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Pooches Take the ‘Ruffness’ Out of Finals Week

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 9, 2014) – Solving differential equations, studying the applications of epistemology, and examining the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance and multidimensional spectroscopy can tax the brain circuits of even the brightest college kids. Fortunately, University of Miami students who have had their heads buried in the books for the past few days got a little relief last Tuesday from a few fury and friendly friends. During the popular Puppies on the Green event, adorable canines of all kinds fetched and frolicked with students, providing the perfect prescription to relieve the pressures and pain of final exams. UM’s Pre-Vet Society organized the K9 love-in, and One By One Dog Rescue, an organization dedicated to rehabilitating, training, and caring for mistreated and abandoned dogs, provided the pooches, all of which were up for adoption.

The pups weren’t the only de-stressors available to students. While some undergraduates and graduates found the solitude of the Richter Library to be the ideal study surroundings, others decided to do a little hanging out in the Palm Court area, relaxing in orange and green hammocks strung between trees while reading textbooks, writing final essays, or just catching a few winks. And on Friday, December 5, ’Canes Night Live, UM’s late-night programming board, held its final ’Canes After Dark of the fall semester—a Winter Wonderland-themed event featuring trucked-in, manmade snow on the Foote Green, hot cocoa, ornament making, and more. View the slideshow below.


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Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water Showcases Student Life Over the Decades


In University Archives, cheerleaders from another era sport an M rather than the now-familiar U.

University of Miami Libraries University Archives’ exhibition, Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water, is on display through January 2014 at the Otto G. Richter Library, and features photographs, fanfare, memorabilia, and publications that reflect student life at the University during the 1960s, 1980s, and early 2000s.

“There is a vibrant history here at UM,” says Koichi Tasa, University archivist and the exhibition’s lead curator. He notes that the exhibition’s title, the first line of the University’s Alma Mater, alludes to the timeless backdrop that unifies University athletics, student activities, and campus events across many generations.

Among the exhibition’s ’60s generation mementos is a vintage photograph of soul music pioneer Ray Charles performing at the UM Homecoming Concert in 1963, just two years after the University officially desegregated the campus. Research Services Supervisor Marcia Heath, a curator of the exhibition, said that Charles’s performance was a catalyst in raising morale among the student body during the racially charged period.

“These materials really show us where we’re coming from…how far we’ve come,” she said, also referring to the transformation in the University’s physical campus. One 1962 photograph of the Richter Library shows the completion of the main floors and stacks addition, which earned a design award by Florida Architect in 1964. The library now houses a print collection of more than four million volumes.

The exhibition, also curated by Education and Outreach Librarian William Jacobs and Special Collections Research Assistant Steve Hersh, includes IBIS yearbook spreads chronicling the evolution of traditions like Carni Gras, where students in the ’60s and ’80s strutted in high gear to embrace the Carnival spirit.

The exhibition even houses traditional fanfare such as a dink, once-required headgear freshmen sported until Miami’s first touchdown, and then tossed into the air. “Like the world, the University is changing daily,” said Cynthia Cochran, director of alumni programs. “The opportunity to visit some artifacts from those periods only enriches [alumni’s] visit back to campus, for some of whom it has been 50 years.”

Since he started at the University Archives in 2007, Tasa has worked closely with the UM Alumni Association. In 2010 artist Jacobina Trump created a mural at the Alumni Center, inspired by collection materials, conveying an unchanging horizon over the many generations to walk the campus. Like the exhibition, it also bears the words Southern Suns and Sky Blue Water. “Those words hit home for us all,” Tasa said.



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Charles Eckman Named Dean of Libraries

Charles Eckman

Charles Eckman

Charles D. Eckman, who launched initiatives and programs that helped dramatically improve the research libraries at some of North America’s top universities, has been named the University of Miami’s new dean of libraries, a role in which he will provide leadership and management responsibilities for the institution’s vast holdings of books, journals, digital materials, and rare collections.

Eckman, who is currently dean of library services and university librarian at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, will assume his new role at UM on December 1. He replaces William D. Walker, who had held the post since 2003 before stepping down last May to rejoin the faculty. Read the full story

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Famed Composer’s Works Find a Home at UM


Famed Composer’s Works Find a Home at UM

Composer, arranger, and pianist Aldemaro Romero was an innovator of Venezuelan music, contributing to its increased visibility on the international scene. Now his works have found a home at the University of Miami. The Otto G. Richter Library recently celebrated the acquisition of 100 original manuscripts and other archival materials from the legendary Venezuelan composer.

Held in May at the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion inside the University of Miami Libraries’ Cuban Heritage Collection, the event featured performances of the late composer’s work.

To learn more about the Romero Music Score Archive, which is housed in the Richter’s Special Collections division, please click here.

Pictured at the event are, from left, Esperanza B. de Varona, chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection; Ruby Romero-Issaev, Romero’s daughter; William D. Walker, dean of libraries and university librarian; and Cristina Favretto, head of Special Collections.

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Cooking the Books

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Cooking the Books

Book and food lovers converged to admire and enjoy tasty creations at the University of Miami Libraries’ third annual Edible Books Festival, held in the lobby of the Otto G. Richter Library on April 2. This year 24 entries were judged based on three separate categories: Wittiest Pun, Most Edible, and Best in Show. Close to 100 votes were tallied and the winners of this year’s festival were: Terri Robar, associate librarian professor, Best in Show for her submission “All Creatures Great and Small”; Ashley Ford and Tiffany Saulter for Wittiest Pun for their submission “As I Lay Frying,” based on Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying; and the team of Sherry Johnson, Andrew Prince, and Surya Cherian for Most Edible with “Sinful Delight,” based on Dante’s Inferno.

Combining readers and books in an unusual way, the event celebrates the International Edible Book Festival held each year on or around April 1. Participants create an “edible book,” which can be inspired by a favorite title, involve a pun, or simply be in the shape of a book, scroll, or tablet.

Entries were displayed in the Richter Library lobby. Participants and onlookers alike were then able to “eat their words” and dig into the entries.

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