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Brats, Baseball, and Brains: UM Celebrates 10th Family Day with the Miami Marlins

It wasn’t just another day at the ballpark, but a festive outing that celebrated outgoing UM President Donna E. Shalala’s remarkable 14-year tenure, the dedication of UM faculty and staff, their bonds with family, friends, and colleagues, and the promise of bright, young minds. The University of Miami’s annual Family Day with the Miami Marlins, held Saturday at Marlins Park in Little Havana, was all that and more. At the West Plaza, thousands of UM employees and their families and friends visited the Faculty and Staff Thank U tent, where they received orange U rally towels and enjoyed a panoply of pregame festivities, including face painting, autograph sessions with current and former Marlins players, photo opportunities with the Sebastian the Ibis and Billy the Marlin, and more.

Shalala, who was feted with a video tribute that played on the park’s jumbo screen, and UM Police Chief David Rivero threw out first pitches before the Marlins blasted the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 in a stadium dotted with ’Canes waving those orange towels and pumping orange-and-green foam Us given to those who arrived early. But the Marlins weren’t the only winners, as the Miami Marlins Community Foundation awarded two generous scholarships to deserving ’Canes—Chelsea Mulkey, for her studies in the School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration Program, and the School of Communication’s Daniel New, who received the Suzanne Rayson Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism. Rayson, who served as the Marlins director of broadcasting from 2002 to 2008, passed away after a battle with cancer.

An estimated 19,000 UM employees and their guests participated in this year’s Family Day with the Marlins, the tradition begun 10 years ago to show the U’s appreciation for faculty and staff, who in addition to transforming lives every day through teaching, research, and service, have contributed more than $35 million to Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

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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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