UM Experience

Register NowIt’s All About LIFELONG LEARNING
The Audrey R. Finkelstein UM Experience was established in 1984 to promote a lifetime of learning for University of Miami alumni and friends. It is named in honor of the late Audrey R. Finkelstein, A.B. ’38, who helped to found several educational programs at the University over the course of her lifetime. Audrey would often sum up her accomplishments through her admiration of turtles because they had to "stick their necks out to get ahead." The University of Miami Alumni Association is forever grateful for her loyalty and generosity.

The Audrey R. Finkelstein UM Experience
Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Shalala Student Center
Formerly the Student Activities Center (SAC)
3rd Floor Ballrooms
1330 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Description: It's all about lifelong learning! Join us for lectures featuring some of the University's most renowned faculty as they discuss their area of expertise and research. We invite you to join our alumni community and learn from an array of fascinating lecture topics. The program includes three lecture sessions of your choice and the luncheon session.

  • Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Complimentary Valet parking will be available for a limited number of vehicles at the SC.
  • Self-parking is also available at the Pavia Parking Garage (5615 Pavia Street, Coral Gables, FL 33146).
  • Please click here for driving directions

RVSP Details: Please register online
Cost Per Person: $30 per person
One registration fee covers the Lunch session and up to three Lectures
of your choice - one (A or B) per Session 1, 2, & 3 (below):

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
A) Get Real! Finding the Authentic Leader within You
Sheryl L. Alonso, M.B.A. ’85, Ph.D. ’10, academic director of the Johnson A. Edosomwan Leadership Institute and a lecturer in the School of Business Administration's Department of Management, explores the concepts and framework of authentic leadership and how you can discover the leader you are destined to be.

B) The Anatomy of a National Anthem
At just over two centuries old, "The Star Spangled Banner" is a powerful musical symbol of our country. Carlos Abril, B.M. ’93, professor and director of undergraduate music education in the Frost School of Music, discusses its complicated history and social functions in various contexts.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
A) The Evolution of Radio & Television
Paul Driscoll, associate professor and vice dean for academic affairs in the School of Communication, explores the history and impact of radio and television and how they continue to evolve and play an integral role in modern life.

B) Using Simulation Training in Healthcare
Susana Barroso, director of the International Academy for Clinical Simulation and Research at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, presents the advancement and impact of simulation education and how it serves as a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience for health care professionals.
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Creating Community at the U:
The Renovation of the Cox Science Plaza and Lobby

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to planning, design, and management of public spaces. It inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. With community-based participation at its core, placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote health, happiness, and well-being. It is what UM alumnus, John J. Brunetti, Sr., B.B.A. ’52, is passionate about and it is what he has built at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino. He has brought this vision and passion to the U by looking at the North end of campus and envisioning this gathering space. Join Mr. Brunetti, along with faculty and students as they reveal an innovative placemaking initiative at the University of Miami, the Cox Science Plaza and Lobby Project. The goal is to create a strong sense of place that can influence physical, social, emotional, and ecological wellness for our University community.

Josemaria de Churtichaga, Director of Graduate Programs, School of Architecture
School of Architecture Students

Featured Guests:
John J. Brunetti, Sr., B.B.A. ’52, CEO, Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
Rodolphe el-Khoury, Dean, School of Architecture
Angel Kaifer, Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Jim Virga, Assistant Professor, Professional Practice, School of Communication

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A) Organs-on-Chips
Ashutosh Agarwal, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, describes the development of organ-on-chip platforms, which mimic human organ level complexity and disease on a dish. Applications of these platforms include testing drugs, discovering therapies, recreating disease states, and evaluating stem cells. Current research projects include "Human Heart on a Chip", "Metastatic Lung Cancer on a Chip", and "Type 1 Diabetes on a Chip".

B) Old Smokey: A Community History
Anthony Alfieri, professor of law and director of the Center for Ethics and Public Service in the School of Law, delves into the field of legal ethics and community lawyering as illustrated by the case of "Old Smokey", an incinerator in the West Grove that was closed after a lawsuit in 1970 but still impacts residents today.