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4-27-15_homepage-snapCORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 27, 2015) — Today when you visit miami.edu, you’ll find our new redesigned top-tier website that represents a huge upgrade, not just in design, but navigation, display, content, and back-end technology. The pages of the new University website “respond” to whatever device you view it on, whether a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Content has been arranged to help you find what you are looking for more quickly, and the display features larger graphics and images.

Nearly two years in the making, the new site was developed by Web and Digital Communications and Marketing, working in conjunction with Information Technology and outside consultants. The site is hosted in the cloud and utilizes a new content management system (CMS) that UM has implemented. Many more sites throughout the University will migrate to this new system later this year, including those of administrative units and schools and colleges.

During the past two years, Web and Digital Communications has conducted extensive surveys and testing, interviewed nearly a dozen content management companies, and conducted monthly meetings with web administrators throughout the three campuses to discuss the process; review design, hosting, and CMS solutions; and elicit critical feedback to ensure the new site strengthens the University’s overall web presence. As part of the process, a comprehensive assessment of the top-tier website was conducted among key constituencies—prospective and current students, faculty and staff, alumni—which served as a baseline for the current redesign. Meetings, focus groups, and surveys were conducted with these groups to assess navigation, functionality, integration with the University’s marketing/messaging, and relevance of content.

Among the key features:

– Utilizes responsive design.

– Streamlined navigation and “hover” menus help users find information more quickly.

– Content showcases key initiatives and audiences, including research, community service, students and prospective students, and alumni.

– Features social media interactions on the home page.

– A UM News channel that showcases stories on what is happening at the U from all schools and colleges and across all disciplines. News stories can be searched by category or school or college.

During the next several months, you will continue to see tweaks and changes as we fine tune our processes and make improvements to miami.edu. If you have questions or want to make a suggestion, you can provide feedback to webmaster@miami.edu.

​Along with the University’s top-tier website redesign, the Web and Digital Communications and Marketing team is currently inventorying University websites at http://my.web.miami.edu. If you manage or contribute to a UM Website, use your Cane ID to log in to the My Web service and share it with us. Individuals who share their site information will be kept in the loop on new Web services available and will also be given an opportunity to migrate to the new CMS service as soon as possible.

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The Wizard of College Baseball Returns Home

Ron Fraser's grandchildren unveil the statue of the legendary coach that that will forever stand in front of Mark Light Stadium.

Ron Fraser’s grandchildren unveil the statue of the legendary coach that will forever stand in front of Mark Light Stadium.

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 26, 2015) — Ron Fraser, the University of Miami’s legendary baseball coach, is back where he belongs—standing outside Mark Light Stadium, bat slung over his shoulder and a twinkle in his eye, welcoming fans to the game he helped elevate to the national stage.

Immortalized in bronze, his stunningly life-like statue was dedicated Friday, in a ceremony attended by his family, many former players and Sugarcanes bat girls, and scores of fans. Designed and sculpted by Zenos Frudakis, the statue was funded primarily by friends and fans of the late coach, who led the Hurricanes from 1963-1992. In those 30 years, he won two national championships, went to 20 straight postseasons, and never had a losing season.

But his legacy extended far beyond the score board. A father figure to a legion of young men, his mastery of promoting and marketing college baseball helped develop the sport into a major player in college athletics and Mark Light Stadium into one of South Florida’s premier family entertainment spots.

“His genius at building a buzz filled this stadium to the rafters,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala of the man widely known as the Wizard of College Baseball. “He helped forge respect for college baseball at a national and even international level.”

Speaking on behalf of the Fraser family, Fraser’s daughter, Elizabeth Fraser Kraut, said, “The Light has always been a huge part of our life. We are so excited to see Popie here at the gate greeting the fans today and all the fans to come.”

More than a hundred of Fraser’s ballplayers went on to professional baseball and many more started successful careers. He was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s introductory Class of 2006.

“Coach Fraser was not only the most influential person in college baseball history, but also the most influential in my own professional career,” head baseball coach Jim Morris said. “Having a statue in front of our park, honoring all that he did both on the field and off, is going to be something special for his family, our program, and for our fans.”

Rick Remmert, the former assistant athletic director who is now UM’s director of alumni, said Fraser is back where he belongs. “This is his ballpark, you’d think he’d be here, and now he is. People can now say, ‘Meet me at the Frase.’

View a video of the ceremony.

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Returned Volunteers Share ‘Stories of the Peace Corps’

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

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From left, Steve Hunsicker, field-based recruiter for the Peace Corps’ Southeast Regional Recruitment Office; Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet; Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen; and UM President Donna E. Shalala.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 22, 2015) – He spoke of creating a new “army,” not one of tanks and rifle-toting soldiers, but teachers, engineers, agricultural scientists, and other civilians who would give two years of their lives to help people in countries of the developing world. When President John F. Kennedy issued his executive order establishing the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, a new generation of leaders was born.

Among the first volunteers to enlist: Donna E. Shalala, a recent graduate of the Western College for Women, who turned down her father’s offer of a new car to stay home, and instead went to Iran, where she lived in a mud village and taught at an agricultural college from 1962-1964. Read the full story

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’Canes Saturate the Corporate Run with UPride

MIAMI, Fla. (April 23, 2015) — Torrential downpours weren’t enough to discourage University of Miami faculty and staff from lacing up their sneakers to run—or stroll—the 3.1 miles of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Miami Corporate Run, held Thursday in downtown Miami. Wearing specially designed orange T-shirts featuring the UM logo and Sebastian the Ibis, 1,453 members of Team UM—the most in the school’s history—joined more than 26,000 other competitors for the 30th anniversary of the event, which proved to be a saturating affair as skies opened up. All members of Team UM received a UM T-shirt, Metrorail pass, and food voucher and were entered in a drawing for prizes such as roundtrip airline tickets. View the slideshow below. And for additional Corporate Run photos of Team UM, click here.

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Bridge for the ‘Safety of Future Generations’ Breaks Ground

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

UM students and officials join government and county transportation officials for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the long-south pedestrian bridge at US 1 and Mariposa Court.

UM students and President Donna E. Shalala join Miami-Dade County and City of Coral Gables officials at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the long-sought pedestrian bridge at US 1 and Mariposa Court.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 23, 2015) – University of Miami freshman Stephanie Scuotto sometimes crosses the intersection of US 1 and Mariposa Court to get to the CVS pharmacy or some of the retail shops at the University Centre strip mall. While Scuotto always uses and obeys the pedestrian signal at that intersection, she still knows it is a dangerous place to cross. Over the last ten years, eight UM students have been either seriously injured or killed in the area.

Soon, Scuotto and other students—as well as UM employees and citizens—will be able to cross the intersection without fear of being struck by a vehicle. Read the full story

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