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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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Posted in Freeze Frame

Support the Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive

ToyDriveThe Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive, which is coordinated by the Butler Center for Service and Leadership and the Division of Student Affairs, is underway through Wednesday, December 6.

Individuals and departments can help the U surpass the more than 600 toys and gifts students, staff, faculty, and administrators collected last year for deserving South Florida children and senior citizens by doing one or all of the following:

1)  Drop off new and unused toys and gifts to the University Center Lower Lounge or the Butler Center for Service and Leadership (SC 204).

2)  Become a sponsor of the program through a monetary contribution. The Butler Center will purchase gifts on your department’s behalf.

3)  Request to host your own collection bin in your department to encourage giving from your colleagues. The Butler Center will be happy to provide one for your department.

This year, gifts will be donated to the Home Instead Senior Care, Hope for Miami, Just Kids Centers, Inc., and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

If you’re  interested in getting involved with the Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive, and/or if you have any questions, please contact the Butler Center for Service and Leadership at leadandserve@miami.edu or call 305-284-4483.

 

 

Posted in Events, News

All in the (‘Canes) Family

By Steve Pierre
UM Communications

From left are Michelle, Josh, and Kelsey Valencia

From left are Michelle, Josh, and Kelsey Valencia

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 5, 2017)—Michelle Valencia has seen not only her career at the U grow since she started as a full-time employee in 1989, but also her son and daughter. “They spent much of their earlier years at Canterbury Preschool and around the Coral Gables campus,” Valencia, now the director of publications at the School of Law, said about Josh and Kelsey, both UM students. “Since they were young, they both really wanted to come to UM as students—it was their dream.”

As Josh, a senior, and Kelsey, a freshman, make the most of their UM education, Valencia is grateful for her own student experiences, and the tuition remission benefit she can share with her children. A double ’Cane, she earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and English in 1988, and joined the University staff the following year, initially working with University Advancement in various roles before joining the School of Law in 2008.

Her employment not only allowed her to further her own education at little cost—she earned her master’s in higher education through the tuition remission program—but imbue her children with the ’Canes spirit and traditions from birth.

“We are very much a ’Canes family and they grew up learning to bleed orange and green,” Valencia said. “They knew they wanted to come here and knew what a blessing tuition remission would be, especially for a school of this caliber.”

Kelsey began her classes in the School of Nursing and Health Studies this fall, while Josh, who is studying motion pictures, has taken advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.

As Valencia continues her career at UM and her children work toward their degrees, she encourages her colleagues to learn about the opportunities tuition remission may open up. “I think everyone should look into it, whether it is for themselves, their kids, or even a spouse. It is truly an amazing benefit.”

 

Posted in Benefits, For Your Benefit, Professional Development

Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive Now Underway

Now underway, the 2016 Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive has set its sights on collecting 1,000 toys and gifts for underprivileged children and senior citizens in South Florida. Faculty, staff, students, and members of the UM community at large are welcome to drop unwrapped toys for children and gifts for seniors in the donation carts in the University Center Lower Lounge and at the Butler Center for Service and Leadership Development in the Shalala Student Center, room 204, through Wednesday, December 7.

Coordinated by the Butler Center, the toy drive is the University’s largest and longest running holiday drive and, for the third year, is partnering with Home Instead Senior Care’s Be a Santa to a Senior program to provide gifts to area seniors. The Butler Center also collaborates with many other community organizations, including Hope for Miami, Just Kids Centers, Inc., and UM’s Miller School of Medicine to help provide their clients and patients with an amazing holiday season.

If your department or office is interested in getting involved with The Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive and/or for more information, contact the Butler Center at leadandserve@miami.edu or 305-284-4483.

 

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