February 21, 2013
Alumni News

Alumnus Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Warren SappFormer University of Miami defensive tackle Warren Sapp is among the seven honorees selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Sapp spent 13 seasons in the NFL (198 games), playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1995-2003) and the Oakland Raiders (2004-07). A first-round pick (12th overall) by Tampa Bay in the 1995 NFL Draft, Sapp started for the Bucs en route to earning All-Rookie Team honors in 1995. He amassed 96.5 career sacks despite playing on the interior of the defensive line.

He was named 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after helping to lead Tampa Bay to its first division title in 18 years. That season, Sapp registered 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. A year later, he recorded a career-high 16.5 sacks. He led the Buccaneers to a 48-21 win over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII. From 1999-2002, he was a first-team All-Pro four straight seasons and was All-NFC five times.

A second-team All-NFL selection in 1997 and 1998, he was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Teams of the 1990s and 2000s. Sapp finished his professional career with 569 tackles, 96.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and four interceptions.

Sapp's prolific career with the University of Miami led to his selection by Tampa Bay in the 1995 NFL Draft. A two-time All-BIG EAST selection, Sapp was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player), Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman or linebacker) and the Bill Willis Award (best defensive lineman) in 1994. He earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honors the same year, finishing the season with 84 tackles, 10.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recovers.

Sapp becomes the sixth Miami Hurricane enshrined in Canton, joining Ted Hendricks (Class of 1990), Michael Irvin (2007), Jim Kelly (2002), Cortez Kennedy (2012) and Jim Otto (1980).

A Forty Year Volunteer

U.S. Coast Guard AuxiliaryRichard P. McCully, '98, has made volunteering a part of life. McCully, a federal judge in Georgia, has served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 40 years, is past president of the Broward Hurricane Club and was founder of the Atlanta Hurricane and Alumni Club. In 1998 the University of Miami Alumni Association named him an honorary alumnus for his devotion to the alumni community. McCully has been recently honored for 40 years of outstanding membership and service to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, where he serves as Assistant District 7 Staff Officer for Legal Issues (ADSO-LP 7). He is also very active in safety and regatta patrols on the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the voluntary arm of the U.S. Coast Guard and is charged with promoting recreational boating safety. It is approximately 32,000 strong in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary offers safe boating courses to the public, and performs vessel safety checks, performs on-the-water safety and regatta patrols, the latter under Coast Guard orders.

Briefly Noted

Susana Alvarez-Diaz, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ’95, has been named Interim Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at the University of Miami School of Business Administration.
Andrew J. Blitman, M.P.S. ’12, has recently self-published his second book, Birthright 2012: A Voyage into the Heart and Soul of Israel.
Erik B. Christiansen, B.A.M. ’96, has a new book, Channeling the Past: Politicizing History in Postwar America.
Jeanmarie C. Ferrara, B.S.C. ’90, J.D. ’93, has been promoted to executive vice president at Wragg & Casas.
Benjamin M. Geyer, B.M. ’07, is currently a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant in music theory at the University of Kentucky.
Jessica Z. Hall, B.S.C. ’05, is marketing manager at Office Depot. Hall also founded First Book-South Florida, a local advisory board that provides new books to children in need in Palm Beach County, Florida.
Stephen B. Hobbs, M.M. ’82, is part of the quintet "The North American Jazz Alliance." They just released the album The Montreal Sessions.
Curtis B. Hunter, LL.M.T. ’93, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Children's Bereavement Center.
Steven R. Kozlowski, J.D. ’96, is one of the producers of the film Any Day Now, starring Alan Cumming.
Alexander A. Mendez, B.B.A. ’89, M.B.A. ’96, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Edward A. Morton, M.B.A. ’83, has been named to the Board of Governors by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
Cara Samantha Scherker, B.A.M. ’06, performed on Broadway this past December in a fundraiser named Broadway Blows Back to help Hurricane Sandy victims.
Shani K. Simpson, B.A.I.S. ’05, had a piece of wearable art titled "Upon Further Inspection" accepted into the Fashion ARTillery show in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Louis J. Smoller, J.D. ’10, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Jazz Archive, Inc.
Justin R. Steinmark, B.B.A. ’99, has been promoted to Special Counsel with the firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

UM Headlines

UM Modeling Helping To Clarify Effect of Dispersants on Deepwater Blowout

Deepwater Horizon oil spillIn a recent Nature News article, reporter Mark Schrope detailed the various efforts under way to determine the effects of chemical dispersants used on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. Among the efforts Schrope highlights in his article is the work of University of Miami researcher Claire Paris-Limouzy and her colleagues.

Paris-Limouzy's team was the first to examine the effects of the use of unprecedented quantities of synthetic dispersants on the distribution of an oil mass in the water column, based on a modeling approach. Working collaboratively, the team developed and tested models that demonstrate that the application of oil-dispersing chemicals had little effect on the oil surfacing in the Gulf of Mexico.

An associate professor of applied marine physics at UM's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Paris-Limouzy and colleagues estimated the distribution of oil droplet sizes with and without injection of dispersants at the wellhead. Supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, they then applied a novel oil-mass tracking model of the Connectivity Modeling System developed shortly after the DWH incident.

To examine the possible effects of the synthetic dispersant on the oil transport in the water column, the team presented a three-dimensional simulation of the DWH spill during the disaster. The model indicated that the oil may have been dispersed by the turbulent discharge contributing to the observed so-called deep plume. The subsea application of dispersant did not result in the expected outcome, according to a peer-reviewed article that appeared in the November 12 issue of the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

"Scientists working on this aspect of the oil spill concur that a powerful chemical dispersant was applied at Macondo. But it has since become clear that numerical simulations could have helped us to assess the alternatives available and quantify the trade-offs we were making in terms of water column contamination," said Paris-Limouzy, one of the principal investigators of the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf EcoSystem (C-IMAGE), funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Institute. "Our numerical model can help estimate the trapping of oil at depth that prevents the bulk of oil reaching the surface."

Engineering Professor Awarded Young Investigator Research Program Grant

Nurcin Celik, a tenure-track professor in the UM College of Engineering industrial engineering department, has been awarded a three-year, $360,000 grant by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program. Celik's proposal on DDDAMS-based Real-time Assessment and Control of Air Force Base Microgrids was one of 40 selected by the Air Force from 192 submissions.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research awarded approximately $15 million in grants to 40 scientists and engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. The program is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.

"This is the first time that one of our IE faculty has received this prestigious award," said Shihab Asfour, professor and associate dean of the College of Engineering. "As her mentor, I heartily supported Dr. Celik's application to this award last summer, and I am delighted she received the funding. I would like to personally congratulate Dr. Celik for this great achievement."

Sports News

Larranaga Leads Team to New Heights

Jim LarranagMiami's men's basketball program is making history, ascending to the Top 5 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY polls for the first time in school history.

Miami is second on both the AP poll and coaches' poll, both program highs, but its historic rise in the rankings is not the only "first" the ’Canes have accomplished under the tutelage of head coach Jim Larranaga.

This year's ’Canes beat No. 1 Duke, 90-63, to become the first team in program history to defeat the nation's top-ranked team. Larranaga also guided the ’Canes to their first ever win over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium last season. That gave the Hurricanes a two-game winning streak against Duke since joining the ACC.

Beating a decorated program like Duke is always viewed as a significant accomplishment. The same could be said for a victory over North Carolina. This season, the ’Canes beat both ACC powers by impressive margins.

Miami is the first team to beat Duke and UNC by 25-plus points in the same season since the start of ACC play in 1953. The ’Canes are also the first team to beat the Blue Devils and Tar Heels in the same season by 20-plus points since Maryland in the 1974-75 season.

The 2012-13 season also marks the first in program history in which the ’Canes beat all three teams in "The Triangle": Duke, North Carolina and NC State. It is also the first time in program history that the ’Canes beat NC State on their home court in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The list of Miami basketball firsts continues with impressive feats such as the ’Canes' 13-0 start in conference play. Miami had previously won only nine total ACC games in a season, a feat they accomplished under Larranaga last season. The nine ACC wins last season helped the ’Canes finish fourth in the conference, also a program best to date.

Larranaga's Canes have already accomplished so much this year, but Miami's men's hoops team hopes to add many more "firsts" to its historic season.

It's all about the U

Stories of U

Ray Bellamy, A.B. '70, M.A. '72
Stories of U A vibrant soul and a true ground–breaker, Ray made history by becoming the first African-American football athlete given a scholarship with a major university in the Southeastern part of the United States. As he recounts his time at the University of Miami, we are thrilled to hear his story of triumph against many odds and that the University was a great support for him during that time.

Stories of U - Ray Bellamy

Stories of U is a University of Miami Alumni Association campaign celebrating the individual and collective experiences of our alumni, their family, and their friends.

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Breaks Ground on New Site in Naples

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute officially began its expansion to better serve patients on Florida's Gulf Coast at a February 8 groundbreaking ceremony for its new and bigger location in Naples.

Bascom Palmer Chairman Eduardo C. Alfonso; Stephen G. Schwartz, medical director of Bascom Palmer at Naples; and Michael Gittelman, executive administrator at Bascom Palmer, joined Naples Mayor John F. Sorey and other community leaders at the 1.5-acre site Bascom Palmer purchased on the northeast corner of U.S. 41 and Cypress Woods Drive. Due to increasing patient demand, Bascom Palmer has outgrown space it has leased since first opening in Naples in 2004.

Bascom Palmer's expanded presence in Naples will contain clinical space customized for the treatment of all ophthalmic diseases and disorders, as well as imaging, laser vision correction, vision research, and an ambulatory surgery center. Ranked the No. 1 eye hospital in the nation for the past nine years by U.S. News & World Report, Bascom Palmer is expected to draw more visitors to the region, contributing to Collier County's growth as a medical destination.

Musical Celebration Marks Groundbreaking for Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios

In a ceremony filled with music, the Frost School broke ground February 8 on its new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, a structure that will include some 82 chamber music and teaching studios.

When completed, the new building, which is just one component in the school's ambitious expansion plans, will not only help the school to continue luring top student-musicians but also "attract new faculty," said Shelton "Shelly" Berg, dean of the Frost School.

The school's original practice rooms in the Foster Building had become antiquated, and more than half of them were not being used as practice space at all—but for teaching. In fact, of Foster's 90 existing studios, only 35 were in use as practice rooms, leaving more than 700 music students to vie for precious space.

"On top of that," Berg explained, "we created the Experiential Music Curriculum that's based around chamber music and learning in small ensembles rather than sitting in lecture demonstrations. The practice rooms in Foster aren't large enough for chamber music rehearsals. But the new teaching studios that our faculty will move into are large enough and have high enough ceilings that we can have virtually our whole school in chamber music rehearsals and adequate space to accommodate this new learning paradigm."

On a fast track for completion by fall 2014, the Frost Music Studios complex is made possible by the generosity of longtime UM philanthropists Patricia Louise and Phillip Frost, the latter a UM trustee.

Both were in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony, an event that serenaded guests with songs performed inside Gusman Concert Hall by the student-musicians who will benefit most from the project, which is part of UM's $1.6 billion Momentum2 campaign.

Students Help Nonprofits Raise their Profiles during 25-Hour PhilADthropy

During the fourth annual PhilADthropy event, held on February 8-9, University of Miami School of Communication students provided free advertising and public relations services to 16 South Florida nonprofit organizations in just 25 hours, creating materials such as vibrant advertising, buzz-worthy viral videos, cool websites, and more. Watch a video of the event here.

PhilADthropy began at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 8 and lasted until noon on Saturday, February 9, when final projects were unveiled to the nonprofits during a reception. This year a record 207 organizations applied for help, up from just 11 when the event was established in 2009. Selected nonprofits included Easter Seals South Florida, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and the Mystic Force Foundation, an organization working to find a cure for childhood cancer.

PhilADthropy is organized annually by the school's advertising program and hosted by AD Group, an advertising club for students.

The event drew 133 student volunteers who, led by UM faculty and industry professionals, applied the skills they have learned in the classroom.