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The Perfect Equation

By Steven Pierre
University Communications

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Zac, Zoe, and Chelsea Cosner

The beach, palm trees, and mild winters of Miami were a far cry from College Station, Texas, where Chris Cosner started his academic career. The budding mathematics department at the University of Miami also made Cosner certain his move to Miami in 1982 would be a good one. “My former university was in a small town, and having grown up in San Diego and the Bay area, it was boring,” the professor of mathematics recalled. “The circumstances here were positive and Miami as a city was enticing—it felt like home.”

But, for Cosner, the icing on the cake was the tuition remission benefit offered as part of joining the University. He wanted to start a family and being able to send his future kids to college at little cost was a big draw. “At that time, I didn’t know what my kids would want to do, but this at least provided a feasible option at a great university,” Cosner said.

For his children, Chelsea, Zac, and Zoe, UM became the perfect fit for their interests after high school. “It turned out that Chelsea and Zoe wanted to go in the direction of medicine. Zac, on the other hand, was more of an outdoor type, so he was interested in environmental science,” said Cosner.

The tight-knit, community-oriented siblings were accepted into a variety of schools around the country—but none with the potential experiences offered at UM. “It worked out great and they all went into areas where UM is well represented. Their interests matched up well with the departmental strengths at UM,” said Cosner.

Between interning in Miller School of Medicine labs and studying abroad, Cosner’s children made the most of their undergraduate experience. Chelsea graduated in 2015 with a degree in neuroscience; Zac and Zoe, fraternal twins, graduated in 2017, Zac with his degree in ecosystems science and Zoe with hers in biochemistry and math. Although the three followed separate paths since graduation, with Chelsea and Zoe in medical school and Zac promoting ecotourism in Florida, Cosner says they’re still close. “The kids hang out together from time to time and whenever they’re home. They’re really tight.”

Knowing the value of education, Cosner always hoped to send his children to a school that would help them reach their goals, and UM’s programs and tuition remission benefit proved to be the perfect equation. “I knew that UM was great when I got here and I knew that it was improving, so the chances of UM being able to provide a great education for my kids were only increasing with time.”

To learn more about tuition benefits, visit benefits.miami.edu.

 

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Art Therapy for Enhanced Well-Being

Art therapy is a mental health modality, in which clients, facilitated by an art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and resulting artwork to explore, express, identify, reconcile, and manage challenging mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational experiences. As such, art therapy, as part of a comprehensive, curative course, provides therapeutic opportunity for self-and-situational acceptance, significance, reorientation, and renewed motivation in personal wellness pursuits. Seminar participants are invited to engage in both the educational process and experiential practice of art therapy for enhanced well-being. This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program seminar will be facilitated by Rachel A. Upton-Rice, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, a registered, board-certified, and licensed creative arts therapist from the University of Miami Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services Department.

Coral Gables campus: Tuesday, September 26, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

Miller School campus: Wednesday, September 27, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

FSAP 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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Building on a Legacy

By Steve Pierre
University Communications

From left are Edith, Andrea, Amanda, and Jose Candlelaria.

From left are Edith, Andrea, Amanda, and Jose Candelaria.

As a child growing up in Guanajuato, Mexico, Edith Candelaria fell in love with architecture and the idea of pursuing it as a career. “A family friend of ours had a daughter studying architecture, and I remember watching in awe as she built models,” she recalled. Coming to Miami as a teenager, she followed her dreams and received her Bachelor of Architecture from UM in 1990.

After gaining experience with architectural and engineering firms, Candelaria secured a position with UM Facilities, Design and Construction. Now in her 11th year, the project manager is helping to change the landscape of the University through the completion of various construction projects across the Coral Gables campus. Through her work, Candelaria is helping her daughters, Amanda and Andrea, build their student legacies at the University.

 Amanda Candlelaria  game day festivities as part of the Category 5 student group

Amanda Candelaria revs up game-day festivities as part of the Category 5 student group

Andrea, a junior studying ecosystems science and policy, and Amanda, who recently graduated with her baccalaureate and Master of Science degrees from the five-year biomedical engineering program, were able to attend UM through the employee tuition remission benefit.

“Andrea is our green child and is very involved with the eco board, and Amanda is already working as an associate engineer at an endovascular medical solutions provider,” said Candelaria. “Both of our daughters showed interest in the sciences since they were very young. As a parent, you always want to encourage them to pursue their interests, and that’s exactly what we did.”

As students, their involvement in academics and organizations at the U has spanned a variety of interests, including orientation, commuter student involvement, and homecoming.

The Candelarias weren’t strangers to the U, nor to the tuition remission benefit, which covers eligible tuition costs for employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents.

Edith’s mother-in-law, Aurora Candelaria, worked at UM for 32 years, enabling Edith’s husband and his brother to earn their UM degrees at little cost.

“Since my husband and I were both alumni, we took the girls to football games, homecoming, everything,” said Candelaria. “We’ve always been a UM family and the girls have always wanted to attend as well. They were both very driven and great students, and they both worked very hard to live up to our legacy.”

Andrea Candlelaria serves as a counselor for Great Start, a pre-orientation program for commuter students.

Andrea Candelaria, far right, serves as a counselor for Great Start, a pre-orientation program for commuter students.

Candelaria attributes her daughters’ success and experiences in pursuing their passions to the tuition benefit. “When I started in 2006, the girls were very young, so it was in the back of our minds, but as the years went by we hoped they would get accepted since it is very competitive,” she recalled. “A degree from UM opens doors—anywhere you travel, anywhere you go, people know the University of Miami. It’s been a blessing for my family.”

To learn more about tuition benefits, visit benefits.miami.edu.

 

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Mindful Living

This Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) seminar is offered monthly to explore the basic tenets of mindfulness, review the significance of mindful living, and guide participants through a mindfulness practice. Being mindful increases engagement with the present moment and allows for a clearer understanding of how thoughts and emotions impact our health and the quality of our lives. Attend to awaken your innate capacity for mindful living and nurture a practice to positively inspire every facet of your life. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM Faculty and Staff Assistance Program consultant. FSAP Health and Wellness seminars are offered as part of the University of Miami’s Well ‘Canes Program.

Rosenstiel campus: Tuesday, August 22, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Miller School campus: Wednesday, August 23, 12-1 p.m., Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, room 692

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, August 24, 12-1 p.m., McKnight Building, room 201AB

FSAP 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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Info Sessions for Employees with Dependents Applying to UM

The Office of Admission will host two Employee Dependents Information Sessions for those who have high school students and/or transfer students who will be applying to the University of Miami as undergraduate students. The information sessions, which will cover admission procedures and processes, financial aid, and HR benefits (tuition remission), will take place at the Miller School Medicine and Coral Gables campuses on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, August 30
Coral Gables campus | Office of Admission – Presentation Room (UC 1201)
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday, August 31
Miller School of Medicine campus | Rosenstiel Medical Science Building (RMSB), 5th-foor auditorium
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

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