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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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Well ’Canes End of Summer Steps Challenge Begins August 25

How would you like to earn 100 points toward your Well ’Canes incentives goal? Register today and begin participating in the Well ’Canes End of Summer Steps Challenge from August 25 to September 8. This challenge will encourage you to get more active by asking you to complete a daily step log with a goal of 5,000 steps per day (70,000 total over two weeks) and read literature to expand your health and wellness knowledge. Registration deadline is Thursday, August 25.

The 2014 Well ’Canes Wellness Incentive Program allows you to earn up to $300 by earning reward points for completing various preventive health care activities. Learn more and register at miami.edu/wellcanes.

If you have questions about the 2014 Well ’Canes Incentives Program, call HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or complete the online inquiry form at miami.edu/benefits/ask.

 

 

Posted in For Your Benefit, Health and Lifestyle

Nine Miami Hurricanes Football Players Named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-ACC Teams

Nine Miami Hurricanes Football Players Named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-ACC Teams

Senior linebacker Denzel Perryman is one of nine Miami Hurricanes football players named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-ACC teams.

Senior linebacker Denzel Perryman is one of nine Miami Hurricanes football players named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-ACC teams.

Junior running back Duke Johnson and senior linebacker Denzel Perryman have been named to the first team, while sophomore wide receiver Stacy Coley, junior offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, and senior defensive end Anthony Chickillo have been named to the second team. Coley, who also has been named to the third team as a punt returner, is the only Hurricane to earn preseason honors on multiple teams. Continue Reading

Posted in Briefly Noted, Honors, Sports

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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