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Farewell e-Veritas; Look for the New Veritas Next Week

This is the final issue of e-Veritas, which will be replaced starting next Monday, April 3, with Veritas, a more streamlined and flexible weekly newsletter aimed at keeping faculty and staff on all campuses and satellites up to date on University news, events, announcements, and opportunities.

Designed by the web services and creative teams in University Communications, the new Veritas is leaner, cleaner, better organized, and easier to navigate. Since it is no longer necessary to distinguish the electronic newsletter from its original print version, the “e” is being dropped, but the newsletter will be easier to read online. The text and design will adjust to your device—whether a desktop, laptop, smart phone, or tablet.

Many of these changes came from you. Last spring, more than 1,800 readers responded to a University Communications survey seeking feedback and suggestions on the redesign. Two of them—Nadia G. Myrthil, formerly a clinical research coordinator at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and student Melanie Canizares—were randomly selected in a drawing to receive the two iPads raffled to survey respondents.

We look forward to hearing their and your feedback on Veritas, which can still be contacted at e-Veritas@miami.edu.

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Find Your Best U During the Week of Well-Being April 3-7

WOW-Web-Home-SmallTake care of your body, mind, and spirit to find your best U during the University of Miami’s fifth annual Week of Well-Being, April 3-7, when faculty, staff, and students on all three campuses are invited to transform the way they think about psychological health through a number of exciting events, including Wellness Fairs featuring free massages, samples from local health food vendors, and giveaways from various booths


Coral Gables

Wellness Fairs
Wednesday, April 5 | 10 am – 2 pm | The Lennar Foundation Medical Center
Thursday, April 6 | 10 am – 2 pm | Foote University Green

The Laughing Guide to Well-Being
Thursday, April 6 | 10:30 am | Shalala Student Center, Activities Room | REGISTER
Thursday, April 6 | 11:30 am | Shalala Student Center, Activities Room | REGISTER

There’s No Place Like Om
Thursday, April 6 | 11:30 a.m. | Foote University Green

Mindfulness Training
Thursday, April 6 | 1 p.m. | Shalala Student Center, Senate Room

Miller School of Medicine

Wellness Fair
Monday, April 3 | 10 am – 2 pm | Schoninger Research Quadrangle

The Laughing Guide to Well-Being
Monday, April 3 | 9 am | Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Broad-Bussel Auditorium | REGISTER
Monday, April 3 | 10 am | Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Broad-Bussel Auditorium | REGISTER

There’s No Place Like Om
Monday, April 3 | 12 pm | Schoninger Research Quadrangle

Mindfulness Training
Monday, April 3 | 1 pm | Don Soffer Clinical Research Center, Broad-Bussel Auditorium

Rosenstiel School

Wellness Fair
Tuesday, April 4 | 10 am – 2 pm | Breezeway

The Laughing Guide to Well-Being
Tuesday, April 4 | 1:30 pm | Auditorium | REGISTER

There’s No Place Like Om
Tuesday, April 4 | 11:30 am | Breezeway

Mindfulness Training
Tuesday, April 4 | 12:30 pm | Marine Auditorium

Satellite Locations

Click here to view the schedule for your satellite location. For more information, visit miami.edu/wow.

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How Female Business Leaders Succeed

A conversation with Belén Garijo and Felicia Marie Knaul

By Alexandra Bassil
UM News


Belén Garijo, left, and Felicia Marie Knaul share a laugh at the inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 23, 2017)—During Women’s History Month, the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and the School of Business Administration’s Center for Health Sector Management and Policy and Women in Business Group presented real-world tips and advice at the institute’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum. The topics ranged from career success and work/life balance to other issues affecting women globally.

During his welcoming remarks to over 50 students, faculty, staff, and guests, School of Business Interim Dean Anuj Mehrotra highlighted the importance of the forum. UM President Julio Frenk said that women are at the heart of the University’s education and engagement efforts, and introduced Belén Garijo, CEO of healthcare and executive board member for Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany. Frenk also mentioned Garijo’s leadership and her corporation’s support of “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies,” an initiative designed to promote good practices to enhance women’s economic participation by improving women’s health.

Institute Director Felicia Marie Knaul, also a professor at the Miller School of Medicine, started the Q&A session by asking Garijo to share advice after her long career as a physician-scientist in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industry, and as CEO of Merck KGaA over the past six years. At Merck, Garijo is responsible for the health care business sector, comprising the biopharma, consumer health, allergopharma, and biosimilars businesses.

“From day one you are in charge of your career and must be willing to take the challenges and make them opportunities,” said Garijo. As an example, she said after earning her medical degree in Spain, a surplus of physicians made it difficult to begin a practice. With that realization, she decided to take an opportunity to start as a clinical researcher in the pharmaceutical industry. Garijo also advised the attendees not to let others influence their desire to achieve career success and to network as much as possible.

Knaul also brought up work/life balance, to which Garijo advised seeking employers that have flexible working models, telecommuting, and parental leave so having a family life is possible. In addition, they discussed Garijo’s commitment to increase gender diversity in management and emphasized that success is usually driven by a top-down approach.

Garijo also shared Merck’s role as the only private sector company to join the “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” initiative. The socially responsible company chose the project to impact women’s lives in developing countries in an effort to address access to health care, gender-based violence, birth control and the safety of women.

Closing remarks and a recap were offered by the founder of the Women in Business Group, Ann M. Olazábal, vice dean of Undergraduate Business Education and professor of business law. In her remarks, Knaul mentioned that future Women’s Leadership Forum guests will include singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman Gloria Estefan, a UM alumna; Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo; and Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services.


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Free Colorectal Cancer Screening for Employees

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Together with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Miami encourages employees and their spouses/partners to get tested in accordance with screening guidelines. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer among men and women in the U.S. With regular screenings, polyps and pre-cancerous growths can be removed before they become cancer, and early cancers can be treated more effectively. Survival rate for early-stage colon cancer is higher than 90 percent.

The Miller School of Medicine is one of many organizations in the U.S. that pledged to promote screening for colorectal cancer and to reach the goal of “80 percent by 2018,” established by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and the American Cancer Society.

There are several options for screening. For adults ages 50-75 with no risk factors or symptoms, the recommendations are either a fecal occult blood test, such as the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) once a year, a sigmoidoscopy every five years, or colonoscopy every 10 years.

To get a colonoscopy, contact your doctor to get an order for the test. If you want to have the test at UHealth, call 305-243-8644 to schedule the procedure.

An alternative to a colonoscopy is FIT, a noninvasive test of a sample of your stool that can be done in the privacy of your own home. Only one sample is needed, and there are no dietary restrictions as with previous stool tests. You may be eligible if you are age 50-75, and do not have any of the following: personal or family history of colon cancer, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, or blood in your stool. If you have any of these conditions, ask your doctor what is the best screening test for you.

To order an FIT kit for yourself and your spouse/partner, click on this link: https://is.gd/CRC_Screening

Informational websites about colorectal cancer:


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Fore! Register Now for the Norm Parsons IM Golf Tournament

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 8, 2017)—Tee it up ’Canes! The 2nd Annual Norman C. Parsons, Jr. Intramural Golf Tournament is back and open to members and non-members of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center. The tournament, a two-person scramble, begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 31, at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the DWR Student Employee Leadership Fund.

The tournament honors the lasting impact Norm Parsons, the first executive director for the Department of Wellness and Recreation, had on the Herbert Wellness Center. For 43 years, Parsons served the University of Miami and the Division of Student Affairs with dedication, distinction, and a commitment to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“Norm was a loyal supporter for all of our students,” said Tom Soria, associate director of recreational sports at the Herbert Wellness Center. “As the largest student employer on campus, we emphasize teaching our student employees useful and transferable skills. With this fund, we are able to support their personal and professional leadership.”

The entry fee—$40 for UM students and $75 for all others—includes a cart, green fees, range balls, a boxed lunch, and a goodie bag. Top teams are awarded gift cards to the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club Pro Shop. Prizes, including an autographed Miami Marlins baseball, autographed Florida Panthers photograph, autographed Miami Heat photograph, Publix gift card, and UM Athletics apparel, are also awarded to the winners of skills challenges, including longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

For more information or to register for the tournament by the March 24 deadline, click here.

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