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Dean Prilleltensky to Receive Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award


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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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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