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UM Celebrates the Year of the Rooster

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 30, 2017)—From a colorful lion dance to a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy, and from a powerful drum performance to a tasty feast of Chinese cuisine, the University of Miami community celebrated Lunar New Year on Monday, joining hundreds of millions of people across Asia in marking the Year of the Rooster.

Held on the Lakeside Patio, UM’s annual observance of the holiday, which is also known as Spring Festival in China, was presented by the Asian American Students Association, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, and the Hong Kong Students Association.

Approximately a sixth of the world’s population observes Lunar New Year, with each new year associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

According to Chinese astrology, if you were born in the year of the rooster, you are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.

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Students Honor MLK with a Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

UM students plant vegetables in the Miami Children’s Initiative’s community garden.

Adding further truth to Martin Luther King Jr.’s socially conscious statement that “everybody can be great, because anybody can serve,” more than 100 University of Miami students volunteered their time and efforts for two worthwhile causes on January 21 as part of the MLK Day of Service.

Assisted by community residents, about 40 of the students removed weeds, spread soil, and planted herbs and vegetables at the Miami Children’s Initiative’s community garden located near Charles R. Drew Elementary School in Liberty City.

Twenty miles north in Pembroke Park, a group of about 60 students packaged more than 20,000 meals at Feeding South Florida, a food bank that serves Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties.

United Black Students, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development sponsored the service day.

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UM, City of Coral Gables Officials Praise Partnership

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CG UM Meeting

Seated, from left to right, are: Coral Gables Commissioner Jeannett Slesnick, UM Board of Trustees Chair Richard Fain, UM President Julio Frenk, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, UM Trustee Arthur Hertz, and Coral Gables Commissioner Pat Keon. Standing, from left to right, are: Coral Gables City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, Coral Gables City Attorney Craig Leen, Coral Gables Commissioner Vince Lago, UM Trustee Charles Cobb, Coral Gables Vice Mayor Frank Quesada, UM Trustee Ed Williamson, UM Trustee Manny Kadre, Coral Gables City Clerk Walter Foeman, and UM Trustee Arva Moore Parks.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 12, 2017) — The University of Miami and City of Coral Gables held their annual joint Development Agreement meeting Thursday, gathering in the Great Room of the Coral Gables Adult Activity Center in the heart of the City Beautiful.

Coral Gables Mayor James Cason told the group of city and University officials about the progress the city has made over the past few years to improve finances, infrastructure, smart city initiatives, and efforts to understand and combat sea-level rise, including the creation of a sea level vulnerability map for the city. He said the city has “joined the national discussion on climate change.”

“Everyone must do their part,” Cason said. “We are becoming a very green community.”

UM President Julio Frenk outlined the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century, which showcases initiatives to support the University’s aspirations to be an excellent, exemplary, and relevant University with a hemispheric advantage. He also touched upon the University’s efforts to be inclusive and create a culture of belonging.

All the representatives praised the city’s and University’s efforts to work collaboratively with a common goal of being the best city and best University. The meeting was the sixth held since UM and Coral Gables formulated a 20-year development agreement in 2010 that guides the school’s growth and extends cultural, athletic, and academic programming to city residents.

“Together we have the opportunity to reach new heights,” said Richard Fain, chair of the University’s Board of Trustees.


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Children Learn to Safely Cross the Street in UM’s WalkSafe Program


Katrina Lopez, statewide coordinator for the WalkSafe program, shows pre-schooler Quentavius Boges how to safely cross the street at a simulated crosswalk on the Linda Ray Intervention Center’s playground.

Parents and children from the Department of Psychology’s Linda Ray Intervention Center came together recently to practice safe-street crossing at an outreach event sponsored by the University of Miami WalkSafe program. Part of the KiDZ Neuroscience Center at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the program is designed to reduce the number of pediatric pedestrian injuries through the use of evidence-based educational curriculum and community outreach activities.

The Linda Ray Intervention Center’s staff had identified the need to promote safe street-crossing strategies for the families enrolled in their program. The children, who meet criteria for early intervention services, and their adult caregivers were able to practice safe crossing last month on simulated crosswalks set up on the playground and joined in arts and crafts projects about safe-walking strategies.



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Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul Honored with Fairchild Garden’s Philanthropy Award

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From left are Susan Abraham, Barbara Hevia, Brittany Lopez Slater, Daisy Johansson, Marisa Toccin Lucas, Felicia Marie Knaul, Swanee DiMare, Ana Milton, Lydia Touzet, and Frances Sevilla Sacasa.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 11, 2017)Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, director at the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and professor at the Miller School of Medicine, received the Fairchild Philanthropy Award at the 6th Annual Splendor in the Garden hosted by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Knaul was joined by seven of South Florida’s leading women in garnering this year’s award, given in recognition of their contributions to the community.

“It is a great honor to receive this award and join such an outstanding group of philanthropists. Fairchild is a tremendous asset to our community and our world,” said Knaul. “Its efforts to protect and promote biodiversity and conservation are critical to reducing the effects of climate change in South Florida and beyond. President Frenk and I are very grateful to Fairchild for its wonderful collaboration with the University of Miami, especially in preserving the trees and beautiful orchards of Smathers Four Fillies Farm.”

One of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world, Fairchild is dedicated to exploring, explaining, and conserving the world of tropical plants. In addition to honoring members of the community, its annual awards ceremony features tours of its gardens and a fashion show organized by Neiman Marcus Coral Gables.

Among the event’s honorary co-chairs this year was Swanee DiMare. She and her husband, UM Trustee Paul DiMare, are long-time supporters of the University

This year’s honorees also included Susan Abraham, A.B. ’80, Daysi Johansson MSED ’89, A.B. ’88, Brittany Lopez Slater, Marile Lopez, Ana Milton, BSEE ’87, J.D. ’93, Marisa Toccin Lucas, and Silvia Rios Fortun. Previous honorees include former UM President Donna E. Shalala.

Former UM President Donna E. Shalala was among the 2015 honorees.

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