Faculty Senate to Meet on Medical Campus October 29

The Faculty Senate will meet Wednesday, October 29, at 3:30 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium, on the Miller School of Medicine campus. All faculty members are welcome to attend. There is no set agenda, but this meeting offers a special opportunity to address your questions and concerns directly to the president. For more information, visit the Faculty Senate Webpage.

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Protect Yourself with a Flu Shot

With much attention focused on Ebola, which to date has infected four people in the U.S., it’s easy to forget that flu season is here, posing a far bigger danger. As Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt notes, the University’s ongoing Ebola training for health care workers is a precaution, but the flu is a certainty, killing at least 3,000 Americans every year.
 So be safe, be wise, and get a flu shot, which the University offers for free at multiple  locations for faculty and staff, as well as  students.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, getting a flu shot is the No. 1 thing individuals can do to protect themselves from the flu. Healthy living, proper diet, exercise, and hygiene also can go a long way to prevent the flu.

Here are other tips to follow this flu season:

  • Wash your hands frequently. No personal habit helps prevent the spread of any communicable disease better than hand washing.
  • Keep your hands away from your face (especially your nose and mouth).
  • Cover your mouth/nose when sneezing and coughing (use a tissue or sleeve, not your hands).
  • Use antibacterial wipes on public equipment like computer keyboards and phones.
  • Open restroom doors with a paper towel to keep your hands clean.

For more information, read the CDC’s “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu, or watch the video, Why Flu Vaccination Matters.

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Gift of $50 Million to Name UM’s New Health Care Facility

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver breakthrough health care to South Florida starting in 2016.

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When it opens in 2016, the Lennar Foundation Medical Center will deliver premier services of the Miller School of Medicine and the University of Miami Health System.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 23, 2014) — The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation, one of the nation’s largest builders of quality homes, has given a lead gift of $50 million to name the UHealth at Coral Gables ambulatory center. A ceremonial groundbreaking event for The Lennar Foundation Medical Center took place Thursday afternoon.

To be located on the UM Coral Gables campus, this 200,000-square-foot outpatient center will provide easy access to UHealth’s leading physicians for surrounding communities as well as UM students, faculty, and staff. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2016. Read the full story

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Florida Campus Compact Honors UM for Its ‘Culture of Engagement’

 By Megan Ondrizek
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From right are Andrew Wiemer, director of the Butler Center for Service and Leadership; student Guerdiana Thelomar, UM’s 2014 Newman Civic Fellow; and Ashley Arostegui, associate director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 22, 2014)—The University of Miami was recognized with two awards from Florida Campus Compact at the Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 15 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Through the work of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, along with the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, UM received the Engaged Campus of the Year for the Independent Sector, an award that recognizes exemplary cross-campus commitment to advancing the civic purposes of higher education.

UM also received the 2014 Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Award, which recognized the work of the new UM Civic Scholars Program. The University received the award for its effective development of a bridge between academic and co-curricular student involvements in an innovative and exemplary manner. The partnership demonstrates high levels of cooperation, commitment and input, or joint participation between student affairs and academic affairs, as well as an ability to successfully accomplish its goals and positively impact all stakeholders with the full support of administrators, faculty, staff and students.

“We are thrilled that the hard work we’ve done over the last few years to infuse a culture of engagement at UM is being recognized statewide,” said Robin Bachin, assistant provost for civic and community engagement. “Our own innovative programs, as well as our exemplary partnership with the Butler Center, have created greater opportunities for UM students and faculty to participate in community-based learning experiences across disciplines.”

The Office of Civic and Community Engagement actively promotes its mission of engaged scholarship, where academic service-learning meets community-based research. The office links the classroom with the community through hands-on, experimental education, in courses and projects, that develop and translate academic knowledge and critical thinking into community engagement and civic responsibility.

“This is a great honor for the University of Miami, but most importantly truly reflects the impressive work of our students and their involvement in the community as engaged scholars and future leaders of our local, national, and global community,” said Andrew Wiemer, director of the Butler Center.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary of service and leadership in the community, the Butler Center, within the Division of Student Affairs, offers a wide range of volunteer and advocacy-based service opportunities for UM students, staff, and local community members, including one-day special events, classroom experiences, ongoing involvement with more than 40 service organizations, and volunteer opportunities during fall and spring break.

Florida Campus Compact, the state affiliate of Campus Compact, is a national presidential membership organization comprised of 53 college and university presidents in Florida and more than 1,100 nationally who are committed to helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service.

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UStop Diabetes Event Features Free Screenings, Healthy Snacks, and a Wealth of Information

Even Sebastian the Ibis realizes the importance of getting screened for diabetes, a chronic but manageable disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. UM’s fine-feathered mascot was among the hundreds who attended the second annual UStop Diabetes event on the University Center Lakeside Patio last Wednesday. Organized by the American Diabetes Association and UM Government and Community Relations, the event included free diabetes screenings conducted by School of Nursing and Health Studies students, fitness activities, cooking demonstrations, music, and healthy snacks.

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