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Brats, Baseball, and Brains: UM Celebrates 10th Family Day with the Miami Marlins


It wasn’t just another day at the ballpark, but a festive outing that celebrated outgoing UM President Donna E. Shalala’s remarkable 14-year tenure, the dedication of UM faculty and staff, their bonds with family, friends, and colleagues, and the promise of bright, young minds. The University of Miami’s annual Family Day with the Miami Marlins, held Saturday at Marlins Park in Little Havana, was all that and more. At the West Plaza, thousands of UM employees and their families and friends visited the Faculty and Staff Thank U tent, where they received orange U rally towels and enjoyed a panoply of pregame festivities, including face painting, autograph sessions with current and former Marlins players, photo opportunities with the Sebastian the Ibis and Billy the Marlin, and more.

Shalala, who was feted with a video tribute that played on the park’s jumbo screen, and UM Police Chief David Rivero threw out first pitches before the Marlins blasted the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 in a stadium dotted with ’Canes waving those orange towels and pumping orange-and-green foam Us given to those who arrived early. But the Marlins weren’t the only winners, as the Miami Marlins Community Foundation awarded two generous scholarships to deserving ’Canes—Chelsea Mulkey, for her studies in the School of Education and Human Development’s Sport Administration Program, and the School of Communication’s Daniel New, who received the Suzanne Rayson Scholarship in Broadcast Journalism. Rayson, who served as the Marlins director of broadcasting from 2002 to 2008, passed away after a battle with cancer.

An estimated 19,000 UM employees and their guests participated in this year’s Family Day with the Marlins, the tradition begun 10 years ago to show the U’s appreciation for faculty and staff, who in addition to transforming lives every day through teaching, research, and service, have contributed more than $35 million to Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami.

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Forum Looks at How Scholars Can Impact Social Change


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From left, are Etiony Aldarondo, associate dean for research, School of Education and Human Development; Stephanie Coontz, research director, Council on Contemporary Families; and Phil N. Cohen, professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland.

From left, are Etiony Aldarondo, associate dean for research, School of Education and Human Development; Stephanie Coontz, research director, Council on Contemporary Families; and Phil N. Cohen, professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 12, 2015)—Humor, blogs, and media outreach are among the ways that academics can impact social change, according to four distinguished scholars who spoke at the School of Education and Human Development’s April 10 Community Well-Being Forum at the Newman Alumni Center.

“Inequality has significant toxic effects on a substantial portion of our population, such as poor health, high rates of incarceration, poverty, and racism,” said Etiony Aldarondo, associate dean for research, at the school. “Intellectuals must draw on their specialized skills and resources to disseminate their knowledge in a way that the public can understand.”

Aldarondo led the discussion on “The New Public Intellectual and Social Change” with Isaac Prilleltensky, the dean of the School of Education and Human Development; Stephanie Coontz, research director of the Council on Contemporary Families; and Phil N. Cohen, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland.

“I believe in pushing the limits and using humor and sarcasm to provoke conversations on important topics,” said Prilleltensky. “It doesn’t always work, but we need to create opportunities for dialogue that can lead to meaningful change.”

Coontz noted that going public with accurate research is difficult, because the facts don’t speak for themselves. “If you want to get good research out to the public in a way that it will be heard, you need teamwork,” she said. “Find the nuggets in your own research and help the press connect with other academics who can also provide them with solid information about your topic.”

Cohen, who wrote a blog on family equality for five years, said academics need to remember that their work may be read by multiple audiences, including their peers, their students, and the public. “Not every academic should become involved in public engagement, but it’s something you should consider,” he said. “I believe it’s important to debunk bad research or how it’s being used, and that’s one way intellectuals can contribute to social change.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dean Prilleltensky to Receive Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dean Prilleltensky to Receive Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award


Dean Issac Prilleltensky

Dean Issac Prilleltensky

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (November 4, 2014) — An international leader in applied psychology, Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D., dean and professor at the School of Education and Human Development, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention by the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association (APA). He will receive the award from the society’s Prevention Section at the APA’s annual meeting in Toronto next August.

“Throughout my career, I have focused on the prevention of psychosocial problems and the promotion of well-being in all its aspects,” said Prilleltensky, who is also the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being. “I believe strongly in the need for social justice and building partnerships to address chronic problems like discrimination, child abuse, and poverty.”

Prilleltensky’s studies have been published in numerous professional journals including The Counseling Psychologist which dedicated a special issue to his work. He has published seven books and more than 120 articles and chapters.

Prilleltensky is currently leading an interdisciplinary team that includes his wife, Ora, a former professor at the School of Education and Human Development. The team is developing assessments and online interventions to promote the interpersonal, community, occupational, psychological, physical, and economic (I COPPE) aspects of well-being. Soon his team will launch an online program to promote wellness through fun and games.

A native of Argentina, Prilleltensky has lived and worked in Israel, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He speaks several languages and has given keynote addresses in 23 countries.

“I am very gratified to see the concepts of prevention, well-being, and social justice take root in academic institutions around the world,” Prilleltensky said.

Since becoming dean in 2006, Prilleltensky has expanded the school’s community partnerships and programs and launched new graduate and undergraduate courses related to human development. Under his leadership, the school established the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, renovated and expanded the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling, and provided a home on the UM campus to The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, a nonprofit organization.

In 2011 Prilleltensky received the “Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research Award” of the Community Psychology Division of APA, and the John Kalafat Award for the Practice of Community Psychology from the same division of APA. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the American Educational Research Association. In 2002 he was named a visiting fellow of the British Psychological Society.

 

 

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Business-Minded Youngsters Visit UM to Learn the Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success

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Business-Minded Youngsters Visit UM to Learn the Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success


By Robert C. Jones Jr. UM News

UM alumna Jacki Stanley gives advice to youngsters during the national launch of the Secret Millionaires Club ‘Grown Your Own Business Challenge.’

UM alumna Jacki Stanley gives advice to youngsters during the national launch of the Secret Millionaires Club ‘Grow Your Own Business Challenge.’

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 20, 2014) – Jacki Stanley, B.B.A. ’12, was only 12 years old when her father told her about the dream he had in which someone told him to start a new line of sneakers for girls. “We were vacationing in San Francisco,” Stanley recalled, “and one day at breakfast, Dad starts telling us about his dream and drawing these incredible pictures of shoes.” It wouldn’t be until Stanley’s junior year at the University of Miami that she would partner with her father in launching a brand of shoes that encourages girls to be creative. Today, colorful Bobbi-Toads sneakers are sold with toes embossed on their white toecaps, allowing the wearer to embellish them with nail polish, clean them off the next day, and start all over again with any design they choose. Read the full story

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UM Launches Two New Online Master’s Degree Programs


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UOnline_cmykCORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 26, 2014) – The University of Miami is now registering students for two new, fully online degree programs: a Master’s in Finance and a Master’s in Sport Administration. Both programs will begin classes in January 2015. The programs are among the University of Miami’s innovative efforts to respond to the evolving needs of today’s students and working professionals.

“Online learning is part of UM’s strategic plan to expand access to our renowned faculty and educational programs and the ’Canes family,” said Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s executive vice president and provost.

The Online Master’s in Finance program is designed for working professionals in the field, as well as those with other backgrounds. Offering access to the same renowned School of Business Administration faculty as the campus program, it focuses on real-world business challenges with two tracks of study: Corporate Finance and Financial Decision-Making. Students can complete this accelerated program in about 16 months and earn certificates in each track as they progress.

The Online Master’s in Sport Administration program, offered by the School of Education and Human Development, positions graduates for career advancement in a range of fields, from sport communications and law to professional athletics administration. Students can complete the practitioner-focused program online in 20 months, taking courses that cover leadership, globalization, sponsorships, marketing, fiscal management, and law.

To learn more about these programs, visit online.miami.edu or call 800-411-2290. For all of UM’s online offerings, visit the Division of Continuing and International Education website at www.continue.miami.edu.

UM will manage these online programs with support from Laureate Partners, a unit of Laureate Education that offers universities a customized approach to expand their reach online, on-ground, and around the world. Courses will begin in January, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

 

 

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