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A Role Model for College-Bound Kids Turns the Tables

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A Role Model for College-Bound Kids Turns the Tables

Breakthrough-MiamiCORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 24, 2014)—For six weeks, ninth graders participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound on the Gables campus attended classes and listened to program organizers and instructors tout the benefits of higher education. But last Wednesday the students got a shining example of what a college degree can help one accomplish when Sergio M. Gonzalez, the University of Miami’s senior vice president for University Advancement and External Affairs, spoke to them at the Whitten Learning Center. A Breakthrough Miami board member who holds both an undergraduate and law degree, Gonzalez discussed the importance of a college education. He also told parents of the students how much he is inspired by their children.

Breakthrough Miami College Bound is an academic enrichment program that encourages students from underserved communities to graduate from high school and attend college, exposing them to coursework in a university setting. UM’s School of Education and Human Development is a partner in the initiative.

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UM Launches Master’s in Nutrition for Health and Human Performance

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 8, 2014)—Most Americans are keenly aware that a combination of daily exercise and proper nutrition is the only road to a healthier life. To help support this trend, the School of Education and Human Development (SOEHD) is launching a Master’s in Nutrition for Health and Human Performance to optimize personal health, maximize the quality of life, and foster peak athletic performance.

Formally launching in the fall of 2014, the master’s program has one comprehensive track that incorporates nutrition for health and human performance, including pertinent biochemistry, human biology, and exercise physiology. Arlette Perry, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Sports Sciences, said that the master’s program took two years to put together and get approved. It came at the urging of many in SOEHD who saw the need for it.

“What makes this program unique is that it combines nutrition with exercise physiology,” said Perry. “We now know that these two are inextricably linked.”

The program should attract students who wish to become licensed nutritionists, medical doctors, physician assistants, wellness directors, physical therapists, and others in the health field. Students in the program are required to take courses that include: Nutrition and Health Issues across the Life Cycle, Clinical Aspects of Exercise Programming, and Cardiovascular Programming and Testing. Courses also will span a host of contemporary issues in nutrition, including medical nutritional therapy, integrative and functional medicine, and the use of supplements for human performance.

Students who wish to be certified as a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist (LD/N), as approved by the Dietetics and Nutrition Practice Council, will be expected to complete 900 hours in clinical, community, and food service. Training locations will include sports performance and sports medicine and sports training facilities; athletic departments and teams; culinary and garden-to- classroom programs; rehabilitation, preventive and wellness centers; nonprofits and community-based programs.

“What sets us apart is we have an entire kinesiology and nutrition program that is applied and centered on complementary lifestyle components,” said Wesley Smith, director of the nutrition for health and human performance graduate degree program, and the physiology undergraduate program. “The program is designed to optimize health in clinical settings, as well as to focus on elements of nutritional biochemistry that help athletes perform their best while reducing vulnerability to injury and illness.”

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Inspires Ninth Graders to Find Their Passion

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Inspires Ninth Graders to Find Their Passion

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
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At UM's Whitten Learning Center, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen greets one of the more than 130 students participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound.

At UM’s Whitten Learning Center, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen greets one of the more than 130 students participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 7, 2014) – A former teacher who once took the advice of a parent and ran for elected office, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told a group of ninth-grade students on the University of Miami campus Monday that Congress should mirror the racial and ethnic diversity of the nation and urged the youngsters to consider entering the political arena after college to help solve problems. Read the full story

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Website Aims to End the ‘I Don’t Knows’ of Haiti’s History

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Website Aims to End the ‘I Don’t Knows’ of Haiti’s History

By Maya Bell

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A troupe of Haitian folklore dancers from the Multicultural Education Center of Miami help MarieGuerda Nicolas, in red, inaugurate the new Haitian Legacy Project website.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (June 16, 2014) — While training teachers in the Akaye region of her native Haiti how to identify students with mental health needs, MarieGuerda Nicolas was dismayed by how little many of them knew about their own nation’s history, particularly the role the first independent black republic played in ending slavery around the world.

But in assembling history materials Haitian teachers could integrate into their lessons, Nicolas, associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Miami, discovered the knowledge gap extended far beyond Haiti’s borders. Contributors to her own projects to strengthen cultural identity through education would say, “I’ve never heard about that book. I have never seen that painting; I have never heard that song.’’

Hoping to make such statements a thing of the past, Nicolas officially launched the Haiti Legacy Project at a festive gathering Friday evening celebrating the one-stop virtual space where teachers, students, and anyone anywhere in the world can browse a wealth of information, articles, news, and other resources not only about Haiti’s slavery, colonization, revolution, and independence, but about the song, dance, music, art, and literature that is such a vital part of the beleaguered nation’s rich cultural heritage.

Made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Haiti Legacy Project is available in English, Spanish, Creole, and French, and is by no means complete. It is not intended to be. The website is and will remain a work in progress, a place that is designed to grow, expand, and evolve as more people learn about it and contribute to it.

“This is only the beginning,” Nicolas told a roomful of admirers who attended the launch party. “We are hoping that the ‘I don’t know’ statements will stop because the resources are clearly available and out there.”

“I think this in of itself is creating history,” added Guerline Sanon, coordinator of the Haiti Legacy Project team, who gave an overview of the website’s slavery domain.

Fittingly, a troupe of folklore dancers from the Multicultural Education Center of Miami, accompanied by the voodoo rhythms of a single bongo drummer, kicked off the Friday night festivities in a Student Activities Center ballroom. It was fitting because, as Alix Cantave, program officer for the Kellogg Foundation noted, much of Haiti’s history is passed on and preserved in voodoo songs and dances.

“However, a lot of it is getting lost because of the stigma attached to voodoo,” Cantave said. “Our society is losing that component of what we call the folklore narrative. That is the significance of this project.”

Song is also a vital component of the website itself. Visitors will hear “Linyon” (Union), by one of Haiti’s most influential musicians, John Steve Brunache, or the National Anthem of Haiti from 1893-1904 as they browse the content. They also may play a number of other songs on the music domain.

In addition to Sanon, other key members of Nicolas’ legacy project team include UM research assistants Djevelyne Phileus, Guerdiana Thelomar, and Venise Predestin; Sarah Quessa, doctoral candidate in the higher education program at Northeastern University, who is developing the teachers’ curriculum; and web master Bertrand Fravien, of Tech Solution Innovation.

Maya Bell can be reached at 305-284-7972.

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Free Health Assessments Available at Employee Clinics

The Guardrails Prevention Initiative, in partnership with Well ’Canes, will offer free health assessments at the Healthy ‘Canes Employee Clinics beginning Monday, June 16. The walk-in evaluations take approximately 10 minutes and help you understand your nutritional needs, as well as your body’s metabolic, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal health. Click here to view a sample report. Guardrails is offered through the School of Education and Human Development. To locate a clinic near you and see the Guardrails’ evaluation schedule, please visit healthycanesclinic.com.

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