The University of Miami Earns ‘State Title’ for Student Engagement

By Andres Tamayo
UM News

Robin Bachin and Andrew Weimer

Robin Bachin and Andrew Wiemer

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 23, 2016)—There are many words that have become synonymous with the University of Miami over the years. Academics, research, and athletics are a few that come to mind. Now another word—engagement—which is embedded in every school, college, and department across the University—is receiving the highest validation. ln honor of its 25th anniversary, Florida Campus Compact has declared UM “the most engaged institution of higher education in the state of Florida.”

Adding to a host of other awards the U has received for engagement during the past few years is the Florida Campus Compact’s Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Engaged Campus Special Award for advancing the “public purposes of higher education, improving community life and educating students for civic and social responsibility.” Comprised of over 50 college and university presidents, Florida Campus Compact has been helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship for 25 years.

“We are so honored to receive this award in recognition of the tremendous work being done by our faculty and students to promote community-based learning and research on all of our campuses,” said Robin Bachin, assistant provost for Civic and Community Engagement. “We offer over 450 courses with a service-learning component, giving students the opportunity to translate classroom knowledge into real-world problem-solving skills that address our most pressing community needs.”

Bachin and her team at Civic and Community Engagement (CCE) don’t just preach civic engagement. They work hands-on with the community to help resolve some of the city’s most urgent issues. One of these issues is affordable housing.

Recently, CCE helped develop a first-of-its-kind free and publicly accessible tool for affordable housing called the Miami Affordability Project (MAP). Developed in partnership with the Center for Computational Science, MAP provides more than 100 data filters on housing, demographics, and property data that will help develop data-driven strategies for affordable housing development and historic preservation.

The Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, which has been at UM for over 25 years, also facilitates student engagement in the local community. Director Andrew Wiemer and his team serve as catalysts in developing students into engaged citizens who cultivate positive social change within their communities.

The team works directly with more than 40 student organizations that have a service-based focus and organizes campus-wide service days for students, which gives them the opportunity to become educated on local needs and issues in the community. This past year alone, UM students have documented over 157,489 service hours within their curricular and co-curricular experiences.

“This award is a wonderful testament to our students and their continued dedication to the community,” Wiemer said. “The University of Miami has some of the most civically minded and actively engaged students from across the world, and it is a joy to work with them each day as we continue to educate others about the importance of this work and improve our greater Miami community.”

As part of its mission to help students be more engaged, the Butler Center also offers an online platform where students can connect with community agencies. This provides students with ways to serve in area communities, even if the activities are not directly affiliated with UM.

As senior Alina Zerpa put it: “UM, through its various campus programs and community outreach centers, has helped me become more aware of issues local communities are facing and influenced me to volunteer in community events.”

Student Alexis Musick, the University of Miami’s Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow, said her involvement in the community “has done wonders” to contextualize what she learns in class. “It’s one thing to have a unit on public health or Spanish grammar, but another thing entirely to speak with someone in their most comfortable language and see an issue on the ground, from their perspective.”

Many other programs and initiatives at the University provide service in a variety of areas. The Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Program at the Frost School of Music, for example, offers musical instruments and instruction to individuals around Miami with the aim of building healthier and happier communities and positive development of individuals through music.

Partners in Action, or “Patnè en Aksyon,” a partnership between the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Miller School of Medicine and key Haitian-American community-based organizations in Miami, aims to reduce breast cancer mortality among Haitian-American women in Miami by catching the cancer in early stages, ultimately providing a better chance of survival for the patient.

As Campus Compact’s award reflects, UM has a long-standing relationship with the diverse are that surrounds it and is doing its best—the best in the state—to advance not only students at the University but also the inhabitants of Greater Miami.

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Professor Named President-Elect of International TESOL

Luciana de Oliveira will become the first Latina to head the 51-year-old Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International Association

By Bárbara Gutiérrez
UM News


Luciana de Oliviera

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 21, 2016)—University of Miami Associate Professor Luciana C. de Oliveira, who chairs the Department of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Human Development, is president-elect of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International Association, an organization committed to advancing the quality of English-language teaching worldwide. Her three-year leadership term begins in March 2017, and includes a year as president and a year as past president.

Born in Brazil, de Oliveira will be the first Latina to serve as president of the 51-year-old association, which has as its main goal advancing the language teaching profession through professional development, research, standards, and advocacy.

“I’m so happy and humbled,” said de Oliveira. “This is pretty historic for TESOL since I am not only the first Latina who will become president, but also the youngest woman and the first South American. It’s just amazing to have this recognition from the members. I look forward to serving TESOL and its members in this new role.”

She joined TESOL in 2003 and served in various positions, most recently as a member of the board of directors for the past three years. As an immigrant who came to the United States in 1997, de Oliveira appreciates TESOL’s recognition of her as a Latina leader and hopes the organization will continue to focus on immigrant populations in the U.S. and support its members worldwide.

Isaac Prilleltensky, dean of the School of Education and Human Development, called de Oliveira’s election “a tremendous honor.”

“We are extremely proud of her work and of the international recognition of her scholarship. Her work is having a global impact and the TESOL results demonstrate her international standing in her field,” said Prilleltensky. “Her work touches on many of our University initiatives, such as educational innovation, culture of belonging, and hemispheric reach. Her presidency will enhance the visibility of the School of Education and Human Development and our work in the promotion of educational, psychological, and physical well-being in multicultural communities.”

De Oliveira joined the UM faculty in 2015 after teaching at Columbia and Purdue universities. Her research focuses on issues related to teaching English-language learners at the K-12 level, including the role of language in learning the content areas, teacher education, advocacy and social justice, and non-native English-speaking teachers in TESOL.

She has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 17 books, with several others under contract, and has a total of over 200 publications, including refereed journal articles and book chapters. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience in the field of TESOL. Her many awards and honors include being the 2012 recipient of the Early Career Award by the Bilingual Education Research special interest group of AERA.

For more information about the TESOL International Organization visit www.tesol.org.




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’Cane Records Wins Independent Music Award

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 18, 2016)—’Cane Records, the student-run record label at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, won an Independent Music Award for Best Album Compilation for its latest release, For The Record.

The team at ’Cane Records surpassed thousands of competing artists from around the world to receive the Independent Music Award for Best Album Compilation at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on November 12.

Nominations for the Independent Music Awards were culled from submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe. This year, judges included Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Slayer, The Kills, Lalah Hathaway, Meshell Ndegeocello, Suzanne Vega, and Shelby Lynne as well as influential press and talent buyers from the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.

The winning album, For The Record, consists of 12 new up-and-coming Frost School artists from various music genres performing their original songs.

“’Cane Records and our artist compilation series, in particular, affords our students the opportunity to participate and gain real-world experience running their own music business enterprise,” said John Redmond, assistant professor of practice in the Frost School and faculty advisor to ’Cane Records and Cat 5 Music.

The artists or bands featured on For The Record include Phonobomb, ZOLA, Andrea Lopez, Jack Lax, Souvenir, Meaghan Campbell, Noah Tauscher, Mint Trip, and Ashley Levin.

“What is unique about this particular Independent Music Award is that it is international, judged by active music business professionals and successful artists, and provides opportunities for our artists,” said Redmond.

To add to ’Cane Records efforts, winners of this year’s 15th Independent Music Awards will receive active promotion, distribution and performance opportunities that will place them in front of millions of music fans and industry decision makers.

The ’Cane Records team for this award-winning release are:

President: Emma Marzen

Vice President: Cristian Hitchcock

Business Affairs: Randolph Miller-Taylor

Marketing Coordinator: Allie Darmanian-Harris

Social Media/Webmaster: Andrea Lopez

A&R Coordinator: Brian Barnett

A&R Representatives: Jon Vilardi, Kim Komara, Maryjane Wheeler, Sam Fein

Album Artwork: Jared Dylan

’Cane Records, one of the first student-run record labels in the U.S., was created in the fall of 1993 by a small group of ambitious graduate and undergraduate students in the Music Business and Entertainment Industries program at the University of Miami School of Music. Since its inception, ’Cane Records has released over 20 albums and continues to be one of the leading student-run record labels in the country.

For more information about For The Record, ’Cane Records and their music, visit ’Cane Records

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Iron Arrow Honor Society Tappees—Fall 2016

Honored Tappees – Fall 2016

Monica Bustinza — President, Get Out the Vote; Founder, Meals From the Heart; Workshops Chair, Patricia A. Whitely Women’s Leadership Symposium; Transfer Senator, Student Government; Fellow, Campus Vote Project; Student Representative, White House Civic Workshop; Service Learning Volunteer, Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy; Women in Public Service Scholarship, American Society for Public Administration; Newman Civic Fellow

Natalie Diala — President, National Pan-Hellenic Council; President, A Week for Life; Historian, Community Service Chair, and Social Action Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated; Vice President, Public Relations Student Society of America; Counselor, Horizons; Planning Committee Designee, LeaderShape South Florida; Marketing Chair, Miss University of Miami; Ronald A. Hammond Scholar; Dean’s Student Circle, School of Communication

Vicky Egusquiza — President, Parent Medical Association; President, Medical Alumni Association; Alpha Omega Alpha; Phi Beta Kappa; Voluntary Faculty, UM Pediatric Department; Voted America’s Top Pediatrician; Member, Miami Circle; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; Bylaws and Credentialing Committees, Miami Children’s Hospital; News Bureau Consultant, Baptist and Palmetto General Hospitals

Frank Eismont — Esteemed Member, UM Operating Room, Graduate Medical Education & Underwriting Committees; Chairman, UM/Jackson Orthopedic Residency Education Program; Cgaur, AIA Emerging Leaders Committee; Board of Directors, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; 2005 Thomas Whitecloud Award; 2004 Russell Hibbs Award; 2003 ACGME Parker J. Palmer ‘Courage to Teach’ Award

Lance Harke — President, Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce; President, Miami Shores Bar Association; President, Legal Services of Greater Miami; Peter T. Fay American Inn of Court / Barrister; Order of the Coif; Soia Mentschikoff Award for Excellence in Writing; Inductee, Legal Services of Greater Miami Hall of Fame; Miami Shores Citizen of the Year; Omicron Delta Kappa

Osamudia James — UM Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; UM Promotions & Tenure Committee; Tenured Liaison, School of Law Junior Faculty Development Steering Committee; AAUP Litigation Committee; UM SEEDS Grant Recipient; Miami Law BLSA & ACLS Celebrating Outstanding Faculty Member Award; Legacy Miami Magazine South Florida’s Top Black Educators; Lawyers of Color 50 Under 50 Honoree; Derrick A. Bell Award Recipient

Noor Joudi — Student Trustee, UM Board of Trustees; Executive President, UMMSM Student Government; Class President, Class of 2018 Council; Chair, Admissions and Student Services Student Committee, ISA Steering Committee Member, LCME Re- accreditation Process; President, UM Muslim Association; Pre-Clinical Director, OB/ GYN Interest Group; 18th World Congress of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Award

Brad Kaaya — 3-year starting Quarterback, UM Football; Team Captain; 4th in Miami history for career passing yards; 23rd Annual Walter Kichefski Endowed Football Scholarship Award; Athlete Volunteer, F.S. Tucker and G.W. Carver Elementary schools; Three-year pen pal to elementary school children

Nicole Katz — Cultural Chair and Secretary of La Federacion de Estudiantes Cubanos, Recruitment Chair of Chi Omega Fraternity, President of Rho Lambda Honor Society, Student Government’s Health and Wellness Liaison, U-Outreach Marketing Chair and Elections Commissions Officer, Mentor for CaneBuddy, TedX Miami Logistics committee, Camp Kesem Miami Counselor, Hecht College Council, President’s 100

James “Jim” Joseph Larrañaga — Two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, 2012-13 and 2015-16; National Coach of the Year by four separate awarding organizations, 2012- 13; Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, 2012-13 and 2015-16; Led UM to No. 2 National Ranking; ACC regular season and ACC Tournament titles; No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament, 2012-13

Sandra Lemmon — Director, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine MD-PhD Program; 2015 UM Graduate School Best Graduate Program Director Award; 2010 Lawrence Gibert Distinguished Seminar Lecturer

Ilana Mayer-Hirshfield — President, Regional Chief Information Officer; Latino Medical Student Association; CAC Assistant Director for On-Campus Enrollment; Translator Coordinator, DOCS; Events Coordinator, Fall Ball Chair, UMMSM Executive Student Government; MD/MPH Ambassador, Academic Societies; Vice-President, Jewish American Medical Student Association; Vice-President, Hispanic American Medical Student Association

Kierin Mukerjee — Chair, Football Chair, and Basketball Chair, Category 5 Spirit Programming Board; Recruitment and Retention Chair, National Gandhi Day of Service; Public Relations Vice Chair, School of Business Administration Senator, Student Government Senate; Individual Development Chair, Canes Catalyst; Committee on Student Organizations; President’s 100; Student Ambassador, Student Alumni Association; Omicron Delta Kappa; Foote Fellow; Isaac Singer Scholar; Bermont Carlin Scholar; Honors Research Scholar

Alexis Musick — President & Founder, Nourish International; Co-President, UM Alternative Breaks; Programming & Logistics Coordinator, Treasurer, Camp Kesem Miami; President & Project Coordinator, Art of Healing; Elections Commissioner, Campus Liaison Council, Freshman Leadership Council, Student Government; Newman Civic Fellow; Omicron Delta Kappa

Nadee Nissanka — Parliamentarian, Secretary, Vice President, Biomedical Graduate Student Government; PIBS Student Mentor; BGSG Teaching and Learning Committee; Exhibit Leader, Brain Fair; 2016 NIH/NIDDK F31 Fellowship; Bursary Travel Award for Mitocholdrial Medicine: Developing New Treatments for Mitochondrial Disease Conference; 2016 GSA Academic Excellence, Leadership and Service Award

Adrian Nuñez — Founder and Executive Director, TEDxUMiami; Program Coordinator, Orientation; Program Coordinator, Great Start; Freshman Leadership Council Project Coordinator, Student Government; Spirit Day Event Chair and King and Queen Chair, Homecoming Executive Committee; Committee Member, Miss University of Miami; Ambassador, Preisdent’s 100; Mentee, NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Program

Ashley Pittaluga — Vice-President, Student Government; Freshman Leadership Council Project Coordinator; Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, & Hurricane Howl Co-Chair, Homecoming Executive Committee; Board of Trustees Undergraduate Representative; UM Representative, NACA Leadership Institute; 2015 Iron Arrow Sophomore Leadership Award

Daniel Salahuddin — Gold Humanism Honor Society; Miller School of Medicine Admissions Committee; DOCS – Stonybrook Community Assistant Project Manager; Certified Application Counselor; President, Family Medicine Interest Group First Year Representative; Vice President, Student National Medical Association; Assistant Trip Coordinator, Caneshare; Global Health Scholar Award Recipient.

Allison Silverstein — Alpha Omega Alpha; Research Associate, Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship; President, American Medical Women’s Association and Pediatrics Interest Group; Past National Board, Region 4 Director of the American Medial Women’s Association; Assistant Logistics Coordinator, & Project Manager, Department of Community Service, Trainer and Mentor, UMMSM Academic Societies

Samantha Spring — 2nd Vice President & Recording Secretary, Zeta Tau Alpha; Florida Zeta Lady Award; Vice President of Recruitment, UM Panhellenic Association; Secretary, Rho Lambda Honor Society; Vice Chair, Rathskellar Advisory Board; Outstanding Panhellenic Sophomore and Junior awards; Foote Fellow

Connor Verheyen — President, UConnect Undergraduate Research and Networking Organization; Chair, Engineering Student Ambassadors; Co-Founder, Co-President and National Liaison, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science; Foote Fellow Mentor; Stamps & Singer Scholarship Interviewer; Amgen Scholar; Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Kevin Weaver — Program Leader, Department of Orientation; Marketing Intern, Athletics Department; Sigma Phi Epsilon; President’s 100; Executive Committee Homecoming; Clinton Global Initiative University Participant

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University Communications Recognized for Excellence

Projects created by University Communications—from newsletters to dedicated websites—win awards from global marketing association.

UM News

climate-change-awardCORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 24, 2016) – The University of Miami’s central communications office has received several top awards for its work during the past year, including its Climate Change Special Report website and invitation to the UM Alumni Association’s We Are One U Tour.

The Climate Change Special Report, a dedicated website launched on Earth Day 2016, highlights the research and science of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni in the area of sea-level rise and other impacts of climate change, along with sustainability and resilience.

The special report contains more than 50 articles, video, photo galleries, and graphics, and quotes or names more than 70 faculty sources. University Communications spent more than six months creating the report.

The We are One U Tour is the Alumni Association’s global outreach to alumni living throughout the U.S. and in major cities around the globe. The invitation to the first stop in New York City in September was designed as a circular globe that opened like an accordion with the details of the stop inside.

The Climate Change Special Report and We Are One U Tour invitation were Platinum Award winners – the top category of the MarCom Awards administered and judged by the international Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

The association received more than 6,000 entries this year across the globe from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising and public relations agencies, production companies, and universities. The MarCom Awards is considered one of the oldest and most prestigious creative competitions in the world.

Gold Award winners included Miami: The University of Miami magazine, a newsletter created by UM Libraries called Access, and the Impact of Philanthropy endowment report created for University Advancement.

The ’Cane Talks website, which showcases videos of lively ten-minute presentations by leading thinkers in the UM community addressing major topical issues, received an Honorable Mention Award.



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