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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Grateful Alumna and Mom Gives Thanks by Helping Students and Building a Better U

Nancy Ryan

From left, Nancy L. Floyd Ryan, her son, Sean, his girlfriend, Kandice “Candy” Calvete, and Darlene Sapp, Nancy’s girlhood friend, show their spirit before the UM/FSU game in Tallahassee last October.

For the past 35 years, Nancy L. Floyd Ryan has spent her days helping University of Miami students. As executive assistant to Patricia Whitely, vice president for student affairs, she answers questions, points students in the right direction and, from time to time, serves as an informal counselor.

“It brings me joy to see our students succeed,” Ryan said. “I watch them grow from their freshman year until they cross the stage at graduation, and go out in the world with the values and experiences they gained at our University.”

Among those students is her son Sean, 24, an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences who, like his parents, has a deep allegiance to the U. Back in 1989, Ryan and her husband, Robert, consulted a doctor at the School of Medicine for fertility treatments. Although Ryan had only a 50 percent chance of having a child through treatment, she became pregnant the very next month.

Today, Ryan gives back to the institution that she says played such an integral role in her life—personally, professionally and educationally—by donating to the University through the United Way campaign, as well as directly to the Division of Student Affairs and the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center.

“I am forever indebted to the University,” Ryan said. “Sean practically grew up on campus, as one of the first Mini-Cane Camp attendees, and is now a ’Cane loving his experience at the U. Our little family definitely bleeds orange, green, and white!”

A native Floridian who grew up in Hialeah, Ryan pursued an associate degree at Miami Dade Community College before marrying and moving to England and Texas. In 1979 she returned to Miami, taking a position at UM as executive assistant to William R. Butler, then vice president for student affairs. When Butler retired 19 years later, she continued in that role with Whitely.

During the 1980s, Ryan took night classes at UM, earning her bachelor’s degree in business administration while working her day job. In 1999 she was tapped into the Iron Arrow Honor Society.

“My job has given me the ability to help students and has allowed me to work in a great environment,” Ryan said. “Now, it’s my turn to give back and make a difference in others’ lives. I want to keep our University moving forward and help build a better world for our children.”

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Celebrate the U’s New Outdoor Exercise Court Today

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to dedicate the University’s new UMove outdoor fitness court at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Monday, February 24, behind the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, near the intramural fields. A Student Government initiative, the fitness court consists of combination bars and seven resistance stations, including a shoulder press, abdominal toner, chest press, and arm curl, and is open anytime to any one with a valid UM ID. Join keynote speaker Pat Whitely, vice president for Student Affairs, Norman Parsons, director of the Wellness Center, and Bhumi Patel, president of Student Government, in dedicating—and using—the new easy-to-access exercise court. Food and beverages will be offered at the ribbon-cutting, and Sebastian will be available for photos.

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Pat Whitely Receives 2013 Scott Goodnight Award, NASPA’s Highest Honor

Pat Whitely proudly displays the Scott Goodnight Award that she received at NASPA's annual conference in Orlando.

Pat Whitely proudly displays the Scott Goodnight Award that she received at NASPA’s annual conference in Orlando.

Pat Whitely, who took the reins as vice president for student affairs at the University of Miami 16 years ago and instituted innovative, new strategies to enhance student life, has been awarded NASPA’s 2013 Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). Named in honor of the organization’s founding board chair, it is given to a senior student affairs officer “who has demonstrated sustained professional service in student affairs work, high-level competency in administrative skills, innovative response in meeting students’ varied and emerging needs, effectiveness in developing junior staff members, and leadership in community and university affairs.” Read the full story

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Vice President for Student Affairs Pat Whitely Elected Chair of NASPA’s Board of Directors

WhitelyPat Whitely, vice president for student affairs at the University of Miami, has been elected chair of the Board of Directors for NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), bringing to the role more than 30 years of experience in her field.

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University of Miami Student Activities CenterUniversity of Miami administrators, student leaders, and employees of Moss & Associates celebrated camaraderie and accomplishment on January 14, gathering at the construction site of UM’s new Student Activities Center to don the popular 2012 game-day T-shirts worn by students during Hurricanes home football games at Sun Life Stadium. Read the full story

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