In July 17, 2014 Edition of @Miami

Alumnus Returns 'Home' to Direct UM’s
Athletic Bands

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music has appointed UM alumnus Jay C. Rees as the new director of athletic bands.

Rees, B.M. '84, will lead the Frost Band of the Hour, the University of Miami’s marching and pep band, at sporting events, including nationally televised Miami Hurricanes football and basketball games, and expand the band’s reach and reputation throughout the region.

Rees takes over a band program with an 86-year history that includes performing at national bowl games and international competitions and events. He is charged by Frost School Dean Shelton G. Berg to: invigorate the athletic band program so it provides modern, outstanding time-of-life experiences for student members, including brass and wind musicians, percussionists, dancers, and others; build the Frost Band of the Hour into a top source of pride for the entire University community and a prominent leader in the marching band world; and establish a fresh and distinctive musical performance and field style that reflects the musical and cultural diversity of the city of Miami while projecting it to the world.

Jay C. Rees  

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The University of Miami has appointed Jill Deupi, who currently serves as director and chief curator of University Museums at Fairfield University, as the new director of the Lowe Art Museum.

"I am honored to have been selected to lead the Lowe Art Museum as it embarks on an exciting new chapter in its rich and storied history," Deupi said. "The museum is perfectly poised to catapult itself to the next level, building upon its tremendous resources and past successes while embracing 21st century museum practice, contemporary art and culture, and new education modalities – above all, participatory learning."

Deupi credits the Lowe’s solid foundation and Miami’s effervescent arts scene for her decision to join UM, beginning August 11. One of her goals for the museum is "to connect its remarkable collections to the contemporary art world and current cultural trends." She hopes to accomplish this partly with enhanced public accessibility to the Lowe’s holdings via an online, user-friendly database.


Stories of U

Alex Gonzalez, M.D. ’02, M.P.H. ’02
Alex’s experience at the UM Miller School of Medicine helped him realize what he wanted to do for the rest of his life—be the quarterback on the team of caregivers for a patient helping decide what healthcare decisions they need to make & assisting them in their life struggles. Today he serves 20k patients from the LGBT, HIV/AIDS & neighborhood populations of Boston as the Medical Director of Fenway Health.

Sports News

Four ProCanes Named to NFL Network Top 100

Former Miami Hurricanes standouts Jimmy Graham, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore and Antrel Rolle were named to the NFL Network's Top 100 List for 2014.

The Top 100 was determined by fan voting and rolled out over the last several weeks. Graham was the highest-voted ProCane, ranking No. 10 on the Top 100 list. Johnson was voted No. 21, Gore No. 46 and Rolle No. 72.


UM Alumnus, WW II Vet, POW Tells His Story

There was little they could do. Cut off from the rest of the 106th Infantry Division during the early days of the Battle of the Bulge, Pfc. Jack Diamond and the other American soldiers in his regiment would soon be surrounded by German forces, leaving them to face the grim reality of becoming prisoners of war..


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