May 16, 2013
Alumni News

Alumni Awards Ceremony

Since 1969 the UM Alumni Association has proudly recognized notable individuals for their service to the University of Miami and has honored their distinguished achievements that have brought recognition to our alma mater.

On April 18, the UM Alumni Association honored nine individuals and bestowed the distinction of honorary alumnus to Leonard Abess, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, as well as former UM football coaches Jimmy Johnson and Howard Schnellenberger.

More than 400 guests watched our distinguished alumni accept awards in honor of their dedication to the University. Dwayne Johnson received the Edward T. Foote Award for his professional achievements and recounted his days as a football player at the U. Johnson credits UM for making him the man he is today and thanked the University of Miami for positively impacting his life.

The evening was a true celebration of alumni family and friends.

The next Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held April 2015. To nominate an outstanding individual complete our online form.

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2013 UM Alumni Association award recipients.

Alumnus Colonel Guy "Rudy" Moise Hangs Up His Uniform after 21 Years of Service

Colonel Guy "Rudy" MoiseColonel Guy "Rudy" Moise, M.B.A. '94, J.D. '97, the highest-ranking Haitian American currently serving in the United States Air Force, has recently retired from the service. Air Force officials held a retirement ceremony for Colonel Moise to honor his service to the United States in April.

Moise, a Colonel and Flight Surgeon has served at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida for 16 years. The base is a fully combat-ready unit capable of providing F-16C multi-purpose fighter aircraft, along with mission-ready pilots and support personnel, for short-notice worldwide deployment. The wing has approximately 1,600 members, including more than 1,200 reservists, in addition to 325 full time civilians.

Moise was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and moved to the United States at the age of 17. He believed that in America he could find great opportunity and dedicated himself to achieving the American dream. Moise earned an Undergraduate Degree at the University of Illinois and a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He later earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. Moise also holds a Flight Surgeon Degree from the US Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.

Moise started his military career as a medical officer in the US Public Health Service for four years. He later joined the Air Force Reserve where he served as Chief of Aerospace Medicine, then as Chief of Hospital Services at the 482nd Medical Squadron in Homestead. His last two years, he has served at the 622 RSG at Dobbins Air Reserve Base and at the 622 ASTS at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. Moise has flown in most of the military aircrafts, including F-15, F-16, KC-130, C-130 to name a few.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to have served in the Air Force Reserve. America has been very good to me and serving in the military was the best way to give back." Moise said.

Briefly Noted

Jose Abreu, B.S.C.E. ’78, has joined Gannett Fleming as senior vice president.
Kenneth R. Benoit, M.M. ’78, had a performance of his "Mosaics" at the Southeastern Composers League Forum at Morehead State University.
Marko F. Cerenko, J.D. ’05, has joined the law firm of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine, P.L.
Bradley Goodwin, B.B.A. ’09, is part of a UM alumni stand-up comedy group called "The Canes of Comedy."
David M. Hinkes, A.B. ’79, book Selling By Objectives (SBO): The Handbook for More Profitability in the 21st Century, is on its third edition.
Brian L. Itzkowitz, B.B.A. ’89, was named Non-Profit Executive of the Year by Arkansas Business.
Jennifer L. Jurado, B.S. ’98, Ph.D. ’03, was honored among 12 people by the White House for being a "Champion of Change" for preparing their communities for the consequences of climate change.
Rex E. Moule, L.L.M.T. ’86, recently taught a course for the Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee. He was also selected for the Best Lawyers in America for 2012 and 2013.
John B. Pascarella, Ph.D. ’95, is the Dean of the College of Sciences and Professor of Biology at the Sam Houston State University.
Marilyn S. Van Houten, B.S.N. ’69, company Rehabilitation Case Management, Inc., has celebrated its 25th Anniversary. It provides medical and vocational services.

UM Headlines

Global U

The University of Miami Alumni Association continues its global outreach! The goal to reconnect with international alumni is being realized through various strategic activities and programs.

The University of Miami Provost, Thomas J. LeBlanc, held his last two Accelerating Ambition tours in early March in Madrid, Spain and London, England. Alumni, parents and friends of the University had a unique opportunity to learn more about the history and future plans for UM, and how alumni have an impact on building the next great American research university.

On April 11, the University of Miami Alumni Association hosted a reception with President Shalala in Bogota, Colombia at the JW Marriott Hotel. With more than 100 UM alumni, parents, and guests in attendance, President Shalala reiterated the importance of having a global alumni community and how they strengthen connections among our graduates and the University.

With more than 160,000 living alumni, the UMAA's reach is truly global.

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Accelerating Ambition and Impact of U tours go International.
Sports News

Alumnus Testaverde To Be Inducted Into College Football Hall of Fame

Vinny TestaverdeMiami Hurricanes great and 1986 Heisman Trophy winning QB Vinny Testaverde is one of 14 former players and coaches that will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2013.

One of the greatest quarterbacks in school history, Testaverde was Miami's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1986, while also winning the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Trophy. He led the Hurricanes to three bowl berths, including the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, which determined the national champion. Testaverde, who was a redshirt on Miami's 1983 national championship team, went 23-3 as a starter playing for legendary coaches Howard Schnellenberger and Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson.

Tampa Bay selected Testaverde as the No. 1 overall selection in the 1987 NFL Draft, and his pro career spanned 21 seasons with seven different teams. The 1998 All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowl selection finished his NFL career seventh all-time in passing yards (46,233) and eighth in touchdowns (275).

Testaverde will become sixth Miami Hurricane player and 10th overall to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame Bennie Blades (2006), Don Bosseler (1990), Andy Gustafson (1985), Jack Harding (1980), Ted Hendricks (1987), Jimmy Johnson (2012), Russell Maryland (2011), Gino Torretta (2009) and Arnold Tucker (2008).

The 2013 College Football Hall of Fame FBS Class will be inducted December 10, 2013, at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. They will be honored guests January 2, 2014, at the National Hall of Fame Salute in New Orleans at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

It's all about the U

Stories of U

William R. Butler, Honorary Alumnus
Stories of UDr. William Butler, an iconic fixture at the University for so many years, shares his best memories with us. He served as Vice President of Student Affairs and Professor of Education beginning in 1965. His witty, charming reflections are a part of the University's history and we are thrilled to have him recount his experiences. Butler speaks about Dr. Stanford, the lovely Pat Whitely and that his love of students was his driving force throughout his career, and still is, to this day.

Stories of U - Dr. William Butler

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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The University of Miami's School of Education and Human Development (SOEHD) has received a $750,000 naming gift from Ken and Lisa Rosen and their children to establish the Rosen Leadership Initiative in Community and Social Change, which will enable the school to establish a Ph.D. program in Community Well-Being.

The mission of this post-master's Ph.D. program is to produce community-engaged scholars who promote individual, relational, and collective well-being through community-based research and action. A previous pledge from the Rosen family supported scholarships that helped to launch the school's master's degree program in Community and Social Change, now enrolling its fourth cohort. The latest gift will also permit the school to grant scholarships to students, who will be named Rosen Doctoral Scholars.

"This program is a natural progression for our School," said Isaac Prilleltensky, Dean of SOEHD. "It aligns with our vision of the School, which is to be a center of excellence in the study, promotion, and integration of educational, psychological, and physical well-being in multicultural communities." Prilleltensky added that the new Ph.D. program will build on the School's undergraduate major in Human and Social Development (HSD) and master's program in Community and Social Change (CSC).

School of Communication Receives $1 Million Gift

University of Miami alumnus Robert Mann, chair of the School of Communication's Visiting Committee and a member of the UM Board of Trustees, has made a $1 million planned gift to a School of Communication scholarship fund.

Mann, B.A.'70, has designated his donation to the Samuel and Grace Mann Endowed Scholarship Fund, named after his parents. The fund supports scholarships for deserving undergraduate students majoring in broadcast journalism each year.

The gift, which is part of UM's Momentum2 campaign, builds on Mann's significant donations to the School of Communication over the years and to the University's first Momentum campaign in 2005.

"I am pleased to continue giving to the School of Communication and supporting the wonderful progress President Donna Shalala and Dean Gregory Shepherd have made to ensure the University of Miami is a world-class university and the highest-rated educational institution in Florida," Mann said.

The former president of R.A. Mann Inc. and a co-founder of U.S. Biochemical Corporation, a life science and biotechnology company in Cleveland, Ohio, Mann has been recognized numerous times for his unwavering commitment to his alma mater. He was named Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year in 2008 and has generously supported scholarships and facilities in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and at the School of Communication.