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October 29, 2012 | Monday 

Momentum2 Campaign Hits Billion-Dollar Mark
Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami has hit the $1 billion mark, putting the University on the fast track to reach its fundraising goal of $1.6 billion by 2016. | more

UM’s Economic Impact Tops $6 Billion
An independent study commissioned by the University of Miami shows that the institution has a total economic impact of $6.1 billion, making it a driving force that contributes greatly to the economic vitality of the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach region. | more

Study Led by Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Sheds New Light on Leukemia, Other Cancers
Long known to stimulate cell growth, the signaling protein Akt has been implicated in a number of human cancers. But in a new study published October 23 in the prestigious journal Science Signaling, a team of researchers led by Stephen D. Nimer, director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, found that Akt also can impair the growth of blood-forming stem cells that can develop into cancers like leukemia. | more

Director Robert Townsend Teams with UM, City of Miami on Film Training Program
Could the next Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese come out of the University of Miami or Overtown community? In a new initiative led by Hollywood director Robert Townsend, students from Overtown and UM’s School of Communication will participate in a six-week training program for would-be filmmakers. | more

WVUM Radio Station’s Power Boost Adds 1.5 Million to Listening Audience
Thanks to a newly installed transmitter and antenna, 1.5 million more listeners are now enjoying the unique programming of the University of Miami’s on-campus, student-run radio station. | more

UM to Host Annual Veterans Day Tribute
Join members of the University of Miami community, including President Donna E. Shalala, for a special Veterans Day Tribute on Monday, November 12 at 10 a.m. at The Rock. | more

Team UM United Way Drawing to Be Held October 31
Team UM will hold a United Way drawing on Wednesday, October 31, with gifts ranging from airline and UM basketball tickets to gift certificates for food and apparel. UM employees who have made United Way pledges since the beginning of the campaign are eligible. If you have not made a pledge, you can do so by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 29 to become eligible for the drawing. | more

• Miami Law's Macy's Holiday Pre-Sale | more
• Chocolate Extravaganza Bake-off & Bake Sale | more
• Law School Spook-a-Licious Bake Sale | more
• 2012 United Way Silent Auction Hosted by Department of Finance and Treasury | more
• Taste of UM Vendor Fair to Benefit United Way | more
• Continuing and International Education’s United Way Raffle | more
• UM’s United Way Campaign Continues; Make Your Donation | more
• School of Communication United Way Raffle for a Kindle Fire HD | more

Hurricane Student-Athletes Set GSR School Record
University of Miami student-athletes have recorded a Graduation Success Rate of 93 percent, the highest mark ever achieved for the school’s athletics department, according to NCAA figures released October 25. The mark is four percentage points higher than last year’s then-record 89 percent GSR. | more

Vote for Sebastian as Capital One Mascot of the Year
The race for the White House is not the only hotly contested competition under way in the country. The University of Miami’s beloved Sebastian the Ibis is competing against 15 other mascots to become the 2012 Capital One Mascot of the Year. | more

• Hurricanes Take on Virginia Tech in Key ACC Matchup | more

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  • Call for Applications and Nominations for 2013 Faculty Learning Community | more
  • UM Collaboration Leads to Publication of Major Guide to Behavioral Medicine | more
  • Dipen J. Parekh Named the Dr. Victor Politano Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology | more
  • School of Business Administration Named Academic Partner for “The Middle Market: Our World of Opportunity” Conference in Miami | more
  • R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program Launches New Website | more
  • VONA Voices Workshops for Writers of Color Return to UM | more
  • Applications for SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards Being Accepted | more
    A Lesson on the Dangers of Distracted Driving
    Under the watchful eye of Juan M. Rivera, motor club senior manager for AAA Club South, University of Miami student Ashlie Watson attempts to send a text message while operating a driving simulator. The exercise was one of a handful of simulations conducted at The Rock on October 24 as part of an event designed to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. UM, along with other institutions such as Florida International University and Miami Dade College, is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation’s District Six office on a “Put It Down” safe-driving campaign targeting 16- to 24-year-olds.
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    In Celebration of Food
    The University of Miami’s Well ’Canes Marketplace took on a special meaning last Wednesday as local vendors sold tasty—and healthy—treats as part of Food Day activities on the Coral Gables campus. Organized by the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, Food Day events also included a talk by an economist on “How to Scale Up the Local Food Revolution through Local Investment,” a fair featuring organizations that focus on sustainability, and a screening of Food Stamped, a documentary addressing the challenges of eating a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. | more

    Big U on Campus
    ’Canes Spirit Day was in full swing on the Coral Gables campus on October 19 as hundreds of members of the UM community gathered on the Foote University Green to form what was billed as “The Biggest U.” | more

    Open Enrollment Ends November 2; Take Action
    If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to make your elections for 2013 benefits. Open Enrollment—your annual opportunity to enroll or make changes to medical, dental, flexible spending, and short-term disability benefits—ends Friday, November 2. | more

    • Dealing with Difficult People in the Workplace | more
    • Comprehensive ORA Training: Understanding Cost Policy | more
    • Take Advantage of Free Computer Software Training in November and December
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    • VitalMD Rejoins Aetna Network | more

    • Social Security Benefits Update
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    Festival Miami Concludes with New Songs, Tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole, and Cabaret-Style Show with Jon Secada
    Festival Miami enters its final week with a powerhouse lineup. Among the concerts on tap: the annual Songwriters Showcase, featuring music composed and performed by students enrolled in the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music program; George Benson, Freddy Cole, and The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra in a spectacular celebration honoring legendary singer, pianist, and trio leader Nat ‘King’ Cole; and vocal superstar Jon Secada in an intimate cabaret-style show that highlights his numerous pop hits, favorite Broadway selections, and timeless classics. | more

    Disability in 21st-Century America: Political, Social, and Cultural Imperatives
    In recent decades, disabled people have emerged as a political force, articulating a bold civil rights and social justice agenda. “Disability in 21st-Century America: Political, Social, and Cultural Imperatives” will review that history, illustrated with selections from the disability cultural landscape—artists of all genres who bring the disability experience to the page, screen, canvas, and stage. This presentation by author, consultant, and public speaker Simi Linton will take place on Thursday, November 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse. | more

    CLAS, School of Architecture Partner to Explore Informal Cities in Upcoming Symposium
    The Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Architecture are co-sponsors of this symposium, which focuses on the realities, challenges, and lessons of informal cities as they are found in Latin America and the Caribbean: undocumented “off-the-map” urban communities that are beyond the reach of the law, government services, and infrastructure, yet show surprising resilience and vitality and could hold lessons for global development efforts. It will be held November 8-10. | more

    Girls vs. Boys: A New Rock Musical
    A professional co-production with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Girls vs. Boys, November 1-18, is a brash new rock musical that follows a clutch of hormonal teens as they prowl through wild parties and deserted playgrounds looking for love and acceptance. | more

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