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‘Uncaging History': Hundreds Honor the Trailblazers Who Integrated UM

By Meredith Camel
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 26, 2017)—When alumni Denise Mincey-Mills, Antonio Junior, and Phyllis Tyler—co-chairs of the Black Alumni Society’s First Black Graduates Project Committee—described the four years they devoted to sifting through Ibis yearbooks and University Libraries’ archives to learn more about the struggles and successes of UM’s black graduates of the 1960s and 1970s, they called it “uncaging history.”

That history sprang to life this weekend during UTrailblazers, a celebration that brought hundreds of people to campus to honor those who blazed a trail of diversity and inclusion during the first two decades of racial integration at UM. Friday events included a campus bus tour, presentation by Professor of History Donald Spivey to introduce the Richter Library’s We Were Pioneers exhibit, an opening ceremony reception with President Julio Frenk, an alumni-student forum, and a keynote address by alumnus Harold Long, who founded United Black Students at the University of Miami in 1967.

On Saturday, more than 400 people attended the UTrailblazers Gala at the Shalala Student Center, including some trailblazing alumni who had not been back to campus in decades but are now eager to reconnect with their alma mater. Patricia Roberts, a double alumna of the School of Education and Human Development, lives in Miami but had not been back to campus since she graduated with her master’s degree in 1973. “Oh, I’ll be back,” she said at the event while marveling at the beauty of the campus that has changed so much.

Roberts’ reflections about the experiences she had as a student and as the University’s first black cheerleader are living, along with the oral histories of nearly 60 other UTrailblazers, in video testimonies captured by the UM Alumni Association on Friday and Saturday. The videos are part of the University’s continued effort to not only “uncage” but also to cultivate additional insight on its past. (Read more about UM’s first black graduates.)

In an effort to continue blazing trails of opportunity and inclusion at the University, donors to the First Black Graduates Projects Endowed Scholarship are building a fund that will, in perpetuity, award $2,500 to two black students per year. Alumnus Johnny C. Taylor Jr. announced at the gala that the fund has reached more than $91,000, plus his own $25,000 pledge.


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Birds of a Feather Give Together: Donate to the February I LOVE YOU Campaign

AlumniVDay Love is in the air at the University of Miami. With Valentine’s Day almost here, the UM Alumni Association is asking all of our ’Canes Couples to do what comes naturally: Say I LOVE U with a gift. Join the thousands of alumni couples who celebrate their UM love connection and make a donation to the I LOVE U Campaign during this month of love.

To make your donation or for more information visit  Miami.edu/ILoveU. Remember, one gift from a married couple has twice the impact on our alumni giving participation rate because it counts as two alumni donors. This improves the University’s rankings!


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‘Canes of All Ages ‘Make Their Move’ and Celebrate Homecoming

With its spectacular fireworks, traditional boat-burning ceremony, parade of classic cars and “Make Your Move” board game-themed floats, Homecoming festivities presented by Student Affairs and the Homecoming Executive Committee Friday night was a nostalgic extravaganza for thousands of current students and alumni, including Grand Marshal and NFL Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, who returned to campus to celebrate the U. The revelry continued Saturday when the Hurricanes defeated Pittsburgh 51-28, with junior quarterback Brad Kaaya throwing four touchdown passes and scoring on a run in the offensive slugfest at Hard Rock Stadium.

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Green U Invites Alumni to Join Sustainability Network by January 27

Take on a role with the Green U team to make the University of Miami a leader in sustainability. A new UM Sustainability Network intends to share knowledge with students, staff, and faculty, as well as foster cooperation and achieve real change at the U.

The team’s goal is to enlist a group of UM alumni by January 27 who will work as a resource and partner for the future UM Sustainability Action Plan. The UM Sustainability Network will include alumni volunteers from around the world who want to identify with and share their expertise in green projects. The effort is being led by Ed Robin, B.S.E.E. ’57.

For more information or to join the network, email greenu@miami.edu.

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UM Alumni Association to Host Inaugural Regional Alumni Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles

The 2015 Regional Alumni Award recipients are, from left,  Jeanne Wolf; Austen Everett; Karl Schools; and Sylvester Stallone.

The 2015 Regional Alumni Award recipients are, from left, Jeanne Wolf; Austen Everett; Karl Schulze; and Sylvester Stallone.

Four distinguished alumni round out this year’s inaugural Regional Alumni Awards Ceremony, to be hosted in Los Angeles, California, on Friday, June 5, at a private country club. These outstanding individuals will be honored for their accomplishments and dedication to our alma mater. Among the notable recipients is filmmaker, writer, and actor Sylvester Stallone, B.F.A. ’98, who will be honored with the Edward T. Foote Alumnus of Distinction Award for his outstanding professional career, including the Academy Award-winning motion picture Rocky and the Rambo and Expendables franchises.

Additional alumni honorees include:

  • Butler Community Service Award: Austen Everett, A.B. ’11*, who established the Austen Everett Foundation, which pairs up college and pro athletes with countless cancer-stricken children in an effort to inspire and reignite their spirit during a difficult time in their lives.
  • Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award: Two President’s Council members will receive the honor of Alumnus of the Year, including Karl Schulze, B.B.A. ’74, for his continued support of the University through the establishment of the UM Ethics Bowl, a program that has flourished since its inception nearly ten years ago to include a National Championship win and placement in the national event’s final four, and mid-Atlantic region co-champion; and Jeanne Hart Wolf,  A.B. ’61, M.A. ’66, for her establishment of the Jeanne Wolf Scholarship to benefit students studying at the School of Communication, continued efforts as host committee member of the ’Canes Film Showcase, and her longtime engagement of alumni in the greater Los Angeles area.

This invitation-only event will be a celebration of notable alumni for their achievements as well as an evening to recognize the University’s most loyal donors on the West Coast.

Based on the most recent alumni survey, alumni want increased regional programming and recognition of volunteers. As such, the UM Alumni Association will continue to program regionally in future years, selecting top alumni markets in the U.S. to host future Regional Alumni Awards ceremonies.

To learn more, visit: www.miami.edu/alumni/umaa/awards/.

* Awarded posthumously.


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