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’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

By Robert C. Jones
UM News

Resource Fair

Hundreds of students thronged to UM’s Whitten University Center on Wednesday for the first ’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair, where organizations such as UM Police, the Counseling Center, and Pier 21 distributed information on the services they offer.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 29, 2014) – Hayley McPhedran showed up at the University of Miami’s Whitten University Center in search of career information. She quickly found what she was looking for at a table staffed by student ambassadors from UM’s Toppel Career Center, learning about an employment expo that will be held on campus later this semester.

“I’m planning to become a physician assistant, a field where there’s not a lot of shadowing opportunities,” said McPhedran, who graduates from UM in May with a psychology degree. “Perhaps there’ll be an opportunity I’ll learn about at the expo.’’ Continue Reading

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’Canes Care for ’Canes

’Canes Care for ’Canes

From left, sophomore Danielle Landau, Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, freshman Emad Mohammed, and Sebastian the Ibis at the 'Canes Care for ’Canes event.

Danielle Landau and Emad Mohammed had never met each other during their time as University of Miami students. But on Tuesday they came face to face for the first time, standing behind a podium on the University Center Rock with Dean of Students Ricardo Hall, who had summoned the two out of a crowd of students to prove a point.

“Danielle is jogging on the periphery of campus,” Hall said to Mohammed. “She falls, twists her ankle, and is writhing in pain. What do you do, Emad?”

The freshman biology major wasted little time in responding, “I’d help her up.”

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Headed to Omaha! Hurricanes Return to the College World Series

Headed to Omaha! Hurricanes Return to the College World Series

Miami Hurricanes BaseballCORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes are going back to the College World Series.

For the first time since 2008 and for the 24th time in program history, the Hurricanes will make the trip to Omaha, Nebraska as one of the final eight teams remaining in the 2015 NCAA Baseball Championship.

No. 5 national seed Miami, who won its super regional opener 3-2 Friday at Mark Light Field, toppled VCU 10-3 Saturday afternoon to become the first team to punch its tickets to TD Ameritrade Park and the “Promised Land” of college baseball.

The College World Series appearance will mark the 12th for head coach Jim Morris in his 22 seasons at the helm in Miami.

“Just…wow. You know it’s been a long time since we’ve been to Omaha, so needless to say, we’re very excited, our coaches are very excited,” Morris said.  “Our players don’t know what’s getting ready to hit them, something that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Miami overcame the shortest start of the season by All-ACC lefthander Thomas Woodrey in the win, largely thanks to a stunning cameo from veteran righthander Sam Abrams early in the contest.

With the game tied at an uneasy 3-3 in the bottom of the third inning, Woodrey loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, double and hit batter. Abrams was called upon in relief and promptly recorded back-to-back swinging strikeouts of the Rams’ Darian Carpenter and Jimmy Kerrigan, somewhat easing the nerves of the 3,680 in attendance.

When he induced a flyout to right from James Bunn to escape the bases-loaded, no-out jam unharmed to maintain the 3-3 score, Abrams (2-0) sent the packed crowd into a towel-waving frenzy.

“That’s definitely the loudest crowd I’ve been in front of,” Abrams said. “It wasn’t late in the game or anything, but obviously it’s a huge moment.”

Bunn’s ball landed in the glove of team captain Willie Abreu for the final out, shifting momentum in favor of the Hurricanes.

“He looked the same as he always does, so we weren’t worried at all,” said Abreu of Abrams’ entrance in a tight situation. “We had the same mentality: minimize damage. Then, one guy goes down, the next guy goes down and then you start thinking, ‘Wow. This is something special.’”

Abrams went on to toss a career-long 4.0 innings and needed just 54 pitches, striking out four and surrendering just a harmless single in the most impressive outing of his four seasons. He exited after a sixth and final inning to a standing ovation, having stifled VCU (40-25) for the entirety of his outing.

Morris called the crowd “great” and said the fans were “really into the game.”

Abrams, who played his freshman year in 2011 but was cut prior to the 2012 season, finished his master’s degree at Miami this spring for his final year of eligibility.

“I can’t believe that, having to come back for a fifth year from what happened my sophomore year, it ended up working out perfectly,” Abrams said. “It’s a dream come true, honestly.”

Miami (49-15) broke a 4-3 game open in the top half of the seventh, plating five runs to bump its lead to a more secure 9-3.

Junior David Thompson opened the inning’s scoring with an RBI single that scored George Iskenderian (double), while an infield RBI single from Brandon Lopez plated another run to extend the lead to 6-3. A bases loaded-walk to Abreu plated another run, while Miami added another pair on a sacrifice fly from Jacob Heyward and an RBI fielder’s choice from Ricky Eusebio.

Every Miami starter scored at least one run in the win, while seven of nine had at least one hit and one RBI.

“Our lineup, [hitters] one through nine, has been producing all year,” Thompson said. “It’s just a lot of fun knowing there’s no pressure on one guy. If you fail, the guy behind you is going to pick you up.”

Woodrey was unable to make it through 5.0 innings for the first start this season, lasting just 2.0+ before giving way to the bullpen with the score tied 3-3. A manufactured run in the top of the fourth – when Heyward reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and third and then scored on a passed ball – proved to be the game-winning run that put Miami ahead 4-3.

“A lot of our players contributed, no question,” Morris said. “Our hitters, our pitchers, the whole team did a great job. I’m very, very proud of them and very excited to be a part of this team.”

By the time Willie Abreu’s solo home run landed somewhere beyond the rightfield fence to make it 10-3 in the top of the ninth inning, the party was about to get started.

Sophomore closer Bryan Garcia entered in the bottom of the ninth and retired Vima Machin on a fielder’s choice for the final out of the game, jumpstarting a celebratory dogpile on the pitchers’ mound.

“It’s a tough, tough thing to do, and there are so many good programs out there that have never been to Omaha or so many programs that didn’t make it to the NCAA tournament this year, period,” Morris said.

“It just makes you really  understand and appreciate the opportunity to go back and play in that type of venue, for all the marbles, and see what it’s doing for your players. It’s just a great experience I guarantee everyone [on our team] will never forget.”

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Family, Friends, and ‘Canes Celebrate the Life of Former First Lady ‘Bosey’ Foote

Family, Friends, and ‘Canes Celebrate the Life of Former First Lady ‘Bosey’ Foote

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Bosey Foote Celebration of Life

At last Friday’s memorial service, members of the Foote family perform a musical tribute to Roberta “Bosey” Foote.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 29, 2015) – When Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote arrived at the University of Miami in 1981 with her husband, the school’s newly appointed president, Edward “Tad” Foote II, she knew instantly that something needed to be done to beautify the school’s Coral Gables campus.

Back then, Memorial Drive was what UM Board of Trustees member Charles E. “Chuck” Cobb described as a “sea of asphalt,” an expansive area for faculty parking that Bosey Foote wanted to replace with green space. But doing so wouldn’t be easy. Her husband knew that eliminating those parking spaces would quite probably upset some of the faculty. Yet Mrs. Foote persisted, and the asphalt eventually met its end, giving way to the lush plant life that was part of a campus beautification program spearheaded by the University’s first lady.

Last Friday, with the Coral Gables campus in full bloom, family, friends, and members of the University community paid tribute to the woman who made it her mission to turn the school’s grounds into a “campus in a tropical garden.”

“She wasn’t a horticulturalist, but she had an innate ability to know what worked and looked right,” Thaddeus Foote said at the Celebration of Life for his mother, who died of complications from cancer on May 5 at the age of 76. “Thirty-five years later, this campus sings with beauty.”

More than 150 people, including President Emeritus Foote, attended the memorial service, gathering under a tent on what is now fittingly called the Foote University Green to listen to and share stories about the Arkansas-born mother, grandmother, and wife who always believed in making spaces beautiful.

Noting that she volunteered at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Thaddeus Foote, who took a teaching job at the Coral Gables-based garden, described his mother as “elegant, even while sweating with pruning shears on the side of Old Cutler Road. I can’t tell you how grateful a son I am,” he said, holding back tears. He held up a mango, noting that it was one of his mother’s favorite fruits, and he encouraged everyone to take with them one of the Captiva Island seashells from her collection, which was displayed on a table at the memorial service.

Another son, William Foote, said his mother was “altruistic” and “cared deeply about making the world a better place.” She supported efforts such the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community, which her husband founded in 1988, and long ago, she became a volunteer for the Frontier Nursing Service, helping to deliver health care to residents in rural communities in the Appalachian Mountains.

It should have come as no surprise that she wanted to help others, William Foote noted. Born Roberta Waugh Fulbright, she was the daughter of the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the prominent American statesman who initiated the international exchange program for scholars known as the Fulbright scholarship.

Music performed by the two sons and other Foote family members moved many of those in attendance, including Lynden B. Miller, who first met Bosey Foote 67 years ago when the two girls were in the fifth grade in Washington, D.C. Miller called her longtime friend “the sister of my heart.”

“We shared everything,” even the belief in using plants to improve public spaces, said Miller. “We talked on the telephone for hours…We were in each others weddings…We finished each others sentences,” she recalled. In the early 1970s, when Bosey Foote moved to St. Louis, where her husband became dean of the law school at Washington University, the two friends didn’t see much of each other. “But there was always the telephone,” said Miller. “I only wish there was a phone I could call her on now.”

 

 

 

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Horses of the Hurricane Boys Racing Stable Honor Hurricanes Past and Present

Shalala, her jockey clad in orange and green silks, powers down the track. Photo Credit: Adam Coglianese.

Shalala, her jockey clad in green and white silks, powers down the track. Photo Credit: Adam Coglianese.

With a swiftness and fortitude characteristic of her namesake, Shalala powered up in the final stretch to clinch a decisive victory at New York’s prestigious Aqueduct racetrack. The April win was a first for the filly, who has been racing for less than a year.

“The tricky thing about naming racehorses,” says Alex Zito, B.B.A. ’04, M.B.A. ’06, “is that if you name one after someone you know personally, you feel bad if the horse doesn’t do well.”

Zito, managing partner of Hurricane Boys Racing Stable, doesn’t know Donna E. Shalala personally, but he had to take a leap of faith when naming one of his horses after the president of his beloved alma mater. All horses fully owned by Hurricane Boys, in fact, have names that honor ’Canes past and present. And every jockey who rides them is clad in orange, green, and white.

With a father who is a legendary horse trainer in New York and Florida, a mother who was an exercise rider and now runs an organization for off-the-track Thoroughbreds, a stepmother who is a Thoroughbred rescue activist, and a stepfather who owns racehorses, Zito knew he’d never stray far from the equine world. In 2006, while still a graduate student at UM, he purchased a mare at auction who later birthed his first racehorse, named Santana Six after former Hurricanes wide receiver Santana Moss, B.L.A. ’01. Now retired, Santana Six won twice at Gulfstream Park and brought in strong earnings.

Santana Six’s younger brother, aptly named Sinorice, has brought in nearly $100,000 in earnings so far, including first-place wins at Gulfstream Park and Saratoga Race Course and second-place wins at Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, and others. Zito and his Hurricane Boys partners—wife Erin Vayo Zito, B.S. ’04, M.B.A. ’07, and father Nick Zito—are anxious to see what their youngest horse, 2-year-old Hurricane Ray, can do. The odds are good, Zito figures, since the horse is named after two generations of football greats—former linebacker Ray Lewis II and Ray Lewis III, who signed with the Hurricanes’ 2013 recruiting class.

Zito juggles his Hurricane Boys duties with a successful career as a market research analyst in the Chicago area. He is also the co-author of a wagering guidebook called Super Screener. His wife, a former Hurricanes cheerleader and Iron Arrow member, is an account director for an advertising agency called Trisect.

“The University of Miami is where I met a lot of my friends and my wife,” Zito says, “and it gives me a lot of opportunities in the business world now.”

Both husband and wife were freshmen in 2001, a football national championship year. From victories celebrated to relationships cultivated through the years, there are many reasons these alumni keep the U in their hearts—and, they hope, in the winner’s circle.

 

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