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UM Strikes Gold, Recognized for Wellness for Sixth Year In a Row

Fit Friendly Gold

Jessica Hershberger, senior Heart Walk director, presents Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources, with the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Gold Award.

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Miami has been named a Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association. “We recognize employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health,” said Jessica Hershberger, senior Heart Walk director with the Miami Heart Walk. “We want to reward organizations for their progressive leadership and concern for their staff.”

The Fit-Friendly Gold Award honors the University for its continued progress in promoting workplace wellness programs and facilities. “Receiving this award gives us something to strive for each year,” said Nerissa Morris, vice president of human resources. “It challenges us to continue to raise the bar on our wellness programs.”

The University’s wellness programs include an annual Week of Well-Being; wellness centers on the Coral Gables and Miller School of Medicine campuses; a wellness incentives program in which employees can earn up to $300 cash; Walking ’Canes, Be Smoke Free, and Weight Watchers at Work programs; and free preventive care benefits for faculty and staff who are on a UM health care plan.

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HR Director Appointed to Professional Association Board

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris

Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources, has been tapped to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, which serves more than 20,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 1,900 member organizations. She joined the board on July 1.

Morris has been a member of CUPA-HR for seven years and was a participant in the association’s 2015-16 emerging leader program. She also has served on the association’s public policy committee and has presented at two CUPA-HR annual conferences.

Prior to joining the University in 2009, Morris worked in HR for the Ford Motor Company for 22 years, serving as the corporation’s human resources manager for global information technology, with responsibility for information technology professionals in the Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.


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UM Comes Together for a Week of Well-Being


UM Comes Together for a Week of Well-Being

It started with a fitness boot camp and ended with Zumba. And in between were one-hour Vinyasa yoga classes, meditation sessions with a Buddhist monk, cooking demonstrations, an inspirational talk by CNN Hero Robyn Benincasa, a course on investing wisely, and wellness fairs featuring free massages, snacks, giveaways, and complimentary vision screenings. UM’s fourth annual Week of Well-Being delivered in all categories, benefitting not only faculty, staff, and students but the South Florida community with a food drive for Camillus House. View the slideshow below and take a survey to help plan and improve next year’s WOW.

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’Canes Help Reduce the Risk of Home Fires


’Canes Help Reduce the Risk of Home Fires

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UM Day of Service

A team of UM employees visits a Sweetwater residence to distribute information on fire safety.

SWEETWATER, Fla. (March 3, 2016) — Armed with stepladders, power drills, and other supplies, 80 University of Miami employees fanned out into the Miami-Dade city of Sweetwater last Thursday to help residents reduce the risk of fire in their homes, installing smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing smoke detectors, and delivering fire-safety information.

The UM Day of Service was all in support of the American Red Cross’s “25! Alive” Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, a nationwide initiative aimed at reducing the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years.

UM employees joined about 200 other volunteers from area companies to successfully install more than 760 smoke alarms.

Joined by Joe Natoli, senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer, and Nerissa Morris, vice president for human resources, UM teams also assisted residents in developing fire escape plans and completing fire-safety checklists.

“Fire can be so devastating and can destroy not only material things, but also human lives,” said Donaldo Gonzalez from Medical Human Resources. ‘The work we did today was important, and I’m happy to have been given the opportunity to do my part.”

View the photo gallery.



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UM Holds Veterans Career Fair on November 10

The University of Miami is holding a Veterans Career Fair at the BankUnited Center on Tuesday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its search for qualified, U.S. military veterans to join the Miami Hurricanes family. Full-time positions are now open in the areas of medicine (nursing and paramedics), information technology, security, facilities, and administrative services.

From health and wellness to income protection and retirement savings, the University’s total rewards package is designed to help faculty and staff balance work and personal obligations.

Veterans can apply today at miami.edu/careers, and identify themselves as a U.S. military veteran on their applications.

On-site interviews will be conducted during the career fair. Applicants should dress professionally and bring three copies of their résumé and a complete list of the positions they have applied for or are interested in.

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