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Support the Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive

ToyDriveThe Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive, which is coordinated by the Butler Center for Service and Leadership and the Division of Student Affairs, is underway through Wednesday, December 6.

Individuals and departments can help the U surpass the more than 600 toys and gifts students, staff, faculty, and administrators collected last year for deserving South Florida children and senior citizens by doing one or all of the following:

1)  Drop off new and unused toys and gifts to the University Center Lower Lounge or the Butler Center for Service and Leadership (SC 204).

2)  Become a sponsor of the program through a monetary contribution. The Butler Center will purchase gifts on your department’s behalf.

3)  Request to host your own collection bin in your department to encourage giving from your colleagues. The Butler Center will be happy to provide one for your department.

This year, gifts will be donated to the Home Instead Senior Care, Hope for Miami, Just Kids Centers, Inc., and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

If you’re  interested in getting involved with the Miami Hurricanes Holiday Gift Drive, and/or if you have any questions, please contact the Butler Center for Service and Leadership at leadandserve@miami.edu or call 305-284-4483.



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Miami Hurricanes Celebrate Food Day in a Big Way

Raj Patel

Raj Patel

University events call attention to food access issues in Miami and celebrate national movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food

 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 11, 2017)—University of Miami students, faculty, staff and Miami residents will observe  Food Day—the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, sustainably produced food and the grassroots campaign for better food policies—on Tuesday, October 24, with a keynote talk by award winning writer, activist, and academic Raj Patel and a Fair Food Fair on Wednesday, October 25 at the UC Whitten Lower Lounge.

Patel, research professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin and a senior research associate at the Unit for the Humanities at the university currently known as Rhodes University (UHURU) in South Africa, will discuss “The World that Food Made” in Shoma Hall at 6 p.m. By linking food security to equality and environmental sustainability, he will show how his work in Malawi can help us gain better insight into the food system here in the U.S.

The following day, the Coral Gables campus will be buzzing with student and community organizations, as well as local food vendors. From early morning to late afternoon, students, faculty, and Miami residents can taste and purchase locally grown treats at the Farmer’s Market and learn about local food issues at the Fair Food Fair at the UC Whitten Lower Lounge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come enjoy a free smoothie, crepes, vegan recipes, learn about healthy eating, urban farming, community gardens, and get involved with the Miami Dade Real Food network.

Organized by the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, in partnership with the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, the Office of Sustainability–Green U, and the Student Government ECO Agency, UM’s Food Day celebration is among thousands of events in all 50 states aimed at promoting healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food. All year round, Food Day is devoted to mobilizing support for policies that advance healthier diets, promote sustainable and organic agriculture, reduce hunger, reform factory farms, and support fair working conditions for food and farm workers.

“We’re happy that this event has become an important sustainability tradition here at UM,” says Scot Evans, the acting director of UM’s office of Civic and Community Engagement. “The need to confront issues of food insecurity and to develop sustainable food systems in our community is critical. We are excited to work with student organizations and local community partners to raise awareness and promote solutions for South Florida.”



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Log Your Community Service Hours by July 15

Has your department, course or organization volunteered or provided service to a local, national or global community this past academic year? If so, please consider documenting and reporting the service completed between July 2016 and June 2017 by filling out the UM Campus Community Service Record form on OrgSync by 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.

The Butler Center for Service and Leadership is looking to collect this data to continue highlighting the thousands of hours University of Miami students, staff and faculty contribute to the local, national and global communities every year. In 2015-16 alone, UM contributed over 157,000 collective hours of community service. As a result, the University has been recognized with honors and awards, such as the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the NASPA Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.

By filling out the form on OrgSync, the Butler Center will be able to obtain a more accurate measure of the University’s service to our communities.

For questions or comments, please contact the Butler Center for Service and Leadership at leadandserve@miami.edu or 305-284-4483.

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Encourage Students to Apply for the 2017 ACC Leadership Symposium at Wake Forest University

The 2017 ACC Leadership Symposium, which will be held February 24–26 at Wake Forest University, aims to engage students with peers across the Atlantic Coast Conference on the theme “Wellbeing & Social Change: I Thrive, You Thrive, We Thrive.”

A leadership development program for student leaders and advisors, the symposium will utilize the Social Change Model of Leadership and Wake Forest University’s Wellbeing Initiative “THRIVE” to empower participants to be effective leaders both on their campuses and surrounding communities by igniting change that enhances the lives and wellbeing of others. The program is intended for students with an interest in advancing their leadership capacities and is open only to current freshman, sophomore and junior students.

The symposium will feature interactive workshop sessions, keynote presentations, and a community service experience. Students will also engage in a hands-on group project as it specifically relates to wellbeing and social change.

Students must fill out the application by noon on November 28. Interviews will take place on Tuesday, November 29 and Wednesday, November 30. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance on December 1.

If selected, a $150* (cash or check only) refundable deposit will be due to the Butler Center for Service and Leadership (SC 204) by December 2 at 5 p.m.

 *Arrangements can be made for students with a financial need.


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Junior Receives 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award

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Junior Receives 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award

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UM President Donna E. Shalala presents the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award to Natasha Koermer, with, at left, Andrew Wiemer, director of the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, and, at right, Robin Bachin, assistant provost for civic and community engagement.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 7, 2015)—Natasha Koermer, a biomedical engineering student who is minoring in public health and Spanish, has received the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award for her extraordinary leadership, civic engagement, and commitment to creating sustainable solutions to global engineering and health issues.

Koermer received the award, which the national organization Campus Compact bestows on the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders, from UM President Donna E. Shalala, who lauded Koermer for implementing numerous projects in the community, including a local urban sustainable gardening initiative, an outreach program to inspire high school students to pursue service-based careers in STEM disciplines, and the U’s first 5K Run/Walk for Water to raise awareness about the importance of clean water for all communities.

As if those accomplishments weren’t enough, Koermer is also president of the University’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, for which she led the fundraising for and the implementation of a $25,000 sewage system in Las Mercedes, Ecuador, and a research assistant at the School of Nursing and Health Studies, where she works closely with faculty to collect data for a study on intimate partner violence across Miami-Dade County. Her group’s research was selected for multiple conferences, including the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International 2015 and Futures Without Violence.

“She is an incredibly bright, civically engaged student and will no doubt continue to bridge the gap between cutting-edge research and its practical application in solving real-world issues,” said Robin Bachin, assistant provost for civic and community engagement.

Offering her congratulations to Koermer in a ceremony in her office on April 28, Shalala was not surprised to learn the junior would not be resting over the break. She is headed to another service project for the summer, this time in South Africa’s Limpopo Province to assist in the Water, Society, and Health Research Experience for Undergraduates funded by the National Science Foundation.

Presented annually by Campus Compact, the Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring student leaders who invest their time and energies in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

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