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Team UM Runs Past the Pack at Corporate Run

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MIAMI, Fla. (April 29, 2016) — Turning off their computers and putting projects and other responsibilities on temporary hold, more than 1,900 University of Miami employees left work a little early last Thursday, descending on downtown Miami to show off their U pride in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Miami Corporate Run.

In all, more than 26,500 employees from 860 companies participated in this year’s event. But it was Team UM, wearing bright orange T-shirts with the familiar split U logo on the back, which took top honors as the largest team at the event, surpassing longtime race leader Baptist Health.

“Largest team, that’s pretty significant,’’ Leah Harman, the small-boat manager for marine operations at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, told The Miami Herald. “From the top down, this University always promotes health and well-being and brought that culture to all of us.”

The University funds a portion of the event entry fee for faculty and staff, provides Well ’Canes points toward health insurance reimbursements, and promotes a Corporate Run T-shirt design contest that awards the winner with a $100 gift certificate to the UM Bookstore and a framed T-shirt signed by UM President Julio Frenk.

Team Bascom Palmer, with 80 participants, won the President’s Cup Office Challenge, awarded to the UM sub-team with the most participants. View the slideshow.

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A Big Hug for a Big Cause

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 22, 2016) — Google celebrated the day with a series of doodles designed to highlight our planet’s varied flora and fauna. In New York, world leaders gathered at United Nations Headquarters to officially sign the Paris Agreement on climate change. And on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, a community of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and guests encircled iconic Lake Osceola in a symbolic “hug” to show their appreciation for and increase awareness about the environment. Presented by Random Acts of Kindness, UM’s 10th annual Hug the Lake, one of the many worldwide activities held last Friday as part of Earth Day, also included Green Booths where reusable bags were made out of T-shirts. View the slideshow, and read UM’s in-depth Climate Change Special Report. Developed by University Communications, it features more than 40 articles on science and research; dozens of interviews with UM faculty, alumni, and students; and social and interactive engagement with polls, graphics, and an opportunity for you to write your own haiku to the environment.

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Students Spring into ’Canes Carnival

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 21, 2016) — Call it an annual rite of spring. With classes officially over, a carnival-like atmosphere enveloped the University of Miami campus last Friday as students celebrated the end of spring-semester classes, enjoying a variety of activities at ’Canes Carnival. The daylong event, presented by Hurricane Productions, featured Patio Jams by popular student acts; Star Wars-themed laser tag; carnival rides, food trucks, and giveaways; a concert on the Foote University Green by Kid Ink; and more. View the slideshow.

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Marlins Family Day Serves Up Fun and Dollars for Scholars

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MIAMI, Fla. (April 17, 2016) – Home runs, strikeouts, and stolen bases are usually the highlight of any Major League Baseball game. But on Saturday at Marlins Park in Little Havana, face painting, autograph sessions with players, and scholarship support for students stole the show, as another UM Family Night with the Miami Marlins showcased a multitude of festivities for employees, their family members, and guests.

Started 11 years ago to show the U’s appreciation for faculty and staff, Family Day is always a “hit” with employees, with pregame festivities at the ’Cane Zone on the West Plaza drawing hundreds of orange-clad ‘Canes. In addition to face painting and autograph sessions, employees and their families posed for photos with Sebastian the Ibis and Billy the Marlin and, at the InsideUM booth, received UM towels and foam U giveaways.

Prior to the Marlins’ 6-4 loss to Eastern Division rival Atlanta Braves, two UM employees—Steven Altschuler, the new senior vice president of health affairs at the University of Miami and chief executive officer of UHealth-University of Miami Health System, and alumnus Guillermo “Willy” Prado, the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and new dean of the Graduate School—threw out first pitches.

It was also a special day for former Marlins catcher, World Series champion, and Hurricanes baseball great Charles Johnson, who also took to the pitcher’s mound for a ceremonial first pitch and was honored when the first 5,000 fans through the gates received his bobblehead.

But it was UM students who were the biggest winners of the day, as the Miami Marlins Community Foundation awarded scholarships to three deserving ’Canes. Angel Albelo received a $7,500 scholarship to continue his studies in the School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration program, while School of Communication students Margot Woll and Erin Regan were awarded the $5,000 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.

View the slideshow of the day’s activities.


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UM Comes Together for a Week of Well-Being

It started with a fitness boot camp and ended with Zumba. And in between were one-hour Vinyasa yoga classes, meditation sessions with a Buddhist monk, cooking demonstrations, an inspirational talk by CNN Hero Robyn Benincasa, a course on investing wisely, and wellness fairs featuring free massages, snacks, giveaways, and complimentary vision screenings. UM’s fourth annual Week of Well-Being delivered in all categories, benefitting not only faculty, staff, and students but the South Florida community with a food drive for Camillus House. View the slideshow below and take a survey to help plan and improve next year’s WOW.

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