Johann supports Student Activities, International Student Scholarship Fund, and Iron Arrow Fund.
Johann arrived in the United States in 1992 from Trinidad at age 16, the youngest freshman in his class at the University of Miami. Hurricane Andrew gave this teenager a memorable welcome, but instead of being dismayed by the destruction around him, Johann rooted himself in Miami and the UM community by getting involved in several student groups. He joined the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Association and the Council of International Students and Organizations, becoming president of COISO in his senior year.
When Johann returned to UM for graduate school, he continued to provide leadership and service on campus. He served as president of the Graduate Student Association and chief of Iron Arrow, the highest honor attained at the University of Miami.
Johann’s scholarship to the University of Miami was the door that opened to a wonderful career and life in the United States. Today he is a Florida Licensed Professional Geologist and owner of GAIA Consulting Partners, an environmental consulting firm. He gives back to make sure international students and upcoming student leaders have the same opportunities he once did.
Carmine supports Band of the Hour, Athletics, and the University of Miami Alumni Association.
On January 2, 1984, a sophomore sax and tuba player named Carmine Parente stepped onto the Orange Bowl field as the drum major, leading the Band of the Hour’s performance while the Hurricanes snagged their first football National Championship. Just two and a half years later, this natural-born leader founded AGM Industries, a shower door manufacturing company that nowemploys more than 40 people in four locations throughout Florida and North Carolina.
People often ask Carmine, a math major, how he became so successful without taking any business classes. His answer: Band of the Hour. He believes that motivating people, working as a group, listening, leading, and following are all tremendous skills he learned by getting involved in extracurricular activities at the U.
Carmine joined former marching band director Michael Mann to establish the Michael Mann/Carmine Parente Endowment at the Frost School of Music, which provides scholarships for students and supports needs of the Band of the Hour. To this day, Carmine receives many touching stories each year from scholarship recipients. He is moved by the students’ appreciation and considers this reason enough to support the U every year.
Scott and Kate support the School of Business Administration Scholarship Fund, Athletics, and the Finance Department.
For Scott and Kate Sadowski, the University of Miami is more than their alma mater; it’s their family. Which is why the guest list for their orange-and-green-themed wedding included Sebastian the Ibis. Kate first met Scott during her freshman orientation, where he served as an orientation leader. They started dating after meeting again at a Delta Phi Epsilon sorority party.
Shortly after graduating from UM, Scott and Kate moved to New York City. They took advantage of the alumni network that connected them with other ’Canes in the region. They did what they could to create a “Coral Gables in Manhattan,” organizing monthly dinners with Scott’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and coordinating various events. They also flew to Miami as often as possible to attend Hurricanes football games.
Scott and Kate were thrilled to move back to Miami once a position opened with Scott’s firm, Gabelli Asset Management, and Kate was hired as a teacher at Pine Crest School. Scott, who was student body president in his junior year, enjoys volunteering to speak to UM finance students about the profession. Both Kate and Scott feel very strongly about supporting the University with an annual gift because consistent support speaks volumes about their UM pride and their commitment to helping the University continue moving forward.
Todd, A.B. '84, J.D. '89 &
Sherra Payne, B.S.Ed. '85, M.S.Ed. '92
The year was 1983. She was chair of the Carni Gras Committee and a member of the Homecoming Committee. He was captain of the cheerleading team, a Lambda Chi Alpha brother, and an Interfraternity Council member who struck up a conversation with her at a party, sealing their fate as a UM couple for life. Sherra and Todd Payne began giving back to the U—both in financial support and leadership—as soon as they graduated. Todd has served on the UM Alumni Association Board and as president of the Law Alumni Association, and Sherra has chaired Ear Dears, a fundraising organization for the UM Ear Institute.
The Paynes are thankful for the well-rounded education that prepared Sherra to launch a successful consulting business and enabled Todd to become the co-founding partner of a Fort-Lauderdale law firm. But their gratitude to the University reached a pinnacle in 1996, when their three-year-old son, Austin, received a cochlear implant at the UM Ear Institute that introduced him to the hearing world. Today Austin is a Hurricane who is “making the most of his UM experience,” Sherra says, by getting involved with the Homecoming Executive Committee, the residential colleges, the Honors Program, and the cheerleading team. Austin’s younger brother Tristan, a high school junior, also bleeds orange and green. “It’s wonderful to feel part of something so special,” Sherra says, “not only because of the value of our degrees but because of the people. The University really is a family.”
It was easy to spot Sean Goldstein among the kids in his Philadelphia suburb. In a sea of Eagles and Phillies T-shirts, he was the one wearing Hurricanes orange and green. As a lifelong fan of Ray Lewis, ’95, and the son of two UM alumni, Sean’s acceptance to the University of Miami—and position of linebacker on the Hurricanes football team—was a dream come true.
Sean, B.B.A. ’12, works for Capsicum Group LLC., a computer investigations and forensics firm based out of Philadelphia. He is enrolled in the one-year M.B.A. program at the UM School of Business Administration and will graduate in December 2013. Sean is also a fellow for The Launch Pad, where he provides consulting in the fields of technology, social media, and marketing to students and alumni who are developing a business plan. The Launch Pad offers career guidance, resources, and advice to entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors at the University of Miami.
As the young alumni spokesman for the GOLDstein Challenge, Sean is taking a leadership role in challenging his fellow classmates to give back to the university that has given him, his family, and his career so much. For more information on how you can join fellow ’Canes in this collaborative effort, click here.
Carlos, B.S.E.E. ’81,
M.B.A. ’86, M.S.I.E. ’86 &
Paula Alvarez, M.B.A. ’98
They say opposites attract, and for Carlos and Paula Alvarez, it certainly started out that way. He was a Cuba-born, Miami-raised engineer at IBM and a triple alumnus from the University of Miami. She was a pharmacist who grew up in Indiana and, of all things, a Gator. A chance meeting in 1996 at a social event in Deerfield Beach revealed more in common than expected—professional ambition, a love of travel, and above all, a deep respect for education.
“Every time I came back to the University, it helped my career,” says Carlos, who is now general manager for the Americas at a technology company called Lumen Dynamics. “Engineering develops logical thinking. What’s given me a competitive edge in business is the ability to follow through logically on a concept.”
Eager to explore the business side of her field, Paula enrolled in UM’s Executive MBA Program shortly after meeting Carlos. She is now a proud ’Cane and director of corporate accounts for a pharmaceutical company called Sunovion.
For both husband and wife, success is the result of hard work and a world class education. As an undergrad, Carlos was a work-study at the Florida Department of Transportation and UM Richter Library while helping his parents run their bakery on the weekends. One of five children who all graduated college, he credits his parents for always placing a high value on education. Paula paid her own way through school with help from scholarship funding so she too is committed to paying it forward.
“No matter how big or how little, it’s important to give back to help others fulfill their dreams,” Carlos says.
While Carlos jokes that Paula’s UM degree was a prerequisite for their marriage, the happy couple equally enjoy celebrating UM pride at Hurricanes football, basketball, and baseball games—and by loyally supporting the school that has given them so much.