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May 26, 2015 | Tuesday 
Stuart Miller and Donna E. Shalala at Commencement
Miller Family’s $55M Gift Lifts Miller School, Momentum2 Over Goal

Capping President Donna E. Shalala’s last commencement ceremony, Stuart Miller, chair of UM’s Board of Trustees and of the Miller School of Medicine’s M2 campaign, announced a “breakthrough” gift of $55 million from his family on May 9. Greeted with cheers by medical school graduates, faculty, families, and friends, the gift lifted the University over its $1.6 billion Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami goal, a stunning accomplishment that occurred more than a year ahead of schedule. | more
Record Number of UM Students Awarded Fulbright Grants

Nine students–six from the College of Arts and Sciences, two from the Miller School of Medicine, and one from the College of Engineering—will head to Europe, Asia, and Latin America through the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which enables students to teach English, or pursue individually designed study/research or artistic projects around the globe. | more
René Monteagudo
Psychologist Appointed Director of UM Counseling Center

René Monteagudo, a counseling psychologist who specializes in crisis intervention, student development, training, supervision, group therapy, and the LGBT and Latino populations, has been appointed director of the University of Miami Counseling Center, effective July 1. | more
Inaugural Cesar L. Alvarez Lecture
Inaugural Cesar L. Alvarez Lecture Features Former Secretary of Commerce

With a generous grant from an anonymous donor, the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies launched the Cesar L. Alvarez Distinguished Series “Cubans in America” this month with an interview with former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez. Scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, the second Cesar L. Alvarez lecture will feature Cuban journalist and intellectual Carlos Alberto Montaner. | more
Screenshot of Unsavory Game
NERDLab Shines a Light on Unsavory Sick Day Practice

Aiming to raise awareness about the public health risks posed by restaurant workers who have no paid sick days, the University’s NERDLab and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United have created a mobile game that lets players try their hand at surviving on a restaurant job while sick. NERDLab principal investigator Clay Ewing hopes Unsavory “prompts a larger discussion about sick days.” | more
Panel at LIFE2015 Conference
LIFE2015 Focuses on Improving Health Care in Latin America

Science, technology, health care, and policy leaders examined fresh ideas—from implanting medical sensors under the skin, growing biological computers from algae “soup,” and launching patient-friendly cloud-based services for jump-starting Latin America’s health care sector—at the LIFE2015 “Improving Access to Healthcare” conference organized in partnership with Boston Scientific. | more
Panel at LIFE2015 Conference
Memorial Service for Bosey Foote on the Foote Green

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the life of Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote, who transformed the Coral Gables campus into a tropical garden, at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 29 on the Foote Green. The wife of UM President Emeritus Edward “Tad” Foote II and daughter of the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, Mrs. Foote passed away May 5. RSVP to eventsmanagement@miami.edu or by calling 305-284-2875.
Baseball Team
Baseball Earns No. 5 National Seed, Opens Against FIU in Coral Gables Regional Friday
The University of Miami has earned the No. 5 national seed and will host East Carolina, Columbia, and FIU in the Coral Gables Regional of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship beginning Friday, May 29, at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Miami, which placed eight players on the 2015 All-ACC squads, begins its NCAA-record 43rd consecutive postseason run Friday against FIU at 7 p.m.
Student Athletes at Commencement
Five Teams Earn APR Public Recognition
For the second consecutive season and tying for the most in UM history, five University of Miami teams—men’s basketball, cross country, and swimming and diving, and women’s golf, and swimming and diving—earned Academic Progress Rates Public Recognition Awards for being among the nation’s top 10 percent in academic success last semester. | more
Daniela Darquea
Darquea Qualifies for U.S. Women’s Open
Sophomore Daniela Darquea made her own history last week when she carded six birdies and qualified for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open Golf Championship in Lancaster, Pa., with rounds of 68 and 71 at the Bradenton Sectional Qualifier. She will compete in the U.S. Open as an amateur July 9-12. | more
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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Cements Stardom in Hollywood
Following in the foot and handprints of such legends as Marilyn Monroe and Robert DeNiro, UM alumnus Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson immortalized his size 14 shoes and former pro wrestler mitts in cement in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre last Tuesday, just days before his new blockbuster San Andreas opens and UM recognizes fellow alumnus and action hero Sylvester Stallone with the Edward T. Foote II Alumnus of Distinction Award during the first Regional Alumni Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. | more
UM-Based Consortium Awarded $125M for Marine and Atmospheric Studies
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, which brings together the research and educational resources of ten partner universities, up to $125 million over five years to increase scientific understanding of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. | more
guests at the 26th annual Heritage Society Luncheon
New Heritage Society Members Inducted at ‘Celebration of the Possible’—and of Budding Filmmakers
Could the next Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow already be in the School of Communication’s Department of Cinema and Interactive Media? After viewing clips from the top student films at the recent ’Canes Film Showcase, many guests at the 26th annual Heritage Society Luncheon, whose planned gifts can help students succeed, may think so. As President Donna E. Shalala noted, people who make planned gifts are optimists who have faith in a better future, and want to help make that future possible. | more
Line at Frankies Pizza
From Pizza to Mediterranean Cuisine, Food Trucks Beef Up Summer Fare
When Candy Jackson spotted the Frankie’s Pizza food truck from the Office of Financial Assistance Services last week, the sight took her back to high school, when Frankie’s was the hangout after football games. “You could say I was raised on Frankie’s," Jackson said. For two more weeks, Jackson and others who remain on campus while the Food Court and dining halls are closed can enjoy Frankie’s or other food truck fare, from burgers to Middle Eastern cuisine, at The Rock from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. | more
Learn the Why, What, and How of Exercising with Diabetes
Join the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center and Diabetes Research Institute at noon on Friday, June 26, when a panel of experts discusses the why, what, and how of exercising with Diabetes at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center, classroom C, on the Miller School of Medicine campus. The discussion is free and open to the public, but those interested in attending should RSVP by June 19. | more
Relaxation Techniques for Coping with Stress
This lunchtime seminar is offered for those interested in learning calming, effective relaxation techniques to manage day-to-day anxiety and stress at work and at home. Participants will discover how to accurately identify their stress, recognize their reaction to it, and focus on problem solving. Register through ULearn.miami.edu. | more

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, May 26, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, 2nd floor training room

Miller School campus: Wednesday, May 27, 12-1 p.m., Library, Rare Book Room

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, May 28, 12-1 p.m., Dominion Parking Garage, room 155.
Flexible Summer Workweek Program Begins May 28
The Flexible Summer Workweek Program, which provides employees on the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel campuses the opportunity to take care of personal and family obligations while fulfilling work commitments, will run from May 28 through August 5 this year. To participate, please complete the Flexible Summer Workweek Agreement Form and discuss it with your manager for review, approval, and submission prior to the start of the flexible schedule requested. | more
Francien C. Ruwitch

The Void Invites Viewers to Interpret Unseen Mysteries
The Void, a Master of Fine Arts exhibition of charcoal drawings by Devin Caserta that explores the “internal force that pulls things into the void,” will be on view from June 9-28 at the University of Miami Gallery in the Wynwood Building in Miami, 2750 N.W. Third Avenue, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 13, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Autumn Sonata
  • Construction Begins on the University Center Bridge; Portions of Lot 452 Close | more
  • South Florida-Based Pap Corps Raises $3.6 Million for Research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center | more
  • Society for Simulation in Health Care Honors Dr. Michael Gordon with Pioneer Award | more
  • Cesar L. Alvarez Series ‘Cubans in America’ Hosts Carlos Alberto Montaner on June 2 | more
  • Center for Hemispheric Policy Hosts ‘Mexico: Reforms without a Vision for Development?’ on June 10 | more
  • School of Communication Faculty to Research Effect of Social Media on Healthy Behavior Choices | more
  • Call for Faculty-Led Study Abroad Proposals; Intent to Propose Forms Due June 15 | more
  • UM Employee Resource Groups Host Meet-Up on June 19 | more

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