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Faculty Senate Elects New Leaders


Tomas A. Salerno, M.D.


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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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’Canes Community Makes It a Family Affair at Marlins Park

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
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MIAMI, Fla. (April 6, 2014) – Powered by the pitching of Jose Fernandez and the slugging of Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins notched their fifth win of the 2014 Major League Baseball season Saturday, defeating the San Diego Padres 5-0 at Marlins Park in Little Havana.

But what the box score doesn’t say is that not all of the attention was focused on The Fish. The team would share the spotlight with thousands of University of Miami faculty and staff who turned out at the ballpark for UM Family Night with the Marlins. Face painting, autograph sessions with Marlins players, on-field pregame ceremonies, performances by the UM band, and live post-game music with DJ Laz were among the many activities enjoyed  by employees and their families.

Six UM employees threw out first pitches. They included Norm Parsons, executive director of the Wellness Centers on the Gables and Miller School campuses, who is retiring after 43 years of service; Ed Gillis, dean of enrollment management, who is retiring after 22 years; School of Law professor Richard Williamson, who has served as chair of the Faculty Senate for five years; Jessica Driemeier, student services manager for the Intensive English Program on the Coral Gables campus; Natali Latorre, associate director of marketing for Bascom Palmer Eye Institute on the Miller School campus; and Cristy Barrera, office manager in Facilities Administration at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

Hundreds of employees visited the MyU: Faculty and Staff Thank You Tent on the West Plaza, receiving temporary U tattoos and Sebastian bands. They also got a look at the UHealth Physical Therapy Clinic, which, when the Marlins aren’t playing, is open to patients by appointment. UHealth Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine provider for the Miami Marlins and the Miami Hurricanes.

The biggest winners of the day, however, were University of Miami students who received scholarships from the Miami Marlins Foundation. The philanthropic arm of the two-time World Series champion Marlins donated $12,500 in much-needed funds to UM, with $7,500 going to Matthew Friedman, a graduate student in the School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration Program, and $5,000 being given to the Suzanne Rayson Scholarship Fund for students enrolled in the School of Communication’s Broadcast Journalism Program.

Jimmy Oves, a technician at University of Miami Hospital, who attended Family Night with his wife, Yuriam, and sons, Alex and Jimmy Jr., summed up the day best: “A perfect way to spend time with my family,” he said. “Everything about it—the activities, the food, and the game—is great.”


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Three University of Miami Student Publications Take Top Media Honors

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 21, 2014) — Three student publications—Ibis Yearbook 2013, Distraction Magazine, and The Miami Hurricane newspaper—were recognized among the best in the nation last week, with the yearbook and magazine each earning Gold Crowns from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), and The Miami Hurricane taking the College Media Association’s (CMA) top David L. Adams Apple Award for the best newspaper of its size.

Ibis and Distraction received the CSPA’s highest honor during a March 14 ceremony in New York City. The next day, at the annual CMA Spring Conference, also held in New York City, The Hurricane won its first first-place Apple Award in the Best Newspaper category for a four-year school with 5,000 to 10,000 students.

“We are honored, proud and humbled to have been selected,” said Stephanie Parra, editor-in-chief of The Miami Hurricane, who attended the ceremony. “This award inspires us to continue to excel.”

Randy Stano, advisor to Ibis and Distraction, noted that the Gold Crown is the CSPA’s highest and most rigorous honor. “These publications go through a second round of judging after the normal critiques and medalists honors,” he said. “The second set of 12 judges have no clue as to the previous rating or honor for the entries.”

UM was one of three universities to walk away with two Gold Crowns. Distraction also received third place in the CMA’s 2014 Apple Awards for “Best Magazine Spread, four-year school.”

Ibis Yearbook picked up its eighth Gold Crown overall—fifth in a row—and 11th Crown honor in the past 12 years. The 2013 Ibis was led by Sandra Montalvo, editor-in-chief, and Katherine Lee, managing editor.

In the past three years, The Miami Hurricane has garnered top recognition from multiple outlets, including the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). The Hurricane also was selected as one of the regional winners for best all-around newspaper by the Society of Professional Journalists.

“I’m extremely proud of the fine work produced every week by The Miami Hurricane, from students who are passionate about serving the UM community with good journalism,” said Bob Radziewicz, the paper’s faculty advisor.


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Former Saks CEO Stephen Sadove Talks Retail

By Chelsea Wortham
UM News


Stephen Sadove doles out advice to School of Communication students during a Q&A that followed his talk.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 3, 2014) – Mobile Internet devices that have led to greater access to communication have changed the overall retail experience for shoppers, shifting power away from merchants and manufacturers to the consumer, Stephen Sadove, former chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated, told a group of University of Miami School of Communication students on Thursday.

Speaking in Shoma Hall on the topic “What’s Going On with the Retail Consumer Today?” Sadove discussed the evolution of “omni-channel retailing”— the experience shoppers have with retailers through computers, brick-and-mortar stores, television, radio, direct mail, and even shipping.

Sadove’s talk also touched on issues ranging from branding and consumer trends to cyber security, mobile Internet usage, consumer purchasing power, and marketing innovation. His remarks were preceded by a private luncheon with UM President Donna E. Shalala, trustees, School of Communication Dean Gregory Shepherd, and members of the school’s Visiting Committee.

Sadove, who joined Saks as vice chairman in 2002, became CEO in 2006, and successfully steered the Fortune 1000 operator of high-end department stores through a global recession, provided students with firsthand knowledge of the retail and consumer sectors while also giving advice on effective leadership.

“What differentiates people in their career is coming up with new products and new ways of doing things,” he told students. “Don’t focus on wanting to be a CEO; focus on learning about the field. Learn as much as you can in that field.”

Nicole Saunders, a sophomore journalism and public relations student interested in the beauty, fashion, and entertainment industries, described Sadove’s visit as an “enriching experience.”

“My two biggest takeaways were when Sadove spoke on the importance of brand positioning and the importance of an office culture,” Saunders said. “I also loved when he said, ‘As a CEO you are a quarterback. Your job is to make sure you’re on top of it.’ ”



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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Professor Emeritus Continues Her Support with Legacy Gift

Okhee Lee-Salwen

Okhee Lee-Salwen

Okhee Lee-Salwen, a professor in the School of Education and Human Development for 22 years, feels a profound sense of gratitude to the University of Miami.

When her husband, School of Communication Professor Michael B. Salwen, Ph.D., was stricken with cancer in 2001, his colleagues and students kept him active and engaged as he battled valiantly against the disease. Before Salwen passed away in 2007, he and Lee-Salwen decided to formally thank UM through a planned gift by including the University in their estate plans.

“During the six years Michael was ill, he could work only part time,” says Lee-Salwen. “When he needed surgery or chemotherapy, he could not work at all. The University was very supportive during that entire period. In addition, Michael was among several faculty members who received an award for their academic achievements. We were both very touched by the respectful way the University treated him as a scholar at such a painful time.”

After making a series of smaller gifts over several years, Lee-Salwen recently endowed the Michael B. Salwen Scholarship Fund in the School of Communication and the Michael B. Salwen Graduate Scholarship Fund in the School of Education and Human Development in memory of her husband. “Michael and I were poor when we were doctoral students,” says Lee-Salwen. “So, we felt it was appropriate for us to help students who need financial support to attend our University.”

Now a professor of science and childhood education at New York University, Lee-Salwen returns regularly to the School of Education and Human Development, where she made significant contributions in the field of science education, such as developing a curriculum for English-language learners and students in low-income urban settings. In 2004 she received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Educational Research Association Standing Committee for Scholars of Color in Education.

Today, the professor emeritus encourages other members of the UM family to give back, even in small amounts, or through a bequest or other planned gift. “This was my academic home for more than two decades, and I believe in saying ‘thank you’ for the support,” she says.  “There are many ways of giving and the personal rewards are truly priceless.”

To learn more about making a planned gift, please visit www.miami.edu/plannedgiving or contact Cynthia Beamish, executive director of the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at 305-284-4342 or um.plannedgiving@miami.edu.

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