Deals on Wheels

Whether you’re double-checking directions, choosing a restaurant, or deciding to catch a movie on the fly, you probably find yourself turning more and more frequently to your smart phone for quick assistance. Meanwhile, these handy triumphs of miniaturized technology keep finding ever more sophisticated ways to meet our needs in real time.

Now University of Miami alumni can get deals on a variety of services and purchases through a new program called My University Mobile. Participants receive e-coupons and discounts for meals, shopping, events, and entertainment from UM Alumni Association retail partners, delivered as text messages straight to their mobile phone or PDA.

“In today’s economy, we all appreciate the chance to get discounts and deals on the things we enjoy, so we’re delighted to be able to offer this free service to our members,” says Marlen Tejera, director of marketing and finance at the University’s Office of Alumni Relations.

To get started, text UM to 78601, or enroll online at Then, any time you see an offer you like,
simply select it and show your e-coupon or message to the vendor, and the deal is yours. For delivery items, use the offer code “UM” when ordering. You can opt out of this permission-based information delivery system at any time.

If you get a “failed short code” message, call your service provider and ask that the short-code text message feature be enabled. For customer support, email For more information, contact the UM Alumni Association at 305-284-2872 or