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Walking a Mile in Her Shoes: ’Canes Community of Men Don Heels to Fight Violence against Women

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News


Participants in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event make their way back to the UC Rock, where the march began.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 11, 2014) – Christopher Hartnett’s pain was only temporary. The tight-fitting stilettos he donned could be removed whenever he was ready, but the psychological damage suffered by victims of sexual assault endures.

“My physical pain is just a slither of what rape victims go through,” said Hartnett, associate director of housing and residence life at the University of Miami, after he completed a symbolic mile walk organized to fight sexual assault and change attitudes and practices that demean women. “Many people think of rape as just a woman’s problem, but men can be a part of the solution and need to be engaged.” Read the full story

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From Food to Finances, Meditation to Men’s Health, UM’s Week of Well-Being Promotes Holistic Health

UM News
By Robert C. Jones Jr.

Fidelity's Kathy Murphy with UM President Donna E. Shalala during one of the Week of Well-Being's many offerings.

Fidelity’s Kathy Murphy with UM President Donna E. Shalala during one of the Week of Well-Being’s many offerings.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 07, 2014) — It was a “wakeup call” for Kathy Murphy’s mother that came at the wrong time. With three of six children in college, her husband died at 57, leaving her to raise a family alone and figure out how to budget and save.

“We focused a lot on saving, but not investing,” Murphy, president of Fidelity Personal Investing, told an audience of about 300 University of Miami employees. Read the full story

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The Doyenne of Digital News

By Maya Bell
UM News

During her conversation with President Shalala, Huffington talked about the need to unplug and recharge in order to be successful.

During her conversation with President Shalala, Huffington talked about the need to unplug and recharge in order to be successful.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 09, 2014) — Her wake-up call sounded urgently in April 2007, when three years after launching The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington collapsed in her office, cracking her cheekbone and leaving a gash over her eye.

Suffering from exhaustion and sleep deprivation, the Cambridge scholar, syndicated columnist, radio and TV host and, by then, author of 10 books who was destined to become the Doyenne of Digital News and one of Forbes’ Most Powerful Women, began to question her own success. Read the full story

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’Canes Community Makes It a Family Affair at Marlins Park

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

MIAMI, Fla. (April 6, 2014) – Powered by the pitching of Jose Fernandez and the slugging of Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins notched their fifth win of the 2014 Major League Baseball season Saturday, defeating the San Diego Padres 5-0 at Marlins Park in Little Havana.

But what the box score doesn’t say is that not all of the attention was focused on The Fish. The team would share the spotlight with thousands of University of Miami faculty and staff who turned out at the ballpark for UM Family Night with the Marlins. Face painting, autograph sessions with Marlins players, on-field pregame ceremonies, performances by the UM band, and live post-game music with DJ Laz were among the many activities enjoyed  by employees and their families.

Six UM employees threw out first pitches. They included Norm Parsons, executive director of the Wellness Centers on the Gables and Miller School campuses, who is retiring after 43 years of service; Ed Gillis, dean of enrollment management, who is retiring after 22 years; School of Law professor Richard Williamson, who has served as chair of the Faculty Senate for five years; Jessica Driemeier, student services manager for the Intensive English Program on the Coral Gables campus; Natali Latorre, associate director of marketing for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute on the Miller School campus; and Cristy Barrera, office manager in Facilities Administration at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Hundreds of employees visited the MyU: Faculty and Staff Thank You Tent on the West Plaza, receiving temporary U tattoos and Sebastian bands. They also got a look at the UHealth Physical Therapy Clinic, which, when the Marlins aren’t playing, is open to patients by appointment. UHealth Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine provider for the Miami Marlins and the Miami Hurricanes.

The biggest winners of the day, however, were University of Miami students who received scholarships from the Miami Marlins Foundation. The philanthropic arm of the two-time World Series champion Marlins donated $12,500 in much-needed funds to UM, with $7,500 going to Matthew Friedman, a graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration Program, and $5,000 being given to the Suzanne Rayson Scholarship Fund for students enrolled in the School of Communication’s Broadcast Journalism Program.

Jimmy Oves, a technician at University of Miami Hospital, who attended Family Night with his wife, Yuriam, and sons, Alex and Jimmy Jr., summed up the day best: “A perfect way to spend time with my family,” he said. “Everything about it—the activities, the food, and the game—is great.”


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Artist Sculpts Stories with Paper and Passion


Artist Béatrice Coron discussed her work at University of Miami Libraries Special Collections.

By Sarah Block
Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 21, 2014) — Artist Béatrice Coron, whose cut-paper silhouettes are featured nationally in major museums and airports, inside subway trains, and even on the fashion catwalk, discussed her work at University of Miami Libraries Special Collections, where some of her celebrated literary collaborations are housed.

Coron, who gave a TED Talk in 2011 about creativity, laughingly admitted at the March 11 event, “Cross Cutting Collaborations,” that she was first attracted to the ancient art of paper-cutting 30 years ago because “paper is cheap, and paint is messy.” She uses an X-Acto knife to cut designs on paper or Tyvek, a process she describes as drawing with the mind of a sculptor. “I remove pieces for people to see what I see,” she said. Her vision emerges when the design is placed on a contrasting background.

Several of Coron’s whimsical landscapes were on display at Special Collections during the event. Special Collections head Cristina Favretto compares the experience of viewing Coron’s work to the Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window, featuring an immobilized Jimmy Stewart who spends days with his head on a pillow staring into other people’s apartments, slowly gaining clues about their lives. “You see all sorts of interesting stories,” she said. “And one by one, little by little, you begin figuring those stories out.”

Coron, a native of France, shared with the Special Collections audience that her own life is full of unique stories. She has drifted around the world to live in places like Egypt, China, and Mexico, where she experienced life through a series of odd jobs. She worked as a shepherdess, factory worker, cleaning lady, and tour guide before deciding at age 40 to reinvent herself as an artist.

A recurring image among Coron’s landscapes is that of a mermaid, which she explained serves as a metaphor about identity and transformation. “We never know where we are going to land,” Coron said. “And we don’t know whether we will be equipped for that land.”

Coron explained that each project takes months of preparation, reading dictionaries and philosophy books, watching movies, and observing the work of other artists. She revealed that one of her preferred challenges is collaborating with poets and artists for projects such as artists’ books, in which her silhouettes engage with other mediums.

At the event, Coron presented a recent collaboration with poet Tiffany Osedra Miller and painter Laura James, a colorful fold-out book (one of six created), that will join other works preserved in the Artists’ Book Collection at Special Collections. The acquisition provides a unique opportunity to access Coron’s work—a customized viewing experience. “When you come to Special Collections, you can take your time holding rare materials, and turning their pages,” Favretto said. “These materials are meant to be experienced up close.”

Sarah Block can be reached at 305-284-8825.

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