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UStop Diabetes Event Features Free Screenings, Healthy Snacks, and a Wealth of Information

Even Sebastian the Ibis realizes the importance of getting screened for diabetes, a chronic but manageable disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. UM’s fine-feathered mascot was among the hundreds who attended the second annual UStop Diabetes event on the University Center Lakeside Patio last Wednesday. Organized by the American Diabetes Association and UM Government and Community Relations, the event included free diabetes screenings conducted by School of Nursing and Health Studies students, fitness activities, cooking demonstrations, music, and healthy snacks.

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Business-Minded Youngsters Visit UM to Learn the Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success

Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” kicked off at the University of Miami on Monday with a launch event attended by more than 150 elementary and middle school students.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

UM alumna Jacki Stanley gives advice to youngsters during the national launch of the Secret Millionaires Club ‘Grown Your Own Business Challenge.’

UM alumna Jacki Stanley gives advice to youngsters during the national launch of the Secret Millionaires Club ‘Grow Your Own Business Challenge.’

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 20, 2014) – Jacki Stanley, B.B.A. ’12, was only 12 years old when her father told her about the dream he had in which someone told him to start a new line of sneakers for girls. “We were vacationing in San Francisco,” Stanley recalled, “and one day at breakfast, Dad starts telling us about his dream and drawing these incredible pictures of shoes.”

It wouldn’t be until Stanley’s junior year at the University of Miami that she would partner with her father in launching a brand of shoes that encourages girls to be creative. Today, colorful Bobbi-Toads sneakers are sold with toes embossed on their white toecaps, allowing the wearer to embellish them with nail polish, clean them off the next day, and start all over again with any design they choose. Read the full story

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Off-Field Battles Forged UM and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly, who will serve as grand marshal for UM’s 2014 Alumni Weekend and Homecoming festivities, faced some of the NFL’s fiercest defenders as a quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. His toughest battles, however, would be fought away from the field.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Jim Kelly finished his Miami career with 406 completions, 5,233 passing yards, and 32 touchdowns.

Jim Kelly finished his Miami career with 406 completions, 5,233 passing yards, and 32 touchdowns.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 23, 2014) — It was the game that put Miami Hurricanes football on the map—a November 1979 road matchup against powerful Penn State.

Making his first collegiate start at quarterback for Miami was Jim Kelly, a kid from East Brady, Pennsylvania, who grew up dreaming about playing for the Nittany Lions. Read the full story

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NBC Universal’s Vice Chairman Shares His Recipe for Success

By Zoe Kafkes
Special to UM News


NBC Universal’s Ron Meyer and School of Communication Professor Ana Francois chat at Shoma Hall.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 13, 2014)—What do you get when you take a high school dropout, luck, a few white lies, and a lot of hard work? The answer is Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBC Universal.

Meyer spoke to School of Communication students last Monday, October 13, in Shoma Hall on the Coral Gables campus. During a Q&A session, Meyer told students about his experiences, and gave advice on the movie industry and how to build a career.

A high school dropout and son of two German-Jewish immigrants, Meyer joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. When his service concluded, he knew he wanted a job as a Hollywood agent and began his search, lying about his education and past employment. He applied for more than 150 jobs, and succeeded after asking every person he came across if they knew anyone in the industry who could help. His mom’s friend’s husband’s sister’s husband was the key.

Asked what students should know before entering the workforce, Meyer said, “Even though at the University of Miami you are at one of the best communications schools in the United States, you still are not special.” He urged students to differentiate themselves from others and noted that success rests on being in the right place at the right time.

Meyer made sure to answer all student questions, speaking for an hour longer than his scheduled appearance. Questions included what to do upon graduation, how to deal with disapproving parents, where the industry is headed, and about his professional experiences.

The final questioner asked Meyer if, in his more than 20 years at NBC Universal, he was ever bored. His answer was a firm no, summarizing in one word the value of his life’s journey through Hollywood.

Meyer is 70 years old and looks forward to continuing his career with NBC Universal.

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All Pinked Out: Zeta Tau Alpha Battles Breast Cancer

From a Survivors Celebration to T-shirt sales benefiting cancer research, the UM chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha kicked off Think Pink Week on the Coral Gables campus.

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 8, 2014) – The sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha had always organized and participated in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, passing out pink ribbons, collecting yogurt lids as part of Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives campaign, and donning running shoes and shorts for the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. But this year they ramped up their efforts by bringing to the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus some of the many survivors who have conquered a disease that is the most common form of cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Teaming up with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UM chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha hosted a Survivors Celebration Tuesday as part of its Think Pink Week of activities. Wearing T-shirts that read “Think Pink,” survivors joined ZTA sisters on the Foote Green to form a human pink ribbon, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

“We have so many sisters who have been directly impacted by this disease,” said Laura Zebib, director of philanthropy for the UM chapter of the women’s fraternity that has made breast cancer awareness its key focus. “Education is really the key to prevention, especially in young women.”

To that end, breast cancer survivors Lainey Kieffer, a UM family nurse practitioner, and author Paula Holland Delong spoke, respectively, about early diagnosis in college-age women and life after breast cancer.

As part of ZTA’s Think Pink Week, the fraternity also spearheaded efforts to turn UM into a pinked-out campus with the Coral Gables campus’s iconic fountains illuminated in pink, tree trunks festooned with pink ribbons, and pink-lit signage—all of which will remain through October.

In addition, ZTA is selling T-shirts and $20 tickets to the October 21 Miami Heat game against the Houston Rockets, with proceeds benefiting breast cancer research and education through the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation.


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