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Miller Family’s $55M Gift Lifts Miller School, Momentum2 Over Goal

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Miller Family’s $55M Gift Lifts Miller School, Momentum2 Over Goal


UM President Donna E. Shalala thanks Stuart Miller for his family's $55 million Momentum2 gift.

UM President Donna E. Shalala thanks Stuart Miller for his family’s $55 million Momentum2 gift.

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Capping President Donna E. Shalala’s last commencement ceremony, Stuart Miller, chair of UM’s Board of Trustees and the Miller School of Medicine Momentum2 campaign, announced a “breakthrough” gift of $55 million from his family on May 9. The gift from UM’s longtime supporters was greeted with cheers by the medical school graduates, faculty, families and friends, and lifted the University over its $1.6 billion Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami goal, a stunning accomplishment that occurred more than a year ahead of schedule.

The Miller family’s gift will provide $50 million to build a new state-of-the-art medical education building on the campus of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, which surpassed its school-based $1 billion fundraising goal. The remaining $5 million will support the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music.

Combined with the $1.4 billion raised during the first Momentum campaign, President Shalala, who is stepping down at the end of the academic year, has raised more than $3 billion during a stellar 14-year term as president.

The total of $1,618,034,779 raised to date for Momentum2 is from a record 137,890 donors. During the campaign, donors contributed 261 gifts of $1 million or more. A total of 30 endowed chairs and professorships also were established, which will have a significant and enduring impact on the recruitment of outstanding faculty. The campaign also generated unprecedented levels of giving from University alumni, trustees, and parents, with total contributions from alumni at $401 million, trustees at $302 million, and parents at over $123 million. More than 30 percent of M2’s donors are alumni, constituting the largest number of alumni donations in UM’s campaign history.

Momentum2 was launched publicly in February 2012 with a lead gift of $100 million from the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Other high notes include nearly $202 million raised for scholarships and student support, and more than $226 million for buildings and equipment, including 28 facility projects that will transform the face of the University in the years ahead. UM already has seen the impact of the campaign through the recent onset of construction or openings of the Donna E. Shalala Student Center, the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence, The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, the Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, and the renovations of the Toppel Career Center and the Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life.

“Our family couldn’t be prouder of our commitment to the University,”  Stuart Miller said. “We felt our gift was a significant way to continue the advancement of the UM medical school enterprise that is such an important segment of our community, to honor President Shalala’s many contributions to the University and our community, and to recognize the leadership of Momentum2 campaign co-chairs Leonard and Jayne Abess, and Sergio Gonzalez and his team, whose tireless efforts have made it all possible. Our community has a lot to be proud of. Raising $3 billion is an incredible feat.”

The Millers are one of Miami’s most distinguished and civically engaged families, and their latest gift builds on the family’s $100 million donation to UM in November 2004, the largest gift from a family in University history, which named the school in honor of the late Leonard M. Miller, a UM lifetime trustee and former chair of the UM Board of Trustees. In October, UM announced that The Lennar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Lennar Corporation—which Leonard Miller founded and where his son Stuart, the current chair of the UM board, is chief executive officer —gave a lead gift of $50 million to make possible The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the Coral Gables Campus. Including their most recent gift, the Miller family’s total giving to the University represents more than $221 million investment in higher education and health care.

“The Miller family truly believes in the University of Miami,” said President Shalala. “This latest gift to fund a new educational building for our Miller School of Medicine is an investment in a new generation of leaders in medicine and health care. Ultimately, our entire community will benefit from this gift.”

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth, who led the $1 billion campaign for the Miller School with Stuart Miller, said, “The Miller family’s exceptional generosity will allow UM to attract and train the very best and brightest medical students, who will now be educated in the most technically advanced educational environment in the country, and to transform health care not only for South Florida, but for the entire U.S. and beyond.”

The Miller family’s philanthropy has touched many areas of the University, including the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and the Braman Miller Center for Jewish Student Life at UM Hillel. Both Leonard Miller and his wife, Sue, received honorary doctoral degrees from UM, and Stuart is a University of Miami alumnus. In addition, Stuart’s brother, Jeffrey, and brother-in-law and UM trustee Steven Saiontz also graduated from the University. His sister, Leslie, is a well-known philanthropist in the community.

The capital campaign has been led by a prominent and dedicated group of volunteers who serve as university-wide campaign chairs and vice chairs and school-based campaign chairs.

“This campaign has been about people wanting to make a difference in the world and giving to an institution that does so much for our community and beyond,” said Leonard Abess, former chair of UM’s Board of Trustees and Momentum2 co-chair with his wife, Jayne. “We salute the Miller family and believe that their dedication will inspire others to continue to support an institution that truly benefits the people of South Florida.”

The University’s first billion-dollar fundraising effort, Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami, surpassed its $1 billion goal ahead of schedule and then went on to raise an unprecedented total of $1.4 billion by its completion in 2007. That marked the first time that a private university established in the 20th century had reached a billion-dollar fundraising goal.

“The Miller family has been crucial in the success of both Momentum campaigns,” said Sergio M. Gonzalez, UM Senior Vice President for University Advancement and External Affairs. “Their extraordinary generosity has raised the bar on philanthropic leadership in a way that is deeply personal, inspiring, and humbling. We are so grateful to all our donors who helped us surpass the $3 billion milestone. Every gift is making a meaningful and lasting difference.”

To learn more about the University of Miami’s successful Momentum2 campaign, visit www.miami.edu/m2.

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Brats, Baseball, and Brains: UM Celebrates 10th Family Day with the Miami Marlins


It wasn’t just another day at the ballpark, but a festive outing that celebrated outgoing UM President Donna E. Shalala’s remarkable 14-year tenure, the dedication of UM faculty and staff, their bonds with family, friends, and colleagues, and the promise of bright, young minds. The University of Miami’s annual Family Day with the Miami Marlins, held Saturday at Marlins Park in Little Havana, was all that and more. At the West Plaza, thousands of UM employees and their families and friends visited the Faculty and Staff Thank U tent, where they received orange U rally towels and enjoyed a panoply of pregame festivities, including face painting, autograph sessions with current and former Marlins players, photo opportunities with the Sebastian the Ibis and Billy the Marlin, and more.

Shalala, who was feted with a video tribute that played on the park’s jumbo screen, and UM Police Chief David Rivero threw out first pitches before the Marlins blasted the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 in a stadium dotted with ’Canes waving those orange towels and pumping orange-and-green foam Us given to those who arrived early. But the Marlins weren’t the only winners, as the Miami Marlins Community Foundation awarded two generous scholarships to deserving ’Canes—Chelsea Mulkey, for her studies in the School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration Program, and the School of Communication’s Daniel New, who received the Suzanne Rayson Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism. Rayson, who served as the Marlins director of broadcasting from 2002 to 2008, passed away after a battle with cancer.

An estimated 19,000 UM employees and their guests participated in this year’s Family Day with the Marlins, the tradition begun 10 years ago to show the U’s appreciation for faculty and staff, who in addition to transforming lives every day through teaching, research, and service, have contributed more than $35 million to Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

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School of Architecture Awarded Knight Grant to Create ‘Third Places’


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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 16, 2015)—The School of Architecture has received $650,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its plan to bring “third places”— community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers—to two underserved Miami neighborhoods.

The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives, and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, which have not yet been selected, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. The project also will help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture, and entertainment. The grant supports Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

“A major challenge in the Miami metro area is the disconnect between extraordinarily wealthy neighborhoods and boom areas and long-struggling urban neighborhoods such as Allapatah, Little Haiti, and Opa-locka,” said Charles Bohl, associate professor and the director of the graduate program in Real Estate Development + Urbanism at the School of Architecture. “The Third Place Project is designed to draw on the unique cultures, social capital, and entrepreneurial talent in these neighborhoods and establish focal points – ‘third places’ capable of attracting people to visit these neighborhoods and participate in their local economies.”

“By activating neighborhoods with a high rate of entrepreneurial activity but few resources, we can bridge gaps in Miami’s innovation ecosystem and ensure a constant diversity of ideas,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami. “The Third Place Project will grow and foster the unique character and qualities of these neighborhoods, bringing the ideas of entrepreneurs, artists, and others into the forefront and making Miami more of a place where ideas are built.”

The Third Place Project will combine expertise from the School of Architecture in architecture and placemaking with University of Miami programs in business and social entrepreneurship. Other university departments involved in the Third Place Project include the Center for Urban and Community Design, the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, as well as business startup and support programs at the School of Business Administration. The project also will support weeklong residencies with nationally recognized “civic innovators” who will come to Miami and work with students, faculty, local entrepreneurs, and nonprofits.

The University project team will work with local nonprofits and other interested parties to identify and secure sites that have the best potential to serve as gathering places. Architecture faculty and students will help adapt existing buildings, or create inexpensive, moveable incubator structures—“pop-up” buildings—to house entrepreneurs and vendors. Incubator structures will be arranged to create market places in public spaces or main streets that showcase the mix of art, commerce, food, and entertainment.

Dozens of vendors, artists, and entrepreneurs will receive training and other opportunities through the project. The incubator spaces created by the project will provide inexpensive space for startups in each community, and expand economic opportunities for local nonprofits and local development organizations. The project also will train nonprofit place managers to continue curating, marketing, and managing these places to sustain the project.

“The School of Architecture has a long history of helping to reshape and revitalize the South Florida community,” said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the School of Architecture. “We are pleased that Knight Foundation has chosen to support this unique project that will have a lasting impact on communities in need of assistance.”

As defined by sociologist Ray Oldenberg, “third places” are the essential, informal public gathering places of great neighborhoods and communities. They are the cafes, taverns, public markets, and main streets where people from all walks of life come together. In poorer, ethnically distinct neighborhoods these places also have provided opportunities for local entrepreneurs to celebrate the unique art, culture, cuisine, crafts, architecture, and commerce of their people. In gateway cities, “third places” such as Little Italy in New York, Chinatown in San Francisco, and Little Havana in Miami, have become destinations for an endless stream of visitors who help foster the local economy.

The Third Place Project is currently evaluating project sites and is slated to begin work during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Support for The Third Place Project forms part of the Knight Foundation’s efforts to invest in Miami’s emerging innovators and entrepreneurs as a tool to build community, while fostering talent and expanding economic opportunity. Over the past two years, Knight has made more than 100 investments in entrepreneurship in South Florida.

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Knight Foundation Grant to Help Fund New Recital Hall

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Knight Foundation Grant to Help Fund New Recital Hall


By Julia Berg
Special to UM News

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The generous gift will enable the Frost School of Music to move forward with the final design and construction of a “high-tech recital hall befitting its reputation.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 20, 2015) — The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music at the University of Miami was awarded a $7.5 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to name and support construction of a new John S. and James L. Knight Recital Hall at the Frost School of Music, on UM’s Coral Gables campus.

Announced by Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, at a March 8 community gathering at the Perez Art Museum Miami, the generous gift will be  combined with other donor pledges, including $2 million from the Paul J. DiMare Foundation and $1.2 million from Dorothy and David Weaver, to  enable the Frost School of Music to move forward with the final design and construction of the estimated $15 million project.

Knight Foundation’s naming gift also puts the Frost School of Music over its $40 million fundraising goal for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

The Frost School, Ibargüen said, is already considered one of the top music schools in the country and will now “build a high-tech recital hall befitting its reputation.”

He announced the gift in conjunction with a total $25 million Knight Foundation investment in South Florida that also includes $5 million for the Perez Art Museum Miami, and $5 million for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. The balance will be allocated to fund challenge seed grants via the Knight Arts Challenge in South Florida through 2018.

“Great art defines and lifts the soul of a community. The arts create a sense of place and help bind us to each other with common experience. They help us explain the way we feel and represent who we are,” Ibargüen said. “Knight’s goal is to help build the community we all want to live in, a community where art is general and available to everyone, in all of our neighborhoods.”

The new Knight Recital Hall at the Frost School of Music, which is planned to seat approximately 200, will be designed for live acoustic and recorded music presentations, live streaming, multi-camera video projection, and other high-tech capabilities that will help meet the growing interactive performance needs of students and faculty of the Frost School, as well as the surrounding community.

The school presents more than 350 high-quality concerts, recitals, and events each academic year.

“This incredible endorsement from Knight Foundation will enable the Frost School of Music to build its vision of the recital hall of the future, with emphases on how to bring young audiences to classical and other treasured art music, partner with other arts organizations both regionally and nationally to premiere interactive multi-media creations, and broadcast the creativity of our students and faculty in groundbreaking ways,” said Shelly Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music.

Knight Foundation’s generosity has recently funded other key institutions in the Miami region, including a naming gift for the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and major support for New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, and Miami International Film Festival. Through the Knight Arts Challenge it continues to fund grassroots artists and arts organizations annually “that are providing fresh and innovative work so that everyone has a chance to make their idea a reality.”

The Frost School of Music was a recipient of a $500,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant three years ago to build its Henry Mancini Institute’s HMI: Outbound community outreach music program, to bring high-quality genre-blending chamber music programming to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and numerous public schools in Miami-Dade County.

The University of Miami recently dedicated its new Patricia Louise Frost Music Studios, a 41,089-square-foot twin-building complex featuring 77 multi-purpose chamber music and teaching studios, two extra-large studios, a reception and information center, and a furnished breezeway. Designed by award-winning architects Yann Weymouth and HOK and built by Skanska USA, the facility is touted as the first building project in Coral Gables designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, with sustainable features such as energy-efficient windows, rooftop solar panels, and cisterns that reduce water and electricity usage.

The complex was made possible by the benefactors, Phillip and Patricia Frost, whose landmark gift back in 2003 renamed UM’s music school in their honor. Featuring a new grand entrance into the school, the studios honor Patricia Frost’s lifelong commitment to music education as an elementary school principal and higher education advocate.

Julia Berg can be reached at 305-284-4895.

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Coastal Construction Funds Design Studio Building for School of Architecture

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Coastal Construction Funds Design Studio Building for School of Architecture


The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building is being designed by Miami's world-renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica.

The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building is being designed by Miami’s world-renowned architecture firm Arquitectonica.

By Annette Gallagher
Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 23, 2015) – Coastal Construction, a major builder in South Florida, has pledged $3.5 million to construct a state-of-the-art design studio building at the University of Miami School of Architecture. The gift will support Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

Tom Murphy Jr., president and CEO of Coastal Construction, is passionate about supporting education in architecture and, in fact, got his start while a UM student, working on fraternity houses.

“My family has been building in Florida for over 60 years,” Murphy said. “Learning to design buildings using the latest technology in a collaborative environment is critical to being able to create cities and communities that will last. My family is proud to be able to provide this facility for UM students to learn to build, to create, and to work together.”

The Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building will be LEED-certified and include studios to accommodate about 120 students. A fabrication lab and modern workstations, designed to enable advanced digital production, will be included as well. A lounge, computer lab, presentation areas, review spaces, and offices are additional amenities. The building is being designed by world-renowned Miami architecture firm Arquitectonica, by a design team led by School of Architecture adjunct faculty member Raymond Fort and Arquitectonica principal Bernardo Fort-Brescia, who moved to Miami in 1975 to teach at the School of Architecture. The facility will occupy about 20,000 square feet, including outdoor workspace and an outdoor jury area, when completed.

“We are determined to provide our students with state-of-the-art facilities that sustain our traditions and enable innovation,” said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the UM School of Architecture. “I can’t think of a better learning and working environment than the Studio Building—elegantly designed and masterfully engineered to house a field of activities under one sweeping roof —where our talented students can collectively immerse themselves in our studio culture. We are grateful to Tom Murphy and Coastal Construction for enabling us to take that culture to the next level.”

 

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