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For the Faculty and Staff of the University of Miami
Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer fun begins: Approximately 300 summer camp children are participating in a fitness and health program launched by UHealth and Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation. Kids received UM goodies at the kick-off pep rally, top, which featured inspirational words from some of the special guests in attendance, including, from left, above, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, Miami-Dade Commissioner Dorrin Rolle, former Hurricane and two-time Super Bowl champion Darrin Smith, University President Donna E. Shalala, Jorge Luis Lopez, president of the Parks Foundation, and Jack Kardys, director of Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department.

UHealth joins with Miami-Dade Parks to launch summer health program
In loud voices that reverberated through the sports facility at Gwen Cherry Park, about 300 eager children started their summer camp season last Monday by singing praises to the University of Miami. The chorus came at the prompting of Miami-Dade Commissioner Dorrin Rolle, who urged the children to give thanks to the UM Health System (UHealth) for partnering with the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department to provide them with a summer health and fitness program.

Rolle was joined at the event by UM President Donna E. Shalala, Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, county parks and recreation director Jack Kardys and several other government officials, and special guest Darrin Smith, the former UM Hurricane and two-time Super Bowl champion, for the morning pep rally and official launch of the program known as Fit to Play.

When Goldschmidt took to the stage, he told the group he has three sons – including a 5-year-old who thinks he is Superman. Laughter turned to amazement when Goldschmidt said he also has a second family of 800 children. He explained: “These 800 children are the Miller School of Medicine medical students that will be checking you out to make sure you’re fit and healthy all summer.”

“This summer will not be the last time you will see us,” Goldschmidt added. “We’re so proud to be supporting you and we will be here for you.”

To learn more, click here.

UM lends its support to fall elections; poll workers sought
The University has agreed to participate in a public service project to improve the voting process in the fall elections. Miami-Dade County is in the process of implementing different technology—a scanned ballot system—for the fall elections.   

It will be used for the first time by poll workers and voters in the August 26 election and will still be fairly new technology when it is used for the expected record turnout on November 4. Accordingly, there is a need for a large number of qualified and trained poll workers. The non-partisan Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition has proposed that employers, where possible, facilitate employees serving at the polls. The University of Miami Law School Alumni Association has also taken up the cause. As a result, the University has agreed to lend its support.   

For information on how to serve as a poll worker, read the letter from Joe Natoli, senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer, that was sent to employees last week.

President Shalala gets Medal of Freedom
President George W. Bush places the Presidential Medal of Freedom on University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala last Thursday during a ceremony in the East Wing of the White House. During the ceremony, Bush described her as a leader whose efforts have helped more Americans “live lives of purpose and dignity.” Shalala was among six recipients of the award, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The other recipients included Benjamin Carson Sr., M.D., of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore; Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; the late U.S. Representative Tom Lantos of California; former Marine General and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Peter Pace; and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Laurence H. Silberman. To learn more, click here.

Participate in live conference call on post-Castro Cuba
On Thursday, June 26, the Cuba Business Roundtable at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS) will conduct its quarterly live public telephone conference call hosted by ICCAS Cuba experts and special guests. The conference call series explores the challenges and opportunities that businesses will encounter in a post-Castro, post-embargo Cuba. The live conference call begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 305-284-2822. R.S.V.P. in order to obtain the conference call number and code, as there will be a limited number of access lines (some AT&T charges may apply). 

Register for Basic Chinese for Business and Culture course
On Tuesday, July 1, the Intensive Language Institute's Basic Chinese for Business and Culture course begins. The six-week evening course focuses on survival language skills in Chinese, including communication, comprehension, and cultural tips for successful interactions. UM employees are eligible for a 40 percent discount on the course tuition. For more information and to register, visit the course Web site, call 305-284-2752, or e-mail alc.cstudies@miami.edu. Be sure to request the employee discount when you call.

Enhance your skills with free computer software training
The End User Support group offers free software training to University of Miami employees. Courses include Microsoft’s Office applications such as Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook. Training is also offered for Adobe’s popular Photoshop and InDesign applications.  Some upcoming courses in July include:



Microsoft Office 2007 New Features

Wednesday, July 2

Excel 2007 Core 2

Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 11

Access 2007 Core 2

Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 11

EOS/PC Training (RDS)

Thursday, July 10

RDS Web Training

Thursday, July 10

Word 2007 Expert Topics 1

Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18

Adobe Photoshop CS2 Level 2

Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18

Beginning Web Development

Tuesday, July 15

Directory Update

Tuesday, July 15

Intermediate Web Development

Thursday, July 17

Building Forms with UM's Web System

Thursday, July 17

PowerPoint 2007 Core 2

Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25

Excel 2007 Expert Topics 1

Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25


Thursday, July 24

Outlook 2007 Core 1

Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1

Excel 2007 Core 1

Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1

To register for a course, visit eustraining.miami.edu or call 305-284-2944.

Taking its Mission on the Road
With autism now diagnosed in one of every 150 children, the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities unveiled a new clinic on wheels last Thursday that will travel throughout underserved communities in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties, providing free screenings, resources, and education to families. The 23-foot-long Mobile Autism Family Clinic, which includes a therapy/evaluation room, waiting area, and workstation, will be staffed by UM-NSU CARD psychologists, behavioral analysts, and special educators. A $56,000 grant from the Unicorn Children’s Foundation will help the clinic operate.

Above, taking part in Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new clinic are, from left, Unicorn board members Elisabeth Dalfen and Jeannette Stark, Unicorn Director of Development Melanie Johnson, Unicorn Executive Director Sharon Alexander, Unicorn Secretary Mary Lynn Bartolomeo, UM-NSU CARD Executive Director Michael Alessandri, Florida State Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros, and Department of Psychology Chairman Rod Wellens. To learn more, click here.

20/20 vision club eyewear benefits
Optical Services at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is now offering its 20/20 vision club eyewear benefits to all UM employees, families, and friends. For $40, choose from selected metal or plastic frames with single vision (distance or near) or bifocal plastic prescription lenses. Add $75 for progressive (no-line) plastic lenses.  For those who want sunglasses, tint and UV protection will be offered at no additional charge. Certain restrictions may apply. For more information, call 305-326-6092.

Frank Haith Basketball Camp: employee discounts available
Children of UM employees get a $25 discount on registration for the Frank Haith Basketball Camp. Day camps are available for boys entering grade 3 through grade 12, and campers will be divided into age and skill groups to enhance their experience.  For more information, contact Miami Basketball at 305-284-2680 or go to www.hurricanesports.com (men’s basketball page).  Because of limited availability, make sure you reserve your spot quickly.

Sign up for Hurricane Aquatics camp
Hurricane Aquatics is currently under way and enrollment is still open for the 2008 Summer Swim Camp. For children from 5 to 12 years old, the camp features an outdoor environment, an Olympic-sized pool, and UM athletes who teach swimming and diving. Tuition for the camp is $225, but all UM employees receive a $50 discount. Private and group swimming lessons are also available. For more information, visit www.hurricaneaquatics.net or call 305-284-4713.

Center on Aging seeking physicians for survey
The Center on Aging is conducting a study on the impact of patient-acquired Internet health information on physician-patient relationships. The center is interested in learning about how this information affects office visits and the overall positive and negative outcomes that result from patients using the Internet for health information. If you are a physician who sees patients and are interested in participating in a brief interview, please call 305-355-9020.

Schedule an appointment with an investment advisor
TIAA-CREF representatives will be available on Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24 at the Coral Gables campus, Max Orovitz Building, Human Resources Conference Room, and on Wednesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 26 at the Miller School campus, Dominion Parking Garage, Human Resources Benefits Office, suite D. To schedule an appointment, call 866-842-3357, extension 261304; you may also schedule an appointment by visiting www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

Lincoln Financial will be available on Wednesday, June 25 at the Coral Gables campus, Max Orovitz Building, Human Resources Conference room, and on Monday, June 23 at the Miller School campus, Dominion Parking Garage, Human Resources Benefits Office, suite D. An advisor will be at the Rosenstiel campus on Tuesday, June 24 at the Library. To schedule an appointment, call 305-245-7332 or e-mail Theresa.Yong@LFG.com.

Enrolled in a Flexible Spending Account?  Unsure about how to use it?
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are valuable benefits to UM employees. Learn how to get the most out of your Health Care and/or the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account in 2008. Remember, FSA pre-tax dollars can be used to pay for everyday expenses such as doctor’s visits, prescription drugs, deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, day care, and more. Topics  will include a discussion on approved health care and dependent care expenses, how to use your health care HumanaAccess  Visa  card, FSA deadlines, and how to file claims, among other topics. To attend one of the sessions below, R.S.V.P. by e-mailing vagramonte@miami.edu. Lunch will be served. 

  • Coral Gables campus: Monday, June 30 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Max Orovitz Building, Professional Development and Training Office.
  • Miller School campus: Tuesday, July 1 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Dominion Parking Garage, Professional Development and Training Office Training Room.

Weight Watchers at Work: New 12-week session
The next Weight Watchers at Work 12-week session begins Wednesday, July 2 at the Miller School campus. Four sessions will be held every Wednesday starting at 12 p.m. at the Wellness Center Instructional Classroom. The courses will be held every hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3 p.m. To enroll, pay in full on or before Wednesday, July 2 at any of the sessions. The cost is $123 for new members and $109 for continuing members. The price is prorated for those who join later.

First-time registrants who attend all 12 weeks are eligible for 100 percent reimbursement. Second-time registrants are eligible for 50 percent reimbursement for perfect attendance. For more information, e-mail mariesvbd@yahoo.com or sheri.lee@miami.edu.

Understanding and building your credit score
The Employee Assistance Program offers a seminar that can help individuals better manage their credit profiles. At the end of the seminar, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • What appears on a credit report and for how long
  • What doesn’t appear on a credit report
  • How to dispute erroneous information
  • How credit scores are used
  • Major factors used in credit scoring
  • How to raise a credit score

To register, visit www.miami.edu/ulearn. For help with registration, call 305-284-5110 or 305-243-3090. Attend at the Coral Gables campus on Tuesday, July 8, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Max Orovitz Building, room 139. Attend on the Miller School campus on Wednesday, July 9 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Dominion Parking Garage, room 155.

If you have questions about any of your UMatter Benefits, visit www.miami.edu/benefits/ask and complete the online form.

Entrepreneurial innovation
“Learning about entrepreneurship implants in students' imaginations who they are and what they might become.”

William Scott Green, senior vice provost, dean of undergraduate education, and chair of a panel at the Kauffman Foundation that issued a report on ways in which entrepreneurship programs can be exported from business schools to other units in universities.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 20

The arts and the economy
The official data doesn't show that we're in a recession, but it looks like we're headed in that direction. Definitely the increase in the price of gas and the price of food puts a dent in the income of a big fraction of the population. But it really depends on the type of business. For clubs and entertainment venues, they might be considered a bit of a luxury.”

Luca Bossi, assistant professor of economics, on arts and entertainment venues in South Florida and the struggling economy.

June 18

Rules for charitable organizations
“Even if they didn't say 'vote for McCain,' their activities promoted and enhanced McCain. That is something that a tax-exempt organization can't do. There are red flags all over this.”

Frances Hill, professor of law and director of the program on taxation, on a Washington think tank opened by allies of Senator John McCain that may have bent non-profit rules while supporting his fundraising agenda.

Chicago Tribune
June 17

Diving ahead: Brittany Viola and teammate J.J. Kinzbach earned invitations to the Olympic team selection camp.

Two UM divers earn invitations to U.S. Olympic team selection camp
UM divers Brittany Viola and J.J. Kinzbach earned invitations to the U.S. Olympic team’s selection camp after both finished in the top six in their respective fields in the 10-meter platform finals of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Diving Trials Sunday at the IU Natatorium. Viola placed fourth overall on the women’s side with an overall score of 1,046.25 while Kinzbach’s 1,285.60 points earned him a fifth-place finish on the men’s side.

Both divers will now head to Knoxville, Tennessee from July 2-6, for the final selection camp to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

To learn more, click here.

UM men's basketball climbs in preseason polls
With the start of the 2008-09 season still nearly five months away, the University of Miami men’s basketball team continues its climb in the early preseason polls. The Hurricanes are ranked No. 8 by ESPN, No. 15 by Fox Sports, and No. 17 by CBS Sports.

If Miami takes that No. 8 ranking into November, it will be the highest preseason ranking in program history. In addition, it would tie the highest ranking achieved by the Hurricanes – as they were eighth in the nation in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll on March 1, 1960. It would mark the highest ranking for a Miami squad since a No. 9 standing in the AP Poll on March 1, 1999.

To learn more, click here.

Wednesday, June 25 “Understand More About Your Baby, Toddler, or Child.” Learn the ABC's of infant temperamant at this lecture. The talk will be at UM Pediatrics South, 8932 SW 97th Ave. For more information, call 305-270-3495.

Wednesday, June 25 Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute Seminar. Guochang Fan, research instructor and assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, presents “Hsp20 and MicroRNAs320: Novel Regulators of Cardio Protection” at 12 p.m. in the Clinical Research Building, conference room 1179. For more information, call 305-243-7999 or e-mail gbisbal@med.miami.edu.

Wednesday, June 25 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Grand Rounds. Elizabeth Felix, research assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, will present “Measurement of Pain in Clinical Research” from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Bantle Rehabilitation Center, third-floor auditorium. For more information, call 305-585-1431. The department offers 1 CME credit for attendance.

Thursday, June 26 Hurricane Preparedness State of Union. The Greater Miami Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science present a public lecture focusing on the dissemination of hurricane forecasting information between scientists, local and international media outlets, and the community at-large. Bill Read, the new director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) will discuss the planning and preparations underway at the NHC for the Atlantic Hurricane Season. This event is free and open to the public and takes place at the Rosenstiel Auditorium beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

Friday, June 27 Second Annual Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute Symposium. The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute hosts its Second Annual Symposium at University of Miami Hospital, South Building, first-floor conference room. The symposium brings together leading experts to discuss novel data on the latest cutting-edge advancements in the field of stem cell research. Discussions with prominent speakers occur from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Refreshments will be provided during closing remarks of keynote speakers. Attendance is free; registration is required. For more information and registration, e-mail spettigrew@med.miami.edu.

The work of Grant Bloodgood: On display at the Wynwood Project Space through July 5.

Through Saturday, July 5 Exhibit: The Work of Grant Bloodgood. Describing his work as "fundamentally about transformation" and "intended to imply a reintegration of the human mind, body, and spirit into its proper relationship with Nature," this exhibit by Grant Bloodgood will be at the Wynwood Project Space, 2200 N.W. 2nd Ave. in Miami. For more information, call 305-284-2542 or e-mail logan@miami.edu.

Through Friday, July 11 Ceramics League of Miami: 58th Annual Members' Exhibition. Attend this exhibition featuring art from members of the Ceramics League of Miami. The exhibit is on display at the CAS Gallery. For more information, call 305-284-2542 or e-mail logan@miami.edu.

Friday, June 27 Egyptian Art Lecture and Exhibit Preview. Attend a lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. presented by Stephen P. Harvey, director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University, titled “Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries From The Petrie Museum Of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London.” Afterward, attend a preview of Eternal Egypt: Photography from the Permanent Collection during a reception from 8 to 10 p.m. Both events occur at the Lowe Art Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public, but regular admission to the reception is $10 and $5 for students. The reception is free for Lowe members. Enjoy light fare and music by Middle Eastern guitar player Pablo Mendoza and cocktails by Bacardi.

Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29 OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies. Jean Dujardin puts Mike Myers and Leslie Nielson to shame with his hilarious portrayal of a clueless, self-mocking secret agent. A box-office sensation in France, comic star Dujardin stars as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. The film screens at Cosford Cinema on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission and are $6 for seniors, UM faculty, staff, and alumni. For more information, visit com.miami.edu/cosford.

Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29 Tuya's Marriage. Awarded the Golden Bear at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival and chosen as a New York Times' "Critic's Pick," this is a tender and pleasing tale of a strong, young nomad from a vastly different corner of civilization. When a stubborn, industrious Mongolian desert herder, who cares for 100 sheep, two kids, and a disabled husband, injures her back severely, her only chance for survival is to divorce her husband and seek out a new mate who can care for the entire family. The film screens at Cosford Cinema on Friday at 8:45 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission and are $6 for seniors, UM faculty, staff, and alumni. For more information, visit com.miami.edu/cosford.

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