Law Enforcement to Conduct Traffic Safety and Education Detail Near Campus March 2

AlertTodayFaculty, staff, students, and visitors will notice an enhanced police presence around the University’s Coral Gables campus on Monday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. when UMPD joins four other agencies on a traffic safety enforcement and educational detail in an area that includes Red Road, Ponce De Leon Boulevard, University Drive, and San Amaro Drive.

UMPD is joining the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six, Coral Gables Police Department, South Miami Police Department, and Pinecrest Police Department in the effort to curb red-light running, speeding, and impaired/distracted driving, and improve seat belt use, move-over law compliance, and general traffic safety.

UM student groups and FDOT personnel also will be conducting bicycle/pedestrian safety outreach at selected locations around the University, as part of FDOT’s Alert Today – Alive Tomorrow Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Initiative.

“We’ll be on street corners reminding people not to be looking at their cellphones when they’re crossing streets and to use the marked crosswalks,” said John Gulla, UMPD’s crime prevention officer. “That’s dangerous. Pedestrians need to pay attention to the traffic and be defense-minded when they are crossing streets.”

The multi-agency education and enforcement detail will be made possible through a mutual-aid agreement and the Southeast Community Traffic Safety Team program.


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Group Fitness Classes Aren’t Just for Members of the Herbert Wellness Center

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February, 25, 2015) – The Department of Wellness and Recreation staff at the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center knows what it takes to get people moving. In partnership with Well ‘Canes, the Walking ‘Canes program is in full swing and the Corporate Run is just around the corner. These programs have two things in common: they’re both aimed at fostering healthy lifestyles in UM employees and they’re both open to members and non-members alike. But did you know that’s not all the Herbert Wellness Center has to offer non-members?

At the midpoint of each semester, the Herbert Wellness Center begins a second session of its many group fitness classes available to anyone, regardless of membership status. Class offerings include reformer Pilates, martial arts like Tai Chi and Capoeira, instructional tennis, dance classes featuring belly dance and ballet, and instructional aquatics designed for adults and youth swimmers of all levels.

“We want to create an atmosphere of inclusion,” said Michelle Kasparian, assistant director of group exercise and community classes at the Herbert Wellness Center. “We realize not everyone is willing or able to commit to a membership at our facility, but we want to make sure we can provide our UM and local communities with a variety of fitness options to meet their needs.”

Registration for reformer Pilates runs from March 2-8. Registration for dance, martial arts, tennis and adult aquatics classes runs March 9-20, with a free trial period running March 14-20. Youth swim registration runs from March 16-23. Registration is available online at miami.edu/wellness or by contacting the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433 or at wellnesscenter@miami.edu. In-person registration is also available.

Visit www.miami.edu/wellness for complete information on fitness and wellness programming available for members and non-members.

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Only Two Weeks Left to Register for the Corporate Run

2014 Mercedes Benz Corproate RunLace up your running shoes and get ready for an evening of healthy fun with friends and colleagues on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m, when the Corporate Run/Walk, a 5k (3.1-mile) race around downtown Miami, takes place.

Not only will you have a great time with friends and colleagues, you will also earn 250 points toward your Well ’Canes incentives goal and get that much closer to earning $300. As a bonus, you will receive $15 off the standard $40 registration fee and a Team UM DRI-FIT shirt. And let’s not forget about the food, fun, and prizes available after the race and the fact that a portion of the race proceeds will benefit United Way.  If you were a member of last year’s team, we invite you to join us again in 2015. If you missed out last year, now is your chance to be part of something both fun and rewarding.

Interested in becoming a team leader? The President’s Office Cup Challenge is a Team UM competition to see who can build the largest team. We are always looking for enthusiastic leaders to step up to the challenge. The winning team will secure the coveted President’s Office Cup trophy and the top 5 team leaders will win gift cards. To become a team leader, email teamum@miami.edu.

To register for the 2015 Corporate Run/Walk:

  1. Visit miami.edu/corporaterun before March 25, and look for the Team UM registration links.
  2. Click on the link for your campus (Coral Gables, RSMAS, Medical) under UM employees and follow the on-screen instructions to register.

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Design Team UM’s Corporate Run/Walk T-Shirt by March 6 and Win UM Bookstore Gift Card

Corporate Run:Walk T-Shirt ContestPut your graphic design and illustration techniques to use, and you could win a $100 gift certificate to the UM Bookstore. Human Resources, Well ’Canes, and the Herbert Wellness Center are sponsoring a T-shirt design competition for the 2015 Mercedes Benz Corporate Run/Walk. Employees and students from all UM campuses can enter the T-shirt design competition. The winning design will be featured on the official Team UM dri-fit T-shirts that will be worn by hundreds of UM participants during this year’s Corporate Run/Walk, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m. at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. “At the U, We Transform Lives” is Team UM’s theme for this year’s Corporate Run/Walk.

All submissions must:

  • Include the theme, Team UM, and Corporate Run 2015
  • Use only the colors green and white in the design (the dri-fit shirt is orange)
  • Fit within a 12-inch-wide x 15-inch-tall area
  • Be submitted in a PDF file format
  • Be emailed to teamum@miami.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6

In addition to a $100 gift card to the UM Bookstore, the winner also will receive a framed Team UM Corporate Run/Walk T-shirt signed by President Shalala. If you have any questions, please send an email to teamum@miami.edu.

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Information Session on RSMAS’s Master of Professional Science Degree on February 25

Dreaming of an ocean-, weather-, or climate-related career? Find out if a Master of Professional Science degree from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is right for you at an information session about the Master of Professional Science (MPS) program at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, at the Ungar Building, room 230, on the Coral Gables campus. You can earn a degree in marine, atmospheric, and climate science in as little as 12 months, and  partial merit-based scholarships are available, with a job placement rate of  85 percent. For more information on the MPS program visit http://mps.rsmas.miami.edu, call 305-421-4340, or email mps@rsmas.miami.edu.


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