Business Master’s Programs Begin in January and August—Learn More December 3

The School of Business Administration offers one-year master’s programs in accounting, business analytics, economics, finance, international business, and taxation. Classes begin in January and August 2015. Learn more at the school’s next information session on Wednesday, December 3, at 12:30 p.m. at the Toppel Career Center. Lunch will be provided.

To register for the information session, visit www.bus.miami.edu/graduateprograms.


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UM Libraries to Host NBC Learn Higher Ed Workshops December 3 and 4

The University of Miami has full access to NBC Learn Higher Ed, an online resource of more than 17,000 pieces of instructional material spanning 80 years of television. UM Libraries has scheduled an on-site training on Wednesday and Thursday, December 3 and 4, during which participants can learn to explore this engaging resource and share best practices for integrating video into face-to-face or blended instruction. NBC Learn features robust searching, browsing, and filtering tools to aid research and inquiry-based discovery. UM faculty, staff, and students will have complete access to resources 24/7 from school and from home.

Please join UM Libraries for a hands-on and informative session on how NBC Learn can be used in your classes and course development. Register for one or multiple subject area sessions or one of the general sessions. Drop-ins are welcome, depending on space availability.

Workshops will be held at the Richter Library, room 344. NBC Learn can be found in the library database list under “N” or on the UM Blackboard homepage. For the registration website, visit http://libguides.miami.edu/nbclearn.



December 3
9:30 to 11 a.m.                       Health & Life Sciences
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.           Arts & Humanities
12:45 to 2 p.m.                       Academic Technology and IT (w/lunch)
2 to 3:30 p.m.                        Political Science, International Studies, and Latin American Studies
3:30 to 5 p.m.                        General Session

December 4
9:30 to 11 a.m.                      General Session
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.          Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
12:45 to 2 p.m.                      General Session (w/lunch)
2 to 3:30 p.m.                        Health & Life Sciences
3:30 to 5 p.m.                        Arts & Humanities

NBC Learn Higher Ed, the education division of NBC News, is excited to kick-off this exciting new partnership with University of Miami.


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Time to Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle? Join the Psychological Services Center’s Healthy Lifestyle Group

Do you want to eat healthy, be more physically active, manage stress better, or lose a few pounds? Learn how by joining the 12-week Healthy Lifestyle Group at the University of Miami Psychological Services Center. Group sessions will take place on Monday evenings starting early February 2015 on the second floor of the Flipse Building, 5665 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables. The cost $20 per person for each session. Free screenings to join the group can be scheduled now by calling 305-284-4265.


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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Offered at UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center

The impact of chronic stress is one of the strongest factors in determining a person’s overall health and well-being. A growing body of scientific research suggests that mindfulness-based programs significantly benefit a wide range of participants, including those suffering with chronic pain and illness, anxiety, and depression. Among healthy or otherwise undiagnosed individuals who want to develop better coping strategies and improve their quality of life, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) participants report enhancements in a variety of ways, including greater focus, joy, and balance.

MBSR is an experiential learning program, intended to engage the mind and the body. Developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR teaches participants to recognize and address stressors by using a variety of meditation and yoga techniques. The program has received widespread international acclaim and is offered at leading integrative medical centers around the world. However, affordable MBSR courses offered to the community by qualified instructors have been limited in Miami.

An an eight-week MBSR program will be offered at the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center by Debra Annane, M.A., R.Y.T., on Saturdays from January 10 through February 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 5, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Annane, stress management researcher and group facilitator at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, trained in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. She has been a mindfulness and yoga practitioner since 1987. Her warmth and knowledge of stress management at the leading edge of public health research come together in a practical, effective, and comforting blend of self-healing techniques that she expertly imparts to program participants.

“The course and the practices are a walking trail into the garden of your life. It’s about seeing the whole picture—weeds, flowers, bugs, and all,” Annane said. “When we pay attention to the exact and present moment now, just as it is, the next moment becomes a surprise. I enjoy guiding participants to develop a mindfulness practice that helps them be fully present for simple every day joys of life, just as much as for difficult challenges.”

The eight-week program fee is $275 per person and includes all course materials. Full or partial scholarships may be granted to applicants who submit a written statement of need. For more information or to register for the upcoming class, contact Annane at 954-643-5397.

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Fall 2014 Course/Faculty Online Evaluations Open December 1

Faculty and course evaluations are accessible online for most classes this fall. Eligible students will begin to receive email invitations the week after Thanksgiving. Students may access evaluations through the link in periodic email reminders, or they can go to the Student Home page in CaneLink under Instructor Evaluations and click “Submit Instructor Evaluation.”

Responses are anonymous. Student names and email addresses cannot be connected to any survey data. Survey results will not be released to faculty until after final grades are posted. Evaluations open Monday, December 1, at 6 a.m. and close on Monday, December 22, at 11:59 p.m. For more information, email testeval@miami.edu.


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