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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Retired Air Force Officer Remains on the Frontlines—of UM Information Technology, and Giving

As an information technology specialist in the U.S. Air Force, Darren Roach served in the Pentagon and the White House.

As an information technology specialist in the U.S. Air Force, Darren Roach served at the Pentagon and the White House.

Retired Lt. Col. Darren Roach, B.B.A ’91, M.B.A. ’92, knows the difference scholarships can make. “I would not have been able to earn an M.B.A. if not for the donors who funded my scholarship,” says the alumnus, who joined the University of Miami a year ago as senior manager of Application System Development in Information Technology. “Now, it’s my turn to give back to our great University.” Read the full story

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Faculty Senate Elects New Leaders


Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.


UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 7, 2014)—Tomas A. Salerno, M.D., vice chair of the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and chief of cardiothoracic surgery, was elected chair of the Faculty Senate for a one-year term beginning June 1. Salerno, who joined the Miller School faculty in 1999, will succeed Richard Williamson, a professor at the School of Law who stepped down after five terms as chair.

Linda L. Neider, professor in the School of Business Administration who initially began serving in the Senate shortly after joining the UM faculty in 1979, was elected first-vice chair. Sam Terilli, a veteran media lawyer who joined the School of Communication faculty in 2003, was elected to his second term as second vice chair.

Salerno, who has served in the Faculty Senate since 2008, most recently as first vice chair, said he looks forward to uniting faculty from all schools, representing their views, goals and dreams, and promoting their well-being.

Linda L. Neider

Linda L. Neider

“I have been involved in many aspects of faculty life, and in many Senate committees, including Promotion, Personnel and General Welfare, and the Medical School Council, and have most enjoyed interacting with University scholars, and the leadership of the University and the different schools,” Salerno said. “I have been inspired by the legacies of previous Senate chairs, and in this new role, I will do my best to represent faculty, make sure that their voice is heard, and be a strong leader in these challenging times.”

Neider, an expert in leadership and human resources, has served in a variety of administrative roles over the past three decades, including more than 20 years as chair of the School of Business Administration’s Department of Management, and several years as a vice dean. During her Senate service, she has chaired or been a member of a number of  committees, including Academic Standards, Budget and Compensation, Student Affairs, Professional Conduct, and Women and Minorities.

Sam Terilli

Sam Terilli

Terilli, who practiced media, commercial and employment law for 30 years, including 12 years as general counsel of the Miami Herald Publishing Company, is the incoming chair of the School of Communication’s Department of Journalism and Media Management. In the Senate, he chairs the Ad Hoc Committee on the Miller School of Medicine, and previously chaired two other Senate ad hoc committees—one on the Internal Review Board and the other on revising the rules for early evaluations of deans and other administrators. He also chaired the Administrative Services Committee, and served as a member of the Committee on Professional Conduct and as an academic counsel for faculty.




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Business Plans Blow Judges Away, Earn Students and Alums $65,000 in Prizes


The SnagTag’s Jake Elliot, left, and Nicholas Sando present their team project to the judges.

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CORAL GABLES, FLA. (April 4, 2014) – New ventures including a mobile application for shopping, a data analytics solution for hospitals to reduce heart failure readmissions, and art deco chocolates that represent South Florida’s cultural mecca have taken top honors in the University of Miami’s 2014 Business Plan Competition, hosted by the  School of Business Administration. The competition winners, honored in an awards ceremony April 4, took home a combined total of $65,000 in prizes.

Jake Elliot, Andrew Rodriguez, and Nicholas Sando won the grand prize and $10,000 in the undergraduate student category for SnagTag, an application for your smartphone that enhances the retail shopping experience by connecting retailers and consumers in a way never seen before.

In the graduate student category, Matt Varghese, Cristina del Toro, Sabrina Taldone, Joshua Cameron took home the Grand Prize and $10,000 for their venture, Valens, which provides a next generation data analytic solutions that allows hospitals to maximize efficiency in reducing heart failure readmissions while improving patients’ lives through better health care delivery systems.

And in the UM alumni category, Lucy Calamari won the Grand Prize and $10,000 for Lucky Lucy’s Chocolates, inspired by the colorful flavors and cultures of South Florida.  Her chocolates reflect colorful retro designs of the city’s Art Deco movement.

“This year’s young entrepreneurs came to the competition with an extraordinary mix of great business ideas,” said Isaias Sudit, CEO and founder of TROVE and one of the Competition judges. “It is clear to this panel of judges how these winners are ready to go beyond the idea stage and truly execute.  They will be exciting to watch and we are happy to send them on their way with some funding.”

Second place in the undergraduate category and $5,000 went to Paola Campodonico and Austin Zaslow for The Nest, a recovery center that accommodates prenatal and postpartum women, and post-surgical patients and offers 24/7 nannies, breastfeeding support, and other services to make recovery faster and easier. Second place in the graduate category and $5,000 went to Joe Bucciero of AdMoney, a mobile phone application that places ads on the background of a smartphones or tablet lock screens  for a monthly fee.  Second place in the alumni category and $5,000 went to Alex Suma of Ibis Power, which offers customized solutions for local renewable energy generation that overcomes all downsides of current technologies. It is almost ready to enter the U.S. and European markets.

Third place in the undergraduate category with a $2,500 prize went to Sultan Saleh Alghamdi for Central Express Laundry, a full-service laundry business in Saudi Arabia. Third place and $2,500 in the graduate category went to Rodolfo Hernandez for The Quiet American, a sustainable men’s luxury-yet-affordable clothing brand made of Alpaca wool; third place and $2,500 in the alumni category went to Thien Van Tran for Leash, an electronic security company that provides both hardware and software solutions to remedy the rise of smartphone theft.

“The judges were blown away by the caliber of ideas presented by the University of Miami entrepreneurs,” said Susy Alvarez-Diaz, director of entrepreneurship programs at the UM School of Business. “They have no doubt we will be hearing more about these companies as we have others that have grown out of our past competitions.”

In addition to the undergraduate, graduate and alumni category prizes, the Paul K. Sugrue Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and $2,500 was presented to Sidonia Swarm of On Demand Dietician, which streamlines access to dieticians for corporate employees. Also, four Heffner Internship Awards of $2,500 each were awarded to Maxim Bjelos, Alex Cantwell, Joey Lopez, and Kenthia Farmer.

The Business Plan Competition started last fall when 42 concept papers were submitted to the judging committee. Ultimately 16 semifinalists were selected to present to the judges April 1-3, with the winners named the following day. The judges included roughly one dozen successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from South Florida and Latin America.

Now in its 12th year, the Business Plan Competition is open to all University of Miami students and alumni. Past winners  have gone on to build their ventures into businesses that have garnered national attention. They include such companies as College Hunks Hauling Junk and My Therapy Journal.com, both of which have been featured on ABC Television’s “Shark Tank,” a reality program in which entrepreneurs share their business ideas with a group of five self-made millionaires in hopes of getting venture capital to help them attain similar levels of success.

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NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant Drops in on UM Marketing Class


NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant Drops in on UM Marketing Class

Kobe Bryant attended Jeffrey Weinstock's lecture on the relaunch of the Ford Fiesta, not exactly a comfortable car for the  6'6'' shooting guard.

Kobe Bryant attended Jeffrey Weinstock’s marketing lecture on the relaunch of the Ford Fiesta, not exactly a good fit for the 6’6” shooting guard.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 24, 2014) — School of Business Administration students got a thrill last Wednesday when five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant dropped by campus to sit in on a marketing class taught by lecturer Jeffrey Weinstock. The Los Angeles Lakers’ shooting guard later attended the University of Miami’s basketball game against Duke with a host of other NBA notables.

Bryant, who entered the NBA directly from high school, likes to attend classes at different universities when he’s on the road with the Lakers. The 15-time NBA All-Star is out with an injury, but his team faced the Miami Heat Thursday night. Eugene Anderson, dean of the business school, escorted Bryant to Weinstock’s class, where he listened attentively to a fast-paced, interactive discussion on the relaunch of the Ford Fiesta using social media. Then Bryant, who might have trouble squeezing his 6’6″ frame into a Fiesta, gallantly engaged in a five-minute Q&A.

The students, all last-semester seniors, had the opportunity to pose with Bryant, posting photos and videos on social media, where word of his extra-athletic activities spread quickly.

After his classroom visit, Bryant watched the ’Canes take on the Duke Blue Devils, along with the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Shane Battier.

Prior to the Lakers game against the Boston Celtics earlier this month, Bryant sat in on a marketing class at Boston College. The NBA superstar hasn’t done too shabbily without a college education. He is reportedly the NBA’s highest-earning player.





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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Business School Administrator Helps Students and Businesses Aim High

Anuj Mehrotra

Anuj Mehrotra

Anuj Mehrotra is an innovative teacher, administrator, and researcher who contributes to the University of Miami School of Business Administration’s academic success in many ways.  Along with his wife, Kashmira, Mehrotra also gives back to the school each year through the United Way of Miami-Dade County.

A native of India, Mehrotra came to the U.S. in 1986 after earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He continued his studies with a master’s degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a doctorate in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In 1993 he joined the UM faculty, and recently marked his 20th anniversary at the School of Business Administration. He currently serves as vice dean of graduate business programs and executive education and as the Leslie O. Barnes Scholar and Professor of Management Science. “I have seen our University significantly change for the better over the past two decades,” Mehrotra says. “In fact, the rate of change is increasing as we build an even more dynamic institution.”

Throughout his career, Mehrotra has focused on helping students and organizations fulfill their potential. He has received several teaching awards and published numerous thought-provoking articles and books on such topics as logistics, supply chains, and operational improvements for a number of diverse businesses, including newspapers and fisheries.

“Almost every field in the public and private sector lends itself to mathematical models that can lead to more efficient operations and higher-quality results,” he says. “It’s invigorating to be at the forefront of business innovation, and I am always learning something new.”

But Mehrotra and his wife, who received scholarships as students, have long known the importance of scholarship assistance and are committed to providing support that will benefit UM students. “We were raised in families that emphasized the importance of higher education,” Mehrotra says. “We feel fortunate that we can now help our University.”

Have you made a commitment to support the University of Miami, or know a colleague who has? Share your story or nominate a UM faculty or staff member here, and you will be entered for a chance to win a special gift.

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