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Dean of Students Heads to Lehigh University


Dean of Students Heads to Lehigh University

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Ricardo Hall

Ricardo Hall

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 22, 2017)—Ricardo Hall, who helped create extraordinary student experiences for thousands of University of Miami students during his 11 years as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students, has been named vice provost for student affairs at Lehigh University, a private research university in Pennsylvania.

Hall, who will assume his new duties on June 30, will lead one of Lehigh’s largest divisions, which includes the Dean of Students Office, the Health and Wellness Center, University Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Advancement and Prevention Strategies, the Women’s Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Pride Center, and the ROTC.

Calling Hall’s pending departure “bittersweet,” Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia A. Whitely lauded his leadership, logistical expertise, professional accomplishments, and “calming presence” during student crises. She said her longtime colleague is well suited to take on his new role at Lehigh, which has been counted among the nation’s “Hidden Ivies”—schools that rival the Ivy Leagues.

“Ric is a wonderful role model for our students. He is always willing to have a conversation with a student about any issue or concern and demonstrates the highest level of integrity,” Whitely said. “His leadership has truly impacted UM and we will always be grateful. We wish him well and know the Lehigh community is indeed fortunate.”

A bowtie aficionado known among students for his wise counsel, humor, racquetball challenges, and impressive PEZ collection, Hall said it was his good fortune to “have spent the past 11 years at a top-tier university, working with exceptional students, and alongside skilled and caring colleagues.

“I also don’t take for granted that I’ve served with a vice president for student affairs who is universally regarded as one of the nation’s best,” he said of Whitely. “My time at UM has certainly helped prepare me to embrace this significant leadership opportunity at Lehigh.”

Tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society in 2012, Hall joined UM in 2006, after 10 years in student affairs roles at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and Clemson University in South Carolina. In addition to overseeing UM’s Greek life, the chaplain’s office, alcohol and drug education, judicial affairs, veteran student services, and the 24-hour crisis response team, he is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education and Human Development, and a trusted advisor to Student Government and the Committee on Student Organizations.

Under his leadership, Whitely said, the U’s Greek system more than doubled and the Sandler Center for Alcohol and Drug Education received a $1 million endowment for the Posner Substance Abuse Education Fund.

Hall earned both his bachelor’s degree in business management and his master’s in higher education administration from Ohio University and his doctorate in educational leadership from Clemson. A frequently requested speaker, he has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on such subjects as mentoring, student discipline, diversity, leadership skills development, Greek Life, and wellness.

“From his previous role, we know that he can work across divisions and across colleges to continue to develop and sustain a Lehigh student experience that is truly distinctive,” Lehigh Provost Pat Farrell said in announcing Hall’s appointment, which followed a national search.

Added Anne Anderson, an associate professor in the Perella Department of Finance who chaired Lehigh’s search committee, “The fact that he was already known to many in the Student Affairs division was very telling. They knew of his work, his accomplishments, and his reputation, and they were very enthused at the prospect of working with him. He is someone who is interested in the personal development of the students, as well as the professionals working for him.”

UM will now begin its own national search for Hall’s successor.

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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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Nominate a Student for Celebration of Involvement Awards by February 26

The Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, invites faculty, staff, and students to nominate outstanding students who will be recognized at the 2016 Celebration of Involvement on Tuesday, April 19. Qualifications are available at the links below and nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26. 

o   Senior | 1 recipient

o   Nominee has exemplary campus and community involvement, leadership, and achievement.

o   Senior | 1 male and 1 female recipient

o   Nominee has demonstrated exemplary community service throughout their college experience.

o   Junior | 2 male and 2 female recipients | $2,000 scholarship

o   Nominee has a combination of character, compassion and a strong commitment to community service.

o   Sophomore | 1 recipient | $2,000 scholarship

o   Nominee has shown unassuming interest and participation in community service.

The Butler Center is also introducing a new $10,000 scholarship that will be announced at the Celebration of Involvement. Students can self-nominate for this scholarship in addition to being nominated by a peer, faculty, or staff member.

o   Sophomore or Junior | 1 recipient | $10,000 scholarship

o   Nominee is a first-generation student who demonstrates involvement in being civically engaged.

Submit nominations through the Butler Center for Service and Leadership portal on OrgSyncAward finalists will be notified by email and asked to interview with the selection committee at the end of March and beginning of April. If you have any questions regarding nominations, contact the Butler Center at 305-284-4483 or at leadandserve@miami.edu.

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