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May 5, 2014 | Monday 
May Commencement Ceremonies and Celebrations Begin Thursday

With research papers, labs, and final exams behind them, more than 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students will receive their University of Miami degrees this week at one of six commencement exercises held over three days, May 8-May 10. View the ceremony and regalia distribution schedule and stellar lineup of speakers, or for more information, the Commencement homepage.
Michael Alessandri
Autism Study Named Among the Nation's Most Significant

A study led by a national team that included Michael Alessandri at the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) has been chosen from more than 2,000 autism studies for inclusion in the federal government’s annual summary of research that heralds significant progress in the autism field. | more
Kunal Parker
Professor Selected for Prestigious Humanities Fellowship

The School of Law's Kunal Madhukar Parker is one of 41 leading scholars from five countries who have been appointed to the National Humanities Center's 37th class of resident fellows. During the 2014-15 academic year, Parker will pursue a research project, "Immigrants and Other Foreigners: U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Law, 1600-2000," and attend center seminars, lectures, and conferences. | more
Victoria Humphrey
Students Thank Donors Who Bring Dreams to Life

College once seemed impossible for Victoria Humphrey, but the Ronald A. Hammond Scholar is not only on the verge of graduating debt-free from a top-tier institution, she’s on her way to medical school and fulfilling a lifelong ambition of becoming a doctor, an accomplishment she shared with more than 430 donors at the UM Annual Giving’s Leadership and Loyalty Recognition Reception. | more
Students Envision a Park Under the Metrorail

An art gallery, sculpture garden, elevated park, soccer field, and plenty of luscious landscapes and bike paths were among the elements architecture students envisioned for a 10-mile stretch of land under the Metrorail—a class assignment that drew community leaders and government officials interested in transforming the Metrorail's M-Path corridor into the GreenLink park. | more 
Dean Isaac Prilleltensky
Apps Help People from 8 to 80 Improve Their Well-Being

From healthier eating habits to strategies for overcoming addictions, three new apps developed by a team of researchers at the School of Education and Human Development are helping people of all ages improve their well-being. Dean Isaac Prilleltensky recently explained how they work at the Council on Contemporary Families 17th annual conference. | more 
Miller School Signs Agreement for Drug Discovery Partnership

Accelerating Miami’s emergence as a biotechnology hub, the Miller School and Berg, a Boston-based biopharmaceutical company co-founded by the school’s former director of Transdermal Delivery/Cutaneous Cancer Research, have agreed to share research and data while seeding critical projects to combat cancer and metabolic and central nervous system diseases. | more
Jazz Students and Ensembles Earn 18 DownBeat Awards

Frost School of Music students were once again well-represented in DownBeat magazine’s Annual Student Music Awards, with 18 awards bestowed on ensembles, soloists, arrangers, composers, and engineers. | more
President Donna E. Shalala
President Shalala Appointed to Lead ACC Council of Presidents
University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala has been appointed chair of the Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents, effective immediately. Shalala, who was to assume the position July 1, transitioned early after the council’s current chair, Charles Steger, announced his intention to step down as president of Virginia Tech. All of the ACC’s 15 member institutions are represented on the council. | more
Compliance Corner: Extra Benefits
There have been numerous media reports about athletes receiving impermissible “extra benefits,” but what exactly is an extra benefit? Every UM booster and employee should know the answer. | more
Women's Tennis
Women’s Tennis Hosts Tenth Straight NCAA Regional May 9-10
With a share of the 2014 ACC regular season championship under their belts, the women’s tennis team will host an NCAA regional for the tenth straight year on May 9-10 when Boston University, Oklahoma, and Wichita State visit for the first and second rounds of the Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament. | more
AJ Salcines
Salcines Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Senior reliever AJ Salcines is among ten NCAA student-athlete finalists for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate baseball. A biology major with a 3.84 cumulative GPA, Salcines has made the Provost’s Honor Roll for five semesters, as well as the Dean’s List, Athletic Director Honor Roll, and Book Buster’s Club throughout his academic career. Nationwide fan voting to help select the winner runs through June 9. Vote for Salcines at seniorCLASSaward.com. | more
  • Football Season Tickets On Sale Now; Employees Eligible for 20 Percent Discount | more
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Amid Final Exams, Students Recharge at the Oasis
Relaxation strategies to deal with test-taking included animal petting, chair massages, meditation sessions, or just lazy naps in a hammock on Tuesday, when The Huffington Post partnered with the University of Miami to bring its stress-reducing Oasis to the Foote Green. | View the slideshow
UM Explorer Hosts the American Idol for Scientists
Kenny Broad (far left), National Geographic’s 2011 Explorer of the Year and the cave-diving director of the Abess Center, hosted the 2014 FameLab, a live competition to find the new voices of science. Sponsored by NASA and National Geographic, FameLab challenges early-career researchers to distill their science into snappy, PowerPoint-free presentations. | more
Italian Students Add Their Own Mediterranean Flair to Miracle Mile
Architecture students from the University of Palermo show off their model of the Biltmore now on display with other models of local historic landmarks at the Società Dante Alighieri Italian cultural center in Coral Gables. Three of the students also spent two months at UM with the School of Architecture’s Carmen Guerrero, director of the Undergraduate Rome Program, redesigning a stretch of Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile. | more
This is your U
Faculty and Staff Support the U in a Big Way and Students Show Their Gratitude
The University’s faculty and staff donors are earning heartfelt thanks from grateful students whose lives have been transformed by their generous support. To date, employees have contributed more than $31 million during Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami, which began in 2008 with a goal of raising $1.6 billion and making the U the next great American university. Read some of their stories. | more
Sign Up for Flexible Summer Workweek Program by May 16
The University’s Flexible Summer Workweek Program, which allows employees to change their traditional work schedules to take care of personal and family obligations while fulfilling work commitments, will run from May 30 through August 6. To request participation in the program, you must complete and submit the Flexible Summer Workweek Agreement Form to your supervisor for approval by Friday, May 16. | more
Free Financial Fitness Challenge
Well ’Canes is partnering with the Educated Investor to bring UM employees a free, nine-week, self-paced, online financial wellness challenge. Beginning Monday, May 12, the interactive challenge will help participants determine their current financial well-being and choose a learning plan tailored to their own needs. The challenge is free and available to the first 250 employees who sign up. Reserve your spot before Thursday, May 8. | more
Improve Your Leadership Skills This May
The Office of Workforce Engagement and Development is offering several specialized training courses in May focusing on setting personal goals, working in a team environment, and developing a performance-based culture among your staff. | more
  • Beachside Yoga Wednesdays on the Marine Campus | more
Masters of Fine Arts
Candidates Exhibition

Masters of Fine Arts 
Candidates Show Their Stuff
Presented by the University of Miami Department of Art and Art History and the Lowe Art Museum, the Annual Masters of Fine Arts Candidates Exhibition showcasing the work of 13 MFA students, including Devin Caserta’s Peeking Neon, will open at the Lowe on Thursday, May 8, with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through June 1. | more

ArtLab @ The Lowe to Showcase Conquest and Coexistence: The Cultural Synthesis of Spanish Colonial Art
The sixth installment of ArtLab @ The Lowe, Conquest and Coexistence: The Cultural Synthesis of Spanish Colonial Art, will open Friday, May 16. Curated from conception to installation by University of Miami students supervised by Karen Mathews, assistant professor of art history, the exhibit explores the unique cultural synthesis forged by one of the most cataclysmic events in early modern history, the Spanish conquest of the Americas. | more.
  • Students and Holocaust Survivors Share Journeys of Remembrance and Strength | more
  • Entrepreneurship Students Help South Florida Businesses Tackle Challenges | more
  • Multidisciplinary Researcher-Physician Earns Society’s Highest Honor | more
  • Arsht Research on Ethics and Community Grant Proposals Due May 19 | more
  • Spring Faculty and Course Evaluations Available Online | more
  • ICCAS Presents 'Cuba: Current Issues, Future Prospects' on May 10 | more
  • Looking for a Unique Graduation Gift? How About a Brick on the Wellness Center’s Love Bridge | more
  • Register Your Program for Inclusion in Alumni Weekend and Homecoming Calendar | more
  • UM Advances to Finals in National Student Advertising Competition | more
  • Parking Lot Color Restrictions Lifted for Summer | more
  • Hurricane Food Court Will Close in Mid-May for the Summer; Alternatives Will Abound | more

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