Donna ArbideDear Alumni,

The U is greater than the sum of its parts. We certainly have brilliant faculty-scholars, ambitious students, and successful alumni who do great things on their own, but our true impact lies in the exponential power of our collective knowledge, ingenuity, and spirit. Those of us who bleed orange and green are part of a mighty system that's making the world a better place.

Last year, your UM Alumni Association launched a two-year, 17-city tour called Impact of U, designed to remind Hurricanes of what they can accomplish together. These events feature President Donna E. Shalala, who reflects on how each of us plays an important role in "building the next great American research university"—the goal of the University's "Accelerating Ambition" strategic plan.

You have already seen some changes taking place as part of our own Alumni Association strategic plan for growth. We introduced a new logo with the split U, the symbol that has united 'Canes for years and is the University's official signature. We've kicked off the Loyalty Society, which honors alumni who give to the University on an annual basis. We've expanded our career services, introduced a legacy admission forum for children and grandchildren of alumni who are interested in attending select UM graduate schools, launched a young alumni program, and continued our Stories of U engagement campaign with great success.

These activities, which earned us three District III awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education last year, also helped us achieve an alumni donor record. A total 16,491 of you demonstrated your belief in the impact of the U. A true testament of success!

Throughout our website, you'll read about the ways you can help drive the continued progress of the University, which makes us all stronger as a family.

It's all about the U!

For the University of Miami,

Donna A. Arbide, M.B.A. '95
Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations and Individual Giving
and Executive Director UM Alumni Association