New Ways to Share News in the New Year

Help University Communications rethink how and what news about and from the University it shares with faculty and staff by attending a focus group session on the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses after classes resume on Tuesday, January 16.

Currently, University Communications keeps faculty and staff informed through two primary e-newsletters, the weekly Veritas, which is automatically emailed to employees every Monday, and UM in the News, which is delivered every weekday morning to all subscribers.

In the new year, however, University Communications will explore new, better, and more exciting and convenient vehicles to share both the news you need to know and want to know. Your input is, of course, essential to the process, so please plan to join the conversation after the winter break.

Stay tuned for more information on the locations, times, and dates of the focus group sessions.

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Knight Foundation Champions Bring Art to Life

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Frost School Dean Shelly Berg, at the piano, performed with outstanding Frost School students at the December 4 awards gala.

The University’s MusicReach program, Lowe Art Museum, and Flaming Classics film series are all beneficiaries of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2017 challenge grants and arts champions—thanks to Frost School Dean Shelly Berg, Miami-based artist Sebastian Spreng, and the manager of the Bill Cosford Cinema, Trae DeLellis.

Berg and Spreng are among the 25 arts and civic leaders the Knight Foundation honored as Knights Arts Champions this month for their vision, courage and tenacity in building Miami’s cultural community. As part of the recognition, each champion receives $10,000 to contribute to an artist or organization of their choice. Berg chose the Frost School’s Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program, which pairs underprivileged school children and teens with music mentors, while Spreng chose the Lowe, which is planning to exhibit his Sebastian Spreng: The Dresden Files next year.

DeLellis and Flaming Classics co-creator Juan Barquin, a film critic and co-editor of Dim the House Lights, were awarded a $25,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant for their curated film series that pairs classic films from the queer canon with live performances from local drag artists. Under the requirements of the grant, they must find matching funds to continue building community, entertaining, and educating with their project.

The Knight Foundation established the Knight Arts Challenge Miami 10 years ago to enable Miamians to bring their artistic ideas to life. This year’s 43 winners, who hail from an array of backgrounds and disciplines across South Florida, will share a total of $2.5 million for projects aimed at making art general in Miami—allowing it to be seen, felt and heard throughout the city’s many neighborhoods.

DeLellis, who is a graduate student in the School of Communication, said he and Barquin are ecstatic that such a prestigious organization identified drag as a legitimate art form worthy of its investment.

“Over the last 10 years, the Knight Arts Challenge has palpably changed the cultural landscape of the city, and it’s an immense honor to now be a part of that narrative,” DeLellis said.

Berg, who performed with a combination of outstanding Frost School jazz students at the December 4 event where the awards were announced, called the Knight Foundation the true arts champion. “Over the last decade they have identified, nurtured and helped to sustain the viability of a great many deserving artists and arts organizations in Miami and elsewhere. During that time, the Frost School’s success has been substantially fueled by the generosity of the Knight Foundation,” he said.

A longtime admirer of Spreng’s, Jill Deupi, director of the Lowe, said she looks forward to featuring the Argentine-born visual artist and music journalist’s haunting mediations on the destruction of the iconic German city of Dresden during World War II next year.

“Created using cutting-edge digital technology, these evocative and captivating images bridge the present and past, and remind us of humanity’s power to both create and destroy,” she said.

And building bridges, Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen said, is what the winners of the 10th anniversary Knight Arts Challenge are all about. “They embody what the arts do: they inspire and create common experiences that connect us to each other and to home, Miami,” he said.

View a full list of the winning ideas and the arts champions.

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Answering the Commuter Challenge


Holding a basketball, challenge winner Tracey Dominque is flanked by, from left, Parking and Transportation’s Lluvia Resendiz and Richard Sobraham, and South Florida Commuter Services’ Suzell Bogle Hopman and Nelly Navarro.

More than 250 faculty, staff and students joined the South Florida Commuter Challenge from November 6-17, logging more than 7,400 commuter miles on alternative transportation using the RideFlag mobile app.

Undergraduate student Tracey C. Dominique, who logged 315 commuter miles on public transit, was among the participants who contributed to the University’s ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and build a more sustainable UM community by leaving their cars at home and walking, carpooling, or riding their bikes, Metrorail, or Tri-Rail to campus. Her name was selected from a random drawing of participants from 13 universities to receive four tickets to a Miami Heat game. A student from Miami-Dade College North Campus received the grand prize of a $2,500 scholarship.

“I used to deeply regret my decision to commute rather than living on campus, but RideFlag has helped me to see the beauty in commuting,” Dominique said.

To participate in future challenges or receive future program incentives, download the RideFlag mobile app today using your University of Miami email address and select “University of Miami” as your organization if you want to commute with other UM affiliates. You can register as a driver, passenger, or both, and you can choose who you want to commute with.

Download RideFlag today and help the University of Miami reduce its carbon footprint through more sustainable mobility options.

For more information on UM’s mobility options, please visit the Parking and Transportation mobility options website at www.miami.edu/mobility, or contact Lluvia Resendiz, mobility manager, at mxr1598@miami.edu or 305-284-1547.

Download the app now on Google Play or the Google App Store.



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New Parking Technology to Require No-Back-In Policy

For the past two years, the Department of Parking and Transportation has been developing and implementing its License Plate Recognition (LPR) system, reads vehicle license plates and rapidly informs Parking Services Officers if vehicles are authorized to park on campus. The system has proven itself very beneficial. Permit holders are less likely to find their assigned zone overrun with illegal parkers and, more importantly, parking officers are enhancing campus safety by becoming more efficient eyes for the University of Miami Police Department.

The next step in the evolution of this technology is to switch to virtual permits, thus eliminating the need for plastic hangtags. However, Florida is among the 18 states that require a plate only on the rear of the vehicle, which creates a hurdle for the new technology. LPR-equipped vehicles cannot read the license plates of vehicles that back into parking spaces. As a result, Parking and Transportation will implement a ‘No-Back-In’ Policy starting in the spring 2018 semester.

There will be exceptions to this policy. For example, the drivers of out-of state-vehicles that have both front and back license plates will be able to back into a parking space. Additionally, for a $20 fee, drivers of Florida vehicles who prefer to back in to parking spaces will be able to purchase a front plate with a unique number that is linked to a virtual permit.

There are many benefits to this new policy:

Permit holders will be able to register all of their vehicles on a single virtual permit, eliminating the need to remember to switch their hangtag permit when they use a different car.

The inconvenience and expense of losing a permit will no longer be an issue. Purchasing a permit will be an immediate transaction, with no need to wait for a mail delivery.

Returning or exchanging a permit will be just as easy, with most transactions not requiring a visit to the Parking Office.

Any questions or comments can be submitted to Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2, or at parking.gables@miami.edu.

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Mandatory HIPAA Compliance Training Available December 13

New and improved HIPAA Privacy and Security Awareness Training, which all employees who have contact with protected health information (PHI) are required to complete by February 15, 2018, will be available through ULearn beginning Wednesday, December 13.

This training, which is required for the University to remain in compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule (45 CFR 164.530(b)), was created specifically for the Miller School of Medicine and its health care enterprise, with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was cross-referenced with multiple peer institutions, including academic health centers and other hospitals across the nation to ensure relevant content.

The federally mandated regulations require implementation of administrative, technical and physical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of PHI and protect it against any reasonably anticipated threats or hazards, and/or unauthorized uses or disclosures. A critical part of the safeguarding process is making sure that all workforce members are knowledgeable about HIPAA, Privacy and Security compliance and receive training.

The Office of Privacy & Data Security devoted countless hours to improving the training module to ensure that it is convenient and user-friendly while upholding all regulations and University policy. All essential points, including quiz questions, are included in an efficient module that can be completed, on average, in 25 minutes. As a result, the training is significantly less time-consuming than past modules, and the Office of Privacy & Security hopes, useful and informative.

The training will be available via ULearn and all workforce members who have contact with PHI are required to complete it by February 15, 2018. Look for further instructions, which will be sent via email.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Privacy & Data Security at 305-243-5000 or privacy@med.miami.edu.



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