Compliance Corner: Athletics Donations

With the great success that our student-athletes and athletic programs have had both on and off the field, the Athletic Department is consistently asked for donations to help support the fundraising activities of various schools and charitable organizations in the community.

The NCAA has put in place bylaws to help preserve the eligibility of student-athletes, as well as maintain the integrity of the recruitment of prospective student-athletes. According to these bylaws, collegiate institutions like the University of Miami may provide donations (tickets, autographs, etc.) only to charitable, educational, or non-for-profit organizations. These donations however, may not be used to help support high school athletic programs or be earmarked in any way to benefit recruited prospective student-athletes.

In men’s basketball specifically, donations from a university may not be made to non-profit organizations that expend funds for the benefit of non-scholastic teams (e.g., AAU teams), recruits, or individuals associated with recruits.

If you are interested in asking the University of Miami for a donation to a charitable cause or for student-athletes to participate in your promotional activity, the Athletics Department asks that you complete the University of Miami’s Donation/Promotional Request form available at hurricanesports.com. As always, your efforts to help the University 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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Taking Advantage of Professional Development Opportunities

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne was recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne, center, is recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 22, 2017)—University employees have accessed more than 2,300 courses, certifications, and books since Talent and Organizational Development, in collaboration with University of Miami Information Technology, rolled out new professional development opportunities in ULearn two weeks ago.

The expanded ULearn offerings give all University faculty, staff, and student employees access to thousands of online professional development options that fit their unique needs, interests, and schedules. New “bite-sized” content—short but impactful instruction on a variety of subjects—was particularly helpful to Adeline Lalanne, office manager for the Central Business Office, who was the first UM employee to complete one of the new courses.

“The format and style of the new modules make it easy for leaders and staff to acquire skills that are easily transferable to their daily activities with minimal downtime,” Lalanne said. “From watching the video, I learned all the steps needed from conception to implementation to successfully manage my project. The new resources available in ULearn will make it easier to enhance my skills and do my job more effectively and efficiently.”

Employees also have access to curated, featured training on a variety of helpful topics that will change periodically to spotlight new courses and curriculum. Current trainings include: First Time Manager Essentials, Microsoft Excel, Project Management, Working with Difficult People, and Navigating through Change.

Greg Brenner, executive director of Talent and Organizational Development, said professional development opportunities were expanded in response to the feedback faculty and staff provided on the Gallup Engagement Survey and to UM President Julio Frenk during the “one action” small-group conversations he held across the University following the survey.

“Fostering continuous learning is essential for advancing our organization,” Brenner said. “By offering our employees the ability to learn when they need it, we are encouraging them to be an active participant in expanding their knowledge and skills.”

Click here to join an upcoming live webinar and learn more about new professional development opportunities, or contact Talent and Organizational Development by visiting miami.edu/learn or emailing tod@miami.edu.




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Graduate School Sells Edda’s Cakes to Benefit United Way

Just in time for the holidays, the Graduate School will be selling Edda’s Bundt Cakes from November 27 to December 8 to benefit the 2017 TeamUM United Way Campaign.

The perfect dessert for your holiday party or the ideal present for colleagues, friends, and neighbors is here, courtesy of the Graduate School. These delicious cakes serve 8-10 people and sell for $16 each (tax-exempt). Cakes will be available in 5 flavors, with icing on the side: Vanilla Rum, Triple Chocolate, Red Velvet, Guava and Key Lime.

By ordering a cake, you will not only be avoiding the hassle of going shopping to buy a present, you will be helping the University and United Way of Miami-Dade make a difference in the Miami community.

Graduate School staff will accept orders through December 8. Payments must be made in cash at the time of order. Cakes will we available for pickup December 18-19 at the Graduate School.

For questions regarding payment, delivery or special arrangements for large orders, please contact graduateschool@miami.edu. All proceeds from cake sales will go to the 2017 TeamUM United Way Campaign.

Give the gift that gives twice. Order a cake today! Stop by the Graduate School today in the Ashe Building, suite 235, and place your order. For more information, email graduateschool@miami.edu.

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Emergency Notification Network Test on November 30

ennThe Office of Emergency Management will conduct a full system test of the Emergency Notification Network between 10:45 and 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 30. This federally required test will include the activation of the following communication methods:

  • SMS Text Messages to Cell Phones
  • Voice Calls to Cell Phones
  • Email
  • Emergency Information Hotline (1-800-227-0354)
  • University of Miami Website Banners
  • Emergency Preparedness Website: www.prepare.miami.edu
  • Emergency Preparedness Facebook: www.facebook.com/umiamienn
  • Emergency Preparedness Twitter: www.facebook.com/umiamienn
  • IP Telephone Broadcast
    • Gables Campus & CSTARS – Screen Text & Public Address via Speakerphones
    • Medical Campus – Screen Text Only
  • Digital Signage (Select Gables Campus Buildings)
  • Public Address (Coral Gables and RSMAS Campuses See List Below)

The test messages last approximately one minute and will all clearly state: “This is a test of the UMiami Emergency Notification Network. This is only a test.  No further action is required.” Below is the list of areas on the Coral Gables campus covered by the Public Address system.

Coral Gables Buildings with Public Address

  • Allen Hall (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Ashe Administration Building
  • Watsco Center
  • Cox Science Center
  • Eaton Residential College
  • Gables One Tower (GOT)
  • Gusman Concert Hall
  • Hecht Residential College
  • Hecht – Stanford Dining
  • Herbert Wellness Center
  • Jerry Herman Ring Theatre
  • Mahoney Pearson Commons
  • Mahoney Residential College
  • Mahoney-Pearson Dining Hall
  • Newman Alumni Center
  • Pearson Residential College
  • Richter Library
  • Rodriguez Park (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Schiff Tennis Center & House Center (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • School of Business Administration
  • School of Law – Buildings C, D, and G
  • Shalala Student Center
  • Stanford Residential College
  • Toppel Career Center
  • Whitten Learning Center (LC)
  • Whitten University Center (UC)

Coral Gables Outdoor Areas with Public Address

  • Student Center Complex Patio and Lake Osceola
  • Foote University Green & Feldenkries Plaza

Marine Campus Areas with Public Address

Campus exterior areas.

Please contact the Office of Emergency Management at oem@miami.edu with any questions regarding the test.


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Pedestrian Bridge Dedication on December 1

Pedestrian-BridgeMore than a decade in the making, the pedestrian bridge across busy U.S. 1 at Mariposa Court will officially be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Friday December 1 in a ceremony presided over by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. 

UM President Julio Frenk, Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely, and student leaders Adrian Nunez and Alessandria San Roman also are expected to attend the ceremony at the University Metrorail Station, as are Coral Gables Mayor Valdes Fauli and the Coral Gables City Commission. The University community and the public are welcome to attend the dedication, which was originally scheduled for September 13 but postponed by Hurricane Irma.

UM students began lobbying for the overpass 12 years ago, when freshman Ashley Kelly was struck and killed by a car while crossing the busy intersection. The day after her 2005 death, the Student Government Senate passed the Ashley Kelly Resolution calling for construction of a bridge at the intersection. In July 2013, Miami-Dade commissioners green-lighted the plan and, at the April 2015 groundbreaking ceremony, Gimenez called the $6 million project “a giant step” in protecting the more than 1,300 pedestrians who cross the intersection every day.

To reach this point, the bridge had to overcome many obstacles, most notably trying to figure out where the bridge would land on the south side of U.S. 1. When one plan fell through, City of Coral Gables commissioners unanimously agreed to transfer control of Mariposa Court to Miami-Dade County, paving the way for the bridge’s construction.

“That’s a testament to how important we believe this project is,” former Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason said at the time.

A major supporter of public transportation, UM subsidizes its employees who use county buses, Metrorail, and Tri-Rail through its Public Transportation Benefit Program. Many of those employees cross the intersection of US 1 and Mariposa to get to work, and the area is seeing even more pedestrians since the The Lennar Foundation Medical Center opened across the street.


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