Briefly Noted

Advisory from UM Real Estate and Facilities: New Power Poles Going Up Along Ponce Corridor

Florida Power & Light will install up to 50 taller poles along Ponce de Leon Boulevard this fall.

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Tree trimming and landscaping work will begin along Ponce de Leon Boulevard shortly, a telltale sign of the future installation of upgraded power line poles by the Florida Power & Light Company.

The tree work should begin around the first week in August, with the installation of the new, concrete 80-foot high poles set to take place between September and November.

The project extends from South Miami, along Ponce de Leon from Southwest 57th Avenue to an area past the Shops at Merrick Park, and continuing to the electrical substation located at Bird and Douglas roads.

In all, 74 poles will be installed along the entire route of an existing transmission power line, with 50 poles going up along the Ponce corridor. Current power poles are 65 feet high, with the new transmission poles rising to 80 feet.

The goal of the upgrade is to help make the “energy grid stronger and more storm-resilient,” with poles able to withstand winds up to 145 mph, the power company said in a letter to residents living within 500 feet of the pending work.

FPL will be removing or relocating trees along Ponce de Leon that would interfere with the installation of the new poles. But the company said it will be “replacing more trees and other vegetation than it is removing, per the codes of the City of Coral Gables.”

Most of the tree trimming and landscaping work will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information about the project, referred to as the Coconut Grove-Galloway project, people are encouraged to call 800-693-3267 or visit the website, www.FPL.com/coconutgrove, for updates.



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The U’s Green Achievements Earn a Silver STARS

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CORAL GABLES, FLA. (July 20, 2017) –The University of Miami has earned a STARS silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

The STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) rating is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance and encourage sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

UM’s rating comes as a result of the University’s dedication to engaging students, faculty and staff in various sustainability programs and policies, according to Teddy Lhoutellier, UM’s sustainability manager. The UM community’s collective efforts have led to improved energy conservation, waste diversion and public engagement.

“We can define sustainability in a pluralistic and inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations,” Lhoutellier said. ”STARS attempts to translate this broad view of sustainability to measurable objectives at the campus level. Thus, we are very proud to have achieved a silver rating. It will help us build our new Sustainability Action Plan for our next application in 2019.”

Among the University’s most significant achievements was the 2015 debut of the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, the first higher education building in the region to achieve LEED Platinum certification. With a 70 KW solar system, electro-chromatic windows and a rainwater harvesting system for irrigating the landscape and flushing the toilets, the Frost Studios serve as a benchmark and illustrate the University’s commitment to environmental responsibility in all areas of construction.

With more than 800 participants on six continents, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in four overall areas: academics; engagement; operations; and planning and administration.

The University of Miami’s STARS report can be viewed on the STARS website.


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Register for SPEAK Test by August 15

The SPEAK test, required for all  International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) to demonstrate ability in spoken English, will be administered on Wednesday, August 16 at 5 p.m. in Allen Hall, room 102.

For more information and to register for the test, please contact Karen Charris from the Intensive English Program at iep@miami.edu or 305-284-2752. Students must  pre-register for the test by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15.

A photo ID will be required for admission.



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Schwartz Pedestrian Walkway Closes; Alternate Route Suggested


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To accommodate the upcoming construction of the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility, the Schwartz Pedestrian Walkway and adjacent pedestrian bridge southwest of the Herbert Wellness Center will remain closed to foot traffic through July 2018. Pedestrians may use an alternate path along San Amaro Drive and the intramural field, shown in green on the map, to traverse the Coral Gables campus.



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The President’s Medalist

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Sergio Gonzalez, left, and UM President Julio Frenk

Sergio Gonzalez, left, and UM President Julio Frenk

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 14, 2017)—Joining an elite pantheon of leaders who transformed the U, Sergio Gonzalez, the outgoing senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs, was awarded the University of Miami President’s Medal at a ceremony held Thursday at Ibis House.

“Superior fundraiser, caring member of the UM and South Florida communities, and Hurricane for life: In recognition of your dedication and unselfish devotion to the University community and beyond, I am honored to present to you the University of Miami President’s Medal and our eternal gratitude,” Frenk told Gonzalez.

Established by former President Donna E. Shalala and embossed with the seal of the University, the medal honors individuals for their outstanding leadership, distinguished accomplishments in their fields of expertise, and contributions to society, which for Gonzalez are many.

During his nearly 16 years at the University, Gonzalez, who is heading to Brown University, spearheaded both of the University’s Momentum capital campaigns, raising more than $3 billion to carry out the vision he shared with Shalala and the Board of Trustees to transform UM into an elite teaching
 and research university.

He also led the implementation of the University’s renowned split-U athletics mark as the University-wide brand and created the University’s first comprehensive parents program.

And as Frenk noted, as chair of his Presidential Inauguration Steering Committee, Gonzalez “orchestrated a historic experience that engaged the entire University family in unprecedented ways.

“From celebratory events and exhibits, to innovative lectures like the ’Cane Talks series, to alumni partnerships and athletics games, the week was an incredible welcome for me and my family, as well as a compelling demonstration of teamwork and the University’s capacity for achievement at the highest level,” Frenk said.

A native son of Miami, Gonzalez’s good works extend far beyond the U and into the broader community, where he has long been active in civic engagement and community service. Before joining UM, Gonzalez served as chief of staff for the Miami-Dade County executive mayor and as a senior executive in Miami-Dade County government. He also served as the executive director of the South Florida 1999 Super Bowl Host Committee and the first executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.

In 2009 the Aspen Institute selected him as a Henry Crown Fellow, and in 2010 the Ronald McDonald House Charities honored him as one of 12 Good Men of South Florida. He also filled senior roles for the Orange Bowl Committee, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Arsht Performing Arts Center Trust. Nationally, he serves on the boards of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy organization in the country.

At Brown, an Ivy league college founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1764, Gonzalez will oversee advancement areas across the institution, including the Office of Development, Office of Alumni Relations, Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Office for International Advancement, the Brown Sports Foundation, the Brown Annual Fund, and others.

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