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Last Call: Pick Up Panthers Tickets on January 22 or 23

Florida-PanthersTickets to the Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings game on Saturday, February 3, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise will again be available for pickup on the Coral Gables campus by TeamUM United Way contributors.

All faculty and staff who pledged a minimum of $25 to the TeamUM 2017 campaign by December 31, 2017, are eligible to receive two (2) tickets with food vouchers. Additional tickets can be purchased for $25 each. Faculty and staff who have contributed at the 1 percent level will get preferred seating.  

Eligible employees who haven’t done so yet can pick up their tickets at either location below but must bring their UM ’Cane Card for verification.

  • Coral Gables Campus: Monday, January 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Foote Green
  • Gables One Tower: Tuesday, January 23, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., GOT Suite 940

Tickets are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have questions, please contact unitedway@miami.edu.

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Graduate School Sells Edda’s Cakes to Benefit United Way

Just in time for the holidays, the Graduate School will be selling Edda’s Bundt Cakes from November 27 to December 8 to benefit the 2017 TeamUM United Way Campaign.

The perfect dessert for your holiday party or the ideal present for colleagues, friends, and neighbors is here, courtesy of the Graduate School. These delicious cakes serve 8-10 people and sell for $16 each (tax-exempt). Cakes will be available in 5 flavors, with icing on the side: Vanilla Rum, Triple Chocolate, Red Velvet, Guava and Key Lime.

By ordering a cake, you will not only be avoiding the hassle of going shopping to buy a present, you will be helping the University and United Way of Miami-Dade make a difference in the Miami community.

Graduate School staff will accept orders through December 8. Payments must be made in cash at the time of order. Cakes will we available for pickup December 18-19 at the Graduate School.

For questions regarding payment, delivery or special arrangements for large orders, please contact graduateschool@miami.edu. All proceeds from cake sales will go to the 2017 TeamUM United Way Campaign.

Give the gift that gives twice. Order a cake today! Stop by the Graduate School today in the Ashe Building, suite 235, and place your order. For more information, email graduateschool@miami.edu.

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Martha Stewart: ‘Embrace Change’

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Martha Stewart: ‘Embrace Change’

By Megan Ondrizek
UM News


Melissa Medina, right, chair of the 2017 Women’s Leadership Breakfast, moderated a discussion with Martha Stewart, left.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 20, 2017) –Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart urged nearly 1,200 Miami-Dade women gathered for the “sweet” 16th Annual United Way Women’s Leadership Breakfast at the University of Miami Watsco Center last week to never stop evolving.

“When you’re done changing, you’re through,” Stewart advised.

Presented by The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, and Leslie Miller Saiontz and Family, the breakfast also celebrated the legacy of Susan “Sue” Miller, the matriarch of the Miller family whose passion for philanthropy was instrumental in shaping the United Way of Miami-Dade as well as the University. Miller died in November after a battle with cancer. She was 81.

Miller’s signature United Way event, The Women’s Leadership Breakfast, “epitomizes women’s leadership,” said UM’s first lady, Felicia Knaul, professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas, who currently serves as a United Way board member.

“Her spirit forever transformed this community we all call home,” Knaul said of Miller. “Her memory will forever be a blessing, as she was a champion of causes and a leader of institution building.”

Sue Miller’s daughter, Leslie Miller Saiontz, founder and chief executive officer of Achieve Miami, applauded the “stadium filled with women” looking to do incredible things.

“It’s been an emotional morning celebrating the legacy that [my mother] created. She built something that outlived her but will continue to strengthen,” Miller Saiontz said before introducing Stewart.

The founder and chief creative director of Martha Stewart Living was joined on stage for a question-and-answer style conversation moderated by Melissa Medina, chair of the 2017 Women’s Leadership Breakfast and executive vice president of eMerge Americas.

Stewart, who said her secret to achieving balance is “good living,” admitted to the women leaders in the room that she herself found it hard to be a professional woman. But, she said, she always succeeded when she believed in herself, in her passion, and in change.

“Don’t be afraid to embrace change,” she said.


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UM Kicks Off  2016 United Way Campaign


UM Kicks Off 2016 United Way Campaign

teamum_ev250pxCORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 15, 2016) —The University of Miami officially kicked off its 2016 campaign for the United Way of Miami-Dade last week, with the goals of again raising more than $1 million, increasing faculty and staff participation and, as the U has done for nearly four decades, doing its part to improve the education, health, and financial stability of children and families in our community.

“As proud members of the UM family, we are kind, compassionate, engaged and inspired, and our TeamUM United Way campaign presents an opportunity to directly impact local quality of life,” said Jacqueline R. Menendez, vice president of University Communications who is chairing the United Way TeamUM 2016 Campaign. “Together, through the United Way, we can change lives by helping people throughout the community we call home.”

Joining Menendez as co-chair of the campaign on the medical campus is Alexandra Jorgensen, associate vice president for human resources at the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth.

Last year, under the leadership of Larry Marbert, vice president of real estate and facilities, TeamUM raised a record $1.2 million from more than 3,700 faculty and staff for the United Way of Miami-Dade.

This year, Menendez has again set UM’s sights on exceeding the $1 million mark and increasing both faculty and staff participation and undesignated contributions. As she noted in a message to employees, undesignated contributions enable the United Way to respond more quickly to emergencies, direct funds to community agencies with the greatest need, and, not least of all, more than double the value of its charitable dollars.

“Each unrestricted dollar you contribute to the United Way is matched by federal and state grant programs, turning your dollar into $2.30,” Menendez said.

Employees have the option of giving through a recurring payroll deduction from their salary, or a one-time gift through payroll deduction, check, or credit card.

The easiest and most effective way to contribute is to make a pledge online through Workday. Simply log on to Workday and, on the “All About Me” page, click on the “Give” worklet, then select “United Way,” and follow the instructions to make your donation.

United Way will distribute donations according to each employee’s wishes. Faculty and staff have the option of assigning their contributions as unrestricted, directing their gift to a University of Miami fund, or designating their favorite not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization as the recipient.

The University of Miami’s 2016 United Way Campaign runs through December 31, and will update its progress regularly in e-Veritas and on the TeamUM United Way website.

For questions concerning a United Way gift, contact your department’s ambassador. You may also contact Menendez via email at unitedway@miami.edu.


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Dunk UM Leaders for a Good Cause on November 18

Back by popular demand, TeamUM will host its annual dunk tank fundraiser  for the United Way of Miami-Dade. Head to the University Foote Green on the Coral Gables campus on Wednesday, November 18, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to put your aim to the test. For a small donation, you can try your hand at dunking UM leaders in a tank of water. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Miami-Dade. For more information and to view the complete dunking schedule, visit miami.edu/unitedway.


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