Looking for the 10th Class of Essential Leaders


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EOL Promotion 1A transformational university needs inspiring leaders. The Essentials of Leadership Program provides University leaders with the opportunities, resources, tools and support to ensure a successful developmental journey.

Since its inception three years ago, a total of 444 leaders have successfully graduated from nine sessions of the program. The Essentials of Leadership Program is designed to advance participant’s development through interactive modules, leadership discussions, individual assessments, experiential learning activities, networking and coaching.

Upon successful completion, leaders would have completed their Individual Leadership Development Plan and will have the tools and foundational knowledge essential to deliver excellence through others, advocate change, and deliver results.

Recommendations for Series 10 will be accepted until January 10, 2018. Visit the Talent and Organizational Development website for more information about the Essentials of Leadership Program and its upcoming series dates.

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UMPD Offers S.A.F.E. Self-Defense Classes on November 29 or December 6

The University of Miami Police Department is offering the National Self-Defense Institute’s S.A.F.E. class free of charge to members of the University of Miami community on Wednesday, November 29, and on Wednesday, December 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Mahoney-Pearson Commons 116 and 118.

S.A.F.E, which stands for Self-Defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange, is, according to the NSDI, an unparalleled, two-hour educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program, which provides teenaged and  adult women with strategies, techniques, and information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense.

To reserve your spot, email usafe@miami.edu.



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Take the Commuter Challenge and Win Heat Tickets

Commuter ChallengeTake the South Florida Commuter Challenge and enter to win four Miami Heat Tickets with a parking pass when you log the most rides using any mode of transportation, other than a single occupant vehicle. Other prizes, sponsored by the Miami Heat, are available to participating members.

From November 6-17, participating members can start logging their trips by downloading the RideFlag Mobile App using your University of Miami email address. Once registered, just tap in at the start of your trip and tap out at the end of your trip. Every trip counts!

The University of Miami, in Partnership with South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS), challenges you to commute to and from campus using an alternate mode of transportation. Whether you elect to use public transit, carpool, bike, or walk, you can help reduce your impact on the environment. If you carpool, one (1) additional person must simultaneously track the same trip using the RideFlag Mobile App.

Additional information is available about the Commuters Challenge rules and regulations. Winners will be selected on or about November 20.

Download the app now on Google Play or the Google App Store or contact mxr1598@miami.edu or 305-284-1547.


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Social Security Benefits Update

This lunchtime seminar will provide participants with valuable updated information regarding Social Security benefits. The presenter, Maria Ortega, public affairs specialist with the Miami-Dade Social Security Administration Office, will help participants understand who is eligible to receive benefits, when a person qualifies, and the steps eligible participants need to take to apply for Social Security benefits. A UM Benefits Administration representative will be in attendance to answer UM benefits-related questions.

Miller School campus: Tuesday, November 14, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

Rosenstiel campus: Thursday, November 16, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Coral Gables campus: Friday, November 17, 12-1 p.m., Schwartz Center for Nursing and Health Studies, room 115

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program health and wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ‘Canes Program. Register through ulearn.miami.edu. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements of upcoming seminars, please call the FSAP at 305-284-6604.



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All in the (‘Canes) Family

By Steve Pierre
UM Communications

From left are Michelle, Josh, and Kelsey Valencia

From left are Michelle, Josh, and Kelsey Valencia

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 5, 2017)—Michelle Valencia has seen not only her career at the U grow since she started as a full-time employee in 1989, but also her son and daughter. “They spent much of their earlier years at Canterbury Preschool and around the Coral Gables campus,” Valencia, now the director of publications at the School of Law, said about Josh and Kelsey, both UM students. “Since they were young, they both really wanted to come to UM as students—it was their dream.”

As Josh, a senior, and Kelsey, a freshman, make the most of their UM education, Valencia is grateful for her own student experiences, and the tuition remission benefit she can share with her children. A double ’Cane, she earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and English in 1988, and joined the University staff the following year, initially working with University Advancement in various roles before joining the School of Law in 2008.

Her employment not only allowed her to further her own education at little cost—she earned her master’s in higher education through the tuition remission program—but imbue her children with the ’Canes spirit and traditions from birth.

“We are very much a ’Canes family and they grew up learning to bleed orange and green,” Valencia said. “They knew they wanted to come here and knew what a blessing tuition remission would be, especially for a school of this caliber.”

Kelsey began her classes in the School of Nursing and Health Studies this fall, while Josh, who is studying motion pictures, has taken advantage of the opportunity to study abroad.

As Valencia continues her career at UM and her children work toward their degrees, she encourages her colleagues to learn about the opportunities tuition remission may open up. “I think everyone should look into it, whether it is for themselves, their kids, or even a spouse. It is truly an amazing benefit.”


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