Student Employment Accepting Nominations for Student Employee of the Year

The Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment is seeking nominations from student supervisors for the UM Student Employee of the Year Award. The selected student will receive a scholarship and will be recognized during National Student Employment Week in April. Nomination forms are due to the Office of Student Employment by Friday, March 9. For rules and eligibility requirements, view the nomination form. For more information, contact Connie Diaz at cadiaz@miami.edu or 305-284-8319.

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Nominate an Outstanding Student, Faculty, or Staff for Women’s Commission Recognition

The University of Miami Women’s Commission is currently accepting nominations to recognize outstanding members of the community—regardless of their own gender—who have supported women or women-related concerns at the University of Miami. All nominees will be recognized at the Annual Women’s Commission Breakfast on Tuesday, March 20, at 8 a.m. in the Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Nominate a faculty/staff member for the May A. Brunson Award. Nominate a student for the Louise P. Mills Award.  All nominations must be submitted by Thursday, March 8, at 11:59 p.m.

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Holocaust Educator Honored by Florida Legislators

Miriam Klein Kassenoff is the director of the School of Education and Human Development’s Holocaust Teacher Institute.

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Miriam Klein Kassenoff

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 14, 2018) – A Holocaust survivor and educator, Miriam Klein Kassenoff, director of the School of Education and Human Development’s Holocaust Teacher Institute, was honored by the Jewish Legislative Caucus of Florida for her outstanding work in the Jewish community.

Kassenoff, along with two other Floridians, received the recognition during a breakfast on February 13 in Tallahassee as part of the first Jewish American Heritage Week (February 12-16, 2018) established by Representative Emily Slosberg, of Delray Beach, and Senator Daphne Campbell, of Miami-Dade County.

“I am deeply honored that Representative Slosberg and Senator Campbell have chosen me for this very meaningful tribute,” said Kassenoff. “It has been a long journey for me coming from Nazi-occupied Europe as a young Jewish child fleeing, running, and hiding, clutching my parents’ hands, and finally reaching freedom in the United States of America.”

Kassenoff, who studied at Yad Vashem, the International Center for Holocaust Studies in Israel, is a graduate of the international Vladka Meed Teachers Program and leads the Holocaust Teacher Institute at UM.

Every summer the institute convenes teachers from Miami-Dade County Public Schools and provides them with a five-day intensive course on how to teach the lessons of the Holocaust so that the horrific event will not be forgotten.

In addition to serving as an adjunct lecturer at the School of Education and Human Development, Kassenoff serves as the public school system’s Education Specialist for Holocaust Education. She is a frequent speaker and presenter on Holocaust education at conferences and workshops nationwide and has co-authored, with Dr. Anita Meinbach, “Memories of the Night: Studies of the Holocaust,” “Studying the Holocaust through Film and Literature,” and The Grolier Teacher’s Study Guide on Holocaust Studies.”



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Best Workplace for Commuters

PrintFor the second year in a row, the University of Miami has been named among the Best Workplaces for Commuters for offering exceptional commuter benefits that meet criteria set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Center for Transit Research National Standard of Excellence.

Need ideas on how to take advantage of the wide range of options and discounts UM’s Department of Parking and Transportation offers to help faculty, staff, and students choose healthier, cheaper, greener and more pleasant ways than driving their own vehicles to and from campus? Here’s a few from employees who shared how they’ve helped make UM the Best Workplace for Commuters.

Miami-Dade Transit Discount

“For over ten years, I have used the Miami-Dade Transit Metrorail discount program to commute to the Coral Gables campus and currently to the medical campus. The program allows me to commute without stress, and I am able to read a book or listen to music undisturbed.”

Tracy L. Moore
Program Coordinator and Senior Administrative Assistant
Department of Pathology Residency and Fellowship Programs
Miller School Campus


“I cycle 17 miles round trip each day to the Coral Gable campus. I get to say ‘hello’ to people along my way and have even managed to convert some people into saying ‘hello’ back to me now! I find that I have more time and can plan my days better as I always know how long it takes me to get to work and back. I am sedentary at work most of the day and find biking as a great way to stay in shape, and I feel relaxed at the start and end of my shift.”

Caroline Shipman
Police Dispatcher
University of Miami Police Department
Coral Gables Campus

Commuter Benefit Combination

“Most mornings I walk to meet up with my carpool ride to the office. Other days, I’ll take Miami-Dade Transit to University Station and walk to the office from there. Walking in the morning provides exercise that I wouldn’t normally get when driving to campus, and public transportation relieves me of the stress that I have had in the past when driving to campus.”

Dena Chism
Events Coordinator
Department of Parking and Transportation
Coral Gables Campus

Lluvia Resendiz, mobility manager for Parking and Transportation, recognized the importance of commuter benefits for the greater UM community. “Our goal is to continue to help our students, faculty, and staff save time and money while contributing the University’s sustainability initiatives through progressive transit programming,” she said.


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Honoring the Best of the Best

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Patricia Abril and David Graf

Patricia Abril and David Graf

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 9, 2018)—The Faculty Senate voted unanimously at its January meeting to bestow the 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award on Patricia Abril, a vice dean and professor of business law at the Miami Business School, and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award on historian and archeologist David F. Graf, a world authority on Rome’s ancient Arabian client-kingdom, Nabataea.

Both professors will receive their awards at the Faculty Senate Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 16, when Stuart A. Miller, chair emeritus and longtime member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, also will be honored with the Senate’s James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award. The Senate selected Miller for one of its highest honors in November.

Abril, vice dean of graduate business programs, will be recognized for her excellence and distinguished record of teaching. She joined the Business School faculty in 2004, after practicing law and working for the Univisión Network in a business capacity. Her popular courses, many of which she developed, include all aspects of business law, business ethics, and negotiation.  She is known among her students for her interactive classes and mentorship.

Her research interests include intellectual property and privacy law, and she has served on national committees shaping legislation on privacy.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Abril has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching at the Business School, and a number of national awards for excellence in scholarship, research, and career achievement.

Graf, the director of the Joint Saudi-American Jurash Project and the Hellenistic Petra Project (Jordan) in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Religious Studies, will be recognized for his outstanding scholarly achievements. He will present a short lecture on his research at the ceremony, which the University community is invited to attend.

A specialist in the Greco-Roman world in the Levant and Arabia, Graf just returned from a leave in Jerusalem, where, as the Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, he wrote a monograph on the history of the Nabataeans, an ancient people who claimed what is now Petra, Jordan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as the capital of their kingdom.

A member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, Graf received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. A 2003 Fulbright Scholar in Saudi Arabia and an NEH fellow in Jordan (2014), he has excavated in Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. He is the co-editor of the multi-volume Anchor Bible Dictionary (1992), author of Rome and Its Arabian Frontier from the Nabataeans to the Saracens (1997) and more than 130 scholarly articles.

The awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at the Newman Alumni Center.

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