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Decorating Dos and Dont’s for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety wants to remind the University community of some decorating “dos and don’ts”:

Do use UL-listed decorative lights, decorations, and ornaments.

Do use artificial holiday trees that are fire-resistant and place indoor trees away from traffic; do not block doorways.

Do unplug all holiday lights when you leave the office for the day.

Do remove all decorations, displays, lights and/or ornaments after the holiday event or prior to the University’s annual holiday closure.

Do not use decorative sprays or hang decorative materials (lights, ornaments, etc.) on any fire protection equipment (fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, smoke detectors, fire alarm pull boxes, etc.), on or near exits or emergency lights. Also, do not place them in any manner that could present a fall or trip hazard, or impede egress.

Do not bring or burn candles, incense sticks and/or other related devices/accessories.

For more information, please contact Christine Daley at 305-243-8443 or c.daley@miami.edu.


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Relieve Post-Irma Stress with Free Meditation Class at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 2, 2017) – While our school and community continue recovering from Hurricane Irma, the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center has added an additional meditation class to help participants regain mind-clarity and get back into a routine. Improve your physical and emotional responses to stress while increasing your health and happiness at the free meditation class open to members and non-members on Wednesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Meditation is known to stimulate relaxation, which in turn might reduce blood pressure. Meditation can also alleviate conditions caused or worsened by stress, by decreasing metabolism, lowering blood pressure, and improving the heart rate, breathing, and brain waves.

Studies show that meditation may enhance the brain’s ability to process information. Not only can your memory expand, but your empathy and sense of self may improve as well. Meditation also assists in fostering compassion, happiness, and focus.

The meditation class, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the conference room on the second floor of the Wellness Center. Comfortable clothing is recommended. The next meditation class will be Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to register for the class, call 305-284-5433 or email wellnesscenter@miami.edu.


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New Sessions of Active Shooter Response Training Begin October 11

active shooter trainingThe Office of Emergency Management is offering five more sessions of Active Shooter Response Training this semester, including three sessions, all at Gables One Tower, with additional training by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program on Workplace Violence.

Attendance at one of the sessions listed below is worth 150 Well ’Canes Points for those participating in the Well ’Canes program. To receive program credit, attendees must sign a wellness points attendance roster with their C number at the end of the class. Eligible participants will receive their points four to six weeks after attending one of these sessions:

Wednesday, October 11, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Whitten Learning Center, room 140

*Tuesday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at Gables One Tower, room 1050BA

*Thursday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Gables One Tower, room 1050BA

*Thursday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Gables One Tower, room 1050BA

Monday, November 13, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Whitten Learning Center, room 140

The 1.5-hour Active Shooter Response Training includes a presentation and discussion of active shooter preparation techniques, warning signs, and survival tactics based on material provided by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA and adapted for the UM campus community.

The course is led by experienced members of the OEM and utilizes brief video content and a question-and-answer session to instruct attendees on the most up-to-date recommendations and methods of response. The training course is recommended for all units at all levels, including student workers.

*NOTE: The longer, two-hour sessions at Gables One Tower, which combine active shooter response training with training on preventing workplace violence, are intended for employees who work at Gables One Tower, but others who wish to attend will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing OEM@miami.edu and requesting your preferred session.

For more information, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at oem@miami.edu or 305-284-8005 during business hours.

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The Perfect Equation

By Steven Pierre
University Communications


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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