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Returned Volunteers Share ‘Stories of the Peace Corps’

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

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From left, Steve Hunsicker, field-based recruiter for the Peace Corps’ Southeast Regional Recruitment Office; Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet; Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen; and UM President Donna E. Shalala.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 22, 2015) – He spoke of creating a new “army,” not one of tanks and rifle-toting soldiers, but teachers, engineers, agricultural scientists, and other civilians who would give two years of their lives to help people in countries of the developing world. When President John F. Kennedy issued his executive order establishing the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, a new generation of leaders was born.

Among the first volunteers to enlist: Donna E. Shalala, a recent graduate of the Western College for Women, who turned down her father’s offer of a new car to stay home, and instead went to Iran, where she lived in a mud village and taught at an agricultural college from 1962-1964. Read the full story

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’Canes Saturate the Corporate Run with UPride

MIAMI, Fla. (April 23, 2015) — Torrential downpours weren’t enough to discourage University of Miami faculty and staff from lacing up their sneakers to run—or stroll—the 3.1 miles of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Miami Corporate Run, held Thursday in downtown Miami. Wearing specially designed orange T-shirts featuring the UM logo and Sebastian the Ibis, 1,453 members of Team UM—the most in the school’s history—joined more than 26,000 other competitors for the 30th anniversary of the event, which proved to be a saturating affair as skies opened up. All members of Team UM received a UM T-shirt, Metrorail pass, and food voucher and were entered in a drawing for prizes such as roundtrip airline tickets. View the slideshow below. And for additional Corporate Run photos of Team UM, click here.

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Lake Osceola Gets Giant Hug as UM Celebrates Earth Day

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 22, 2015) — In an annual Earth Day tradition, members of the University of Miami community took their lunch breaks lakeside last Wednesday and surrounded Lake Osceola in a symbolic “hug” along its shores.

This year’s Hug the Lake event had some new participants: President-Elect Julio Frenk, his wife Felicia Knaul, and their daughter Mariana, who all wore Hug the Lake T-shirts that were handed out at the event. They joined President Donna E. Shalala, Sebastian the Ibis, and others on the Lakeside Patio Stage.

As participants filed out of the Student Activities Center, residential colleges, and classrooms to completely surround the lake, members of the Federación de Estudiantes Cubanos (Federation of Cuban Students) sang the UM alma mater to kick off the event.

Hug the Lake 2015 took place as UM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Whitten University Center on Wednesday with a special diving demonstration at the UC Pool, music, giveaways, free food, and more.

View the slideshow.

 

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Faculty and Staff Shape Their Bodies, Minds—and Kids—during Week of Well-Being

From talks by author Jimmy Page on finding the “one word” that can simplify your personal and professional life, to financial planning seminars, sessions on breast health and disease prevention, and wellness fairs featuring free chair massages, vision screenings, and a fitness camp led by UM alumna and personal trainer Nicole Chaplin, the University’s third annual Week of Well-Being, held April 6-10, provided a number of opportunities for employees and students on all three campuses to tone, tighten, and test their bodies and minds

It also gave the children of UM employees the chance to see what their parents and other adults do at the U.  The week concluded Friday with the annual “Take Our Children to Work Day,” which featured all sorts of activities for children ages 8 to 14 under the theme “#MPOWR, Knowledge + Choice = Strength.” On the Gables campus, the day included a pizza lunch at the Student Activities Center and visits to schools and colleges.

“It was an amazing week,” said Nerissa E. Morris, vice president for human resources, which spearheads Week of Well-Being. “Each year participation and enthusiasm surrounding the event grow. It was great to see faculty, staff, and students from across our campuses and at several satellite locations engaged in wellness activities. From wellness fairs, to financial education, a focus on culture transformation, and the involvement of families during Take Our Children to Work Day, it truly was an impactful week.”

Morris credited extraordinary teamwork for making the week a success. “I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to all who participated—to supervisors for supporting participation, and especially to the event organizers and volunteers.”

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‘Know Justice, Know Peace’ Symposium Addresses Race, Social Injustice, and the American Dream

By Megan Ondrizek
UM News

UM Professor David Ikard, left, moderates the “Know Justice, Know Peace” panel discussion, which included, from left, activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie, writer and author Jelani Cobb, Sybrina Fulton, and Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X.

UM Professor David Ikard, left, moderates the “Know Justice, Know Peace” panel discussion, which included, from left, activist Johnetta “Netta” Elzie, writer and author Jelani Cobb, Sybrina Fulton, and Pittsburgh rapper Jasiri X.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 2, 2015) — A diverse and passionate audience of nearly 200 students attended the “Know Justice, Know Peace” symposium at the University of Miami’s Student Activities Center last Wednesday, listening to a panel discussion and voicing their concerns about race, social justice, police conduct, and the concept of the American dream.

Moderated by David Ikard, director of Africana Studies and professor of English in UM’s College of Arts and Sciences, and co-sponsored by UM’s Africana Studies Program and the Division of Student Affairs, the discussion acknowledged students’ ability to take a stand against racism, particularly when their personal experiences are deeply rooted in social injustices. Read the full story

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