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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Radiologist Jorge Guerra Loves Building Bridges—to Students, Patients, and Alumni


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Jorge Guerra Jr.

Former administrator and faculty member Jorge Guerra, B.S. ’68, M.D. ’72, has watched the University of Miami’s national reputation for excellence grow over the past four decades. A recently retired professor in the Department of Radiology at the Miller School of Medicine, Guerra also has contributed to the University’s success, donating annually to his alma mater for the past 34 years.

“It’s been very exciting to see the ascent of our University,” says Guerra, who completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach after earning his medical degree in 1972.

Board-certified by the American Board of Radiology, Guerra is a specialist in vascular interventional radiology and loves taking care of patients. He also was involved in the medical school’s administration for 15 years, working closely with its partners, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the VA Hospital, which both contribute to the school’s excellent training program.

“I am deeply committed to academic medicine,” he says. “I’m very proud of the Miller School’s role in educating the next generation of physicians, providing excellent clinical services, and growing our research programs in a challenging economic environment. I also believe it is important to build strong ties between medical students and alumni. After all, we alumni were all students once, and they will be our alumni in the future.”

In keeping with his commitment, Guerra has contributed annually to the University through the United Way since 1980. He also has helped fund scholarships for medical students and donated to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center for medical research. Guerra’s continued generosity earned him membership in the University’s Loyalty Society, which honors alumni donors who make gifts for two or more consecutive years.

“I feel very closely connected to the University of Miami as my alma mater as well as my former employer,” Guerra says. “I have seen so much progress over the years, and I know that my gifts, regardless of size, do make a difference.”

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Frost School of Music Lecturer Leaves a Legacy for Future Students


Devin Marsh

Devin Marsh

As a teacher, Devin Marsh shares his considerable energy and vast experience in the music world with his students every day. But the lecturer in the Frost School of Music’s Media Writing and Production program yearned to do more. “That’s why I designated the University as the beneficiary in my will,” Marsh says. “In that way, my planned gift will help provide financial assistance to talented music students in the future.”

A native of Florida, Marsh studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, on a Gary Burton Scholarship, later continuing his studies at UM, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in music education in 1991, a Master of Music in media writing and production in 2004, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition in 2007. In addition to teaching, he is an accomplished performer, writer, arranger, and instrumentalist who toured internationally with his Caribbean band, Nori Nori. He has composed, recorded, and produced music for films, commercials, ballets, dance groups, and other artists while managing his Miami-based commercial recording facility, The Chill Lodge.

At the University, where Marsh has been employed for more than a decade, he helped develop the Frost School of Music’s technology program, designed studios, and is always eager to help student performers. “From building performance skills to writing and producing for other artists, our students are well prepared for careers in the music industry,” he says. “I encourage them to listen, practice, be open-minded, and learn how to run a business. Every day brings a new lesson.”

Marsh also serves as the director of broadcasting and of sound and recording at the Arthur & Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts magnet school—one of several sites that benefit from the Frost School’s MusicReach mentorship program. Through MusicReach, UM students mentor and teach young musicians. “Music can help young students develop their sense of responsibility and take pride in their accomplishments,” Marsh says.

Reflecting on those themes, Marsh says UM employees can enjoy the personal satisfaction of making a financial contribution to their school, department, institute, or program. As he says, “With a planned gift, you can help ensure the future of our great University.”

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Stamps Scholars Begin a New Year of Enrichment and Opportunity


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UM's Stamp Scholars began the 2014 academic year by meeting New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, center, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who delivered the New Student Convocation address.

UM’s new Stamp Scholars began the 2014 academic year by meeting New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, center, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who delivered the New Student Convocation address.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 26, 2014) – With the University of Miami’s fall semester under way, 41 top students from across the nation are studying on campus as both new and returning Stamps Scholars.

The Stamps Scholarships, which provide tuition plus extensive enrichment opportunities to outstanding academic achievers and talented students, are funded by the generosity of Penny and E. Roe Stamps through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation and the University of Miami.

The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation partners with visionary colleges and universities to award multi-year scholarships to select students from a wide array of disciplines. The Stamps Scholarships are UM’s most generous scholarly awards.

Penny and E. Roe Stamps are campaign vice chairs for Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami. Roe Stamps is a member of UM’s Board of Trustees and the Visiting Committee at the Frost School of Music.

“The University is very grateful to the Stamps family,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “Stamps Scholarships enable the University to attract exceptional students and provide support for them to realize their ambitions and to develop their skills. These inspiring students will be our future leaders.”

Said Roe Stamps, “Penny and I are excited to support a record number of Stamps Scholars at the University of Miami this fall. The University’s support of these ambitious, talented students through outstanding advising and educational programs enhances their opportunities and ensures a brighter future for us all.”

Seventeen of the 41 students represent various disciplines as Stamps Leadership Scholars. This elite academic award provides driven and talented scholars opportunities for professional and leadership development in the fields of research, policy, technology, business, industry, government, health care, and education. Stamps Leadership Scholars are eligible to receive funding for study abroad, undergraduate research, internships, conferences, and leadership development opportunities.

Twenty-three scholars will participate in the program as Stamps Music Scholars at the Frost School of Music. Nineteen of them will perform in four different Stamps Distinguished Ensembles throughout their undergraduate years. The Stamps Distinguished Ensembles include the Stamps String Quartet, Stamps Woodwind Quintet, Stamps Brass Quintet, and Stamps Jazz Quintet.

One student is awarded the honor of serving as the E. Roe Stamps Baseball Pitcher. The recognition goes to UM baseball player Andrew Suarez this academic year.

This year’s incoming Stamps Leadership Scholars are Earl Generato, Pembroke Pines, Fla., biomedical engineering; Aditya Shah, Germantown, Tenn., health sector management and policy, biology; Gururaj Shriram, Miramar, Fla., computer science; Sabrina Xiao, River Edge, N.J., biochemistry, political science; Kristiana Yao, Naperville, Ill., public health.

The incoming Stamps Music Scholars are instrumental performance majors and will comprise the Stamps String Quartet: Jacques Gadway, violin, Homestead, Fla.; Tommy Johnson, violin, Florissant, Mo.; Stephen Huber Weber, viola, Geneva, Fla.; Sarah Huesman, cello, Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Through the generous support of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, I was able to attend the University of Miami,” said Stamps Scholar Aaron Kruger. “This investment in my potential will allow me to attend medical school and eventually work at a hospital as a medical researcher, teacher, and clinician.”

Beginning in 2006 at their alma maters, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Penny and E. Roe Stamps created merit scholarship programs for undergraduates. The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation expanded its reach with similar programs at the University of Miami in 2009, and in 2010 at Barry University, Caltech, University of Florida, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and UCLA. Since then, the list has grown to 41 academic institutions including the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Professor Ensures Architecture Students Have the Chance to Explore Italy’s Treasures


Thomas Spain

Thomas Spain

Professor Thomas Spain, M.A. ’70, who joined the School of Architecture in 1966, still remembers taking his—and the school’s—first study trip to Rome in 1999. “For me, it was just an overwhelming experience,” he says. “I had never been to Europe before, and I was like a kid in a candy store.” Since that trip, Spain has returned to Rome many times as a drawing instructor for students in UM’s Rome Program, contributing his artistic talent, teaching skills, and financial support.

Now a member of the school’s senior faculty, Spain is a key donor for the annual School of Architecture Golf Tournament at the Biltmore Golf Course to benefit the Tom Spain Rome Program Endowment, which was established in his honor, and scholarships for the Rome Program. The program has grown through the years and now includes visits to Venice and Florence, Italy.

With his wife, Dona, B.Arch. ’91, M.Arch. ’92, historical resources director for the City of Coral Gables, Spain has helped raise $210,000 for the scholarships, including his and his wife’s personal donations, in the past five years. “The Rome trip is such a terrific experience for our students that I wanted to make sure it continued,” Spain says.

A Virginia native who has enjoyed drawing all his life, Spain came to UM as an instructor 48 years ago. After serving in the military, he earned his master’s degree in painting and became a professor in the School of Architecture, where he has influenced multiple generations of students.

A master visual interpreter of architectural structures and places, Spain was invited to exhibit a collection of his drawings at the Coral Gables Museum in May 2013. The show, Thomas A. Spain: A Retrospective (1980-2012), featured more than 60 drawings in pencil, ink, watercolor, and chalk and included several lectures and drawing workshops for adults and teens. Some of those drawings are now on display at another retrospective of his work at the School of Architecture’s Irvin Korach Gallery.

Recalling his experiences sketching and drawing with students on the streets of Rome, Spain says, “Seeing the architectural treasures of Italy can be a life-changing experience. Through our endowment program, we provide that unique learning opportunity to students who otherwise couldn’t afford to travel. It’s very satisfying to give back to our University.”

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Chemist Makes a Difference on the Oceans and on Campus

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Chemist Makes a Difference on the Oceans and on Campus


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Frank Millero, Ph.D.

In his 48 years at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Frank Millero, professor of marine physical chemistry, has made significant scientific contributions to understanding the chemistry of seawater. He also has made generous philanthropic contributions to support RSMAS, athletics, the arts, and other areas close to his heart at the University of Miami.

Early in his career, Millero developed equations that are still used today to measure properties like density and salinity at varying ocean temperatures and pressures. After publishing more than 500 works with his colleagues—and several generations of graduate, undergraduate, and high school students—Millero is focusing on the role that oceans play in global climate change.

“About 40 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) we generate goes into the ocean, where it affects the world’s climate,” he says.  To gather more data, his research teams have traveled across the world measuring COlevels at different ocean depths in a project the National Science Foundation has funded for the past 20 years.

Millero grew up in Ohio and earned his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University. Deciding to pursue a career in science, he earned a doctorate in chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he tended bar for spending money and met his wife, Judith. They have three children: Marta Millero-Quincoses, B.B.A. ’95, a South Florida accountant; Frank III, who teaches at Pratt Institute in New York; and Anthony, who works in merchandising in New York.

“After taking a job with Esso in New Jersey, I decided to get back into academics,” he recalls. “I saw an article in Chemistry Engineering News about the University of Miami’s marine lab, flew down for the interview, and told my wife to pack up because we were moving to Miami.”

Soon after joining the UM faculty, Millero bought season tickets for Hurricanes football games and has renewed them every year. He also has remained active in sports. “I’ve run marathons, played football and volleyball, and still try to swim every day,” he notes.

He is just as committed to advancing the University, and has been a steady donor to the football team, the Lowe Art Museum and other arts programs, and the annual United Way campaign. “I think giving through the United Way is a great way to support your favorite UM school or program,” he says. “Our financial contributions really do make a difference.”

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