Faculty and Staff Support the U: From Creativity to Business Skills, Associate Dean Helps Music Students Have It All

Steven Moore

Steven Moore

As associate dean of undergraduate studies at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, Steven Moore understands the importance of student scholarships. “Talented students should have an opportunity to attend the University of Miami regardless of their financial situation,” he says. “That’s why I support our students by giving to the Frost School and the University through United Way.”

At the Frost School, Moore seeks to develop well-rounded students who can create, communicate, and inspire others through music. “We also want to cultivate their entrepreneurial skills, providing opportunities for them to develop multiple streams of income. Today, a musician might have a performing job but also teach students,  arrange and record music, or focus on music production. Having a range of skills helps keep life interesting.”

Moore has built his own varied career in the music field. He learned the trumpet at an early age and became an award-winning conductor and teacher at the high school and collegiate levels. A strong believer in music literacy, he wrote Play It from the Heart: What You Learn from Music about Success in Life, a book published by the National Association for Music Education.

Moore enjoys conducting and recently led the Frost School’s string chamber orchestra in a concert celebrating Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Making music with others has been my life’s passion,” he says.

Moore came to the University in July 2013 with his wife, Kimberly Sena Moore, a music therapist with the Frost School, and their two children. Formerly chair of the Department of Music at the University of Central Missouri, he shares Dean Shelly Berg’s vision of building the very best and most relevant school of music in the country.

“We already have a world-class faculty and student body here,” he says, encouraging other faculty and staff to give back to the University and help continue its forward momentum.

“Helping to fund scholarships is just one of the ways to contribute,” he says. “Many people have a passion for the arts, medicine, or science, for example, and want to support those fields. But I would suggest making an unrestricted donation that can be put to good use wherever the need is the greatest.”

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Business-Minded Youngsters Visit UM to Learn the Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success

By Robert C. Jones Jr. UM News

UM alumna Jacki Stanley gives advice to youngsters during the national launch of the Secret Millionaires Club ‘Grown Your Own Business Challenge.’

UM alumna Jacki Stanley gives advice to youngsters during the national launch of the Secret Millionaires Club ‘Grow Your Own Business Challenge.’

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 20, 2014) – Jacki Stanley, B.B.A. ’12, was only 12 years old when her father told her about the dream he had in which someone told him to start a new line of sneakers for girls. “We were vacationing in San Francisco,” Stanley recalled, “and one day at breakfast, Dad starts telling us about his dream and drawing these incredible pictures of shoes.” It wouldn’t be until Stanley’s junior year at the University of Miami that she would partner with her father in launching a brand of shoes that encourages girls to be creative. Today, colorful Bobbi-Toads sneakers are sold with toes embossed on their white toecaps, allowing the wearer to embellish them with nail polish, clean them off the next day, and start all over again with any design they choose. Read the full story

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Off-Field Battles Forged UM and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Jim Kelly finished his Miami career with 406 completions, 5,233 passing yards, and 32 touchdowns.

Jim Kelly finished his Miami career with 406 completions, 5,233 passing yards, and 32 touchdowns.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 23, 2014) — It was the game that put Miami Hurricanes football on the map—a November 1979 road matchup against powerful Penn State.

Making his first collegiate start at quarterback for Miami was Jim Kelly, a kid from East Brady, Pennsylvania, who grew up dreaming about playing for the Nittany Lions. Read the full story

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A New Place to Call Home: Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life Breaks Ground

Special to UM News


From left are Jeffrey Miller and Debra Braman Wechsler, Hillel at UM Capital Campaign co-chairs; UM President Donna E. Shalala; and Noreen Gordon Sablotsky, chair of UM Hillel’s Board of Directors.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 16, 2014)—On the final day of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, University of Miami Hillel held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially begin construction on the new Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life.

Thanks to a lead naming gift of $2.5 million from two of Miami’s most distinguished families, the Bramans and the Millers, who were on site for the groundbreaking, UM Hillel will be renovated to meet the needs of more than 2,000 Jewish and non-Jewish UM students alike. Plans include a new lobby, kosher café, dining room, multipurpose classroom space, and prayer sanctuary.

“Here at the University of Miami, Hillel gives Jewish students a place to call home—a place where they can connect with their culture, deepen their spirituality, energize their commitment to community service, and develop relationships that will last a lifetime,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala.

The event, which was attended by 80 UM students, trustees, donors, local and national Hillel leaders, and members of the local Jewish community, was held outside the current Hillel building and in front of a “sukkah,” or booth, made from branches and palms, following Jewish tradition.

“Hillel helps nurture and engage our community. Here, students find meaning and purpose. Yes, they find food, and many times, they find themselves,” said Jacob Solomon, president and CEO of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. “Hillel is the best chance the Jewish community has to impact Jewish identity. Across continents, 18 time zones, and on 550 campuses in North America alone, this foundation helps build the future of the Jewish people.”

Eric Fingerhut, president and CEO of Hillel, said, “Our success in building Jewish life on campus depends greatly on our university partners. President Shalala, thank you for that partnership and for the good soil on which to grow and thrive here on campus.”

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Associate Provost Keeps Her Alma Mater Moving Forward

Mary Sapp

Mary Sapp

Mary Sapp knows that financial support from faculty, employees, and alumni is a big reason the University of Miami is rising steadily in the national rankings. “These contributions play a major role in improving the quality of our educational and research programs, as well as our campus facilities,” says Sapp, M.S. ’86, associate provost for planning, institutional research, and assessment.

Sapp’s own generosity has earned her membership in UM’s Loyalty Society, which honors alumni donors who make gifts for two or more consecutive years. “On a personal level, I feel good about helping to keep our University moving forward by donating to my alma mater each year through the Annual Fund,” she says.

Sapp’s office conducts ongoing research on the University’s programs, studying such key indicators as the academic credentials of students and faculty, graduation rates, and research grants. “We analyze those data to help senior leadership with planning and strategic decisions,” she says. “It’s certainly a lot more rewarding to provide reports that show the great progress we’re making.”

A native of Ohio, Sapp came to Miami in the early 1980s with her husband, Stephen Sapp, professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Sapps, who have two grown sons, Eric and David, spent several years living on campus when Stephen Sapp was the resident master at Eaton Residential College. “We really enjoyed being around students and found it to be a very energizing experience,” Mary Sapp says.

Sapp had earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in quantitative psychology before joining the University of Miami, initially as an IT consultant and then as associate director of planning and institutional research. While working and raising a family, she completed her master’s degree in computer science at UM.

“I believe strongly in the value of education, particularly at the university level,” she says. “Education can level the playing field so that minority, immigrant, and low-income students can succeed on their personal merits.”

With its cultural diversity, high academic standards, and beautiful campus, Sapp regards UM as a very special place to work. “When you believe in what you are doing, you can get involved with our University in so many ways, including athletics and cultural activities. There are so many opportunities for personal enjoyment and professional development, and becoming a donor at any level is one of the ways to show your support for our U.”

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