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Attend the ‘It’s on Us’ Resource Fair on the Foote Green February 20

Educate yourself about on- and off-campus resources to prevent and treat sexual violence on Monday, February 20 at the It’s On Us Resource Fair from noon to 2 p.m. on the Foote Green. Get involved, take the campus climate survey, and enjoy free giveaways and food while learning about a serious issue. Questions? Contact ItsOnUs@miami.edu.

The It’s On Us campaign is aimed at ending sexual assault on college campuses. It encourages everyone to take personal responsibility for being a part of the solution to end gender-based violence.

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#BlackLivesMatter Co-Creator Alicia Garza to Speak at UM

Garza-AliciaFaculty, staff, and students are invited to  a special lecture by Alicia Garza, social activist and co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter movement on Thursday, March 9  at 7 p.m. in the Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom. As co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Garza has helped transform what was once a viral hashtag and social media force into a grassroots national organization and global human rights movement. In her talks, Garza shares her unflinching call to action against discrimination in the U.S. while galvanizing individuals to fight for freedom and justice for all black lives. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and is free of charge.

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Division of Student Affairs, the Department of Student Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, and Housing & Residential Life. If you have any questions, contact the Department of Student Life by emailing studentlife@miami.edu or calling 305-284-2805.


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Sign Up By August 10 to Volunteer During ‘Cane Kickoff 2016

The summer is winding down and it’s time to gear up for the arrival of the newest class of first-year and transfer ’Canes. Welcoming new students and their family members to campus and helping them acclimate to life as a ’Cane is important to their early success at UM.

With that in mind, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs, is requesting volunteers to staff information stations around campus on Tuesday, August 16 through Thursday, August 18 during New Student and Family Orientation. Volunteers will help direct students and parents around campus, answer questions related to the orientation schedule, distribute water, and assist in creating a positive impression of life at UM.

If you are available to volunteer for any or all of these days, and with the approval of your supervisor, please sign up HERE or copy and paste this address into your internet browser: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c4aa5a622aafd0-newstudent/. Signups will be accepted until Wednesday, August 10.

Volunteers are requested to wear a University of Miami polo, their name tag, and khaki bottoms (no shorts). There also will be a short training session (scheduled for Friday, August 12 from 11 a.m. to noon) to help answer any question. We thank you for your consideration of this important opportunity.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cristina Orbeta.

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Student Affairs Celebrates Laurel Awardees


Student Affairs Celebrates Laurel Awardees


Members of the Student Life unit of the Division of Student Affairs celebrate the 18th annual Laurel Awards.

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 12, 2016) — As another academic year comes to a close, the Division of Student Affairs held their 18th annual Laurel Awards celebration that recognized outstanding Student Affairs departments, staff members, students, and initiatives. Exceptional nominations were submitted and showcased the hard work, innovation, and selfless work ethic found throughout the Division of Student Affairs.

Within each category, the award recipients are as follows:

  • Outstanding Department Initiative – Student Affairs: Herbert Wellness Center 20th Anniversary Campaign & Celebration
  • Outstanding Department Initiative – Non-Student Affairs: ’Canes Summit for Leadership, Diversity, and Social Changes; a collaborative program between Multicultural Student Affairs and the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development.
  • Outstanding Job Performance: Michael Baumhardt, Associate Director of Student Activities and Student Organizations
  • Outstanding New Employee – Professional Staff: Aysha Daniels, Director of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement
  • Outstanding New Employee – Support Staff: Nicole Sanchez, Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Exceptional Work with Students – Support Staff: Nancy Del Pozzo, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and Office Manager
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Student Staff: Daniel Gomez, LGBTQ Student Coordinator in the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Staff: Rachel Ensing, Graduate Assistant of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement
  • Unsung Hero Award: Joe Lortie, Chaplain for University Christian Fellowship

In addition to the award categories, the Division of Student Affairs recognized retirements and long-term service to the University.


  • Daniel Westbrook, Executive Director of the Student Center Complex
  • Carolyn Eberhardt, Psychologist in the Counseling Center

Long-Term Service

40 Years

  • Gloria Cooper, Customer Service Representative in the Student Center Complex

35 Years

  • Dayle Wilson, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Aruna Airan, Budget Manager in the Student Center Complex

30 Years

  • James Burgess, Senior Maintenance Mechanic in the Herbert Wellness Center
  • Dan Westbrook, Executive Director of the Student Center Complex

25 Years

  • Jon Baldessari, Director of Housing Operations and Facilities in Housing and Residential Life
  • Sonia Minoletti, Medical Technologist, Student Health Services

15 Years

  • Linda Walker, Manager of Business Operations, Student Health Services

10 Years

  • Nicole Abramson, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Maria Acosta, Office Supervisor in Housing and Residential Life
  • Nancy Del Pozzo, Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students and Office Manager
  • Ricardo Hall, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Samuel Garde, Senior Maintenance Mechanic, Herbert Wellness Center
  • Indira Obregon, Senior Patient Access Representative, Student Health Services
  • Ernesto Ruiz, Manager of Application Systems Development in Student Affairs Information Systems
  • Tom Soria, Assistant Director of Intramurals and Special Events at the Herbert Wellness Center

A listing of recipients from past years can be found at http://www.miami.edu/sa/index.php/student_affairs/laurel_awards/past_recipients/.

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Nominate Outstanding Student Affairs Staffers or Student Employees for Laurel Awards by March 25

The Division of Student Affairs is seeking nominations for the Laurel Awards,which recognize outstanding Student Affairs staff members and student employees who exemplify outstanding job performance and exceptional work with students.

The theme for this years’s annual awards, which will be issued at an end-of-year gathering on April 14, is “Connecting the U. Every piece counts.” Recognize these outstanding individuals by submitting nominations online  by Friday, March 25 and be automatically entered into a raffle to win prizes from Angelique Euro Café, Game Time at Sunset Place, The Big Cheese, Rathskeller, or other sponsors.


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