A Celebration of Involvement

By Mike Piacentino
UM News

Students received awards in a variety of categories, from civic engagement to excellence in leadership.

Students received awards in a variety of categories, from civic engagement to excellence in leadership.

Coral Gables, Fla. (April 23, 2014) – The William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, along with the Division of Student Affairs, recognized outstanding University of Miami students and faculty for their service contributions throughout the past year at the 29th annual Celebration of Involvement ceremony held on Tuesday, April 22 in the Student Activities Center.

“We hope all of you continue your service after your time at the University,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala as she welcomed attendees. “These awards are part of your journey, but it is what you do later in life that makes us even more proud of you.” Read the full story

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Matches Made in Cyberspace: UM Alum’s Web-Based Platform Fosters ‘Collaborizm’ on Projects

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Steven Reubenstone came up with the idea for Collaborizm as a sophomore at the University of Miami.

Steven Reubenstone came up with the idea for Collaborizm while enrolled at the University of Miami.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 22, 2014) – It was a search Steven Reubenstone thought would be a cinch. A mechanical engineering major in the University of Miami’s College of Engineering, he wanted to partner with an electrical engineering student on an academic project, but finding the right person with the skill set he needed proved fruitless.

That’s when Reubenstone got an idea: a Web-based platform that matches people working on projects with others who have the expertise in a particular area they need. Read the full story

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Earth Week Events, April 21-25, Help Raise Environmental Awareness

Help protect the environment and educate the community about sustainable initiatives by participating in Earth Week events on the University of Miami campus, April 21-25. Encompassing everything from a biodegradable water balloon toss and ReUse Store to an opportunity to create up-cycled grocery bags with unwanted T-shirts, the week is being hosted by the Energy and Conservation Organization Agency, a UM student group that helps determine and implement sustainable programs to “green” the U. On Earth Day, which this year falls on Tuesday, April 22, the annual Hug the Lake event coordinated by Random Acts of Kindness will be held at noon, with students, faculty, and staff joining hands and encircling Lake Osceola in a demonstration of environmental awareness.

Monday, April 21: Biodegradable Water Balloon Toss on the Foote Green from noon to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22: Earth Day at the Rock from noon to 2 p.m.; Hug the Lake (organized by Random Acts of Kindness) at noon.

Wednesday, April 23: Food Day at the Rock from noon to 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 24: Arboretum Picnic at the Arboretum from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Friday, April 25: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at the Rock from noon to 2 p.m.

Earth Week is open and free to all students and members of the UM community.


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Win a Vespa by Supporting 12th Annual UM-NSU CARD Tropical Nights Gala on May 10

The University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) will host its 12th annual Tropical Nights gala on Saturday, May 10, at the InterContinental Miami to celebrate CARD’s ongoing excellence in serving South Florida families living with autism.

This year’s event will honor  Rod Wellens, chair of the Department of Psychology in the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences. Five culturally diverse families who have moved to Miami to access CARD services also will share their stories, and guests will enjoy fine dining, dancing, and live and silent auctions.

Gala tickets are $250 per person. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. Tropical Nights also will feature a raffle of a Vespa LX50; raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $100. Raffle tickets are on sale now, and the winner does not need to be present at the event.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, please visit http://www.cardtropicalnights.org/home.php. To purchase raffle tickets or learn more about how to support this event, please contact CARD Manager of Special Events Michelle Costa at mke@miami.edu or 305-284-5269.

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Southcom Commander Talks Security Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean at CHP Symposium

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Gen.-John-F-KellyCORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 17, 2014) – Even with a shortage of ships and planes, the U.S. Southern Command intercepted 132 tons of cocaine on the high seas last year, preventing the cache of drugs from reaching land where it would eventually be parceled out into small kilos. But that’s still only “a fraction of what gets through,” Gen. John F. Kelly, commander of the Miami-based Southcom, said Thursday.

The illicit drug trade and Southcom’s efforts to stem it dominated the general’s remarks, delivered at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables as part of the University of Miami Center for Hemispheric Policy’s “Challenges and Opportunities: Security in Latin America and the Caribbean” symposium. Read the full story

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