January 17, 2013
Alumni News

Can a Hurricane Make It to Broadway?

Paul Nicholas as Attorney Linden Delroy in NBC’s Law & Order: SVUThere is one former University of Miami Hurricane who certainly hopes so. He is Paul Nicholas, M.B.A. '94, a rising actor and director plying his craft and applying himself in New York City, probably the toughest place to be a theater artist in the entire country.

Despite enjoying many successes along the way, at times it has been a struggle for Paul. But he has stayed true to his passion and loyal to the pursuit of his dream. And now, finally, people are starting to take notice. In October he directed a revival of the Wendy MacLeod play The Water Children at Shetler Studios in New York, which was favorably reviewed by The New York Times, Backstage and the notoriously tough John Simon. Backstage said, "Director Paul Nicholas delivers a clean, straightforward production" and John Simon said it was, "niftily directed by Paul Nicholas. …move heaven and earth to catch it." Then in November in Philadelphia he performed in the world premiere of Lucile Lichtblau's The English Bride at Theater Exile. J. Cooper Robb from Philadelphia Weekly said, "A searing performance: Paul Nicholas is undeniably enigmatic," and Debra Miller from StageMagazine.org said, "Paul Nicholas is charming and convincing — even surprisingly sympathetic." David Anthony Fox from Philadelphia City Paper said, "The character is likewise given a fine, nuanced performance by Paul Nicholas, who manages to be thoroughly charming, and a little frightening all at once."

Broadway hasn't called yet but Paul is currently working with playwright John Anastasi to develop his latest (as yet untitled) play, with hopes of an Off-Broadway production. In mid December he directed a three day workshop of the piece, which culminated in a private reading at Manhattan Theater Club. And Paul continues to appear in the long running NBC series, Law & Order: SVU as the public defender, Mr. Linden Delroy. This is his eighth season on the show.

Alumni Nominated for Emmy Awards

Alumni Nicolas DeGrazia and Daniel KullmanUniversity of Miami School of Communication alumni recently took home Emmy gold. The stellar works of alumni were nominated this year for Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Jacquie Franciulli, B.S.C. '09, Broadcast Journalism, won the Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Best Sports Story about the Manheim Central Girls Basketball team and the young female athlete who inspires them. Franciulli is the sports director at Blue Ridge Communications Cable 11 near Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She credits her success to the outstanding education she received while at University of Miami.

"Being in the business now for almost three years, I didn't realize how much more prepared I was coming from the U."

Nicolas DeGrazia, B.F.A. '01, Daniel Kullman, B.S. '01, won an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement for Special Event Coverage (Editing) for a commercial they produced for the 2011 Chicago Restaurant Pastry Competition. The owners of Bitter Jester Creative, a top video production company in Chicago, they were also nominated for two more Emmys for commercials produced for the Ravinia Festiva. Kullman and DeGrazia studied screenwriting and production in the school's Motion Picture program.

"Being Emmy-nominated is an award in-and-of itself, a title that will never go away regardless of whether or not we win," DeGrazia said. "UM connected us with so many great people — teachers and students alike with whom we bounce our ideas off of today."

Briefly Noted

Michael Bernstein, A.B. ’68, has been nominated by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee to be a member of the Rhode Island State Board of Education.
Leyza F. Blanco, A.B. ’93, J.D. '96, was honored with a Key Partner Award from the South Florida Business Journal and LINQ Financial Group.
Karen Havice, A.B. ’87, has recently published Peanut the Tiny Horse, a children's book about a horse who becomes a hero and his friends. Her husband, J. Lancaster Havice, J.D. '75, was the creative consultant.
Nicole Henry, B.S.C. ’00, jazz/pop vocalist, is taking fans on a trip back to the 70's with her forthcoming album, SO GOOD, SO RIGHT: NICOLE HENRY LIVE, to be released worldwide digitally and on CD January 29, 2013.
Marc Hochman, B.S.C. ’91, is the morning host on AM 790 and FM 104.3 The Ticket in Miami. Hochman has been with the radio station since 2004, and in August 2012 he was named permanent host of the morning show.
Kimberly Kolback, J.D. ’86, moderated the panel "Television Obsession and the Law — Legal Basics of Reality TV" during the 24th Annual North American Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Conference held in Cancun, Mexico.
Cristian Macelaru, B.M. '03, was named associate conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Macelaru will continue to conduct special non-subscription performances, and cover concerts for new music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as many of the orchestra's guest conductors.
Roney J. Mateu, B.Arch ’76, had his firm, Mateu Architecture, selected as the 2012 "Firm of the Year" by the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Richard P. McCully, Honorary Alumnus ’98, was honored November 2012 in Atlanta for 40 years of outstanding membership and service to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Jeffrey H. Minde, J.D. ’93, was recently ordained as a Senior Soto Zen Monk.
Zoe Zeniodi, A.D. '11, D.M.A '10, was named assistant conductor for the Florida Grand Opera. During the 2012-13 season, Zeniodi will be the assistant conductor for the Florida Grand Opera Productions of Magic Flute, Sonnambula, and Maria de Buenos Aires (Piazolla).  

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Frost School Dean Shelly Berg Nominated for Grammy Award

Shelton "Shelly" BergShelton "Shelly" Berg, dean of the University of Miami's Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)" for his arrangement of "Out There" on Lorraine Feather's CD Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media). Berg and Feather co-wrote the songs and are frequent musical collaborators.

Other nominees in the same category this year include Esperanza Spalding, Vince Mendoza, and Nan Schwartz. Winners will be announced at the Grammy Awards show on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

An accomplished pianist in both classical and jazz styles, Berg is a recording artist for Concord Music Group and a Steinway piano artist. He has arranged and recorded with many award-winning artists and is currently arranging and co-producing a new CD with Gloria Estefan (Sony International). He is featured as an arranger and pianist on two Grammy- and Latin Grammy Award-winning Arturo Sandoval projects on the Concord label.

Dean White Named One of Nation's Most Influential Legal Educators

Patricia D. WhiteMiami Law Dean Patricia D. White has been named one of the nation's top 25 most influential people in legal education by the National Jurist.

The publication named 24 legal educators and one legal education public policy advocate to its 2012 list of the most influential people in legal education. The magazine reported that it had received more than 85 nominations for the list, which its editorial team had narrowed to 50. Then, the publication asked 350 people in legal education, including many law school deans, to rate each nominee based on how much he or she had influenced them in the preceding 12 months.

Jack Crittenden, editor-in-chief of the National Jurist, was quoted in an article on the magazine's website as saying that the list is a "who's who of the people who have shaped the discussion over the past year," which he described as a "challenging and pivotal year" in legal education. "While some have shaped discussion through traditional means, others have stirred the pot more," Crittenden said, adding that it was clear that "those who spoke up about legal education were heard."

Dean White became Miami Law's 11th dean in 2009, after a decade as dean of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Dean White was cited by the legal writer Brian Leiter as one of the nine most transformative law deans in the first decade of this century, an accolade inspired in large part by her determination to adapt to the evolving legal landscape by making new ideas and technological innovations available to law students. At Miami Law, Dean White founded Legal Corps, a unique fellowship program that places Miami Law graduates in nonprofit and public sector organizations nationwide, and tripled the number of clinics at the law school, vastly increasing the outreach work that students perform beyond the campus. A groundbreaking academic program, LawWithoutWalls, which draws on the talents of students and faculty from 18 academic institutions around the world, was founded at Miami Law under Dean White's guidance.

Dean Tien Receives Governor's Business Ambassador Award

College of Engineering Dean James M. Tien, left, with Florida Governor Rick ScottCollege of Engineering Dean James M. Tien received the Governor's Business Ambassador award during the recent Florida Trade Mission to Colombia.

Dean Tien and College of Engineering Advancement Director Rafael Robles accompanied Florida Governor Rick Scott and other business and educational members of Enterprise Florida on the five-day visit in December to Colombia.

During the visit, Governor Scott presented Dean Tien with the medal and noted, "I am honored to award Dean Tien the Governor's Business Ambassador award for his efforts in promoting higher education in Florida and helping attract global talent to the Sunshine State."

Sports News

Cristobal Named Canes Associate Head Coach

Mario CristobalFormer University of Miami standout Mario Cristobal, B.B.A. '93, M.A.L.S. '99 was named associate head coach and will coach the tight ends for the Miami Hurricanes.

With Cristobal's hiring, Brennan Carroll will expand his role to become the wide receivers coach and take a larger role in the passing game after previously coaching the tight ends in 2011 and 2012.

Cristobal was a four-year letterwinner for the Hurricanes from 1988-92, playing for Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson. An All-BIG EAST offensive tackle, Cristobal was a key member and leader of the Canes program, helping UM to win the 1991 national championship.

The Miami native comes to Coral Gables with a wealth of coaching experience, most recently as head coach at Florida International University from 2007-12. He guided the Panthers to the 2010 Sun Belt Conference title and their first bowl appearance, a victory over Toledo in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. He was named 2010 Sun Belt Coach of the Year and later led FIU to the 2011 Beef'O'Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl.

Prior to taking over the FIU program, Cristobal was an assistant coach for three seasons at 'The U,' first as tight ends coach in 2004-05 and as offensive line coach in 2006. His first full-time coaching gig was an assistant at Rutgers, where he coached tight ends and offensive line from 2001-03.

During his time as tight ends coach at Rutgers and Miami, Cristobal coached three NFL draft picks in L.J. Smith (2nd Round, 2003), Kevin Everett (3rd Round, 2005) and Greg Olsen (1st Round, 2007).

A prep standout at Miami's Christopher Columbus High School, Cristobal graduated from the University of Miami in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and followed with a master's degree from UM in 2001. He was a graduate assistant on the Miami Hurricanes football staff from 1998-2000.

Before becoming a graduate assistant at Miami, he signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos in 1994. He played for the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe for the 1995 and 1996 seasons.

Stories of U

Stories of URohan Marley recalls being known as Bob's bad son and being sent to the United States at the age of 12 to live with his grandmother and go to school. Marley speaks about learning the game of football at the parks in Miami and getting offered a scholarship for UM. "I bleed orange and green; being at UM we have a brotherhood, we still do. I am very passionate with everyone; I love my team, I love my teammates, and to this day they can call me anytime, and we are a family," says Marley.

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Sylvester's 20th Anniversary Gala Raises Record $1.3 Million

Nearly 600 party-goers streamed into the JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts in downtown Miami for the 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration of UHealth's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center held on, December 8, 2012. The spectacular party raised a record total of more than $1.3 million for research and care at Sylvester. Gala guests enjoyed a reception with a luxury silent auction, dinner, a stunning performance by two-time Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster, and an after party with DJ Irie.

"Every donor and every gift may mean a healthier and longer life for a cancer patient," said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., who became director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center six months ago, after spending nearly 20 years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Guests arrived from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties to support research at Sylvester, increase cancer awareness, and raise funds for the only academic-based cancer center in South Florida. Sylvester, part of UHealth at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, represents the most advanced approach to cancer care in the region, melding research with clinical trials, and the latest technological innovations. The gala is one of the primary fundraisers supporting Sylvester's mission of providing the most comprehensive and compassionate care to all patients.

Speaking to the crowd, UM President Donna E. Shalala said Sylvester provides "a shared mission of hope and healing" to those facing cancer, and declared the evening "a celebration of community."

Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., expressed his gratitude to the patients and their families who have entrusted their care to Sylvester physicians and nurses, praising their "steadfast courage." He added that Sylvester's "strong academic backbone is the key to its tremendous success as the best cancer research and care resource in the region."

The fundraising event was part of Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

School of Business is Ranked Nation's No. 2 Business School for Executive Education in Latin America

School of Business is Ranked Nation's No. 2 The School of Business Administration executive education program has been ranked as the No. 2 U.S. executive education program for Latin America by América Economía magazine. The just-released 2012 rankings also place the School No. 17 internationally among all of the schools ranked.

"The University of Miami School of Business Administration is uniquely positioned to be the business school of choice for both degree and non-degree business education in Latin America," said Dean Eugene Anderson. "This ranking is a testament to our commitment to engage managers and organizations throughout Latin America and to better prepare them to respond successfully to the growth the region is experiencing."

América Economía, one of Latin America's leading business magazines, ranked the top executive education programs based on the size and number of each school's corporate clients, the seniority of the participants in the programs, the quality of the faculty who teach in the programs, each school's international connections, and the prestige of school.

"The América Economia ranking is great news and validates our LATAM business strategies," said Amelia Rea Maguire, associate dean for executive education. "We are growing executive education programs with our partners to lead the way for high growth companies to thrive and excel in the global market place. We are here for them now and we will be side-by-side in their future."

The School of Business Administration offers executive education programs customized for the specific needs of individual organizations and their employees as well as open enrollment programs for executives and other business professionals. A significant number of the school's custom executive education clients and partners are based in Latin America, with many among the region's leading corporations. These custom programs, which are delivered in both English in Spanish, range in topic from "managing across cultures" and "global strategies" to "driving innovation," "developing high-potential employees," and "senior executive development."