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Florida Campus Compact Honors UM for Its ‘Culture of Engagement’

 By Megan Ondrizek
UM News


From right are Andrew Wiemer, director of the Butler Center for Service and Leadership; student Guerdiana Thelomar, UM’s 2014 Newman Civic Fellow; and Ashley Arostegui, associate director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 22, 2014)—The University of Miami was recognized with two awards from Florida Campus Compact at the Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 15 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Through the work of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, along with the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, UM received the Engaged Campus of the Year for the Independent Sector, an award that recognizes exemplary cross-campus commitment to advancing the civic purposes of higher education.

UM also received the 2014 Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Award, which recognized the work of the new UM Civic Scholars Program. The University received the award for its effective development of a bridge between academic and co-curricular student involvements in an innovative and exemplary manner. The partnership demonstrates high levels of cooperation, commitment and input, or joint participation between student affairs and academic affairs, as well as an ability to successfully accomplish its goals and positively impact all stakeholders with the full support of administrators, faculty, staff and students.

“We are thrilled that the hard work we’ve done over the last few years to infuse a culture of engagement at UM is being recognized statewide,” said Robin Bachin, assistant provost for civic and community engagement. “Our own innovative programs, as well as our exemplary partnership with the Butler Center, have created greater opportunities for UM students and faculty to participate in community-based learning experiences across disciplines.”

The Office of Civic and Community Engagement actively promotes its mission of engaged scholarship, where academic service-learning meets community-based research. The office links the classroom with the community through hands-on, experimental education, in courses and projects, that develop and translate academic knowledge and critical thinking into community engagement and civic responsibility.

“This is a great honor for the University of Miami, but most importantly truly reflects the impressive work of our students and their involvement in the community as engaged scholars and future leaders of our local, national, and global community,” said Andrew Wiemer, director of the Butler Center.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary of service and leadership in the community, the Butler Center, within the Division of Student Affairs, offers a wide range of volunteer and advocacy-based service opportunities for UM students, staff, and local community members, including one-day special events, classroom experiences, ongoing involvement with more than 40 service organizations, and volunteer opportunities during fall and spring break.

Florida Campus Compact, the state affiliate of Campus Compact, is a national presidential membership organization comprised of 53 college and university presidents in Florida and more than 1,100 nationally who are committed to helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service.

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Aetna Insurance Plans Now Cover Lung Cancer Screenings for High-Risk Individuals

Lung cancer screenings are now a covered service under Aetna Health Plans, allowing UM employees and their dependents who are at high risk for lung cancer to take advantage of this new approach for diagnosing the deadliest of all cancers.

Lung cancer does not show any symptoms until its late stage and, as a result, kills more people than breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer combined. But here’s the good news: The 2011 National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated that screening high-risk individuals with a series of low-dose CT scans over time can detect the disease in its early stages, allowing treatment to ensue and decreasing mortality by 20 percent.

As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends lung cancer screening, which is not a single test, but a series of tests performed over time, for high-risk individuals. High-risk candidates are:

  • People between 55 to 80 years of age who have smoked 30 or more packs of cigarettes a year
  • Current and former smokers who have quit during the past 15 years

The screenings are 100 percent covered by UM Aetna Health Plans for those who meet the USPSTF criteria. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Marie Charles, the coordinator of the lung cancer screening program, at 305-243-9069 or mcharles4@med.miami.edu.




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UM Recognized for Wellness

Special to UM News


From right are Jennifer Cohen, executive director of benefits; Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources; and Stephanie de Souza, development director for Miami Heart Walk, Greater Miami/Fort Lauderdale.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 9, 2014)—The American Heart Association has named the University of Miami a Fit-Friendly Worksite for the fourth year in a row. This designation honors the University for taking steps to enhance the health and well-being of its faculty and staff through workplace wellness programs and facilities. UM achieved gold-level recognition as a Fit-Friendly Worksite.

“We are excited to receive this honor once again,” said Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources and chair of the UM Wellness Advisory Council. “We know that a healthy workforce leads to an engaged workforce, which is why it is important that we continue to offer various wellness programs throughout the year for faculty and staff.”

Morris said that the University’s wellness programs are of utmost importance to the Wellness Advisory Council. The University’s wellness offerings include wellness centers on the Coral Gables and Miller School of Medicine campuses; the Well ’Canes incentives program, which motivates employees to participate in wellness activities to earn up to $300 cash; Walking ’Canes; Be Smoke Free; Weight Watchers at Work; and free preventive care benefits for faculty and staff who are on a UM health care plan.

To learn about UM’s wellness programs, visit miami.edu/wellcanes.


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Goran’s Gifts: UM Celebrates Creative Writing Professor Lester Goran’s Legacy October 23-24

A memorial celebration of the late Professor Lester Goran’s creative writing legacy at the University of Miami will begin Thursday October 23, with Recent Alumni Readings at 6:30 p.m. at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, and continue Friday, October 24 with an evening of readings and memories of his life and legacy at 6 p.m. in the CAS Gallery at the Wesley Foundation House, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables.

Goran, who  began developing creative writing courses for undergraduates in 1961, founded the MFA in Creative Writing Program and taught more than 20,000 students in his 53 years at the University. He published eight novels and three collections of short stories and mentored scores of well-published writers.

Free and open to the public, the Thursday night celebration will feature Daisy Hernandez, reading from A Cup of Water Under My Bed; Jason McCall, reading Dear Hero; Kristine Snodgrass, reading from War on Pants; and Natalia Sylvester, with Chasing the Sun.

Also free and open to the public, the Friday celebration is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the English Department’s Creative Writing Program, the MALS program, and the Mangrove Literary Journal. The evening will feature former students Chrissa-Jean Chappell, reading from More than Good Enough; Terrence Cheng, from Sons of Heaven; Paul Perry, from Gunpowder Valentin: New and Selected Poems; and  Michelle Richmond, from The Year of the Fog; and special remarks by Professor Eugene Clasby,Matthew Aspery Gear, and Chauncey Mabe.

A reception will follow. Please RSVP at http://as.miami.edu/goranrsvp.

For more information, contact UM’s Creative Writing director, M. Evelina Galang, at mgalang@miami.edu or Creative Writing Community Outreach and Events Coordinator Melissa Burley at m.burley1@umiami.edu. For information about parking, please see UM Parking Information.


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Team UM Announces 2014 United Way Campaign Raffle Prize Winners

To launch the 2014 United Way campaign, TeamUM invited University faculty and staff to make their United Way contributions by October 6 for a chance to win prizes ranging from airline tickets to one year of free parking on the Coral Gables, Rosenstiel School (RSMAS) and Miller School campuses. More than 1,700 faculty and staff contributed by the deadline. The 23 lucky winners were randomly selected at a drawing supervised by a member of UM’s office of Audit & Advisory Services, and are listed below.

  • One year of free parking at the Coral Gables campus – William Gerlach
  • One year of free parking at the RSMAS campus – Jorge Willemsen
  • One year of free parking at the Miller School of Medicine campus – Mary Luz Londono
  • Two Section B tickets to attend Pulse Chamber Music on October 15 at UM Gusman Concert Hall – Phillip J. Leone
  • Two Section B tickets to attend National Young Arts Foundation’s Concert on October 26 at UM Gusman Concert Hall – Bronwyn T. Mills
  • Two Section B tickets to attend Pianists Genova & Dimitrov’s Concert on October 29 at UM Gusman Concert Hall – Rebecca Kuhns
  • Two Section B tickets to attend Pianist Vadym Kholodenko’s Concert on November 4 UM Gusman  Concert Hall – Lory Ann Hayes
  • Four tickets to a 2014 UM Football Game (excluding Florida State) – Belkis M. Carreiro
  • Four tickets to a 2014-2015 UM Miami Men’s Basketball game (excluding Florida State, Louisville, Illinois, North Carolina) – Patricia Ann Martely
  • Four Tickets to a 2014-2015 UM Women’s Basketball game – Karen T. Del Rio
  • Four seats in Orchestra Box for Beauty and The Beast and access for four to the Terra Group Patrons Salon at Adrienne Arsht Center on January 3 – Barbara Barrett
  • Four admission tickets to Miami Seaquarium – Irma Riccio
  • Four admission passes to Zoo Miami – Susan H. Blanton
  • Four admission passes to Jungle Island – Merlyn Donatien
  • $50 Sticks and Stones Alphabet Photography gift certificate – Jessica E. Driemeier, Ana M. Menzies, and Erica Avis McEwan
  • $30 GreenStreet Restaurant gift certificate – Neha Shinde
  • $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant gift certificate – Silvia Prieto
  • $100 Patti & Allan Herbert Wellness Center gift certificate – Caridad Rosa Yousef
  • The Stamps Jazz Quintet CD – Divya Misra
  • Two American Airlines economy class tickets for travel to the U.S., Canada, or Mexico – Ann L. House
  • Two American Airlines first/business class tickets for travel to the U.S., Canada, or Mexico – Steven M. Green

Winners will be contacted by phone and/or email.

Faculty and staff can still contribute to the TeamUM United Way campaign online through myUM by November 28. For more information about this year’s campaign, please visit the TeamUM United Way website or email unitedway@miami.edu.


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