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Women’s Commission Accepting Nominations for Louise P. Mills Student Award

The University of Miami Women’s Commission is now accepting nominations for the Louise P. Mills Student Award, which recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of women. Nominations are due by Monday, March 9. Recipients will be announced at the Women’s Commission Awards Breakfast on March 26. Nomination criteria and more details are available online or by contacting Dayle Wilson.

 

 

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Princeton Review: UM Pays Students Back

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ThePrincetonReviewCORAL GABLES, FLA. (February 4, 2015)—With excellent academics, extremely knowledgeable and passionate professors, the availability of merit-based scholarships, and “second-to-none” networking opportunities, the University of Miami is one of the nation’s top colleges for students seeking outstanding preparation—and prospects—for their careers, according to The Princeton Review.

In its newest book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In, the college admission services company named UM among the nation’s academically best and  affordable colleges with excellent records of alumni employment.

“We salute and highly recommend the University of Miami and all of our Colleges That Pay You Back schools,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review and lead author of the book. “They stand out for their excellent academics, impressive career preparation services, and affordability to students with need—via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both. Plus their students graduate with great career prospects.”

John Haller, UM’s vice president for enrollment management, said the Review affirmed what is already well-known about the U—that it  affords students the opportunity to pursue academic passions that lead to amazing outcomes professionally, in graduate programs, or through volunteer organizations.

“At the University of Miami, global leaders are shaped by the academic and experiential learning opportunities in and out of the classroom as a result of a dedicated faculty, a student body rich in diversity, and student activities that are endless,” Haller said.

To winnow the list for its newest college ratings book, The Princeton Review, a leader in academic tutoring and test preparation, developed a unique “Return-on-Education” rating to weigh and measure 40 data points for everything from academics, cost, financial aid, and student debt, to statistics on graduation rates, alumni salaries, and job satisfaction. The company based the ROE ratings on data collected in 2013-14 from its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges, and surveys of alumni of the same schools conducted through April 2014 by PayScale.com.

According to those surveys, UM offers “great academics,” “extremely knowledgeable” professors who are “engaging, interesting, and passionate about their work,” “an extremely international student body,” a “small and very close-knit” campus, a location filled “with excellent opportunities,” and, of course, “gorgeous weather.”

Students also lauded UM for networking opportunities that are “second-to-none” and for filling the Toppel Career Center with counselors who “are always eager to help you find a job or internship.” As one student noted, “You are more than confident that you are going to get a job in your desired field when you graduate.”

And good jobs, too. The Review reported that, according to Payscale.com, the median starting salary for UM grads is $45,700, and that 70 percent of UM alumni have high job satisfaction.

As summarized by another student quoted by the Review: “There’s nothing not to like about it: excellent academics, amazing campus life, beautiful weather, beautiful people, and an exciting city with tons of things to do.”

Franek said the Review expanded its “Best Value Colleges” book, first published in 2004, to “Colleges That Pay You Back” in response to concerns raised by college applicants and their parents on its 2014 “College Hopes & Worries Survey.”

“While 100 percent of our nearly 15,000 respondents viewed college as ‘worth it,’ worries about college costs and job prospects were deep,” Franek said. “Eighty-nine percent said financial aid would be ‘very necessary’ to afford college, and 42 percent said their final school choice would be the college ‘best for the student’s career interests.’’’

 

 

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Three Noteworthy Professors Awarded Faculty Senate Honors

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René Sacasas, Mary E. Mckay, and Jay S. Skyler

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (February 4, 2015)—The Faculty Senate voted at its January meeting to award its highest Faculty Senate accolades to three outstanding faculty members: René Sacasas, Mary E. Mckay, and Jay S. Skyler.

Sacasas, professor and chair of the Business Law Department at the School of Business Administration, will be honored with the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award for his selfless contributions to the lives of faculty, students, and staff during his three decades at the University.

Mckay, associate dean for nursing undergraduate programs and assistant professor of clinical at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, will receive the Outstanding Teaching Award for her contributions to the quality of education for students and for inspiring faculty to develop new and innovative teaching strategies.

Skyler, professor of medicine, pediatrics, and psychology at the Miller School of Medicine and deputy director for Clinical Research and Academic Programs at the Diabetes Research Institute, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award for his groundbreaking Type 1 diabetes research, which has led to improving the care received by patients with Type 1 diabetes. Along with receiving the award, he will give a short lecture on his research.

The awardees will be honored at the Faculty Senate Annual Awards ceremony at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15  in Storer Auditorium. The University community is invited to  join in celebrating these three extraordinary members of the faculty.

 

 

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Nominate Outstanding Students for the 2015 Celebration of Involvement by February 27

The William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, along with the Division of Student Affairs, invites you to nominate outstanding students to be recognized at the 2015 Celebration of Involvement on Tuesday, April 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms. Nominations are due online through the Butler Center portal on OrgSync by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27. 

Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to nominate students engaged in community service and leadership who are deserving of recognition. More information about the awards, including qualifications and nomination forms, is available by clicking on the following award titles:

Award finalists will be notified by email and asked to interview with our selection committee at the end of March and beginning of April. Finalists and award recipients will be honored at the reception held on April 21.

If you have any questions regarding nominations, please feel free to contact the Butler Center at 305-284-4483 or at leadandserve@miami.edu.

 

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Student Employment Accepting Nominations for Student Employee of the Year

Student Employment is seeking nominations from supervisors for the “UM Student Employee of the Year” competition. The winning student employee will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be recognized during National Student Employment Week. Nomination forms are due to Student Employment by Friday, February 20. For a nomination form, rules, and eligibility requirements, please click here. For more information, email Connie Diaz at cadiaz@miami.edu or call 305-284-6641.

 

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