February 27, 2014
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The UM Alumni Association is going to Asia!

The UM Alumni Association, together with Executive Vice President and Provost, Thomas J. LeBlanc are going to Asia this April! Whether you live abroad or are traveling through, we hope to see you there as we share our vision to build the next great global research university.

Join us for receptions in any of the following locations:

Tokyo, Japan
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Hilton Tokyo Hotel

Beijing, China
Friday, April 25, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Westin Beijing Chaoyang Hotel

Shanghai, China
Saturday, April 26, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Le Royal Méridien Shanghai Hotel

If you live in Asia, please let us know. Complete and submit a UConnect form.

For additional information, please contact the UM Alumni Association at 1-866-UMALUMS (862-5867), or by e-mail at alumni@miami.edu. R.S.V.P. at www.miami.edu/asia/rsvp.


2014 Black Student Scholarship Reception

Thursday, March 27

Coral Gables

The University of Miami Black Alumni Society and the Woodson Williams Marshall Association invite you to attend the 2014 Black Student Scholarship Reception featuring Lauryn Williams, B.B.A. '05, Olympic Sprinter and Bobsledder.

As a student at the University of Miami, Lauryn Williams was a nine-time All-American in track and field. She is a three-time Olympian in the sport, winning a silver medal in 2004 and becoming a gold medalist in 2012. At the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Williams won a silver medal in women's bobsled, becoming only the second American and fifth person in history to win medals in Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

The program recognizes undergraduate students who were nominated for the Black Alumni Scholarship and the WWMA Scholarship. A networking reception will follow the program.

This event takes place on Thursday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newman Alumni Center, located on 6200 San Amaro Drive on the Coral Gables campus. RSVP to the UM Alumni Association at 305-284-2872 or alumni@miami.edu. You can also register online at www.miami.edu/alumni/groups/blackalumni.htm.

Impact of U | Kansas City

Wednesday, April 9

Kansas City, Missouri

Join the University of Miami Alumni Association for the Impact of U Tour with President Shalala in Kansas City, Missouri!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Basie A/A1
200 W. 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 65104

Something amazing happens with those of us who bleed orange and green unite together… the impact is unparalleled. Join the University of Miami Alumni Association for a special evening with our president, Donna E. Shalala, as she reflects on our shared history and how each of us continue to have an impact on building the next great American research university.

To R.S.V.P.: Contact the UM Alumni Association at 1-866-UMALUMS (862-5867), or R.S.V.P. online at www.miami.edu/impactofu/rsvp. For additional information visit our website at www.miami.edu/alumni/impactofu/.

Travis: A Soldier's Story

Travis: A Soldier’s StoryMonday, March 3

Coral Gables

Travis: A Soldier's Story is a challenging documentary featuring the inspiring true story of United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne. Travis lost portions of both arms and legs as the result of an IED (improvised explosive device) on April 10, 2012 while on patrol during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Travis is one of just five quadruple-amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive such extensive injuries. Featuring powerful interviews and emotional reenactments from Travis and Kelsey Mills, and fellow soldiers who witnessed the events of April 10th, Travis: A Soldier's Story is an intimate look into the life of a wounded solider as he faces the unimaginable physical and emotional challenges of this life-altering injury. Travis's story sheds light on the daily inward and outward struggles of our wounded veterans and the difficult rehabilitation processes they face. Travis's openness and incredible perseverance will challenge us to look at the way we deal with our own personal trials in life.

This event will take place on Monday, March 3 starting at 6 p.m. at the Bill Cosford Cinema located on 5030 Brunson Drive on the Coral Gables campus. The schedule for this event is as follows: 6 p.m. - Cocktail hour • 6:50 p.m. - Seating • 7 p.m. - Screening • 8:15 p.m. - Q&A With Travis Mills. Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased online only.

A Mindful Journey from Trauma to Recovery to Gratitude and Love

Tuesday, March 4

Coral Gables

Dan GottliebJoin us for a lecture and conversation with psychologist and National Public Radio host (WHYY-Philadelphia) of Voices in the Family Dr. Dan Gottlieb. He has published four books, and his latest book, The Wisdom We're Born With, will be released in March.

This lecture is part of the Mindfulness Lecture Series of the UM Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative (mindfulness.miami.edu). The Initiative is an interdisciplinary collaboration across the University of Miami to engage novel implementation and cutting-edge brain research on mindfulness/contemplative training.

This lecture takes place on Tuesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. at the Newman Alumni Center, located on 6200 San Amaro Drive on the Coral Gables campus. Registration is required for this event. Please visit miami.edu/rsvp-gottlieb to register.


Virginia Key

The 2014 Sea Secrets lecture series presented by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and The Ocean Research and Education Foundation will host distinguished scientists and explorers to enlighten the South Florida community on our blue planet – from unraveling the mysteries of tiger sharks and drugs from the sea to protecting the breathtaking biodiversity that lies beneath, and so much more.

Sea Secrets kicked off on January 15 with a lecture on the enigmatic tiger shark by R.J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program Director Neil Hammerschlag. The lectures, which run through May 14, are free and open to the public and designed to provide insight and information about the oceans that cover two-thirds of our planet to a non-scientific audience.

Programs take place in the Rosenstiel School auditorium, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 6:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 19
Catalyzing Ocean Conservation at a Global ScaleCatalyzing Ocean Conservation at a Global Scale
Elliott Norse, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Scientist of the Marine Conservation Institute, Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, and Author of A Blog to Save the Earth

There is no task on Earth more important than maintaining its diversity and the ecological processes that underlie our survival, economic and social well-being. Unfortunately, the world's oceans are now gravely threatened, and are likely to undergo profound changes in our lifetime. During this lecture, Dr. Norse will briefly summarize the problem and discuss at length the solution that the Marine Conservation Institute offered at the Third Marine Protected Areas Congress in Marseille, France in October 2013. It is called the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES).

Wednesday, April 16
Inspiration Over DevastationInspiration Over Devastation
Shawn Heinrichs, Founder of Blue Sphere Media, LLC—Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist

Art is an essential tool in halting the destruction of threatened species. People only protect what they love—and recognizing this, we can bring the beauty and vulnerability of marine life to mainstream audiences across the globe, fueling a new wave of curiosity and appreciation for the oceans, and inspire the global community to take immediate steps to conserve them. Mr. Heinrichs is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer, and marine conservationist. He has worked with leading journalist and film teams including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Yann Arthus Bertrand, and National Geographic, and delivered projects for many of the top marine conservation organizations including WildAid, Shark Savers, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and Pew Environment Group. His award winning work has been featured with National Geographic, BBC, New York Times, Huffington Post, Washington Post, WIRED and numerous other print and online publications.

The 2014 Sea Secrets lecture series is sponsored by The Shepard Broad Foundation, Sullivan, Admire and Sullivan, P.A. and Southern Wine & Spirits.


CanesHoops to Host WingFest

Saturday, March 8

Coral Gables

It's easy for a restaurant to claim that they have the best chicken wings in Miami, but on March 8, you will be the judge.

The BankUnited Center will host WingFest — a sampling of chicken wings from establishments across South Florida — prior to the men's basketball game vs. Wake Forest. For just $22, fans will receive a game ticket plus the ability to eat wings from the following locations:
• Buffalo Wild Wings • Sports Grill • Bru's Room • Kings Creek Village • Chicks N Wings • Hooters • Carolina Ale House • House of Wings • Bokampers • Plus more establishments to be added later.

WingFest will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the BankUnited Center and will begin at Noon. A cash bar will also be available. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, click here and use the promo code, WING.

For more information, or to order over the phone, call Brad Matthews at 305-284-6743 or 305-284-2263.


Furry 'Canes

Furry 'Canes - PennyDoes your beloved pet love to wear University of Miami orange and green, too? Help the UM Alumni Association launch a new interactive program by submitting a memorable photograph of your special, four-legged, cuddly friend—your Furry 'Cane!—dressed in his or her finest 'Canes attire to alumni@miami.edu.

More details on the UM Alumni Association's new program will be forthcoming soon.

Stories of U

Summer Scholars Program 2014

Coral Gables

Summer Scholars ProgramSummer offers high school students the perfect opportunity to get a jump start on their college education. The University of Miami Summer Scholars Program is a three-week program for highly motivated high school sophomores and juniors. Students can earn college credit in one of twelve academic specialties, study with renowned professors, and experience what it is like to be a college student — all before graduating from high school.

"Best three weeks of my life!" – Brianna S., SSP 2013

In this scholarly program, students attend classes with other high school students from around the world, learn time management skills, and participate in excursions both on campus and around Miami. Residential and commuter options are available.

The Summer Scholars Program begins June 21 and runs through July 11. Alumni save $500. For information, please visit www.miami.edu/ssp, call 305.284.5078 or email ssp@miami.edu.

Jazz and the Philharmonic with Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra Airs on PBS

Friday, February 28


Jazz and the PhilharmonicJAZZ AND THE PHILHARMONIC is a one-of-a-kind project conceived by music producer and impresario Larry Rosen. It features a star-studded roster of award-winning jazz artists performing a blend of iconic jazz and classical compositions with the Frost School of Music's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Scott Flavin. Guest artists include Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Terence Blanchard, Mark O'Connor, Eric Owens, Shelly Berg, Elizabeth Joy Roe, and Desmond Richardson. The event was presented and filmed at the 2,000-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center on January 11, 2013 and will be broadcast nationally on PBS TV stations premiering on February 28, 2014. It will be released internationally on CD/DVD and digitally by SONY Masterworks' OKeh Records on February 25, 2014.

This historic event is a collaboration of four major national arts organizations--the National YoungArts Foundation, which identifies and mentors outstanding young artists; the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, home of the Henry Mancini Institute; the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, one of the country's leading performing arts presenters; and JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series.

Click here for additional information.

Menopause the Musical

WGC Cadillac Championship

March 5 - 9


The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics has partnered with the PGA Tour at this year’s WGC Cadillac Championship. Through the PGA’s Tickets Fore Charity program, the Department of Pediatrics will benefit from 100 percent of the net proceeds from ticket sales purchased using their unique code: GRIP14.

Defending champion, Tiger Woods will return to the newly renovated Trump Doral Resort and Golf Club Wednesday, March 5 through Sunday, March 9, joining many other top names in golf. Tickets are $30 for the general grounds pass and $175 for the clubhouse pass, which allows you to explore Donald Trump’s stunning new clubhouse at Doral along with other special gifts. Use the Promo Code GRIP14 and 100 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will benefit children served by pediatricians at UHealth, the University of Miami Health System.

Show your support for the children who are cared for by our great doctors by buying tickets today! Go to www.buytfc.com and select your tickets. Be sure to enter code GRIP14 in the password section to ensure your support will come back to UM!

For any questions and sponsorship opportunities, contact Sue Brandt at 305-243-1202 or SBrandt@med.miami.edu.

Alumni Career Resources

The University of Miami Alumni Association is proud to offer a classified ad section, available free to more than 165,000 members of the University of Miami Alumni Association. Please visit www.miami.edu/ealumni for more information or to submit your free classified ads.


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Real Estate

House for sale 2100 S.W. 15 St., Miami. 3/2 + enclosed Fla. rm. Corner lot w/fenced yard. $269,000. Walk to schools, park, pool, tennis, basketball. Susan, Assoc. 305-610-5897.

3BR/2B 2 story furnished townhome in Vail, Colorado 1.5 mile east of Vail village on bus line. Contact Dale at dredlich@att.net.


Pet Star Photography offers beautiful portraits for pets and their owners. Schedule your session now, in time for the Holidays. Or order a gift certificate, perfect for the pet lover. Call us at 305-233-7722 or visit our website at www.petstar.net.

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