Herrick Center Wins Knight Arts Challenge to Expand Cosford Classics

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HerrickCenterCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 11, 2014)—The  Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies was selected from nearly 1,200 applicants to receive one of 47 South Florida Knights Arts Challenge grants. It will use the $15,000 award to expand the Cosford Cinema’s Cosford Classics series, which showcases films presented on 35 mm.

According to center director Christina Lane, the Knight Foundation grant will enable the Herrick Center to enhance the classic series by inviting guest curators, including local film experts and internationally known scholars and filmmakers, to speak about each film, its cultural significance, and the importance of film preservation in modern culture. At its most recent Cosford Classics screening of the Ingmar Bergman drama Autumn Sonata, legendary actress and director Liv Ullmann, who starred in the film with fellow actress Ingrid Bergman, was on hand for a post-screening Q&A session.

“We are truly delighted about this support for the series, especially because it helps to support a core mission,”  said Lane, associate professor of film studies in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media. “With our 35mm film screenings, we create a truly cinematic experience in a shared public space. We bring film history alive for new generations.”

In all, the Knight Foundation awarded a total of $2.29 million to 47 mainly small arts organizations, collectives, and individual artists who had the “best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.” Other ideas included launching an artist-in-residency program over the water at Stiltsville, setting traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban poetry, and presenting a play based on the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Located at the School of Communication, the Herrick Center is home to the extraordinary collection of moving image materials that Norton Herrick, chairman of Herrick Entertainment, a motion picture and theatrical production and financing company, donated to the School of Communication. The collection consists of more than 3,000 films and television programs, including many rare and otherwise unavailable titles.

One of the major projects of the Herrick Center, which is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge of the history, aesthetics and social and cultural impact of motion picture media, is to digitize materials in the collection to make them accessible online to UM student and faculty.


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Sergio Gonzalez Elected to La Raza Board

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Sergio Gonzalez

Sergio M. Gonzalez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 2, 2014) – Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

The NCLR Board of Directors includes 23 elected members who represent all geographic regions of the U.S. and all Hispanic backgrounds.

“It is an honor to be elected to serve on the NCLR Board of Directors,” Gonzalez said. “I look forward to working with this talented group of individuals as we all strive to create opportunities and raise awareness for the issues that impact our national community.”

At the University, Gonzalez oversees all development, communications, alumni relations, and community and government affairs. Under his leadership, the University has received numerous accolades for its work in advancement, and has raised nearly $3 billion for scholarships, research, academic and medical programs, as well as other initiatives through its Momentum and Momentum2 capital fundraising campaigns. Gonzalez also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, serves on the Board of the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center Trust, Orange Bowl, TotalBank, and Breakthrough Miami.  He has received a number of national and local awards for his work in fundraising and his civic leadership, including the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Bill Colson Leadership Award.

His previous appointments have included serving as chief of staff to Miami-Dade County Executive Mayor Alex Penelas. Before then, he served as director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and director of the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee.

Through a network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans and reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. To learn more about NCLR, visit the website.


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Don Stacks Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Michael J. Palenchar, chair of the NCA PRIDE Awards Committee, left, and Don Stacks, recipient of the 2014 PRIDE Contribution to Public Relations Education Award

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 26, 2014)—Don Stacks, a professor of public relations and a leader in public relations research and education, received the 2014 PRIDE Contribution to Public Relations Education Award from the National Communication Association’s Public Relations Division last week. He was nominated for the lifetime achievement award by five of his doctoral students.

As they wrote in their nomination letter, “Few have done more to advance research as a major tenant of public relations education than Dr. Stacks. His Primer of Public Relations Research text, now in its 2nd edition, is considered the standard in public relations research education around the world. Moreover, he has (co-)authored and edited more than 30 books, most of which are being used as textbooks educating young public relations professionals around the world.”

Stacks, who was inducted into the PR News Measurement Hall of Fame in 2012, chairs the Commission on Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation, which promotes the standards and best practices for research, measurement, and evaluation among both academics and professionals. He is also editor of Communication Research Reports and a research fellow at the Institute for Public Relations.

From 1996 until recently, he directed UM’s public relations program, helping move it from a relatively unknown program into the top tier at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He also initiated and continues to direct the first International Public Relations Research Conference, which, now in its 18th year, is the world’s largest non-academic research conference.

As attested by the current and former students who nominated Stacks for the PRIDE award, his third, he is also an unparalleled advisor and mentor.

“It is staggering how the efforts of one person can truly make a difference in shaping our understanding of the role of research in public relations discipline, especially among his many students who graduated to be leaders in the professional world,” Ph.D. candidate Zongchao Cathy Li wrote, along with Melissa Dodd, an assistant professor at the  University of Central Florida,
 Rita Linjuan Men, an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University, and UM doctoral students Yi Grace Ji and Zifei (Fay) Chen.

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Call for Applications and Nominations for 2015 Faculty Learning Community

The Office of the Provost is accepting applications and nominations for the 2015 Faculty Learning Community (FLC). The topic of the FLC will be Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Literacy. The FLC program was the focus of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, part of the SACS accreditation process. FLCs give faculty members from all disciplines the knowledge, skills, and pedagogical support to improve their teaching and enhance the learning environment.

The University regards FLC membership as an acknowledgment of excellent, innovative, and effective teaching. It is open to all full-time University faculty who are engaged in undergraduate teaching. Those selected will be FLC Fellows. They will have a one-course teaching reduction in the fall 2015 semester and receive a $1,500 research and educational fund to support their FLC work. FLC Fellows will meet during the spring 2015 and fall 2015 semesters, participate in weekly discussions, workshops, and a virtual community, and be expected to teach and incorporate ICT literacy concepts into an existing or new course and assess ICT learning outcomes.

For a full program description and application form, please visit http://www.miami.edu/flcThe deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, December 22, in 240 Ashe.

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President Shalala Gets Key to the City and a Day in Her Honor

UM and city of Coral Gables officials tout fruitful partnership at annual Development Agreement meeting, as President Donna E. Shalala is honored for her distinguished service.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
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Mayor Jim Cason presents President Shalala with a key to the city and a proclamation making Wednesday, November 19, 2014 President Donna E. Shalala Day in Coral Gables.

Mayor Jim Cason presents President Shalala with a key to the city and a proclamation making Wednesday, November 19, 2014 President Donna E. Shalala Day in Coral Gables.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 19, 2014) – Featuring updates on major infrastructure projects that improve the quality of life for students and residents, the annual Development Agreement meeting between the University of Miami and city of Coral Gables  typically yields few surprises for high-ranking officials in attendance.

But at the fourth annual meeting, held at the Coral Gables Country Club on Wednesday, November 19, one of the agenda items caught UM President Donna E. Shalala by surprise: The day would be named in her honor in the City Beautiful.

“Coral Gables will always be your home,” Mayor Jim Cason told Shalala, as city commissioners and UM administrators looked on.

Last September, Shalala announced her decision to step down as president at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, and Wednesday’s proclamation honored her many accomplishments over the past 13 years as UM’s fifth president. Cason also presented Shalala with a key to the city.

The special honor was just one of the many highlights of an hour-long meeting during which Coral Gables and UM officials exchanged information on projects and initiatives affecting their respective areas—from streetscape improvements along Miracle Mile and a planned mixed-use development downtown to a pedestrian overpass at U.S. 1 and Mariposa Court and the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the University’s Coral Gables campus.

These meetings are required as part of the 20-year Development Agreement. Reached by UM and Coral Gables in 2010, the accord guides the University’s growth and extends cultural, athletic, and academic programming to the city’s residents.


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