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UM Launches New Online Master’s Degrees in Communication, Nursing Informatics

 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 13, 2015)—The School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) and the School of Communication (SoC) are now registering students for their first, fully online master’s degree programs, with SONHS offering two master’s degrees in health informatics and SoC offering a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. All three UOnline programs launch in January.

SONHS’s new Master of Science in Nursing—Nursing Informatics (MSN-NI) and Master of Science in Health Informatics (MS-HI) programs are designed to address the increasing demand for qualified health informatics professionals, which, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, will increase by 22 percent by 2020, a growth propelled by the Affordable Care Act and the federal mandate that health care providers use electronic medical records.

“Health care providers across the nation are seeking professionals with the specialized knowledge to bring them into compliance with new governmental mandates to implement shareable electronic health records,” said SONHS Dean Nilda Peragallo Montano. “We are educating the first generation trained to provide this expertise. Our MSN-NI and MS-HI graduates will be positioned to help lead the transformation of health care delivery in the U.S.”

The School of Communication’s Master of Arts in Communication Studies program, which will be taught by the school’s world-renowned faculty in a flexible, online format, is geared toward working professionals who want to pursue careers in communication or earn advanced degrees. The course of study is designed to build oral, written, critical thinking, and research skills.

“In this program students will study conflict resolution, group decision-making, relationship management, persuasion, and much more in courses designed for people who understand that mastering the art and science of communication is key to leadership development,” Dean Gregory J. Shepherd said.

The 36-credit program can be completed in 24 months. Program graduates can expect to gain a competitive edge in the workplace by improving their communication and leadership skills in the contexts of interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication.

The SONHS’s online degrees target professionals in nursing and health informatics and bring together the knowledge and skills needed in nursing and health care practices to successfully manage electronic medical records. Students will develop competencies to use and apply information and computer sciences to manage and communicate data and information.

Potential students for the new degree programs include working professionals in the health care and information technology fields, workers already in the informatics field seeking a health care focus, and career changers from diverse backgrounds.

The two programs will share a common core of five fundamentals courses, but will differ depending on their admission prerequisites. The MSN-NI, which focuses on the role of nursing leadership within clinical informatics, requires an R.N. degree for admission and will educate nurses to use informatics in their daily nursing and nursing management practices. Nursing informaticists work in settings that are directly related to nursing care.

With a broader scope, the MS-HI program is open to applicants without nursing credentials who seek a career in health informatics. Health informaticists are generalists prepared to work in diverse settings such as pharmacies, hospitals, medical insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and public health agencies. Either program can be completed online in 12 months of full-time study or 24 months of part-time study.

Applications for the SoC’s Master of Arts in Communication Studies and the SONHS’s MSN-NI and MS-HI programs are now being accepted. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants. For more information, visit www.miami.edu/online or call 888-926-6968 to speak to an advisor.


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World Bank Report Details Challenges Still Facing Haiti

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World Bank Report Details Challenges Still Facing Haiti

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Louis Herns Marcelin, right, associate professor of anthropology at UM, discusses the World Bank Report “Haiti: Towards a New Narrative” with audience members, while Raju Singh, World Bank lead economist for Haiti, looks on.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 15, 2015) – Despite a modest surge in its economy following the destructive 2010 earthquake, Haiti continues to be mired in economic crisis, as political instability, natural disasters, and other factors such as an unfavorable business climate continue to make the island nation the poorest in the Americas, according to the findings of a new World Bank report shared with the University of Miami community on Wednesday.

Presented by Raju Singh, World Bank lead economist for Haiti, during a 90-minute forum at UM’s School of Communication, Haiti: Towards a New Narrative examines post-earthquake reconstruction and assesses the efficiency and effectiveness of foreign aid efforts in Haiti five years after the temblor that killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed much of the capital city of Port-au-Prince’s infrastructure. Read the full story

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Gift Honors Steven Sotloff’s Legacy


Gift Honors Steven Sotloff’s Legacy

By Bárbara Gutiérrez
UM News

Steven and Arthur Sotloff

Steven Sotloff, with his father, Arthur

Coral Gables, Fla. (September 24, 2015) – Steven Joel Sotloff was a devoted journalist from Miami whose passion for his craft took him to faraway places to cover important stories and dangerous conflicts. In September of 2014, he lost his life at the hands of ISIS militants who had kidnapped him.

“He took it as his responsibility to bring these stories to life,” said his father, Arthur Sotloff. “He went to the Middle East and saw all of the injustices that affected the people, and his writing was all about the people and the human factor. He gave his life for this.” Read the full story

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New Media Workshop Attracts—and Nurtures—New Talent


New Media Workshop Attracts—and Nurtures—New Talent

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Camille Von Simson, rising senior at LaSalle High School in Coconut Grove, focuses on the Everglades for the climate change project.

Camille Von Simson, rising senior at LaSalle High School in Coconut Grove, focuses on the Everglades for the climate change project.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 17, 2015)—Within an hour of arriving on campus July 5, the students in this year’s Peace Sullivan/James Ansin High School Journalism and New Media Workshop settled on the issue that would consume them for the next three weeks: how climate change will affect South Florida.

Now more than half way through the residential summer program, many of the students are as passionate about educating their peers about the threat rising seas pose to their futures as they are about pursuing careers in journalism.

“Our research showed that by 2060 sea levels in South Florida could rise 3 to 6 feet, which will affect all of us profoundly,” said Dayany Sotolongo, an incoming senior at SLAM!, the Sports Leadership & Management Charter Middle/High School near Marlins Park in Miami. “I’ve learned more about climate change and the conservation efforts we can take part in to reverse it in these few days than I ever learned in school, and I’m really proud of that.”


Tsitsi Wakhisi, associate professor of professional practice, reviews the photos high school students Alissandra Enriquez and Daniel Saiz took during a photojournalism bootcamp.

Sotolongo is among the 20 students from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties selected for this year’s highly competitive workshop, which enables students with a strong interest in journalism to live on campus and work with faculty and staff to produce a printed newspaper, Miami Montage, a website, and videos dedicated to a topic of interest to South Florida youth.

In past years, students have explored issues related to homeless and undocumented youth, but this year there was almost immediate consensus about the issue that could have the greatest impact on their futures.

“They were brainstorming about different topics that are relevant to youth in Florida, and climate change quickly emerged as the most relevant,’’ said workshop administrator Steve Pierre, who credits his own workshop experience seven years ago for fueling his passion for journalism and for his current job as a communications specialist in UM’s Department of Human Resources.

“I would not be where I am today without everything I learned during those three weeks,” Pierre said. “Thinking back on it now, I was shy. I had never conducted an interview. I was a decent writer, but I didn’t have much experience or practical skills. I had never even seen some of the equipment we used. I did more in those three weeks than I had done in my entire life.”


Students Phillip Bootsma and Ciro Salcedo, on a simulated photo assignment, collect information about their subject, Mariah Schuemann, Intensive English Program professor.

Now in its 32nd year, the workshop, which is sponsored in part by the James Ansin and the Ansin Family Foundation, WSVN-Channel 7, Peace Sullivan, the Dow Jones News Fund, the Miami New Times, the John T. Bills Scholarship in Journalism Fund at The Miami Foundation, and the Jeanne Bellamy Scholarship in Print Journalism Fund at the Miami Foundation, concludes Saturday with a celebratory luncheon where the students will share their work with their families.

But their opportunities are just beginning. In addition to gaining valuable skills, workshop participants also compete for internships at local newspapers, a $1,000 Dow Jones scholarship, and, through special funding from the Ansin Family Foundation, a four-year scholarship to the University of Miami.

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Students Screen Top Films in Los Angeles, Fill UM with Pride


Students Screen Top Films in Los Angeles, Fill UM with Pride

By Robin Shear
UM News

At Raleigh Studios Hollywood, UM alumnus Paul Orehovec shows UM film students and recent graduates around the set of Major Crimes, the TV series he co-produces with fellow 'Cane Michael Robin, A.B. '85.

At Raleigh Studios Hollywood, UM alumnus Paul Orehovec, far left, shows UM film students and recent graduates around the set of Major Crimes, the TV series he co-produces with fellow ‘Cane Michael Robin, A.B. ’85.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 5, 2015) —From a migrant worker in Beijing to a would-be “Marielito” in Cuba, from hacking computers to “hooking up” in college, the ’Canes Film Showcase offered a wide variety of subject matter and style for the 450 attendees who filled the Directors Guild of America Theater on Hollywood’s famed Sunset Boulevard last Thursday.

The annual event, in its 10th year, showcases five student films selected by judges as the best of the ’Canes Film Festival, held each spring at UM. Those students then get to travel to Los Angeles to mingle with an impressive array of industry professionals and alumni.

“I swell with pride when I see the quality work our students produce,” commented School of Communication Dean Gregory Shepherd after the screening. “The quality is tied to the education they receive and the amazing job our faculty are doing.”

In addition to a Hollywood who’s who that included industry veteran David Isaacs (M*A*S*H, Mad Men), A.B. ’71, actor Dawnn Lewis, B.M. ’82, and director John Herzfeld, ’69, among many others, there were a number of University Trustees in attendance, along with Interim President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, who called the students’ films “fabulous,” citing their “incredible professionalism” and impressive range of subject matter.

The films included Espionage 101, Home, I Want to Beat Up Clark Peters, The Mermaid, and El Mar y Él. Tony Mendez, producer and director of El Mar y Él, grew up in Miami and took his inspiration from his uncle’s tale of trying to leave Cuba in the 1980s. Mendez said HBO Latino has optioned his project in the U.S. and that it is set to be released in October.

The highlight of the showcase came when audience members had the chance to vote via Internet for their favorite film. I Want to Beat Up Clark Peters, about a college guy who seeks revenge after the woman he’s casually seeing starts seeing someone else, won both the City of Angels audience favorite award and the Best of the Fest Award from the professional panel of judges.

Accepting the awards, Joseph Picozzi, the movie’s writer, director, and producer who graduated this spring from the School of Communication, credited his cast and crew of fellow ’Canes, many of whom were in the audience.

“It’s great that people like it. There were some amazing films that also deserve the same recognition,” said Picozzi. “I saw a story that wasn’t being told about the hook-up culture. It’s something all of my friends were going through.”

Picozzi said he plans to move to Los Angeles in July with a fellow ’Cane to pursue his chosen career.

It’s a decision Paul Orehovec, B.S.C. ’02, encouraged as he showed a group of 20 UM film students through the inner sanctum of Raleigh Studios Hollywood, where he has worked for “one third of his life.”

The students had ample opportunity to ask technical and detailed questions, examine advanced camera equipment, and see a working set, thanks to Orehovec, co-producer with Michael Robin, A.B. ’85, of the TV series Major Crimes.

Speaking from his experience of 11 seasons with the studio, Orehovec urged UM students to get out of Miami and give L.A. a shot.

“There’s this excitement about being here, about creating. I highly recommend it. At the very minimum give it a try,” he said. “I learned more in my first year of being here about the way things actually work than can ever be taught in school. You just have to be in it, you just have to see it. It’s an adventure. It’s fun.”

But it’s also highly competitive, he noted. “Out here you’re a small fish. You have to work harder, but the reward is definitely bigger.”

Kenny Langer was one of those inspired by Orehovec’s pep talk. This year was the first time screenplays were judged at the Canes Film Festival at UM, and Langer’s feature-length Villify was the inaugural winner. Langer, who received recognition Thursday evening, is shopping around his script about a closeted teen who agrees to sleep with his best friend’s girlfriend to help break them up. Like Picozzi and several other recent UM film grads, Langer plans to move to L.A. in the coming months. “Here I go!” he exclaimed with a smile.

UM is also going to L.A., noted Dean Shepherd, with its Los Angeles semester program launching in January 2016.

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