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Student Affairs VP Patricia Whitely Takes the Reins as NASPA Board Chair

Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Pat Whitely holds a customized gavel, carved in the shape of a football and painted in Hurricane orange and green, to mark her one-year term as chair of NASPA’s Board of Directors.

Pat Whitely holds a customized gavel, carved in the shape of a football and painted in Hurricane orange and green, to mark her one-year term as chair of NASPA’s Board of Directors.

BALTIMORE, Md. (March 18, 2014)—As a graduate student at the University of South Carolina 32 years ago, Patricia A. Whitely never envisioned she would one day ascend to the primary leadership role of the national organization that serves as the voice for her field. But on Tuesday, with family, friends and colleagues looking on, Whitely officially took the reins of NASPA’s Board of Directors, delivering an inauguration address that outlined her goals for the association dedicated to the student affairs profession. Read the full story

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Norm Parsons to Retire after 43 Years of Making Wellness an Academic Cornerstone

Norm Parsons was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame last year.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 21, 2014) — Norman C. Parsons Jr., executive director of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and Miller School of Medicine Wellness Center, will retire in October after serving the Division of Student Affairs with dedication, distinction, and an unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and alumni for 43 years.

As executive director, Parsons provided the leadership to build the Herbert Wellness Center in 1996 and the subsequent addition that opened in 2011.

He has held a number of other significant positions at UM, including coach of the 1977 and 1978 National Champion Women’s Golf Teams, coach of the Men’s Golf Teams from 1980-1988, chair of the Student Publications Committee since 1985, and lead fundraiser for the Division of Student Affairs since 2004. He is a member of Iron Arrow and served as the honor society’s advisor from 1995 to 2009. Last fall, he also assumed responsibility for the Miller School of Medicine Wellness Center.

Over the past 43 years, his leadership has included not only the building of the Herbert Wellness Center, but the expansion of the intramural program and the award-winning Sports Club Program that features 48 clubs and numerous exercise class offerings. Through his vision for the Herbert Wellness Center, he ensured that students, staff, faculty, and alumni had access to a variety of wellness educational programming, thereby serving to instill them with the tools to strive toward a lifetime of wellness.

“Norm has been a transformational leader, touching the lives of countless students, staff, faculty, and alumni throughout his tenure,” said Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs. “The Herbert Wellness Center is a testament to his vision, resolve, and positive attitude. He has educated the UM community about the importance of wellness over four decades. He has served UM with grace and care.”

Parsons was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the Iron Arrow Bowman Foster Ashe Honor in 2010, the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award in 2009, the Women’s Commission May Brunson Award in 2008, and the University of Miami Alumni Association “Inside Out Award” in 1996. Most recently, in 2013, he was the inaugural recipient of the Norman C. Parsons, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award established by Student Government.

The University will begin a national search for his successor immediately.

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University of Miami Embraces Next Generation of Social Change with ACC Leadership Symposium

acc leadership symposium logoBy Megan Ondrizek
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 13, 2014) — The next big show of intercollegiate sportsmanship is set—and no, it isn’t March Madness yet. Delegations of five students from each school in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will meet in Miami February 21-23 during the 2014 ACC Leadership Symposium. The symposium will be held in the University of Miami’s Student Activities Center and is organized by the Division of Student Affairs and the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development.

This year’s theme is The Next Generation of Social Change. Student delegates will learn about issues such as energy, education, gentrification, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and mental health through interactive workshop sessions, keynote presentations, and a community service experience.

“This is the first time that the University of Miami has had the opportunity to host the ACC Leadership Symposium, and we’re honored to welcome our ACC peers to the new Student Activities Center,” said Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for Student Affairs. “We hope that this weekend will provide students the leadership skills necessary to encourage discussions and viable projects on social change within their campus communities.”

Keynote remarks will be given by Neil Phillips, 2012 Echoing Green fellow and founder and executive director of Visible Men, an organization dedicated to elevating the performance of young black males in their schools and communities.

University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former secretary of health and human services, will welcome the 80 symposium delegates and 16 university administrators to the Coral Gables campus.

“The symposium is a great way for student leaders of diverse backgrounds to create a forum on issues facing their communities,” said Andrew Wiemer, director of the UM Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development. “The delegates will have an opportunity to exchange innovative ideas on how to effect social change.”

As part of the weekend’s activities, student delegates will participate in a service event sponsored by Clean the World, an Orlando-based nonprofit committed to preventing millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every day. Delegates will create hygiene kits that will be donated to the Chapman Partnership, a local organization dedicated to empowering the homeless. CEO Shawn Seipler will speak at the event about Clean the World’s mission and steps students can take to make a difference.

“The weekend will highlight what the social climate of the 21st century looks like,” said Justin Borroto, co-chair of the symposium’s planning committee. “Student leaders will learn how to navigate this environment in order to effect change in the world. I hope that participants will take what they’ve learned and be empowered to make their communities a better place.”

Each institution can bring up to five students and one advisor to the symposium. The University of Miami’s student delegates are Joshua Myers (Clarksburg, Maryland), William Patrick Quinlan (Miami, Florida), Renée Reneau (St. Augustine, Florida), Martina Sandoval-Iriarte (Guatemala) and Ishtpreet Singh (Rochester, Minnesota).

Visit the ACC Leadership Symposium website for a full list of participating institutions. For additional information, contact Andrew Wiemer at andreww@miami.edu or 305-284-4483.

Megan Ondrizek can be reached at 305-284-3667.

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’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

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’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair Showcases Special Services Created Just for Students

By Robert C. Jones
UM News

Resource Fair

Hundreds of students thronged to UM’s Whitten University Center on Wednesday for the first ’Canes Care for ’Canes Resource Fair, where organizations such as UM Police, the Counseling Center, and Pier 21 distributed information on the services they offer.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 29, 2014) – Hayley McPhedran showed up at the University of Miami’s Whitten University Center in search of career information. She quickly found what she was looking for at a table staffed by student ambassadors from UM’s Toppel Career Center, learning about an employment expo that will be held on campus later this semester.

“I’m planning to become a physician assistant, a field where there’s not a lot of shadowing opportunities,” said McPhedran, who graduates from UM in May with a psychology degree. “Perhaps there’ll be an opportunity I’ll learn about at the expo.’’ Read the full story

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Outstanding Employees Recognized at Laurel Awards Ceremony

Laurel Awards

Laurel Award winners, from left, included Pat Whitely, Maria Acosta, Jeanette Remy, Margot Winick, Michael Stokes, Kimberly Martin, Alexis Cole, and Yifan Zhang.

The Division of Student Affairs held its 15th annual Laurel Awards ceremony on April 25, recognizing outstanding Student Affairs staff members and student employees as well as other members of the University community who exemplify outstanding job performance and exceptional work with students. Winners included: Read the full story

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