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March 25, 2013 | Monday 

Week of Well-Being to Focus on All Aspects of Employee, Student Wellness

Consistent with its mission to enhance health and wellness programs for employees, the University of Miami will host the inaugural Week of Well-Being from April 1-5, five days of University-wide health-related events that will range from cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein and outdoor yoga sessions to health fairs and a lecture by T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, one of America’s best-selling books about nutrition. | more

How Sweet It Is: Miami Advances to Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament

Overcoming their opponent's feisty defense, the Miami Hurricanes men's basketball team defeated Illinois 63-59 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. "These kids are very resilient," UM head coach Jim Larranaga said of his team's winning effort. Miami will face Marquette this Thursday. | more

CSTARS Awarded $16.5 Million Contract by Office of Naval Research

The University of Miami’s Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing has been awarded a contract by the Office of Naval Research to continue collecting, processing, and disseminating data from commercial satellites. The data and imagery will aid U.S. Naval operations around the world and help scientists to better understand oceanographic, sea ice, and terrestrial processes. | more

Wolfson Foundation Gifts Inspire Medical Students, Promote Wellness

The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation has donated three checks totaling $690,000 to various initiatives at the Miller School of Medicine, demonstrating its continued focus on saving lives by supporting and challenging medical students. | more

Pat Whitely Receives 2013 Scott Goodnight Award, NASPA’s Highest Honor

Pat Whitely, who took the reins as vice president for student affairs at the University of Miami 16 years ago and instituted innovative new strategies to enhance student life, has been awarded NASPA’s 2013 Scott Goodnight Award, the highest honor given by the organization. | more

Urban Farmer Will Allen to Present ‘Growing the Good Food Revolution’

University of Miami alumnus Will Allen is a retired professional basketball player turned urban farmer whose Milwaukee-based Growing Power organization promotes sustainable food production and the growth of communities through the creation of local gardens. Allen will speak at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. | more

Sink Your Teeth Into UM Libraries’ Edible Books Festival

Feeling creative? Make an edible book for the UM Libraries’ Fourth Annual Edible Books Festival. Participants create an edible book, which can be inspired by a favorite title, involve a pun, or simply be in the shape of a book, scroll, or tablet. This year’s festival will take place on Monday, April 1, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Otto G. Richter Library. | more

Family Weekend with the Miami Marlins to Be Held April 27 and 28

In appreciation of the dedication and outstanding work of University of Miami employees, the president and the provost will host Family Weekend with the Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28 at the 37,000-seat Marlins Park in Little Havana. | more

Corporate Run/Walk 2013 Registration Ends March 28

Put on your running shoes and shorts and join Team UM for an evening of fitness fun with family and friends. The Corporate Run/Walk, a 5K (3.1-mile) race around downtown Miami, takes place on Thursday, April 25 at 6:45 p.m. from Bayfront Park. Registration ends March 28. | more

For a comprehensive listing of the University of Miami's many events—including lectures, exhibitions, workshops, medical grand rounds, seminars, and more, click here.
  • Radio and TV Martí to Explore Freedom of the Press in Cuba during Live Show at School of Communication | more
  • R. Rodney Howell, M.D., Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award | more
  • Law Students Tread the Boards for Good Cause: Laughter. Buy Your Tickets Now! | more
  • Athletes, Talent Agents, and Lawyers to Convene for Entertainment & Sports Law Society Symposium | more
  • Policy Information for Camp Organizers | more
  • Famed Mathematician Persi Diaconis to Lecture | more
  • Refer Your Outstanding Students to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships | more
  • U.S. Student Fulbright Program Information Session | more
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Returns May 2 | more
  • SEEDS to Host Annual Networking Dinner with the President | more
  • UM to Host Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum | more
  • Applications Being Accepted for American Cancer Society-Institutional Research Grants | more
Maddow's Moment
With her new book, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, now a New York Times bestseller, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow appeared on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus on March 24 to discuss some of the topics addressed in her nonfiction work—from the nation's drift into a perpetual state of war to massive military expenditures and secret drone missions. Her talk, held in the form of a sit-down conversation with UM President Donna E. Shalala, also covered issues ranging from the humanities and arts to health care, politics, and climate change. About 900 people, many of them UM students, packed the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse for the event, which was presented in association with Books & Books. Above: Maddow, right, responds to a question posed by President Shalala. | more
From UM to the White House

During the first five months on her new job, Racquel Russell hardly spoke at all during meetings. “I was trying not to step on any toes,” she says, adding that such behavior was endemic of many of the women at her workplace. Russell, however, quickly learned that she was doing a disservice to not only herself, but her boss—President Barack Obama. Now, the deputy assistant to the president for urban affairs and economic mobility has learned to make her voice heard. That was just one of the stories and pieces of advice Russell, a University of Miami alumna, shared on March 21 at the University of Miami Women’s Commission Breakfast, an annual gathering that provides an update on the status of women in the workplace while honoring those who have advanced their cause. | more
Matches Made in Medicine

The Miller School of Medicine Class of 2013 celebrated Match Day on March 15. With hearts pounding, pulses racing, palms sweating, and tears of relief flowing, students bounded up on stage and, each in their own way, shared where they’ll spend the next three to seven years of their training. Above: Surrounded by husband William Bonati and Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Lauren Meshkov exults over learning she'll head to a dermatology residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York after a preliminary year at Jackson Memorial Hospital. | more


Are Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date?
The University provides life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability, and a one-month’s-pay death benefit to UM employees at no cost. Updating your beneficiary designations is the only way to ensure your death benefits are distributed according to your wishes. | more

Breastfeeding Basics: What Every Mother Should Know
In celebration of National Nutrition Month and Women’s History Month, the University of Miami and the Nursing Mothers Advisory Group will host a class for moms-to-be and new moms. Breastfeeding Basics: What Every Mother Should Know will be held on Friday, March 29 at 9 a.m. in Room 692 of the Clinical Research Building on the medical campus. | more

Faculty Survey Closes March 29
Friday, March 29 is the last day for faculty to fill out UM’s Faculty Survey. If you have not already submitted your survey, you will receive via email a final reminder with the link to the survey on March 29. This important survey is conducted in conjunction with a consortium of private research universities and offers full-time faculty the opportunity to provide feedback to their respective dean, the provost, and other senior administrators. | more

• Qualtrics Survey Research Suite Now Available; uSurvey System Ends May 1 | more
• Take Advantage of Free Computer Software Training in March | more

Award-Winning Multimedia Composer Douglas J. Cuomo to Perform at UM
The Frost School of Music presents award-winning composer and 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Douglas J. Cuomo as part of the 2012-2013 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Cuomo will present a master class on Monday, April 8 and will appear in concert later that evening. | more

ArtLab @ The Lowe: Adapting and Adopting: Waves of Change as East Encounters West
On view at the Lowe Art Museum through April 21, “Adapting and Adopting: Waves of Change as East Encounters West, Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art” examines three broad topics: Japanese artists living abroad, cross-cultural influences returning to Japan, and the role of traditional Japanese art. Curated by University of Miami students, this exhibition is the fourth installment in the series ArtLab @ The Lowe. | more

A Taste of Rodgers and Hammerstein: 'South Pacific' Opens April 10 at the Ring
A musical by the legendary writing team of Rodgers and Hammerstein, South Pacific is set on an island during World War II and centers on two parallel love stories threatened by prejudice and war. The final production of the Ring Theatre’s 2012-13 season, the musical will run April 10-27. Tickets go on sale today. | more

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