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Take What You Want, Leave What You Want at the ReUse Store on Wednesday

Stop by the Farmer’s Market by the Richter Library on Wednesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 30 for the ReUse Store. Don’t be wasteful; leave whatever you want, take whatever you want. The ReUse Store is free and open to all—students and anyone else, who are encouraged to bring any items (dorm accessories, furniture, clothes, electronic appliances, etc.) to drop off at the ReUse Table and/or pick up any items left behind by others. You may take stuff, leave stuff, or both. At the end of the day any leftover items will be donated to Goodwill. This is a great opportunity for you to clean out your living space and benefit the community.

 

Posted in Events, For Your Benefit

From Food to Finances, Meditation to Men’s Health, UM’s Week of Well-Being Promotes Holistic Health

UM News
By Robert C. Jones Jr.

Fidelity's Kathy Murphy with UM President Donna E. Shalala during one of the Week of Well-Being's many offerings.

Fidelity’s Kathy Murphy with UM President Donna E. Shalala during one of the Week of Well-Being’s many offerings.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 07, 2014) — It was a “wakeup call” for Kathy Murphy’s mother that came at the wrong time. With three of six children in college, her husband died at 57, leaving her to raise a family alone and figure out how to budget and save.

“We focused a lot on saving, but not investing,” Murphy, president of Fidelity Personal Investing, told an audience of about 300 University of Miami employees. Continue Reading

Posted in Features, Freeze Frame, News

Business Plans Blow Judges Away, Earn Students and Alums $65,000 in Prizes

SnagTag-Team

The SnagTag’s Jake Elliot, left, and Nicholas Sando present their team project to the judges.

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (April 4, 2014) – New ventures including a mobile application for shopping, a data analytics solution for hospitals to reduce heart failure readmissions, and art deco chocolates that represent South Florida’s cultural mecca have taken top honors in the University of Miami’s 2014 Business Plan Competition, hosted by the  School of Business Administration. The competition winners, honored in an awards ceremony April 4, took home a combined total of $65,000 in prizes.

Jake Elliot, Andrew Rodriguez, and Nicholas Sando won the grand prize and $10,000 in the undergraduate student category for SnagTag, an application for your smartphone that enhances the retail shopping experience by connecting retailers and consumers in a way never seen before.

In the graduate student category, Matt Varghese, Cristina del Toro, Sabrina Taldone, Joshua Cameron took home the Grand Prize and $10,000 for their venture, Valens, which provides a next generation data analytic solutions that allows hospitals to maximize efficiency in reducing heart failure readmissions while improving patients’ lives through better health care delivery systems.

And in the UM alumni category, Lucy Calamari won the Grand Prize and $10,000 for Lucky Lucy’s Chocolates, inspired by the colorful flavors and cultures of South Florida.  Her chocolates reflect colorful retro designs of the city’s Art Deco movement.

“This year’s young entrepreneurs came to the competition with an extraordinary mix of great business ideas,” said Isaias Sudit, CEO and founder of TROVE and one of the Competition judges. “It is clear to this panel of judges how these winners are ready to go beyond the idea stage and truly execute.  They will be exciting to watch and we are happy to send them on their way with some funding.”

Second place in the undergraduate category and $5,000 went to Paola Campodonico and Austin Zaslow for The Nest, a recovery center that accommodates prenatal and postpartum women, and post-surgical patients and offers 24/7 nannies, breastfeeding support, and other services to make recovery faster and easier. Second place in the graduate category and $5,000 went to Joe Bucciero of AdMoney, a mobile phone application that places ads on the background of a smartphones or tablet lock screens  for a monthly fee.  Second place in the alumni category and $5,000 went to Alex Suma of Ibis Power, which offers customized solutions for local renewable energy generation that overcomes all downsides of current technologies. It is almost ready to enter the U.S. and European markets.

Third place in the undergraduate category with a $2,500 prize went to Sultan Saleh Alghamdi for Central Express Laundry, a full-service laundry business in Saudi Arabia. Third place and $2,500 in the graduate category went to Rodolfo Hernandez for The Quiet American, a sustainable men’s luxury-yet-affordable clothing brand made of Alpaca wool; third place and $2,500 in the alumni category went to Thien Van Tran for Leash, an electronic security company that provides both hardware and software solutions to remedy the rise of smartphone theft.

“The judges were blown away by the caliber of ideas presented by the University of Miami entrepreneurs,” said Susy Alvarez-Diaz, director of entrepreneurship programs at the UM School of Business. “They have no doubt we will be hearing more about these companies as we have others that have grown out of our past competitions.”

In addition to the undergraduate, graduate and alumni category prizes, the Paul K. Sugrue Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and $2,500 was presented to Sidonia Swarm of On Demand Dietician, which streamlines access to dieticians for corporate employees. Also, four Heffner Internship Awards of $2,500 each were awarded to Maxim Bjelos, Alex Cantwell, Joey Lopez, and Kenthia Farmer.

The Business Plan Competition started last fall when 42 concept papers were submitted to the judging committee. Ultimately 16 semifinalists were selected to present to the judges April 1-3, with the winners named the following day. The judges included roughly one dozen successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from South Florida and Latin America.

Now in its 12th year, the Business Plan Competition is open to all University of Miami students and alumni. Past winners  have gone on to build their ventures into businesses that have garnered national attention. They include such companies as College Hunks Hauling Junk and My Therapy Journal.com, both of which have been featured on ABC Television’s “Shark Tank,” a reality program in which entrepreneurs share their business ideas with a group of five self-made millionaires in hopes of getting venture capital to help them attain similar levels of success.

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Team Up with the Hurricanes and the Be The Match Registry to Help Save a Life

Hurricane football players volunteer at last year's Be The Match Marrow Drive.

Hurricane football players volunteer at last year’s Be The Match Marrow Donor Drive.

On any given day, more than 6,000 men, women, and children with leukemia, lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases search the Be The Match Registry for a life-saving bone marrow donor.

On Wednesday, April 9, head coach Al Golden and the Miami Hurricanes football squad will encourage everyone to get in the game and help save a life. The Hurricanes will team up with the Be the Match Foundation to host the fourth annual UM Marrow Donor Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Well ’Canes Farmers Market on the Foote Green.

Fifteen minutes is all it takes to help save a life. Registration involves completing a health history form and providing a swab of cheek cells. UM coaches, players, and volunteers will be on-site to assist participants throughout the day.

To join the registry, potential donors must be between 18 and 60 years old, meet health guidelines, and be willing to donate to any patient in need. Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are especially needed.

For thousands of patients a marrow transplant is their best or only hope for a cure. Most do not have a matching donor within their families, so they depend on the Be The Match Registry to find someone who can give them a second chance at life.

For more information, view this video message from Be The Match Registry, visit BeTheMatch.org, or call 800-MARROW-2.

Posted in Events, News, ’Canes in the Community

Food-Filled Day

Food-Filled Day

Students sample one of the products on sale by local vendors at the ’Well Canes Farmer’s Market on October 24. The market, typically held on Wednesday on the Foote University Green, was part of Food Day events organized by the University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement. The day was part of a movement across the country to promote a healthy, affordable, and equitable food system. Food Day activities on the UM campus included a food fair, a food and agriculture panel discussion, and screenings of food justice movies.

 

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