e-Veritas Archive | April, 2017

A Big Thank You to Employees and Provost LeBlanc

The home team dropped another game, this one  4-0, to the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday evening, but that didn’t dampen spirits at the University of Miami Family Night with the Miami Marlins, which along with face-painting, autographs, and other fun-filled activities, celebrated the visionary accomplishments of outgoing Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, who threw out the first pitch.

Thousands of members of  the ‘Canes community, many of them wearing orange and waving signs with a cut-out of LeBlanc’s face, shouted and cheered at Marlins Park in Little Havana, where the Marlins also presented the University with two oversized checks representing support for scholarships. One, for $7,500, was awarded to the School of Education and Human Development for the Susanne Rayson Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism;  the other, for $5,000, was awarded to the School of Communication’s Sports Administration Scholarship.

Now in its 12th year, the annual family day is designed to show the University’s appreciation for the dedication of its faculty and staff, but on Saturday it was the faculty and staff’s turn to show their appreciation for LeBlanc, who is heading to Washington, D.C., after 12 transformative years at the U to become president of The George Washington University.

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Three Walgreens at the U

Walgreens three on-campus pharmacies offer convenient access to Walgreens’ expert service for faculty, staff, students and the community. Located on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses, the hours and locations are:

  •  The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the Coral Gables campus, main lobby:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  •  University of Miami Hospital, main lobby:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  •  University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, second floor:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The pharmacies offer a variety of services, including:

  •  30- and 90-day supplies of medications for faculty
and staff enrolled in the UM Aetna/OptumRx health plan,
and other plans
  •  Access to customized drugs
  •  Copay and patient assistance when available through
drug manufacturers for various medications
  •  Convenient medication delivery service
  •  Immunizations for adults 18 and older
  •  Special ordering of over-the-counter medications, specialty
items and select durable medical equipment upon request

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Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

UM and INURED Assess Next Steps in Haiti with Local Leadership from Most Affected Areas
Special to UM News

From left are Louis Herns Marcelin, Mayor Georges Simon, Toni Cela, and Karl Jean-Louis.

From left are Louis Herns Marcelin, Mayor Georges Simon, Toni Cela, and Karl Jean-Louis.

CORAL GABLES. Fla. (April 27, 2017)–Officials from Haiti, including a representative from the president’s office and a mayor from one of the regions devastated by Hurricane Matthew, attended a Town Hall at the University of Miami last Thursday to discuss the findings of a three-month study of community assets and resources available for recovery and reconstruction.

Conducted by Louis Herns Marcelin, associate professor of anthropology and chancellor of Haiti’s Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED), and Toni Cela, postdoctoral fellow at UM and coordinator of INURED, the study aimed to determine the impact of the disaster on affected communities, assess their perceived needs, and identify and map local resources and assets that are critical for recovery and reconstruction.

Co-funded by the Center for Haitian Studies, Project Medishare, and INURED, the study was unveiled at the town hall attended by Isnel Pierreval, from the Haitian president’s office; Gandy Thomas, the consul general of Haiti in Miami; Georges Simon, the mayor of Anse d’Hainault; and INURED Vice Chair Dr. Guy Noel. The meeting was co-sponsored by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA) and UM’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Kate Ramsey, faculty lead for Hemispheric Caribbean Studies at UMIA, opened the town hall. “We are very pleased to be able to share the findings of this important study conducted in the southern region of Haiti after Hurricane Matthew,” said Ramsey.

In her welcome remarks, Felicia Marie Knaul, director of UMIA, called the study “an extraordinary example of our scholarship that transcends academic research and touches the lives of many. We are very grateful that UM has been able to be part of it.”

Marcelin and Cela elaborated on the multidisciplinary and participatory method used in the study, which included ethnography, asset-access mapping, community leader and household surveys, as well as historical and political analysis. “While we acknowledge the vulnerabilities of these communities, they do have assets and resources that can be built upon to help them get back on their feet,” said Marcelin.

Their study revealed that health, access to food, and agricultural production are some of the major issues in the affected regions. “We partnered with Project Medishare to conduct a health intervention that allowed us to collect the epidemiological data needed,” Cela said.

The eye of Hurricane Matthew passed directly over the cities of Dame Marie and Anse d’Hainault, where Mayor Simon said the study has helped tackle critical issues. But he noted that mayors’ offices are ill-equipped to address these type of events. “Three months after the hurricane, no one can really work, particularly farmers,” Simon said.

Audience members, including those from the Haitian diaspora, the current president of the UM Haitian student organization Planet Kreyol, and other scholars, were genuinely interested in the next steps and recommendations on how to become more involved in the country’s reconstruction. “While there are challenges, there are opportunities. We have the challenge to make a difference,” Pierreval said.

In turn, Karl Jean-Louis, executive director of the Observatoire Citoyen de l’Action des Pouvoirs Publics en Haïti (OCAPH), a civil society organization in Haiti strongly involved in the recovery and reconstruction of the country, added that the study has become a tool to influence government action. “We facilitated a meeting with the prime minister to share the findings of the report, and also shared it with the president of the Health Commission of the Senate,” he said.

Thomas, the consul general of Haiti in Miami, recognized the work of UM scholars. “I would like to thank the University of Miami for contributing to finding solutions to public issues in Haiti. We are looking forward to building partnerships with UM and Haitian universities,” he said.

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Hurricanes Hit the Streets for the Largest-Ever Miami Corporate Run

UM News

MIAMI, Fla. (April 28, 2017) – With a future ophthalmologist leading the way, nearly 2,000 University of Miami employees donned running shoes last Thursday and hit the streets of downtown Miami for the 33rd running of the Mercedes-Benz Miami Corporate Run. John Hinkle, a first-year resident at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute who competed in cross-country and track at Yale and attended medical school at Penn, covered the 3.1-mile course in a blistering 15 minutes 46 seconds, outrunning the entire field of 28,104 men and women from 846 companies—an event record—to capture first place. UM’s contingent of 1,982 employees was the second largest team in the field, which started the race amid a shower of colorful confetti. UM’s Central Billing Office won the President’s Cup Challenge for having the largest UM team—117 registered participants. View the slideshow.

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Office 365’s Forms, Sway, and Yammer

A snapshot of some of the productivity and communication tools available to all UM faculty, staff, and students through Microsoft Office 365: create basic surveys, questionnaires, and more with Office 365 Forms; captivate your audience with Office 365 Sway; and collaborate with your team, share knowledge, and engage everyone across the University with Office 365 Yammer. Learn more about these Office 365 tools via UMIT’s showcase, “Made for U.”


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