his contributions to the Italian judicial system, and in his retirement heads a private arbitration and mediation service.