December 2010, Issue 11

School of Business Strengthens Programs in Health Sector Management and Policy

The University’s School of Business Administration is earning a national reputation for the strength of its health sector programs, which have expanded significantly over the past year. New programs include an undergraduate major in health sector management and policy, which started this past fall. The major is designed to prepare students for business careers within the health care industry, as well as to pursue advanced degree programs in health administration, health economics, medical sociology and public health.

The launch of the major expands the School’s portfolio of health sector programs which also include an undergraduate minor, an MD/MBA program offered jointly with the University’s Miller School of Medicine, and a health sector-focused executive MBA program, which the School has offered for more than 30 years.

“The launch of the major in health sector management and policy is another important step in the School’s ongoing strategy to build on its core areas of strength and in areas where we see a growing demand from our students and the business community,” said Dean Barbara E. Kahn. “Part of our mission is to foster excellence in health management education, policy and research and this major, along with our other innovative health sector programs, helps fulfill that.”

The new major follows the School’s establishment of a Center for Health Sector Management and Policy the same year. The center serves as a resource to businesses and policy making bodies, conducts and disseminates leading edge research, offers consult services to the health care and business community and provides training and education for those in the health sector.

“As government agencies, organizations and businesses struggle with the complex issues surrounding the cost and delivery of health care, the demand for thought leadership and training in health management and policy has never been greater,” said Steven Ullmann, professor of management and the director of the Center. “By bringing together leading experts and other health sector resources in this manner, we can impact public policy, help organizations optimize performance, and shape the future of our health care system.

The School of Business will showcase its leadership position in health sector management and policy in January 2011 as the organizer of the University’s second Global Business Forum. The theme of the conference, which will take place January 12 – 14, is “The Business of Health Care: Defining the Future.”

The forum will feature keynote addresses by prominent industry and government leaders including Kathleen Sebelius, the nation’s secretary of health and human services, Jeffrey R. Immelt, the chairman and CEO of General Electric, Thomas M. Ryan, the chairman and CEO of CVS Caremark, Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and UM President Donna E. Shalala, who was secretary of health and human services for eight years under President Bill Clinton.

The program will also feature some 30 panel discussions organized by schools and colleges across the University. The topics include economics and health care, aging, medical innovation, wellness and prevention, global health issues, and health care delivery systems of the future. Nearly 150 speakers and panelists will participate, along with hundreds of alumni and other professionals from across the country. More information and registration for the Global Business Forum, is available at

Study Abroad – What Parents Need to Know

Once considered an extracurricular luxury, study abroad has shifted over the past few decades to an essential experience for every college student. Whereas intercultural competence may have merely “enhanced” a resume in the past, today’s interdependent, globalized economy needs “global citizens” - no matter what profession students are considering.

With careful planning, study abroad can be a part of every student’s education and can take place as early as their sophomore year. Programs vary in length, ranging from full-year and semester programs to short-term summer, intersession and spring break programs, and are open to all majors. UM has programs in over 45 countries, and a team of advisors in Allen Hall 111 available to help students figure out which one is right for them.

UM has recently launched three exciting “semester on location” programs which have changed the face of study abroad. These innovative programs place students in host universities overseas, giving them the independence to experience the local culture at their own pace, but also providing them with an infrastructure of UM faculty and staff in country who teach them, take them on excursions and use their expertise help them navigate their new surroundings. Recognizable by their “U” prefix, these programs include UGalapagos, UGalilee, and UPrague. Whether following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin to see the theory of evolution come to life, working on archaeological digs to uncover fragments of ancient civilizations, or analyzing the European Union’s eastward expansion, students on these programs experience thematic programming unlike any other study abroad program. “My time in Israel taught me to seek education even while outside the classroom, and the experience of learning in the field gave me the insight to look for knowledge everywhere I go, taking my classroom with me,” says UGalilee past participant Mary Yoachem.

Parents should note that the financial aid packages and scholarships awarded to students for the regular academic year are automatically applied to UM students studying abroad on UM programs. The price of room and board abroad will vary depending on the study abroad destination, and can actually be less costly than a semester of room and board in Miami. Students receiving a Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Gilman Scholarship, created by the US Department of State to encourage low-income and non-traditional students to go abroad.

For more information about deadlines, application procedures, specifics costs and additional scholarships, please visit or call 305-284-3434.

The School of Architecture Expands its Focus to Several New Areas

The School of Architecture, founded in 1983, offers accredited professional undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture and post-graduate degrees in architecture, urban design and real estate development. Continuing its topical emphasis on new urbanism, vernacular and classical architecture, and 20th century and contemporary modernism, the School has expanded its focus to several new areas.

These include health and the built environment, with health care design studios and courses and a continuing research partnership with faculty in the Miller School of Medicine; tropical and subtropical coastal design, building on faculty experience in locations such as Santo Domingo, Mumbai, Cape Town, and Barranquilla; the new Master of Real Estate Development and Urbanism (MRED+U), an interdisciplinary one-year graduate program engaging faculty from the Schools of Business Administration and Law as well as Architecture; and the new Certificate in Historic Preservation.

The Center for Urban and Community Design (CUCD), the School’s outreach program, provides students with hands-on experience in community improvement nationally and internationally. More than half of enrolled students participate in study-abroad programs in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean basin, and Latin America. The School sponsors fall, spring and summer semester programs in Rome, located in our new Rome Center, providing an intensive experience in design, theory, and history of architecture. Facilities at the School include studio workspace for each student, an architecture reference library linked to university-wide resources, the New Urbanism Archive, a computer laboratory, a model shop, and the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center housing Glasgow Hall and the Korach Architecture Gallery. School administrators include Dean Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Associate Dean Denis Hector, Assistant Dean Ana Santana, Director of the Undergraduate Program Rocco Ceo, and Director of the Graduate Program Jean-François Lejeune.

Global Entrepreneurship Week at UM

November 15 to 19, 2010, universities and organizations from more than 100 countries celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation.  Global Entrepreneurship Week presented by the University of Miami’s Launch Pad featured more than 20 events involving hundreds of entrepreneurs in technology, international business, health and wellness, media, food, and fashion. Here are some of the highlights:

University of Miami Launch Pad Events

• Taste of Entrepreneurship: Explored entrepreneurship in the food and beverage industries and culinary arts with more than 40 businesses serving bites and sharing their success stories.

• Finale of 2010 Elevator Pitch Contest: 22 finalists pitched their business in 90 seconds or less, and four winners shared over $100,000 in prizes! Student first place winner and people’s choice award went to Brittnay Starks of B-Long, customized interchangeable wigs for every occasion. The student grand prize winner was Tyler McIntyre, Lucid Technologies, a cross-platform messaging application for Blackberry, iPhone and Android devices.

• Women in Entrepreneurship: Featured talks on attracting investors, marketing and products, and a luncheon keynote address by Dr. Leslie Baumann, CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute and Skin Type Solutions.

• Import-Export Luncheon: Keynote and book signing by Neal Asbury, CEO of The Legacy Companies and 2008 U.S. National Champion Exporter of the Year.

• An Afternoon with Fashion Entrepreneurs: Showcase of South Florida’s up-and-coming designers and trend-setters plus panel discussions which included Alina Villasante, founder and creative visionary at Peace Love World.

End of the Semester Grade Information

Fall 2010 end of semester grades can be found on the students’ myUM account beginning Wednesday, December 22. Students can access final grades by logging in to Grades will NOT be mailed to either local or permanent addresses. They are ONLY available online through myUM.

A grade point average is used to determine standing in class, eligibility for graduation, and eligibility for honors. It also serves to qualify the student for continuation in good standing and for decisions pertaining to probation and dismissal, continuation of scholarships, and other matters. Prior to mid-semester, professors have an opportunity to provide students with information concerning their academic progress. If a student receives an Academic Alert, reports are mailed to the students at their local and permanent addresses.

The University of Miami uses a traditional 4.0 grading scale, with an A+ = 4.00, A = 4.00, A- = 3.70, B+ = 3.30, B = 3.00, B- = 2.70, C+ = 2.30, C = 2.00, C- = 1.70, D+ = 1.30, D = 1.00, and F = 0.00.

For more information, please visit the

Making Housing Arrangements for 2011-2012

Every spring amid the excitement of the new semester starting and looking ahead to spring break, students are also beginning to put together their housing plans for the coming academic year. For resident students in particular, there are several important considerations to discuss with their friends and parents—typically around conveniences of being on campus & access to academic resources vs. more independence and the availability of various amenities off-campus. Financial implications are also always in the discussion in light of the current economic conditions.

New for last year due to a reduction in available on-campus housing (our older apartment area was being vacated & prepared for demolition ahead of future University development) was an opt-in & lottery process. For resident students interested in continuing on campus next year, the opt-in period will be from January 28th-February 11th and a housing lottery to equitably distribute the opportunity for those residents that opt-in held on February 21st—based on a comparison of the opt-in interest and the available spaces on campus for continuing students, the lottery may not be necessary but students should plan for that eventuality. A letter outlining the opt-in & lottery process will be sent home in January to the parents of resident students.

To participate in the opt-in process, your son/daughter should access the University’s web-based myUM system by February 11th to indicate their interest in continuing to live on campus for next year AND specifically in what type of housing they would like to live in (suite-style or apartment-style). The results of the opt-in process (and whether a lottery is necessary) will be announced on February 21st…again in myUM. Current residents of University Village as well as private single rooms in Eaton, Mahoney, and Pearson Colleges will be guaranteed selection in the lottery as long as they participate in the opt-in process to confirm their interest in returning to the same housing assignment for 2011-2012.To participate in the opt-in process, your son/daughter should access the University’s web-based myUM system by February 11th to indicate their interest in continuing to live on campus for next year AND specifically in what type of housing they would like to live in (suite-style or apartment-style). The results of the opt-in process (and whether a lottery is necessary) will be announced on February 21st…again in myUM. Current residents of University Village as well as private single rooms in Eaton, Mahoney, and Pearson Colleges will be guaranteed selection in the lottery as long as they participate in the opt-in process to confirm their interest in returning to the same housing assignment for 2011-2012.

If your son/daughter is graduating this coming spring, going on a study abroad experience next fall, already planning to live off-campus, or otherwise would not be in need of on-campus housing then they don’t need to participate in the opt-in process. For those students who are planning to move off-campus as well as those few opt-in participants who may unfortunately not be selected in the lottery if it is needed, our department has a number of web-based resources related to off-campus accommodations as well as a full-time person who can assist students individually with their off-campus housing search process.

Those not selected in the possible lottery may also apply for on-campus housing as early as February 22nd and they will be placed on a waiting list with priority placement. As spaces become available later in the spring semester following the conclusion of housing sign-up, they will be contacted individually. Last year, all resident students not selected in the lottery who applied to the housing waiting list were eventually assigned to on-campus housing…many prior to the end of the spring semester.

Students selected via the opt-in process (and subsequent lottery if needed) would then proceed with the on-line sign-up in late March following spring break. The process is very quick and easy—students already use myUM to register for classes, check grades, or pay balances. With our housing sign-up system, they will be able to:
  • Review the housing sign-up tutorial (available as of February 21st) as well as the housing agreement and room rates for 2011-2012
  • Review and complete/update their immunization acknowledgement form
  • View their priority appointment times (also as of February 21st) and see their personal housing sign-up code which is used when being requested as a roommate
  • Retain/change rooms/apartments and select roommates, suitemates, and apartment-mates
  • Electronically “sign” their housing agreement and all applicable addendums
  • Pay their $250.00 non-refundable housing deposit by credit card or electronic debit from a checking account
We encourage you to discuss housing arrangements for next year with your son/daughter and be sure they do participate in the opt-in process by February 11th if they want to live on campus next year. If you have any questions regarding the opt-in process, housing sign-up in general or off-campus housing resources, you can check the Department of Housing and Residential Life website at or contact their office via telephone (305-284-4505) or e-mail (

Fraternity and Sorority Life at the U

With the fall coming to a close and the spring semester drawing near, our students are gearing up for the main recruitment season for membership in one of the University’s 33 fraternities and sororities. As the time comes for your sons and daughters to return home for the winter break, we offer the following for you to gain a better understanding of this community, just in case the topic comes up.

Community Oversight and Makeup
First, the Dean of Students Office provides oversight for all of the fraternities and sororities in our community. We have four Deans in the office that work with the student-run governing bodies which, in turn, provide leadership for the organizations that have “chapters,” or local student groups, at the U. The Deans each have regular contact with the members and leaders of the student chapters, their advisors, and their inter/national organizational headquarters, and they also provide measures of accountability for these groups where necessary.

There are four governing councils at UM and each serves a different group of organizations that were founded on like-minded principles and ideals. These range from the broadly defined fraternal association of men or women, to the more specific association of students from similar cultural or ethnic populations.

How do people join?
The process of joining is referred to by different names and has different phases, depending on the organization. In each is a period where the organization gets to know potential new members and decides whether or not to extend a “bid,” or invitation for a student to join a particular group. There is then a period in which those who accept a bid learn more about their organization’s history, values, members, and goals.

The Pride of our Community
As different as the groups seem, they are similar in terms of their achievement in several very important aspects of college life. Most importantly, our fraternity and sorority members regularly earn a collective GPA higher than the all-UM average for men and women. The members of these organizations also frequently give of their time, talents, and resources to service and philanthropic organizations, and they are among the most involved and influential student leaders at the University.

Associated Costs
Another aspect of joining is the cost associated with being a member. Members of these organizations pay “dues” to their group. These monies pay for operational costs, offer educational and social programming, and provide a host of other opportunities only available to members.

For More Information
While there is limited space here to share all of the exciting possibilities this community offers, there are many more opportunities that await students in Fraternity and Sorority Life. For more information about the different organizations at UM, please visit the Dean of Students website, and for more specific information you can also contact us in the office at (305) 284-5353. We hope you will support, and even encourage your student to consider the exciting possibilities available in the Fraternity and Sorority Community, and we look forward to responding to any questions or concerns that you may have.

When Can Students Join?
 Fixed Recruitment Dates:
 Interfraternity Council (men’s groups only) – January 17 through February 4
 Panhellenic Association (women’s groups only) – January 11 through 16
 On-Going Recruitment Dates:
 National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (groups for either men or women)
 National Pan-Hellenic Council (groups for either men or women)

Please contact the Dean of Students Office for contact information for each of these groups to get more information about how to join.

December 2010 Commencement Information

For the parents who have a son or daughter graduating this semester, we look forward to welcoming you and your guests to the BankUnited Center for the University of Miami December 2010 Commencement Ceremony. A combined undergraduate and graduate degree ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 16 at 10:00am.

No tickets are required for guests. Doors open one hour prior to the scheduled start of the ceremony. Please note the Academic Procession begins 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The BankUnited Center is ADA compliant with special needs seating available.

Schools and colleges will host receptions for the graduates and their families and guests. Reception times and locations will vary by school or college and can be found at

Parking is available for guests at the Pavia Garage, Ponce de Leon Garage and Serpentine lot at the BankUnited Center. No parking passes are required for any of our commencement lots. Shuttle service will run to and from Pavia Garage, the BankUnited Center and University Center. Special Needs parking is available in the Serpentine lot in front of the BankUnited Center. No handicap tags or special passes are required - just tell a parking attendant!

GradImages™ will be at the ceremony to snap a shot of every graduate as he or she walks across the stage. DVDs will also be available for the ceremony for just $40. Order yours today at

BankUnited Center concessions will be open before, during and after the ceremony. The UM Bookstore will also be open at the University Center and inside the BankUnited Center.

More questions? Visit or call 305-284-1824.

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Miami Hurricanes to face Notre Dame in 77th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

Association of American Medical Colleges honors Miller School’s service in Haiti

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