Jim Gorostola, Longtime Data Custodian for the Registrar’s Office, Retires after 35 Years at the U

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Jim Gorostola

At his recent retirement party held at the Newman Alumni Center, Jim Gorostola flips through the pages of a memory booklet containing photos of himself throughout his UM career while University Registrar Karen Beckett, who presented him with the booklet, looks on.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 29, 2015) – From a punch card method that would take hours to complete to an online process done in the blink of an eye, Jim Gorostola helped foster an evolution in the way students have registered for classes at the University of Miami over the past three and a half decades.

He started his UM career in 1980 as a programmer in the Information Technology department, playing a key role in implementing a new records and registration program called Integrated Student Information Systems, better known by its acronym ISIS.

“Students had to come in and get a punch card for each class they wanted to take,” recalled Gorostola. “Then, we’d take the cards over to the Ungar Building and feed them into the computer.” An archaic process compared to today’s technology. “But it was state-of-the-art back then,” says Gorostola. Read the full story

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Frost Music Studios Recognized as Project of the Year

Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios

The Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios complex was designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

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The Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios received the Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida Chapter’s Project of the Year  Award at its Vision Awards ceremony, held recently at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. Opened in February, the 41,089-square-foot twin-building complex consists of two large classrooms and 77 teaching studios for private lessons, chamber music rehearsals, and interactive classes.

Designed by award-winning architects Yann Weymouth and HOK and built by Skanska USA, the facility is touted as the first building project in Coral Gables designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, with sustainable features such as energy-efficient windows, rooftop solar panels, and cisterns that reduce water and electricity usage.

Eddy Lopez, senior project manager, and Richard Jones, associate vice president, accepted the award on behalf of UM’s Department of Facilities Design and Construction.

The ULI chapter’s annual design awards honor individuals and regional real estate projects that exemplify the ULI’s mission and demonstrate a proactive commitment to excellence. Other finalists for the Project of the Year Award included Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida, the New River Yacht Club in Fort Lauderdale, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Production Studio at Florida International University’s North Miami campus, and the restoration of the historic Vagabond Hotel in Miami.

In addition to the teaching studios, the complex, made possible by philanthropists Phillip and Patricia Frost, whose landmark gift in 2003 renamed UM’s music school in their honor, includes two oversized rehearsal halls, a reception and information center, and a furnished breezeway. Featuring a new grand entrance into the school, the studios honor Patricia Frost’s lifelong commitment to music education as an elementary school principal and higher education advocate.

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Toppel Career Center Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

The Toppel Career Center is seeking nominations for the inaugural Toppel Awards to honor University of Miami students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and employers who exemplify a commitment to the professional development of themselves and/or others. The Toppel Career Center encourages faculty and staff to nominate groups and/or individuals who deserve to be recognized with awards for Student of the Year, Student Group of the Year, Employer of the Year, Distinguished Administrator, or Excellence in Career Education. Nominations are due by Sunday, November 15; finalists will be notified by mid-January.

To learn more and to submit a nomination, visit The Toppel Awards or call 305-284-5451.


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1300 Campo Sano Wins City Beautiful Award

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1300Campo.SanoCORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 20, 2015)—Continuing to draw notice for its restoration, the two-story former art building known by its 1300 Campo Sano address won Coral Gables’ City Beautiful Award  for its outstanding renovation and was formally recognized at the Good Morning Coral Gables Breakfast on Thursday, August 20 at the Biltmore Hotel.

The 1947 building, which served as UM’s first registration and administration center, already had won three other major preservation awards: the American Institute of Architects Florida/Caribbean Chapter’s Honor Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Restoration/Rehabilitation, and the Dade Heritage Trust’s Outstanding Restoration of a Historic Site Award.

Presented by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the City Beautiful Awards celebrate outstanding examples of architectural achievement among the city’s commercial properties. The wood building, which was hastily constructed from decommissioned World War II Army barracks to accommodate the flood of veterans who enrolled in college on the GI Bill, was home to the Department of Art and Art History for half a century. But over the decades, it fell into a state of disrepair, and was boarded up until the University hired alumnus R.J. Heisenbottle, B.Arch. ’84, one of Miami’s best-known preservation architects, to preserve its architecture while bringing it up to modern codes and standards. Today, the tranquil oasis is occupied by the College of Arts and Sciences’ departments of Geography and Regional Studies, International Studies, and Political Science.


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Student Chapter of Industrial Engineers Wins 5th Gold Award

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IIE Video

The chapter won second place in an IIE contest for its video on industrial engineering.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 20, 2015)—For the fifth consecutive year, UM’s Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Student Chapter, which has created two videos and hosted a Girl Scout Engineering Day to introduce high school students and young girls to engineering, has received the IIE’s Gold Award for overall achievements in 2014-15.

Comprised of 93 industrial engineering students and advised by Nina Miville, assistant professor in practice in Industrial Engineering, the chapter actively promotes the industrial engineering profession with numerous activities, including hosting the IIE regional conference three years ago, offering a Six-Sigma Certification Green Belt course to UM students and alumni for the past two years, and bringing as many as eight guest speakers to campus annually to introduce students to industry practices.

But one of the chapter’s most visible accomplishments is the annual Girl Scout Engineering Day, which has brought more than 100 girls from kindergarten through eighth grade to campus each of the past four years. As Miville notes, traditional “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” days are geared to high school girls, yet research shows that girls are behind if they don’t begin taking higher-level math and science in middle school. The chapter’s Girl Scout Engineering Day is designed, she said, to close that gap and let girls know in their critical younger years that STEM fields like engineering are, indeed, for girls, too.

Chapter members, who include more than 50 women, have not, however, overlooked high schoolers. They have produced two videos aimed at attracting high school students to the profession, including Industrial Engineering – A Way of Life, which took second place in IIE’s contest.

Chapter members also have placed second for three years in the Southeast Region IIE’s Technical Paper Competition and, for the past three years, have been invited to present papers on the chapter’s best practices to other students at the IIE’s International Annual Conference.

“Ultimately the goal and the focus of the IIE student chapter is to provide resources and programs to promote the profession of Industrial Engineering and to get the students ready for life after graduation,” Miville said. “I am very proud that our IIE student chapter has been recognized for fulfilling its mission.”

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