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April 29, 2013 | Monday 

Spring Commencement Ceremonies to Honor Graduates, Distinguished Luminaries

More than 3,000 newly minted graduates will receive degrees at the University of Miami’s spring commencement exercises, May 9-11, at BankUnited Center. Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and physician Helene D. Gayle, who leads CARE USA, an international humanitarian organization whose poverty-fighting programs reached 83 million people last year, are among the prominent individuals who will give advice to graduates. | more

• Faculty Regalia Distribution for Commencement | more

Renowned Primatologist
Dr. Jane Goodall to Present ‘Reason for Hope’

Dr. Jane Goodall, the British primatologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace who is best known for her study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park, will speak at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center on Monday, April 29, at 5 p.m. | more

J. William Harbour Awarded Endowed Chair at Bascom Palmer
J. William Harbour, who joined the Miller School of Medicine faculty last year as professor of ophthalmology, vice chairman for translational research at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded the Mark J. Daily, M.D., Endowed Chair. | more

UM Recognized for Its Commitment to Wellness

For the fourth consecutive year, the American Heart Association has named the University of Miami a Fit-Friendly Worksite, a designation that honors the institution for advancing the health and well-being of its employees by offering incentives that include wellness centers, free preventive care benefits for employees enrolled in the UM health care plan, and programs such as Walking ’Canes, Be Smoke Free, and Weight Watchers at Work. | more
Civic-Minded Student Christopher Sanchez Honored

University of Miami junior Christopher Sanchez, who often takes time from his studies and research in wetlands ecology to mentor elementary and high school students, has been named a Campus Compact 2013 Newman Civic Fellow—an honor that recognizes his dedication to finding solutions to pressing community problems. | more
Annual Business Plan Competition Awards $30,000 in Prizes

New ventures including a boat shoe seller, a health care provider, and a social entrepreneurship program built around a café have taken top honors in the University of Miami’s 2013 Business Plan Competition, hosted by the School of Business Administration. The competition winners took home a combined total of $30,000 in first, second, third, and other prizes. | more

UM Defeats FSU 4-1 to Capture ACC Women's Tennis Championship

Led by the stellar play of sophomore Lina Lileikite, the tenth-ranked University of Miami women's tennis team defeated Florida State 4-1 on Sunday to capture the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. | more

NFL Streak Continues: McGee, James Drafted
Miami Hurricanes cornerback Brandon McGee and running back Mike James were selected during the third day of the 2013 NFL Draft. McGee went to the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round, while James was taken by the Tampa Buccaneers in the sixth round. | more

’Canes Hoops Announces ACC Opponents for 2013-14 Season
The Hurricanes men’s basketball team will host some of the nation’s top teams during the 2013-14 season. Miami will host Duke, Syracuse, Pitt, Notre Dame, and instate rival Florida State at the BankUnited Center as part of an impressive ACC schedule. | more

New Print Services Program Equipment Assessment Phase Begins

The new Managed Print Services team recently communicated the award of a new managed output services contract to Canon Solutions America. The next step in the implementation of this new contract will be an assessment phase. For more information, call Managed Print Services at 305-284-6585. | more

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  • Scholarships Awarded to Top Students in Litigation Skills Program | more
  • Miami Law's Lauren Pettiette Elected Chief of UM's Iron Arrow Honor Society | more
  • Miller School Surgeon Becomes Only Woman in Florida to Hold American Surgical Association Membership | more
  • UM Pediatricians Enlist Colleagues, Teachers, and Parents in Ending the “Cinnamon Challenge” | more
  • Miami Law Alumnus Judge Federico Moreno Receives St. Thomas More Award | more
  • Dissertation Writing Group Celebrates Accomplishments | more
  • In the Company of Women honors Anne J. Cruz | more
  • Rosenstiel School’s 2013 Underwater Photo Contest Announced | more
  • Human Resources Management Certificate Program Offered | more
  • Registration for Frost MusicTime Summer Program Now Available | more
  • Graduate Faculty to Meet on April 30 | more
A Weekend at the Ballpark: UM Celebrates Family Weekend with the Miami Marlins
Joined by their spouses, daughters, sons, siblings, close friends, and co-workers, thousands of University of Miami faculty and staff members participated in UM Family Weekend with the Miami Marlins on April 27 and 28 at Marlins Park in Little Havana. The two-day event, a favorite with employees, included autograph sessions with Marlins ballplayers, face painting, bounce houses, music by the UM Band, and, of course, the excitement of Major League Baseball. The event also provided a boost for academics, as the Marlins donated funds for scholarships at the School of Education and Human Development and the School of Communication. Top: From left to right, Luis Hernandez, core desk coordinator for surgery at University of Miami Hospital; M. Brian Blake, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School; and John Hargrove, senior software engineer at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, threw out ceremonial first pitches on Saturday. Joining the three is mascot Billy the Marlin. Middle: A young Marlins fan gets an autograph from catcher Rob Brantly. Above: Face painting and other activities were offered on the West Plaza at Marlins Park. | more
Team UM Participates in Miami’s Largest Office Party

Employees and students from across the University donned running shoes and shorts on April 25 and took to the streets of downtown Miami for the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, an event popularly known as Miami’s largest office party. | more
Hands around the Lake

In a show of solidarity and support for environmental issues, University of Miami students, faculty, and staff joined hands and formed a circle around Lake Osceola on April 22. The seventh annual Hug the Lake event, organized by the student organization Random Acts of Kindness, kicked off Earth Week on the UM campus. Hosted by the Student Government Energy and Conservation Organization, Earth Week included a series of events and giveaways at The Rock and around campus—including the ReUse Table for donated books, clothes, electronic goods, and other items; and Recycling Fairies, who patrolled campus and gave away free T-shirts to anyone they spotted making an effort to recycle. | more


FSAP Seminar: Foreclosure Prevention
Learn how to prevent a foreclosure during this free lunchtime seminar led by Amelia Stringer-Gowdy, special projects administrator with the Miami-Dade County Finance Housing Authority. Stringer-Gowdy will provide an overview of options available to those individuals who wish to keep their homes out of foreclosure. Information regarding HUD-approved counseling agencies and federally funded foreclosure-prevention programs will be provided. | more

UM Retirement Plans to Offer 100 Percent Lump Sum Distributions
The University of Miami’s Board of Trustees has approved changes to the University’s retirement plans that will provide faculty and staff with more flexibility for plan distributions. Effective June 1, 2013, participants will be eligible to elect a 100 percent lump sum distribution after separation from service at the University. | more

Flexible Summer Workweek Begins May 31
The University of Miami’s Flexible Summer Workweek Program, a ten-week period during which employees on the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel School (marine) campuses may work a modified schedule, will run from May 31 through August 8. | more

• Online Video Tutorials and Training Now Available Via Lynda.com | more

’Canes Film Festival
The 2013 ’Canes Film Festival, May 3, 4, and 5 at the Bill Cosford Cinema, will showcase the work of students in the School of Communication Motion Pictures Program in multiple genres, including documentaries, comedies, dramas, and thrillers. A jury of industry professionals decides which films deserve to be named the Best of Fest and go on to the annual ’Canes Film Festival in Los Angeles. | more

Brian Curtis: Stonehenge Series I & II
Art and Art History faculty member Brian Curtis’s Stonehenge Series, on view at the Lowe through June 2, derives from his conviction that traditional oil painting is an effective medium for communicating the excitement of direct sensory perception and that representational painting is uniquely capable of intensifying self-awareness by infusing depicted imagery with emotional content and intellectual musings. | more

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