In October 16, 2014 Edition of @Miami

Legacy Welcome Reception

More than 260 students, alumni, parents, and friends joined the UM Alumni Association on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, for the 9th Annual Legacy Reception to welcome the newest generation of ’Canes to the U family.

Legacies are the children and grandchildren of UM alumni. The University of Miami Legacy Program was designed to recognize the commitment and support of its alumni to their alma mater in choosing to send their children or grandchildren to UM.

With more than 6% of the incoming freshman class comprised of legacies, and more than 1,400 legacy students currently enrolled, the legacy tradition at UM grows stronger each year. We could not be more proud than when an alumnus sends their child/grandchild to the U! Even though UM is a relatively young university, it is exciting that we are now starting to see third generation legacies in recent years!

Legacy Welcome Reception  

Alumni News

Alumnus to donate proceeds from his book to UM Theatre Department

Richard Parnes, B.F.A. '74, has been in the telecommunications field for 36 years and is now the Senior Operations Manager for Black Box Network Services in the Los Angeles area. Having never lost his passion or creative desire, he kept a steady pace in writing. Although it took a great many years to edit and re-edit his 1st book The Death Maze, a Sci-Fi book set in a parallel dimension, it has just been republished in time for the release of The Death Maze Book 2 for next year. Parnes will donate partial proceeds of the first 1000 books of The Death Maze to the UM Theatre Department.

Briefly Noted

News and announcements from fellow University of Miami Alumni

Campus News

Norm Parsons to Retire after 43 Years

Norman C. Parsons Jr., executive director of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and Miller School of Medicine Wellness Center, will retire in October after serving the Division of Student Affairs with dedication, distinction, and an unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and alumni for 43 years.

As executive director, Parsons provided the leadership to build the Herbert Wellness Center in 1996 and the subsequent addition that opened in 2011.

SONHS’ faculty member selected for highly competitive national nurse fellowship

Rosina Cianelli, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., associate professor at the University of Miami, School of Nursing and Health Studies, has been selected as one of 20 national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014.


Stories of U

Cathi Nguyen, A.B. ’89
The Nguyen family’s story is truly the American Dream. Immigrating to the US after the Fall of Saigon, Cathy, her mother and siblings faced many obstacles with perseverance and tenacity. Hard work, passion and good food are the cornerstone of the vision that her father, imprisoned for 17 years in a reeducation camp in Vietnam, instilled in his daughter as she embarked on the journey to be a successful entrepreneur. Obstacles never stopped her, just made her more determined.

Sports News

157 Canes Named to ACC Academic Honor Roll

The University of Miami was represented by 157 student-athletes on the 58th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll announced this month.

The Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized a record 3,967 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom during the 2013-14 academic year.


RoboCanes Place Second at World RoboCup

The RoboCanes, a team of autonomous, soccer-playing robots programmed by computer science students to learn from experience, make real-time decisions, and communicate as a group, took second place at the 2014 RoboCup, the world’s largest artificial intelligence and robotics event, which was held in Brazil after the FIFA World Cup.


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