e-Veritas Archive | December, 2017

Knight Foundation Champions Bring Art to Life

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Frost School Dean Shelly Berg, at the piano, performed with outstanding Frost School students at the December 4 awards gala.

The University’s MusicReach program, Lowe Art Museum, and Flaming Classics film series are all beneficiaries of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2017 challenge grants and arts champions—thanks to Frost School Dean Shelly Berg, Miami-based artist Sebastian Spreng, and the manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema, Trae DeLellis.

Berg and Spreng are among the 25 arts and civic leaders the Knight Foundation honored as Knights Arts Champions this month for their vision, courage and tenacity in building Miami’s cultural community. As part of the recognition, each champion receives $10,000 to contribute to an artist or organization of their choice. Berg chose the Frost School’s Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program, which pairs underprivileged school children and teens with music mentors, while Spreng chose the Lowe, which is planning to exhibit his Sebastian Spreng: The Dresden Files next year.

DeLellis and Flaming Classics co-creator Juan Barquin, a film critic and co-editor of Dim the House Lights, were awarded a $25,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant for their curated film series that pairs classic films from the queer canon with live performances from local drag artists. Under the requirements of the grant, they must find matching funds to continue building community, entertaining, and educating with their project.

The Knight Foundation established the Knight Arts Challenge Miami 10 years ago to enable Miamians to bring their artistic ideas to life. This year’s 43 winners, who hail from an array of backgrounds and disciplines across South Florida, will share a total of $2.5 million for projects aimed at making art general in Miami—allowing it to be seen, felt and heard throughout the city’s many neighborhoods.

DeLellis, who is a graduate student in the School of Communication, said he and Barquin are ecstatic that such a prestigious organization identified drag as a legitimate art form worthy of its investment.

“Over the last 10 years, the Knight Arts Challenge has palpably changed the cultural landscape of the city, and it’s an immense honor to now be a part of that narrative,” DeLellis said.

Berg, who performed with a combination of outstanding Frost School jazz students at the December 4 event where the awards were announced, called the Knight Foundation the true arts champion. “Over the last decade they have identified, nurtured and helped to sustain the viability of a great many deserving artists and arts organizations in Miami and elsewhere. During that time, the Frost School’s success has been substantially fueled by the generosity of the Knight Foundation,” he said.

A longtime admirer of Spreng’s, Jill Deupi, director of the Lowe, said she looks forward to featuring the Argentine-born visual artist and music journalist’s haunting mediations on the destruction of the iconic German city of Dresden during World War II next year.

“Created using cutting-edge digital technology, these evocative and captivating images bridge the present and past, and remind us of humanity’s power to both create and destroy,” she said.

And building bridges, Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen said, is what the winners of the 10th anniversary Knight Arts Challenge are all about. “They embody what the arts do: they inspire and create common experiences that connect us to each other and to home, Miami,” he said.

View a full list of the winning ideas and the arts champions.

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Compliance Corner: Holiday Reminders

With the holidays upon us, the Office of Athletics Compliance would like to remind faculty and staff of a few rules and regulations that affect them during this season of giving.

Extra Benefits: According to NCAA rules, an extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee, or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, to provide a student-athlete, or a prospective student-athlete, or their friend or family member, a benefit not also available to the general student population, or a particular segment of the student body. Here are a few examples:

  • Holiday presents/gifts
  • Money, loans, bonds, or co-signing of loans
  • Free transportation (use of a car, boat, airline tickets, bus tickets, etc.)
  • Free storage
  • Free merchandise (clothes, video games, etc.)
  • Free entertainment (sporting events, movies, concerts, nightclubs, etc.)
  • Free lodging (hotel rooms, staying at apartment/house)
  • Free meals
  • Discounted merchandise because of status
  • Free use of a credit card, calling card, etc.

Recruiting: Fans are not permitted to use social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to contact or otherwise attempt to correspond with prospects. This includes, but is not limited to, posting on a wall, using the inbox/email feature, instant messaging, “@replies,” “mentions,” or direct messaging. As electronic communication technology continues to advance, the opportunities for supporters of an athletics program to have impermissible contact with a prospect, or the family of a prospect, greatly increases; however, the institution’s responsibility for that contact remains the same.

As always, your efforts to help the University of Miami maintain a culture of compliance are greatly appreciated. For more compliance information, follow the UM Athletics Department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UCompliance), or contact them via email, athleticscompliance@miami.edu.


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Answering the Commuter Challenge


Holding a basketball, challenge winner Tracey Dominque is flanked by, from left, Parking and Transportation’s Lluvia Resendiz and Richard Sobraham, and South Florida Commuter Services’ Suzell Bogle Hopman and Nelly Navarro.

More than 250 faculty, staff and students joined the South Florida Commuter Challenge from November 6-17, logging more than 7,400 commuter miles on alternative transportation using the RideFlag mobile app.

Undergraduate student Tracey C. Dominique, who logged 315 commuter miles on public transit, was among the participants who contributed to the University’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and build a more sustainable UM community by leaving their cars at home and walking, carpooling, or riding their bikes, Metrorail, or Tri-Rail to campus. Her name was selected from a random drawing of participants from 13 universities to receive four tickets to a Miami Heat game. A student from Miami-Dade College North Campus received the grand prize of a $2,500 scholarship.

“I used to deeply regret my decision to commute rather than living on campus, but RideFlag has helped me to see the beauty in commuting,” Dominique said.

To participate in future challenges or receive future program incentives, download the RideFlag mobile app today using your University of Miami email address and select “University of Miami” as your organization if you want to commute with other UM affiliates. You can register as a driver, passenger, or both, and you can choose who you want to commute with.

Download RideFlag today and help the University of Miami reduce its carbon footprint through more sustainable mobility options.

For more information on UM’s mobility options, please visit the Parking and Transportation mobility options website at www.miami.edu/mobility, or contact Lluvia Resendiz, mobility manager, at mxr1598@miami.edu or 305-284-1547.

Download the app now on Google Play or the Google App Store.



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Veritas to Resume Publication on January 16

This is the final 2017 issue of Veritas, which will resume publication on Tuesday, January 16, following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 15. The deadline for submissions remain the Wednesday prior to each issue’s publication, which barring a holiday is every Monday.

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Look for Elevated Traffic, Lifted Parking Restrictions During Fall Commencement

Please expect elevated traffic on Thursday, December 14, while the fall semester continues and the Watsco Center hosts the University’s undergraduate fall Commencement ceremony from  10 a.m. to noon and the graduate ceremony from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Commencement guests will utilize the yellow lots, Merrick Garage and Pavia Garage, and traffic is expected to be heavier than usual two hours before the start of each ceremony, and two hours after.

Due to Hurricane Irma, fall classes will continue through Wednesday, December 20, so there will be even more traffic than usual on Commencement Day.  As a result, parking color zone restrictions will be lifted on December 14,  with the exception of blue and purple zones. Feel free to utilize other parking lots around the campus and allow extra time for your commute.

For questions, contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284 3096, option 2. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

To view the undergraduate ceremony, which will feature Major League Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez as the speaker, visit this Livestream link, and for the graduate degree ceremony, which will feature Magic Leap, Inc. founder and UM alumnus Rony Abovitz as speaker, visit, this link. The links may also be accessed through www.miami.edu.



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