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May 4, 2015 | Monday 
Jimmy Buffet
Margaritaville Comes to Commencement

More than 3,500 newly minted graduate and undergraduate students will celebrate their accomplishments this week during six commencement ceremonies featuring words of wisdom from two distinguished alumni, two departing University leaders, and one of America’s most beloved troubadours—Jimmy Buffett, who may or may not sing his advice. | more
  • Schedule and Reminders for May 2015 Commencement Ceremonies | more
IBIS Ally Network
New Initiatives Build a Better, More LGBTQ-Friendly U

Being a college student can be especially stressful for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students, particularly those who struggle with self-acceptance and might not have support from family or friends. That’s why the University is introducing several new programs to ensure LGBTQ students thrive on a safe, inclusive campus that nurtures their academic and personal goals. | more
UM Partners with eMerge Americas; Discounts Available

UM is among the global partners of eMerge Americas, the two-day conference that begins Monday, May 4, at the Miami Beach Convention Center and aims to position Miami as the technology hub of the Americas. A 20 percent registration discount is available to the UM community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—by using the code RCGPUOM. | more
Terry Helmers
President Obama Honors Analyst for His Other (Volunteer) Job

By day, Terry Helmers is a UMIT senior systems analyst, but on weekends he’s usually paddling or diving in Biscayne National Park, where his decades-long dedication to preserving and sharing South Florida’s unique ecosystems have earned him President Barack Obama’s President’s Volunteer Service Award. | more
Ralph L. Sacco
Ralph L. Sacco Named President-Elect of American Academy of Neurology

Adding to an already illustrious list of accomplishments, Ralph L. Sacco, professor and chairman of Neurology and Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders, was unanimously elected president-elect of the American Academy of Neurology during the AAN’s annual meeting last month, which places him in line to become the 28,000-member organization’s president in 2017. | more
First Independent Major to Graduate
First Independent Major to Graduate with Customized Degree

A playwright and author who designed a curriculum focused on politics, philosophy, and economics to fit his unique career goals will be the first student to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences with an Independent Major (IM), a new initiative launched in fall 2014, to allow students to customize an A.B. or B.S. degree. | more
Jazz Students Awarded 18 DownBeat Student Music Awards

Frost School of Music students were well-represented in DownBeat magazine’s 38th Annual Student Music Awards, with 18 winners and outstanding performance awards bestowed on undergraduate and graduate soloists, ensembles, composers, and engineers. | more
Panel at Latin American Conference
‘The Little Think Tank That Could’ Celebrates 10th Latin America Conference

With President Barack Obama’s new U.S. policy toward Cuba the focus of intense media coverage, the Center for Hemispheric Policy addressed the issue head-on during its annual Latin America Conference, which came ten years after the think tank’s birth and featured remarks by outgoing President Donna E. Shalala, who described the CHP as “The Little Think Tank That Could.” | more
Tennis Regional
Tennis Regional
Giants Select Flowers, Colts Take Dorsett in First Round of 2015 NFL Draft
After a six-year drought of not having a player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, the Miami Hurricanes football program reestablished its first-round supremacy last Thursday, when offensive tackle Ereck Flowers and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett were taken, respectively, with the ninth and 29th picks in the league’s annual player selection meeting. More UM players were taken in later rounds. For complete draft coverage, visit Miami Hurricanes NFL Draft Central.
Tennis Regional
Women’s Tennis to Host 11th Straight NCAA Regional
One of 16 programs selected to host a Regional of the NCAA Team Championship, the seeded and 15th-ranked women’s tennis team will welcome Ole Miss, Denver, and North Florida to the Neil Schiff Tennis Center May 8-9, marking the 11th year in a row the Hurricanes will host the first and second round of the NCAA Championships and the 20th consecutive season that Miami has made the field. | more
  • Volleyball Releases 2015 Schedule | more
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Donna E. Shalala and students
A Tribute Fit for a Queen: Student Activities Center Renamed for President Shalala
UM cemented President Donna E. Shalala’s name in Hurricanes’ history last week, renaming the Student Activities Center in her honor. The plaque unveiled at her tribute said it all: “On April 30, 2015, this building was officially named the Donna E. Shalala Student Center in recognition of the President’s extraordinary vision, leadership, and connection to the student body from 2001 to 2015, when the institution attained unprecedented levels of distinction.” | more
Marlins ticket distribution
Marlins ticket distribution
Brats, Baseball, and Brains: UM Celebrates 10th Family Day with the Miami Marlins
It wasn’t just another day at the ballpark, but a festive outing celebrating outgoing UM President Donna E. Shalala’s remarkable 14-year tenure, the dedication of UM faculty and staff, their bonds with family, friends, and colleagues, and the promise of bright, young minds. The University’s annual Family Day with the Miami Marlins, held Saturday at Marlins Park in Little Havana, where the Marlins were far from the only winners, was that and much more. View the slideshow.
Holocaust Survivors and Students
Holocaust Survivors and Students Celebrate Intergenerational Connections
With most American Jews believing that “remembering the history and lessons of the Holocaust” is essential to being Jewish, UM’s Holocaust Survivors Support Internship Program has taken that remembrance to a personal level, bringing college students and Holocaust survivors together for a unique learning opportunity. | more
Food Chains
Special Collections’ Food Chains Screening Opens Discussion on Farmworker Exploitation
The screening of the film Food Chains: The Revolution in America’s Fields, which documents the fight of farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida, for living wages and workers’ rights, brought students, faculty, and community members together for a meaningful discussion about issues that are “close to many South Floridians and affect farmworkers across the country.” View a video of the discussion. | more
Holocaust Survivors and Students
Take the Clean Air Challenge and You May Win $500
In support of National Clean Air Month—and a more sustainable environment—Green U encourages all UM commuters to take South Florida Commuter Services’ Clean Air Challenge. Commuters who pledge to carpool, ride transit, vanpool, bicycle, or walk at least once this May will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $500 Visa gift cards. | more
Reverse Mortgage 101: What You Need To Know
This lunchtime seminar offered on all campuses next week by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program for those interested in learning the basics of a reverse mortgage will help clarify who is likely to benefit from one. Register through ULearn. | more
Learn a New Skill and Get in Shape at the Herbert Wellness Center
Ever thought about learning how to belly dance? How about the ancient practice of karate? The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center offers members and non-members a variety of classes that not only get the heart pumping, but put the brain to work. Try one—the first session of each class is free. | more
Empty Space

CAS Gallery Showcases Work of B.F.A. Graduates
The works of graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students, including Victoria Diaz’s oil on canvas, Empty Space, are on exhibit at the College of Arts and Sciences Gallery at the Wesley Foundation, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, through Friday, May 8, with a reception for the graduating students on Thursday, May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Autumn Sonata

Anomalies Explores a ‘Mind-Scape Environment’
Featuring clay vessels that give the “illusion of oneness,” Anomalies, an exhibition by Master of Fine Arts candidate Skylor Swann, opens Tuesday, May 5, at the University of Miami Art Gallery at the Wynwood Building in Miami, with an opening reception from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. | more

Autumn Sonata
  • Sylvia Daunert Elected to Spain’s Scientific Academy | more
  • Miami Law Students Recognized by ‘Who’s Who Among Students’ | more
  • UM Coral Gables Campus Earns Designation as Tree Campus USA | more
  • College of Arts and Sciences Reception Highlights Faculty Accomplishments | more
  • SONHS and School of Communication Create New Health Communication Minor | more
  • Win a Trip to Las Vegas at CARD’s Annual Tropical Nights Gala | more
  • Preliminary Applications for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships Due May 15 | more
  • Register Now for Data Carpentry Workshop in Python on May 18-19 | more
  • RSVP by May 6 for ‘Treating Tobacco in Mental Health Settings’ | more
  • Office of Controller Fiscal Year-End Survival Kit Training for Coral Gables Campus Departments | more

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