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Expect Traffic Delays, Increased Parking Volume During High School Graduation Ceremonies

The Watsco Center will be hosting high school graduations over the next three weeks. Elevated traffic is expected two hours before the start time and two hours after the end time of each ceremony. Event attendees will be utilizing the yellow lots, Merrick Garage, and Pavia Garage.

High School Graduations Schedule:

HS Grads

As a reminder, the color zone restrictions are lifted at this time with the exception of blue and purple. Therefore, feel free to utilize the other parking lots around the campus. Please allow extra time for your commute.

Should you have any questions, contact Parking and Transportation at 305-284-3096, option 2.


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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’s Convocation Center is Now the Watsco Center


UM’s Convocation Center is Now the Watsco Center

Now known as the Watsco Center, the venue has hosted many event,s including UM’s Convocatio

Now known as the Watsco Center, the 8,000-seat venue has hosted many high-profile events, including the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

In what Director of Athletics Blake James called “an exciting new chapter for the University of Miami,” the University has announced a new name for its multi-purpose entertainment facility: the Watsco Center.

“Watsco has supported us in many ways through the years and we are thrilled to solidify their commitment over the long-term given their care and passion for the University of Miami,” James said.

Watsco, Inc., based in Miami, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and is the largest distributor of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration products with annual sales of more than $4 billion, 5,000 employees, and 563 locations throughout North America. Watsco has provided funding to the University since the 1990s through its “Watsco’s Kids” program, providing children in the community free access to performance arts, sports, and other events at the University.

Albert Nahmad, Watsco’s chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Continued support of the University’s leadership, faculty, and students as well as our community has been our goal over the past several years. The University provides tremendous value to our community and we are proud to be a supporter. One more thing: GO CANES!

The Watsco Center, located in the heart of the Coral Gables campus and formerly known as the BankUnited Center, is the largest multi-purpose entertainment facility of its kind south of downtown Miami, with more than 200,000 square feet, 8,000 seats and 25 executive suites. The venue has played host to numerous nationally televised University of Miami men’s and women’s college basketball games, world-class musicians and performers, community events, and several presidential debates, forums, and rallies.


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