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CHP Founder Takes the Next Step in Her Career

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Susi Davis and Susan Purcell

For nearly 11 years Susi Davis (seated) and Susan Kaufman Purcell conceptualized topics and lined up speakers for the Center for Hemispheric Policy’s dynamic programming.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 15, 2015) – With outstanding grades in all her graduate courses and time spent abroad conducting research, Susan Kaufman Purcell seemed the perfect choice for a job teaching Latin American politics at the university level.

“It was a time when most colleges didn’t have professors who specialized in that area,” recalled Purcell of the late 1960s, when she graduated from Columbia University with a Ph.D. in political science. “So there were lots of good jobs, but the men got those jobs first.”

Purcell became painfully aware of that fact after being passed over for an assistant professorship at the University of Wisconsin, only to find out later that a male classmate, with grades and experience no better than hers, had been hired for the position. “They wanted someone who could run a new Latin American Center” was the explanation Purcell’s friend offered as to why she didn’t get the job. “The implication being that I couldn’t do it,” she said.

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Leaders Meet at the U’s Historic Front Door

UM News

UM-Gables MeetingCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 10, 2015) — With both celebrating their 90th birthdays since being founded by real estate developer George Merrick, the University of Miami and City of Gables held their annual joint Development Agreement meeting last Thursday, convening in a special location to mark their anniversary milestones—the historic, and restored, 1300 Campo Sano building that served as the U’s first registration and administration center.

The two-story former art building recently won Coral Gables’ City Beautiful Award for its outstanding renovation. The 1947 wood building, which was hastily constructed from decommissioned World War II Army barracks to accommodate the flood of veterans who enrolled in college on the GI Bill, has also won other major preservation awards, such as the American Institute of Architects Florida/Caribbean Chapter’s Honor Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Restoration/Rehabilitation, and the Dade Heritage Trust’s Outstanding Restoration of a Historic Site Award.

Leaders from UM and Coral Gables attended at the meeting, including new UM President Julio Frenk.

The meeting was the fifth since UM and Coral Gables hammered out a 20-year development agreement in 2010 that guides the school’s growth and extends cultural, athletic, and academic programming to the city’s residents.

Pictured from left in the front row are: Coral Gables Commissioner Pat Keon, Coral Gables City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, UM Trustee Ed Williamson, Coral Gables Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick, Chair of the UM Board of Trustees Stuart Miller, UM President Julio Frenk, UM Trustee Charles Cobb, UM Trustee Arthur Hertz, Coral Gables Commissioner Vince Lago, UM Trustee Arva Moore Parks, and UM Senior Vice President for Business and Finance and CFO Joe Natoli.

Pictured from left in the back row are: Coral Gables City Clerk Walter Foeman, UM Student Government President Brianna Hathaway, UM Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Richard Fain, Coral Gables Commission Vice Chairman Frank Quesada, Coral Gables City Attorney Craig Leen, Coral Gables Mayor James Cason, and UM Dean of Students Ricardo Hall.


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Compliance Corner: Holiday Reminders

As the holiday season approaches, the Office of Athletics Compliance would like to remind faculty and staff of a few rules and regulations that affect University employees.

Extra Benefits: According to NCAA rules, a student-athlete may not accept any extra benefit, which is any special arrangement by an institutional employee, or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, to provide the student-athlete, or a prospective student-athlete, or their friend or family member, a benefit not also available to the general student population, or a particular segment of the student body. Here are a few examples:

  • Holiday presents and gifts
  • Money, loans, bond, or co-signing of loans
  • Free transportation (use of a car, boat, airline tickets, bus tickets, etc.)
  • Free storage
  • Free merchandise (clothes, video games, etc.)
  • Free entertainment (sporting events, movies, concerts, nightclubs, etc.)
  • Free lodging (hotel rooms, staying at apartment/house)
  • Free meals
  • Discounted merchandise because of status
  • Free use of a credit card, calling card, etc.

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 of Miami 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, athleticscompliance@miami.edu.


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DCC With Me: UM Cyclist Loves the ‘Amazing Feeling’ of Crossing the Finish Line

Special to UM News

Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel

Lisa Siegel says cycling across the finish line at the Dolphins Cancer Challenge is an amazing feeling. “When I get off my bike, cancer patients and survivors come up and hug me with tears in their eyes, thanking us for our support,” says Siegel. “If you are a University employee, I urge you to help our community by raising funds for our Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and DCC with me!”

A grants accountant with the Office of Research Administration, Siegel is passionate about helping people with cancer. For the past four years, she has ridden her bicycle in honor of her grandmother, who died from the disease, and her aunt, who is a cancer survivor. “Cancer affects everyone, and our researchers at Sylvester are making tremendous strides,” she says.

A native of Miami, Siegel grew up in a loyal Hurricanes family. Her father, Marvin, began working at the University in 1961 and led the UM United Way campaign for many years. Her brother, Scott, and sister, Aimee, are also University employees and will be joining Lisa and her co-workers on Team Hurricanes in the DCC on Saturday, February 20 at Sun Life Stadium.

At the sixth annual DCC, Siegel plans to complete a 72-mile ride in honor of the Dolphins’ 1972 perfect season. Other options include different cycling routes, a 5K walk and run, and participating as a “virtual rider.” All funds raised by the DCC support Sylvester’s cancer research.

A longtime fan of the ’Canes and the Miami Dolphins, Siegel lets everyone know she’s a proud supporter of the DCC. “I talk to people on campus, on the phone, and online and let them know the importance of supporting our cancer research,” she says. “Every Friday I wear a Dolphins or Sylvester jersey to create more awareness of this great event. I encourage our employees to sign up for the DCC and reach out to others. You will be surprised by the generosity of your family, friends, and co-workers. All you have to do is ask!”

To learn more, please visit Dolphins Cancer Challenge.

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International Thanksgiving Celebration Graces the U with ‘Smiles and Understanding’

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 20, 2015) – It took only a few minutes for Emiko Hagi to take “a trip around the world” to sample different recipes she never knew existed. “Amazing,” she said in describing the plethora of fare arranged buffet-style on tables in the University of Miami’s Allen Hall courtyard. And to make sure she satisfied her palate, Hagi sampled it all—form the Middle Eastern machboos (spiced chicken and rice) to the Brazilian brigadeiro (chocolate truffles).

A native of Japan, Hagi was one of the hundreds of international students who participated in the Intensive English Program (IEP)’s 32nd annual International Thanksgiving last Friday. With the holiday season just around the corner, IEP students from Angola, Brazil, China, Colombia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and many other countries turned Allen Hall into a United Nations assembly while sharing the favorite foods and customs of their homelands.


“A taste of what Thanksgiving is all about” is how Michelle Alvarez, executive director of IEP, described the event, which has grown in popularity every year since it was first held more than three decades ago. “Each year we try to make it bigger and better, and much of the credit goes to our students.”

As in previous years, each room in the Allen Hall courtyard was themed around a different country, allowing students and invited guests to take “a trip around the world,” as Alvarez put it.

Gulzhan Kalmatayeva, who came to the United States to earn a master’s degree, made her first Thanksgiving celebration in the United States a memorable one, donning a traditional dress worn by women in her native Kazakhstan and sharing with her classmates some of the foods she often ate as a child.

More than 70 dishes were featured, and students gave performances that ranged from a Korean pop dance to a martial arts demonstration.

“You grace our halls with smiles and understanding, and are generous with the lessons of what you stand for,” Rebecca MacMillan Fox, dean of UM’s Division of Continuing and International Education, which operates the IEP, told students.

With world terrorist attacks fresh on everyone’s mind, Alvarez noted that the annual celebration “creates a dialogue to promote world peace.”



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