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Iron Arrow Taps 20 Stellar Inductees


With the telltale beating of a single drum and a tap on the shoulder with an iron arrow, members of the Iron Arrow Honor Society renewed one of the U’s greatest traditions during homecoming week, marching across the University in a solemn procession to bestow one of the U’s greatest honors: membership in the organization that recognizes students, faculty, staff, and alumni who exemplify love of alma mater, character, leadership, scholarship, and humility.

In addition to stellar faculty–Faculty Senate Chair Tomas Salerno, a renowned cardiac surgeon at the Miller School of Medicine, the School of Communication’s Tsitsi Wakhisi, faculty advisor to The Miami Hurricane, and John Paul Russo, chair and founder of the Classics Department, among them–new members include many amazing students. Among them: UM dive captain Wally Layland, Emily Guilmette, captain of the Frost Band of the Hour marching band, and Chelsea-Jane “CJ’’ Arcalas, president of the Council of International Students and Organizations (COISO).

For a full list of the fall inductees, view Iron Arrow’s recent tappees.


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Iron Arrow Honor Society Tappees—Fall 2016

Honored Tappees – Fall 2016

Monica Bustinza — President, Get Out the Vote; Founder, Meals From the Heart; Workshops Chair, Patricia A. Whitely Women’s Leadership Symposium; Transfer Senator, Student Government; Fellow, Campus Vote Project; Student Representative, White House Civic Workshop; Service Learning Volunteer, Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy; Women in Public Service Scholarship, American Society for Public Administration; Newman Civic Fellow

Natalie Diala — President, National Pan-Hellenic Council; President, A Week for Life; Historian, Community Service Chair, and Social Action Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated; Vice President, Public Relations Student Society of America; Counselor, Horizons; Planning Committee Designee, LeaderShape South Florida; Marketing Chair, Miss University of Miami; Ronald A. Hammond Scholar; Dean’s Student Circle, School of Communication

Vicky Egusquiza — President, Parent Medical Association; President, Medical Alumni Association; Alpha Omega Alpha; Phi Beta Kappa; Voluntary Faculty, UM Pediatric Department; Voted America’s Top Pediatrician; Member, Miami Circle; Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics; Bylaws and Credentialing Committees, Miami Children’s Hospital; News Bureau Consultant, Baptist and Palmetto General Hospitals

Frank Eismont — Esteemed Member, UM Operating Room, Graduate Medical Education & Underwriting Committees; Chairman, UM/Jackson Orthopedic Residency Education Program; Cgaur, AIA Emerging Leaders Committee; Board of Directors, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery; 2005 Thomas Whitecloud Award; 2004 Russell Hibbs Award; 2003 ACGME Parker J. Palmer ‘Courage to Teach’ Award

Lance Harke — President, Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce; President, Miami Shores Bar Association; President, Legal Services of Greater Miami; Peter T. Fay American Inn of Court / Barrister; Order of the Coif; Soia Mentschikoff Award for Excellence in Writing; Inductee, Legal Services of Greater Miami Hall of Fame; Miami Shores Citizen of the Year; Omicron Delta Kappa

Osamudia James — UM Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion; UM Promotions & Tenure Committee; Tenured Liaison, School of Law Junior Faculty Development Steering Committee; AAUP Litigation Committee; UM SEEDS Grant Recipient; Miami Law BLSA & ACLS Celebrating Outstanding Faculty Member Award; Legacy Miami Magazine South Florida’s Top Black Educators; Lawyers of Color 50 Under 50 Honoree; Derrick A. Bell Award Recipient

Noor Joudi — Student Trustee, UM Board of Trustees; Executive President, UMMSM Student Government; Class President, Class of 2018 Council; Chair, Admissions and Student Services Student Committee, ISA Steering Committee Member, LCME Re- accreditation Process; President, UM Muslim Association; Pre-Clinical Director, OB/ GYN Interest Group; 18th World Congress of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Award

Brad Kaaya — 3-year starting Quarterback, UM Football; Team Captain; 4th in Miami history for career passing yards; 23rd Annual Walter Kichefski Endowed Football Scholarship Award; Athlete Volunteer, F.S. Tucker and G.W. Carver Elementary schools; Three-year pen pal to elementary school children

Nicole Katz — Cultural Chair and Secretary of La Federacion de Estudiantes Cubanos, Recruitment Chair of Chi Omega Fraternity, President of Rho Lambda Honor Society, Student Government’s Health and Wellness Liaison, U-Outreach Marketing Chair and Elections Commissions Officer, Mentor for CaneBuddy, TedX Miami Logistics committee, Camp Kesem Miami Counselor, Hecht College Council, President’s 100

James “Jim” Joseph Larrañaga — Two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, 2012-13 and 2015-16; National Coach of the Year by four separate awarding organizations, 2012- 13; Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, 2012-13 and 2015-16; Led UM to No. 2 National Ranking; ACC regular season and ACC Tournament titles; No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament, 2012-13

Sandra Lemmon — Director, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine MD-PhD Program; 2015 UM Graduate School Best Graduate Program Director Award; 2010 Lawrence Gibert Distinguished Seminar Lecturer

Ilana Mayer-Hirshfield — President, Regional Chief Information Officer; Latino Medical Student Association; CAC Assistant Director for On-Campus Enrollment; Translator Coordinator, DOCS; Events Coordinator, Fall Ball Chair, UMMSM Executive Student Government; MD/MPH Ambassador, Academic Societies; Vice-President, Jewish American Medical Student Association; Vice-President, Hispanic American Medical Student Association

Kierin Mukerjee — Chair, Football Chair, and Basketball Chair, Category 5 Spirit Programming Board; Recruitment and Retention Chair, National Gandhi Day of Service; Public Relations Vice Chair, School of Business Administration Senator, Student Government Senate; Individual Development Chair, Canes Catalyst; Committee on Student Organizations; President’s 100; Student Ambassador, Student Alumni Association; Omicron Delta Kappa; Foote Fellow; Isaac Singer Scholar; Bermont Carlin Scholar; Honors Research Scholar

Alexis Musick — President & Founder, Nourish International; Co-President, UM Alternative Breaks; Programming & Logistics Coordinator, Treasurer, Camp Kesem Miami; President & Project Coordinator, Art of Healing; Elections Commissioner, Campus Liaison Council, Freshman Leadership Council, Student Government; Newman Civic Fellow; Omicron Delta Kappa

Nadee Nissanka — Parliamentarian, Secretary, Vice President, Biomedical Graduate Student Government; PIBS Student Mentor; BGSG Teaching and Learning Committee; Exhibit Leader, Brain Fair; 2016 NIH/NIDDK F31 Fellowship; Bursary Travel Award for Mitocholdrial Medicine: Developing New Treatments for Mitochondrial Disease Conference; 2016 GSA Academic Excellence, Leadership and Service Award

Adrian Nuñez — Founder and Executive Director, TEDxUMiami; Program Coordinator, Orientation; Program Coordinator, Great Start; Freshman Leadership Council Project Coordinator, Student Government; Spirit Day Event Chair and King and Queen Chair, Homecoming Executive Committee; Committee Member, Miss University of Miami; Ambassador, Preisdent’s 100; Mentee, NASPA Undergraduate Fellow Program

Ashley Pittaluga — Vice-President, Student Government; Freshman Leadership Council Project Coordinator; Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, & Hurricane Howl Co-Chair, Homecoming Executive Committee; Board of Trustees Undergraduate Representative; UM Representative, NACA Leadership Institute; 2015 Iron Arrow Sophomore Leadership Award

Daniel Salahuddin — Gold Humanism Honor Society; Miller School of Medicine Admissions Committee; DOCS – Stonybrook Community Assistant Project Manager; Certified Application Counselor; President, Family Medicine Interest Group First Year Representative; Vice President, Student National Medical Association; Assistant Trip Coordinator, Caneshare; Global Health Scholar Award Recipient.

Allison Silverstein — Alpha Omega Alpha; Research Associate, Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship; President, American Medical Women’s Association and Pediatrics Interest Group; Past National Board, Region 4 Director of the American Medial Women’s Association; Assistant Logistics Coordinator, & Project Manager, Department of Community Service, Trainer and Mentor, UMMSM Academic Societies

Samantha Spring — 2nd Vice President & Recording Secretary, Zeta Tau Alpha; Florida Zeta Lady Award; Vice President of Recruitment, UM Panhellenic Association; Secretary, Rho Lambda Honor Society; Vice Chair, Rathskellar Advisory Board; Outstanding Panhellenic Sophomore and Junior awards; Foote Fellow

Connor Verheyen — President, UConnect Undergraduate Research and Networking Organization; Chair, Engineering Student Ambassadors; Co-Founder, Co-President and National Liaison, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science; Foote Fellow Mentor; Stamps & Singer Scholarship Interviewer; Amgen Scholar; Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Kevin Weaver — Program Leader, Department of Orientation; Marketing Intern, Athletics Department; Sigma Phi Epsilon; President’s 100; Executive Committee Homecoming; Clinton Global Initiative University Participant

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Submit Your Iron Arrow Nominations by September 12

Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attainable at the University of Miami, is currently accepting recommendations for induction for the Fall 2016 semester. If you know a phenomenal ’Cane whose work and contributions exemplify leadership, character, scholarship, humility, and love of alma mater, please consider recommending them for membership. Write a brief description of their accomplishments (no more than one typed page) along with an explanation of why you feel they deserve this honor. You may also submit their resume along with your description. Remember to keep your recommendation confidential.

Email your recommendation(s) to ironarrow@miami.edu or via the Iron Arrow website no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, September 12.

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With an Iron Arrow and Dose of Deception, Honor Society Taps 31 New Members

Faculty Senate Vice Chair Sam Terilli is among 31 new Iron Arrow members.

Faculty Senate Vice Chair Sam Terilli is among 31 new Iron Arrow members.

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 18, 2016) — Journalism Professor Sam Terilli was waiting, impatiently, in the School of Communication courtyard Thursday morning for a meeting with a couple of University of Miami trustees and potential donors. They were late and he was ready to leave. He had a class to teach.

But Terilli, the second vice chair of the Faculty Senate and chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Management, would not make it to his class. Instead, he was about to become one of 31 new members inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society. As the procession of solemn society members approached Terilli to tap his shoulder with an iron arrow, present a distinctive Seminole patchwork jacket, and mark his forehead with three stripes, Paul Driscoll, vice dean of the School of Communication, ’fessed up. The courtyard meeting was a complete ruse, and much of Terilli’s day would be consumed by rituals associated with the University’s highest honor and oldest tradition.

“It’s a wonderful honor,” Terilli, the former general counsel for the Miami Herald Publishing Company who joined the faculty in 2003, said. “But right now it’s a little overwhelming. I have a lot of rescheduling to do.”

And so it went across the University last week, when other unsuspecting and often stunned faculty, staff, students, and alumni were lured by phony meetings, fake invitations, and other subterfuge to their own tapping ceremonies for embodying good character, leadership, scholarship, and humility and demonstrating a love of alma mater.

The other Spring 2016 Iron Arrow inductees are:

Farah Barquero

Sophie Braga de Barros

Nicole Chabloz

Leen Dahman

Kayla Derby

Colton Freitas

Brian Goldenberg

Kenneth Goodman

Nika Hosseini

Abdul-Hadi Kaakour

Quinlan Kasal

Aqeel Khanani

Sarah King

Joshua Kronenfeld

Manish Kuchakulla

Adam J. Lawrence

Kara McCormack

Morgan Owens

Jeremy Penn

Matthew Phillips

David T. Poole

Aalekhya Reddam

Janyl Relling

Dennis Scholl

Briana Scott

Jeffrey Sznapstajler

Deandre Tate-Drummer

Albert J. Varon

Stephanie Wagner

David Wyman



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Iron Arrow Honor Society Seeks Nominations by January 27

Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor attainable at the University of Miami, is accepting recommendations for induction for the spring 2016 semester. If you know a phenomenal ’Cane whose work and contributions exemplify leadership, character, scholarship, humility, and love of alma mater, please consider recommending him or her for membership. Write a brief description of their accomplishments (no more than one typed page) along with an explanation of why you feel they deserve this honor. You may also submit a resume along with your description. Remember to keep your recommendation confidential.

Email your recommendation(s) to ironarrow@miami.edu or via its website no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27.


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