Look for Elevated Traffic, Lifted Parking Restrictions During Fall Commencement

Please expect elevated traffic on Thursday, December 14, while the fall semester continues and the Watsco Center hosts the University’s undergraduate fall Commencement ceremony from  10 a.m. to noon and the graduate ceremony from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Commencement guests will utilize the yellow lots, Merrick Garage and Pavia Garage, and traffic is expected to be heavier than usual two hours before the start of each ceremony, and two hours after.

Due to Hurricane Irma, fall classes will continue through Wednesday, December 20, so there will be even more traffic than usual on Commencement Day.  As a result, parking color zone restrictions will be lifted on December 14,  with the exception of blue and purple zones. Feel free to utilize other parking lots around the campus and allow extra time for your commute.

For questions, contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284 3096, option 2. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

To view the undergraduate ceremony, which will feature Major League Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez as the speaker, visit this Livestream link, and for the graduate degree ceremony, which will feature Magic Leap, Inc. founder and UM alumnus Rony Abovitz as speaker, visit, this link. The links may also be accessed through www.miami.edu.



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New Parking Technology to Require No-Back-In Policy

For the past two years, the Department of Parking and Transportation has been developing and implementing its License Plate Recognition (LPR) system, reads vehicle license plates and rapidly informs Parking Services Officers if vehicles are authorized to park on campus. The system has proven itself very beneficial. Permit holders are less likely to find their assigned zone overrun with illegal parkers and, more importantly, parking officers are enhancing campus safety by becoming more efficient eyes for the University of Miami Police Department.

The next step in the evolution of this technology is to switch to virtual permits, thus eliminating the need for plastic hangtags. However, Florida is among the 18 states that require a plate only on the rear of the vehicle, which creates a hurdle for the new technology. LPR-equipped vehicles cannot read the license plates of vehicles that back into parking spaces. As a result, Parking and Transportation will implement a ‘No-Back-In’ Policy starting in the spring 2018 semester.

There will be exceptions to this policy. For example, the drivers of out-of state-vehicles that have both front and back license plates will be able to back into a parking space. Additionally, for a $20 fee, drivers of Florida vehicles who prefer to back in to parking spaces will be able to purchase a front plate with a unique number that is linked to a virtual permit.

There are many benefits to this new policy:

Permit holders will be able to register all of their vehicles on a single virtual permit, eliminating the need to remember to switch their hangtag permit when they use a different car.

The inconvenience and expense of losing a permit will no longer be an issue. Purchasing a permit will be an immediate transaction, with no need to wait for a mail delivery.

Returning or exchanging a permit will be just as easy, with most transactions not requiring a visit to the Parking Office.

Any questions or comments can be submitted to Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2, or at parking.gables@miami.edu.

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Go Paperless for Free Parking

Faculty and staff who receive their W-2 year-end tax documents electronically can enter to win a year of free parking or Metropass cards. Opting out of printed documents helps safeguard your sensitive information and supports the University’s commitment to sustainability. Log in to Workday and make your election in the Pay worklet by Sunday, December 31, 2017, to qualify. 
Faculty and staff who already receive only electronic W-2 forms will be entered automatically in the drawing. There must be 7,000 new W-2 electronic opt-ins by December 31, 2017, for the prize to be awarded. One lucky winner will be selected at random in January 2018.


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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. This month’s seminar will highlight helpful hints for enjoying holiday season without the traditional stress. This seminar will be facilitated by a UM FSAP consultant.

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

Rosenstiel campus: Wednesday, December 13, 12-1 p.m., Library Media Room

Coral Gables campus: Thursday, December 14, 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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Taking Advantage of Professional Development Opportunities

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne was recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

CBO Office Manager Adeline Lalanne, center, is recognized for being the first to complete one of ULearn’s new learning curriculum by Greg Brenner, left, executive director for Talent and Organizational Development, and her supervisor, Nadia Castaing, right.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 22, 2017)—University employees have accessed more than 2,300 courses, certifications, and books since Talent and Organizational Development, in collaboration with University of Miami Information Technology, rolled out new professional development opportunities in ULearn two weeks ago.

The expanded ULearn offerings give all University faculty, staff, and student employees access to thousands of online professional development options that fit their unique needs, interests, and schedules. New “bite-sized” content—short but impactful instruction on a variety of subjects—was particularly helpful to Adeline Lalanne, office manager for the Central Business Office, who was the first UM employee to complete one of the new courses.

“The format and style of the new modules make it easy for leaders and staff to acquire skills that are easily transferable to their daily activities with minimal downtime,” Lalanne said. “From watching the video, I learned all the steps needed from conception to implementation to successfully manage my project. The new resources available in ULearn will make it easier to enhance my skills and do my job more effectively and efficiently.”

Employees also have access to curated, featured training on a variety of helpful topics that will change periodically to spotlight new courses and curriculum. Current trainings include: First Time Manager Essentials, Microsoft Excel, Project Management, Working with Difficult People, and Navigating through Change.

Greg Brenner, executive director of Talent and Organizational Development, said professional development opportunities were expanded in response to the feedback faculty and staff provided on the Gallup Engagement Survey and to UM President Julio Frenk during the “one action” small-group conversations he held across the University following the survey.

“Fostering continuous learning is essential for advancing our organization,” Brenner said. “By offering our employees the ability to learn when they need it, we are encouraging them to be an active participant in expanding their knowledge and skills.”

Click here to join an upcoming live webinar and learn more about new professional development opportunities, or contact Talent and Organizational Development by visiting miami.edu/learn or emailing tod@miami.edu.




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