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Pioneering Physical Therapist Honored for Advancing Her Field

Meryl Cohen

Meryl Cohen

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 25, 2014)—Among the nation’s first cardiovascular and pulmonary (CVP) physical therapists, Meryl I. Cohen, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy and a member of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award for her pioneering and innovative contributions to the field.

In accepting the association’s highest honor, Cohen shared the credit with her “village”— her patients, students, family members, friends, colleagues, and bosses, who she said enabled her success. “I am thrilled and very humbled to receive this award,” she said. “Thank you to my village.”

In the 1970s, Cohen was among the first physical therapists to recognize that progressive mobilization, when adequately monitored and followed by CVP conditioning, would offer high-risk individuals the opportunity to successfully return to their communities. She later developed several cardiac rehabilitation programs, including in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and South Florida.

In 1985 she was among the first three professionals the APTA recognized as board certified cardiopulmonary clinical specialists. As a professor, she has won six Teacher of the Year awards, and has served as a mentor and advocate to those rising in the CVP area of the physical therapy profession.

Cohen also has been recognized by the APTA and its components almost every year for her expertise in CVP physical therapy. Her honors include Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Practice by the Massachusetts Chapter of APTA, the Linda D. Crane Lectureship, and two research awards.

The Catherine Worthingham Fellow designation honors individuals whose sustained leadership, influence, and achievements have advanced the physical therapy profession. The APTA represents more than 88,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide.

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Daniel Berg Honored for His ‘Genius’ at Resolving Management Problems

Special to UM News

Daniel Berg, left, receives the Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the IAITQM meeting in Moscow.

Daniel Berg, left, receives the Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the IAITQM meeting in Moscow.

CORAL GABLES,  Fla. (June 24, 2014)—Daniel Berg, distinguished research professor of engineering, received the prestigious Siwei Cheng Award in Information Technology and Quantitative Management at the second annual meeting of the International Academy of Informational Technology and Quantitative Management (IAITQM) in Moscow this month.

Berg received the honor during the June 3-5 gathering for being “a person who has devoted genius efforts to applying quantitative methods and information technology to solve management problems.” The award is named for a former top leader in the Chinese Congress who heads a major program on economic theory at the renowned Chinese Academy of Science.

IAITQM was established in 2011 to promote innovative excellence in information technology and quantitative management; the organization has founding members from more than 50 countries, including the United States, China, Japan, Australia, and Turkey.

Berg was both surprised and honored by the award, noting that IAITQM members represent the most talented and experienced experts in his growing field. He also noted that the award’s namesake will be visiting the UM College of Engineering this year and looks forward to his interaction with the faculty and students on several topics.

Berg previously was dean and provost at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as provost and president at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Institute Professor of Science and Technology. He received his B.S. in chemistry and physics from the City College of New York and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale. He was employed by Westinghouse Electric in a variety of technical/managerial positions, including technical director.

Berg serves as the American editor of the International Journal of Services Technology and Management. He is the author of four books, five book chapters, and more than 80 refereed journal articles. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS); and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His many additional awards and honors include the IEEE Engineering Management Section Educator of the Year Award; the International Association for Management of Technology’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Management of Technology; the IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education; the National Academy of Engineering Service Award; the Townsend Harris Medal, City College of New York; the Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University; and the Belden Prize for Mathematics.

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Alumnus Returns ‘Home’ to Direct UM’s Athletic Bands

Jay C. Rees

Jay C. Rees will lead the Frost Band of the Hour beginning July 1.

CORAL GABLES, Fla.,  (June 16, 2014)—The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music has appointed UM alumnus Jay C. Rees as the new director of athletic bands, a post he currently holds at The University of Arizona in Tucson.

Rees, B.M. ’84, will lead the Frost Band of the Hour, the University of Miami’s marching and pep band, at sporting events, including nationally televised Miami Hurricanes football and basketball games, and expand the band’s reach and reputation throughout the region.

Rees takes over a band program with an 86-year history that includes performing at national bowl games and international competitions and events. He is charged by Frost School Dean Shelton G. Berg to: invigorate the athletic band program so it provides modern, outstanding time-of-life experiences for student members, including brass and wind musicians, percussionists, dancers, and others; build the Frost Band of the Hour into a top source of pride for the entire University community and a prominent leader in the marching band world; and establish a fresh and distinctive musical performance and field style that reflects the musical and cultural diversity of the city of Miami while projecting it to the world.

“The Frost School is very excited to welcome Jay Rees as the director of athletic bands. He is universally regarded as one of the most excellent and innovative musicians in this field,” Berg said. “Professor Rees has worked at the highest levels in classical, jazz, and popular music as a performer, composer, and arranger, which fits in perfectly with the ‘cross-training’ of musicians that the Frost School is known for. I have no doubt that the ‘Rees Era’ will be a golden age for the Frost Band of the Hour and the athletic band program.”

Rees cited the University of Miami’s reputation for athletic excellence as well as the Frost School of Music’s innovative music curriculum for his decision to join UM, beginning July 1.

“Every person wants to be excellent at what they do, but not all are successful. The key is who’s willing to do the work, to make the sacrifices, to become truly great at something,” said Rees. “I look forward to ‘pushing the envelope’ with the outstanding students of the University of Miami and the Frost School of Music. What I bring to The Band of the Hour will not only shape and define the student experience at UM but also prepare [students] for life beyond their college years.”

In addition to his 21-year tenure at The University of Arizona, where he also was a professor of music, Rees is an accomplished musician in jazz performance, having appeared throughout the U.S., Canada, and Japan. He toured with the international recording act The Lettermen as bassist and musical director and still actively performs.

An alumnus of the Frost School, Rees has a large catalog of published original music written for jazz, wind ensemble, concert bands, and athletic bands that is commissioned and performed by major universities and high schools nationwide. He teaches undergraduate music education, jazz studies, and leadership courses. He also travels as a clinician, guest speaker, adjudicator, and conductor for band programs across the country.

As director of The University of Arizona marching and pep bands, Rees’s contemporary arrangements and inventive drill design have gained national presence. His inspired leadership helped transform the medium and is referenced extensively in the book Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best. In 2009, the prestigious College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) named UA’s Pride of Arizona one of the top marching bands in the country. Rees’s bands have released CD recordings and appeared in numerous television features, including NBC’s Today Show and Fox Sports.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jay Rees back to the U,” Director of Athletics Blake James said. “His musical reputation speaks for itself and we are confident that under his direction the Band of the Hour will continue to make a positive impact on our events, helping to create a first-rate gameday experience.”

In 2001, Rees choreographed a live “human flag” for the Tucson community in response to the events of 9/11. His iconic design incorporated 10,000 citizens and became a national symbol. The image appeared on CNN and was published in a special issue of Sports Illustrated.

Rees is listed in Who’s Who In America for the 21st Century as well as Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He is a member of ASCAP, The Recording Academy, and CBDNA. A native of Detroit, Rees lived in Miami and Los Angeles before making his home in Tucson with his wife Wendy Rees, and their two sons.

The Band of the Hour, named in 1948 after a Henry Fillmore march, “The Man of the Hour,” has existed in one form or another since 1928. Along with its commitment to musical and artistic excellence, the Band of the Hour has maintained a long tradition of service to the University. It is now referred to as the Frost Band of the Hour, in honor of Dr. Phillip Frost and Patricia Frost, generous donors to the marching band program who established an endowment to support its operations, and the naming donors of the Frost School of Music.

The Frost Band of the Hour is the largest and one of the most spirited student organizations on the UM campus. The band draws its membership from the entire student body, representing all of the states and almost every major.


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Compliance Corner: Summer Reminders

Now that UM’s athletic teams have concluded their seasons, it is important to remember that NCAA rules affect student-athletes, coaches, institutional staff members, and fans throughout the year, not just during the playing season. Here are a few reminders fans should keep in mind during the summer:

Use of a student-athlete’s name, image or likeness: NCAA bylaws prohibit boosters, local businesses, and corporate entities from using a student-athlete’s name, picture, or likeness to promote any commercial product. Neither can a student-athlete authorize the use of his or her name or picture on commercial items. 

Employing student-athletes: Student-athletes can earn only the going rate in the locale of their employment. This means, for example, that if the going wage in a certain field is $20 an hour, it would be impermissible to pay a student-athlete $50 an hour for the same job. Additionally, student-athletes may be paid only for work actually performed and, to ensure the work is actually completed, should not be paid in advance. There have been many NCAA violations concerning student-athletes who were paid for work they never performed. Student-athletes who receive payment without performing work would jeopardize their eligibility, subject the University to a process of seeking their reinstatement, or face other potential penalties.

Extra Benefits: An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee, or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, to provide a student-athlete, a prospective student-athlete, their friend or a family member a benefit not authorized by the NCAA. However, if the same benefit is available to the general student population or a particular segment of the student body that includes the student-athlete, the receipt of that benefit is not a violation of NCAA rules.

Recruiting: Fans are not permitted to use social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to contact or otherwise attempt to correspond with prospects.This includes, but is not limited to, posting on a wall, using the inbox/email feature, instant messaging, “@replies,” “mentions,” or direct messaging. As electronic communication technology continues to advance, the opportunities for supporters of an athletics program to have impermissible contact with a prospect, or the family of a prospect, greatly increases; however, the institution’s responsibility for that contact remains the same.

As always, your efforts to help the University maintain a culture of compliance are greatly appreciated. For more compliance information, follow the UM Athletics Department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UCompliance), or contact them via email at athleticscompliance@miami.edu.

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Two UM Projects Win CASE Awards

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 13, 2014)—Two University Advancement projects have been recognized with Circle of Excellence Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Alumni Relations’ Impact of U, President Donna E. Shalala’s international tour to enlist alumni support, received the CASE bronze award for special events, and University Communications’ Hurricane Club | Building Champions: 2013 Giving Opportunities brochure received the bronze for individual fundraising publications.

For Impact of U, Alumni Relations launched a two-year tour featuring programs and strategic fundraising visits by President Shalala, who focused on generating excitement and support for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami among alumni of all ages, but particularly among young alumni. Though young alumni had not previously been targeted for philanthropy, the initiative recognized that the 25,000 students who have graduated under Shalala’s leadership represented a vital lifeline of future private support.

Beginning in 2013, the UM Alumni Association took the president on the road, making stops in Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, Bogota, Colombia, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Chicago, and London, where she hosted events with alumni living in those cities. The tour continued this year with stops in Palm Beach, Naples, Kansas City, and in coming months, in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Tampa.

For The Hurricane Club | Building Champions, University Communications’ designer Kristian Rodriguez and editor Robert C. Jones Jr. employed dynamic graphic design, eye-catching silhouetted photos, bold typography, and crisp, assertive copy to build a case for readers to maintain their affiliation with or become a new member of The Hurricane Club, which provides operational and scholarship funding vital for 17 varsity sports.


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