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A letter from university President Donna E. Shalala

Dear New 'Canes: Welcome to the University of Miami! We are absolutely delighted you have chosen UM and want to wish you well as you embark on a transformative time in your life! You are joining the University of Miami community at a very exciting time in its history and in the history of our nation. (1) comment

Test Web site launches at beta.themiamihurricane.com

Get a sneak peek at what the next Miami Hurricane site will look like

Test Web site launches at beta.themiamihurricane.com

Please visit beta.thamiamihurricane.com to get a sneak peak of the new Miami Hurricane Web site. Also, be sure to send us your thoughts at feedback@themiamihurricane.com. (0) comments

A letter from Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia A. Whitely

Dear New Student: Welcome to the University of Miami and congratulations on your decision to attend one of the finest educational institutions in the world! You are one of approximately 15,000 students from all 50 states, 3 territories, and over 105 foreign countries who will attend the University this year. (0) comments

Get oriented with Orientation 2008

Students, parents become involved with getting to know the university

Get oriented with Orientation 2008

Warm lights and a sea of smiling faces calm the nerves of the University of Miami's incoming freshman class. As they enter a large arena, where they will later cheer on the Canes at basketball games with a brand new group of friends, everything seems to fall into place. (0) comments

A letter from Student Government President Brandon Gross

To our new 'Canes: Congratulations and welcome to the University of Miami! You are about to begin what will undoubtedly be some of the greatest years of your lives. You are all joining our Hurricane family and we are very excited about welcoming you, the best class to ever enter UM. (0) comments

Foundation being laid for the next decade at UM

Provost's plan sets goals for academics, campus, research

Foundation being laid for the next decade at UM

While students took final exams last May, a vote by the University of Miami Board of Trustees determined that a plan which could impact every aspect of the university in the next 10 years had been approved. Among the proposals are goals for the university to expand research and graduate programs, increase on-campus housing and provide more flexibility for students to choose classes in schools outside their major. (1) comment

School of Education ranked in top 4 nationally

Teaching and learning program ranked No. 1 in the country

School of Education ranked in top 4 nationally

An annual report by Academic Analytics, a company which analyzes faculty productivity, ranked three of the university's School of Education programs amongst the nation's top four.? The teaching and learning program was recognized as first in the nation, a three spot jump from last year's fourth place ranking; the school's math and science program was ranked as the third best in the nation; and the research, measurement, and evaluation program earned a fourth place ranking, ahead of UC Berkeley and the University of Florida. (0) comments

Knight Center for International Media opens

New center for communication

Although it takes a keen eye to notice the hidden offices of the University of Miami's Knight Center for International Media, the goals of the center may have a worldwide impact. Located on the west side of the School of Communication courtyard, the center is a meeting place for journalists and educators to work on exposing and communicating to the public significant but under-publicized issues of global importance. (0) comments

UM group provides architectural experience for a good cause

Program allows students to gain real-life experience

UM group provides architectural experience for a good cause

The University of Miami's Center for Urban and Community Design (CUCD) was born in the wake of the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history; Hurricane Andrew. The CUCD was established in 1992 to assist in rebuilding South Miami-Dade County after Category-5 Andrew devastated the area. (0) comments

Architecture students work on waterfront plans

Scenic promenade and walkway in Miami part of project

More than 300 students in the University of Miami's School of Architecture participated in an assignment that would benefit their education and be an asset to the community of Miami as a whole. The Miami Waterfront Project, which took place during the entire fall semester of 2007, gave students and all of the school's design studios the opportunity to help design a walkway along the city of Miami's 5 mile-long public waterfront, from Alice Wainwright Park north of Vizcaya to Magnolia Park at Northeast 39th street, including the downtown Miami River waterfront. (0) comments

UM theatre professor works at New York's Lincoln Center

Vellenga became 'second self' to Tony Award-winning director

The University of Miami's Department of Theatre Arts allows students to gain real-life experience learning and interacting with industry professionals, such as Jennifer Vellenga, an assistant professor in the department. Last fall, Vellenga worked as the assistant director for Tony Award-winning director Mark Lamos in his production of the Shakespeare play Cymbeline at the Lincoln Center in New York City. (0) comments

Center aims to improve the community's health and wellness

School of Nursing focusing on the health of Hispanics

Center aims to improve the community's health and wellness

The University of Miami's El Centro, founded in September 2007, is an institution that focuses on developing strategies to improve the health of Hispanics. The institution evaluates many compromising health and living conditions, including sexually transmitted diseases, co-occurring mental health conditions, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and family and partner violence. (0) comments

Hyperion Council: business students working for the community

Group identifies leaders within the school's ranks

Hyperion Council: business students working for the community

A select number of University of Miami business students can, if they are nominated and selected, gain admission into the prestigious Hyperion Council honors society. Members of the society, called Titans - the group gets its name from Hyperion, the Greek god of light and one of the 12 Titans - are chosen based on how well they have exemplified Hyperion's five pillars: integrity, fortitude, resilience, excellence, and initiative. (0) comments

'Beyond the Book' award extends classroom research to field

Scholarship funds student research with $2,500 stipend

While the University of Miami offers many scholarships to students, the "Beyond the Book" scholarship extends beyond typical classroom endeavors. Established in the summer of 2007 with the support of two generous donations, the scholarship was designed to encourage students to conduct their own research and work in an intensive learning environment. (0) comments

UM alumna to be president of American Bar Association

First Miami graduate to hold prestigious position

UM alumna to be president of American Bar Association

Carolyn B. Lamm, an alumna of the University of Miami School of Law, is scheduled to become the next president of the American Bar Association (ABA), the largest voluntary professional organization in the world with approximately 400,000 members. This marks the first time in UM's history that an alumna has been elected president of the ABA, said Dennis Lynch, dean of the School of Law. (0) comments

Festival Miami showcases multicultural rhythms

Annual music event to feature dean, students

Festival Miami showcases multicultural rhythms

Fans snapped their fingers and tapped their feet as the "swinging Brazilian jazz machine," Nosso Trio, jammed through the evening. They also danced to the rhythmic beat of salsa music performed by Hansel Y La Orquesta Calle Ocho, and treated themselves to a performance of Haydn's "The Creation" by the Frost Symphony Orchestra and Frost Choral. (0) comments

Undergraduate marine studies to move to Rosenstiel

Change will provides new opportunities for younger students

The educational pursuits of undergraduates studying marine and atmospheric science just got easier: their programs will be moved from the College of Arts and Sciences to the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, located on an island in Biscayne Bay. (0) comments

Rosenstiel School's 'Pied Piper' Wins Provosts' Award

Professor's work focuses on coral reefs

Peter Glynn, a professor at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, was awarded the 2007-2008 Provosts' Award for Scholarly Activity. The award recognizes extraordinary research and scholarly pursuits, and provides the recipient with cash to be used for continued research. (0) comments

Marine science campus dives into current issues

Students study diseases, climate change

The beach, the sun and the deep, blue sea sound like the perfect place for vacationing and partying, but for the students and faculty of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), it is also a place of academia. Formally established in 1943 as the University of Miami Marine Laboratory, the founding research facility was located on a boathouse in Miami Beach. (0) comments

How to get to football games at Dolphin Stadium

UM officials plan transportation options

How to get to football games at Dolphin Stadium

On the day of a Canes football game, students may be lathering on body paint, pre-gaming and planning to tailgate, but few want to worry about transportation. Instead of catching the Metrorail, University of Miami students will ride chartered American Coach buses that will leave Stanford Circle several hours before home games. (0) comments

A breakdown of the current construction on campus

Most projects expected to be completed by 2009

A breakdown of the current construction on campus

About $20 million worth of construction is taking place on campus, with most projects expected to finish by spring of 2009.? Next to the BankUnited Center, the multipurpose and practice facility will be under construction until next fall. The 30,000 square-foot facility will house two practice courts for the UM basketball teams. (0) comments

New 'Oasis' market aims to cater to diverse dietary needs

Kosher deli to offer new dining options for Miami's students

New 'Oasis' market aims to cater to diverse dietary needs

There's a new hangout in the University Center that, starting this fall, will give University of Miami students the option to eat top-quality, glatt kosher deli cuisine, including platters of falafels, Sabrett hot dogs and hummus specialty sandwiches. The new restaurant, Oasis, will replace the Storm Surge Cafe on the first floor at the UC. (0) comments

UM's progressive fundraising campaign nets $1.4 billion

First Florida university to break $1 billion

Momentum, the University of Miami's campaign for progress and reform in the university community, has raised $1.4 billion, making it the first university in Florida to reach the billion dollar milestone. The campaign reached its initial goal of $1 billion 18 months ahead of schedule in early 2006. (0) comments

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper speaks at UM

Only public engagement outside of D.C. this year

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper speaks at UM

He has hosted presidential debates, won praise for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina and traveled to more than 50 countries, and on April 14, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper made a special visit to the University of Miami for Senior Convocation 2008.? About 2,000 students and other guests attended "A 360-Degree Look at World Events," held at the BankUnited Center and sponsored by Northern Trust Bank. (0) comments

UM commuter students have a home on campus

Association of Commuter Students organizes students who live in community

With approximately 53% of University of Miami students living off-campus, the Association of Commuter Students (ACS), founded in 1974, is paramount in helping UM commuter students feel comfortable and involved in the college community. Affiliated with the Office of Orientation and Commuter Involvement, ACS is a student club that currently has approximately 50 active members. (0) comments

How to get around at UM

Prohibition of cars for freshman force a new look at other transportation options

How to get around at UM

Beginning Fall 2008, University of Miami freshmen living on campus will not be allowed to have cars. Freshmen commuter students and freshmen transfer students with 30 or more credits are exempt from this policy. "Parking on the interior of the Coral Gables campus is very limited," said Richard Sobaram, director of parking and transportation services. (0) comments

Changes to campus food to emphasize natural, healthy options

Market to replace Storm Surge, C-Store in fall '08

During their breaks between classes, students may often be found grabbing a quick snack at the C-Store or playing a game of pool with friends at the Storm Surge Café. ?But that will soon change. ?In the summer of 2008, both the C-Store and Storm Surge Cafe will be closing their doors forever. (0) comments

All you need to know about the dining hall

Changes in dining plans, food options to impact patrons

All you need to know about the dining hall

For many, college represents a significant turning point in life. It is a time where kids become responsible adults, and that means no curfew, no asking permission to do things, and - unfortunately - no more home-cooked meals from mom and dad. Luckily, the University of Miami is equipped with dining facilities to accommodate every hungry student's needs. (0) comments

Rathskeller celebrates 35 years, will close in December

Sports bar will be out for construction

For the past three-and-a-half decades, the Rathskeller has served milkshakes and fries with a side of memories for students and faculty. "This place is where I worked as an undergraduate student. I met my wife here," Everett Price, the Rat's manager, said. (0) comments

The Wellness Center: Health oasis on campus

More than just fitness equipment

The Wellness Center: Health oasis on campus

Palm trees sway and a tropical breeze drifts through the air, while college students leisurely sip on smoothies, indulge in massages and enjoy a rejuvenating workout. At the University of Miami, all of this and more can be done without going on an island vacation; in fact, it happens every day, right on campus. (0) comments

Fifteen things every Cane should know

From health to transportation, get to know how things work at UM

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Miami family. Your physical and emotional health, now and throughout your life, will serve as a critical foundation for the greatness that your intellect and creativity afford you. And, as always, your commitment to yourself comes with a shared commitment to the health and welfare of others. (0) comments

Long-lost book UM's three millionth

Forgotten French manuscript remains a mystery

Long-lost book UM's three millionth

For almost 70 years Dialogues et Chants Royaux has been out of sight, and its whereabouts during those years remain a mystery. ?But at Storer Auditorium, the 16th-century French manuscript was welcomed to the University of Miami on Oct. 25 as the three millionth book to be added to the library. (0) comments

In The Spotlight: The School Radio Station

The 40-year-old voice echoes around campus; students can hear it at Sbarro, at the pool and even at the Wellness Center. ?Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, WVUM - 90.5 FM - plays tunes, news and sports to the university community and beyond from a cramped station on the first floor of the University Center. (0) comments

Center provides career assistance for students

Toppel provides events, counseling for all students

Center provides career assistance for students

As a new Hurricane, you have lots of learning ahead, and here at UM we have many nicknames and acronyms. Toppel refers to the Toppel Career Center. We are located on Stanford Circle, next to the Convenience Store. Toppel has many career events, services, and resources to offer you throughout your time at UM, and it is important to begin thinking about your career plans during your freshman year. (0) comments

Your professor as next-door neighbor

Faculty in residence program provides guidance, family

If you think spending hours in classrooms all day with your professors is long enough, think again. At the University of Miami, many University of Miami actually live in the same residential college as their professors - and love it. Each residential college - Hecht, Stanford, Mahoney, Pearson and Eaton - is home to its very own resident faculty, comprised of one resident master and one or two associate masters, all of whom are UM professors. (0) comments

Feel right at home with UM's residential coordinators

Staff members oversee operation of housing

So, you're going to live on campus at the University of Miami. No worries, you'll be in great hands. Each of the seven residential colleges on campus are staffed with a residence coordinator and resident assistants to help with anything you'll need. A residence coordinator is a professional staff member that oversees the daily administrative needs of their college. (0) comments

Canes' thirst for athletics quenched by club sports programs

Offer an alternative to the university's NCAA teams

Drive, competition, determination, rivalry and elation. An exhilarating rush comes with wearing "Hurricanes" on a jersey at the University of Miami. Even better, students do not have to be on a varsity intercollegiate athletic team to compete. "You can quench [students'] thirst for athleticism through club sports which provides students the opportunity to meet others with the same interests and develop leadership skills," said Jaya Krutulis, chairperson of the Sports and Recreational Interest Club Federation. (0) comments

Butler Center helps students find service work

Leadership center offers ways to volunteer

In addition to obtaining gaining a great education on campus, University of Miami students have many opportunities to extend their quest for knowledge outside of the UM community, through the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development. The Butler Center, founded in the summer of 1989, currently works with over 450 local community partners throughout Miami. (0) comments

Ombudsperson Student Services gives students a voice

Independent liaison addresses student grievances, concerns

Acting independently from the University of Miami, the ombudsperson is an individual established for students to be able to privately voice any concerns they might be having under the academic or administrative departments. Before speaking to the ombudsperson, students speak to particular troubleshooters depending on the department of concern. (0) comments

Popular study spots on campus

More options than just the library

Popular study spots on campus

Like many college campuses, the University of Miami offers a variety of indoor academic facilities for studying. However, Miami's tropical climate makes studying on the campus' grassy fields and outdoor recreational areas a popular activity among UM students. (0) comments

Health Services provides student care options

Full-service pharmacy located upstairs

Health Services provides student care options

Many new students have been seeing the same family physician or pediatrician for many years, so it is usual for students to be hesitant about receiving medical care at an unfamiliar location. Fortunately, the staff of the Student Health Service goes out of their way to make students feel comfortable receiving care at a new location. (0) comments

Counseling Center here to help with freshman transition

Mental health important part of college experience

Counseling Center here to help with freshman transition

Even with sunny skies, beautiful beaches and the hottest nightlife, students at Miami sometimes feel blue. For those times when students feel stressed, anxious or homesick, the Counseling Center is the resource for all-around mental health. "Our mission is to help students get through college in a productive and enjoyable way," said Pamela L. (0) comments

Honor Council enforces academic integrity with honor code

Students help judge student conduct

Students have long recognized the value of fair academic competition, and Student Government took the lead in establishing the University of Miami Honor Code in 1985. The pursuit of knowledge is at the core of every academic institution and the trust that academic work will be properly credited is vital. (0) comments

A look at university history and traditions

The University of Miami was founded in 1925. President Donna E. Shalala is the fifth university president, following in the footsteps of Bowman F. Ashe, Jay F. W. Pearson, Henry King Stanford and Edward T. Foote II. The school colors were chosen in 1926. (0) comments

A day in the life of an on-campus resident


A day in the life of an on-campus resident

My moving cart was overflowing with off-white hangers, a pile of clothes, fluffy towels, Nautica bedding and electrical cords as I made my way through the Stanford lobby and up to Walsh tower-floor eight. I was pushing back slight waves of nervousness as I approached my room to meet the person I would be living with for the next two semesters. (0) comments

A day in the life of a commuter

Surviving the trek to and from UM

Ten miles is all that separates my bedroom and the University of Miami. Living in Miami, that means ten miles of traffic congestion, traffic lights that decide to lose power during rush hour and at least two close calls with drivers who should not be allowed on the road. (0) comments

Online, on-campus, off-campus: Many resources exist for book purchases

Web shapes sales possibilities while stores a constant

Online, on-campus, off-campus: Many resources exist for book purchases

University of Miami students have always had options when buying textbooks. Book Horizons, located across US-1 from campus, has been an alternative to the campus bookstore for more than 50 years. But two is no longer a lot of choices when it comes to buying textbooks. (0) comments

Students learn to use a new kind of Blackboard

Online sources help to take care of college responsibilities

Keeping track of grades and having difficulty contacting professors is rarely a concern for University of Miami students, who utilize the myUM and Blackboard online systems for such academic endeavors. The myUM system allows students to view each semester's course offerings, class schedules, and detailed academic, financial and personal information. (0) comments

An on-campus resource for drug, alcohol and dependency education

Pier 21 provides many programs about drug, alcohol responsibility

Every new incoming University of Miami student is required to complete three surveys online as part of AlcoholEdu for College, a national alcohol education program. At UM, the program is sponsored by Pier 21's alcohol prevention initiative. But, what exactly is Pier 21? Pier 21 is a comprehensive Prevention, Intervention, Education and Referral (PIER) program focusing on alcohol and other drug use, misuse and dependency. (0) comments

Center provides help when school gets hard

Academic Resource Center provides services for any student

College is a time of academic challenges. Moving from high school to a university can be a difficult process. That's why the Academic Resource Center is around, providing a place where free tutoring is available for students who need it, or who just want to reinforce what they learn in class. (0) comments

An on-campus resource for students with special needs

Office of Disability Services offers a range of assistance

Like every University of Miami student, those who are physically or mentally challenged can feel welcomed and assured that they will be offered support on campus, if they need it. The Office of Disability Services (ODS), located within the Academic Resource Center (ARC) on the second floor of the University Center in room N201, serves to provide auxiliary aid and services for students with disabilities. (0) comments

Course helps students transition to college life

Some particularly suited to different students

For many incoming freshmen, the transition to college life can be challenging. To help students navigate through this period of adjustment, the University of Miami has created a one-credit course called the University of Miami Experience (UMX). Twelve different UMX courses exist, in addition to the general UMX101 course. (0) comments

Brandon Gross: Student Government president

Head of SG executive branch has extensive leadership experience

Brandon Gross: Student Government president

Although he was only elected Student Government president in March, Brandon Gross, a rising senior in the University of Miami's School of Communication, has already started to make changes on campus. Starting on Aug. 22, students will be able to rent cars through a company called Zip Cars, a deal that Gross says will only cost a one-time membership fee of $30 and an hourly rate of under $10. (0) comments

Student-led campaign aims to 'Get Out The Vote'

Volunteers sign students up at voter drives

Student-led campaign aims to 'Get Out The Vote'

With a pivotal presidential election taking place this fall, student votes may be more important than ever. Get Out The Vote (GOTV), a University of Miami organization, offers a convenient way for students on campus to have their voices heard. Get Out The Vote, a nonpartisan voter outreach program, is a student organization whose mission is to "empower students by registering them to vote and educating them about the issues that affect them. (0) comments

UM's bookstore More than just textbooks

Apparel, software among items sold at the on-campus retailer

UM's bookstore More than just textbooks

Located in the Whitten University Center, the two-story University of Miami bookstore serves to provide students with everything they need for college life, from textbooks and school supplies to game day apparel. "I usually go to the bookstore for books, but I also buy school gear for myself," Brent Hyman, a freshman, said. (0) comments

Laptop-friendly e-Books may be a growing trend for college students

Cheaper, easier alternative hasn't become mainstream

Laptop-friendly e-Books may be a growing trend for college students

Through e-books, students have a new way of accessing information without turning a page. Digital books, or e-books as they're called, allow readers to highlight passages, make notes in the margin, and print specific pages. Generally, they cost less than regular books. (0) comments

Be a leader, make an impact in UM's Student Government

The University of Miami Student Government exists to represent and act in the interests of the students. "Being involved in Student Government is one of the most rewarding experiences in college," said junior Marissa Orenstein, secretary of Student Government. (0) comments

Religious options at UM

Diversity in worship matches diversity on campus

Religious options at UM

Just like its culturally-diverse city of residence, the University of Miami has a student body of ranging ethnicities and beliefs. UM students coexist on a campus that promotes free expression and practice of individual religious preferences. "I feel like the University of Miami is so diverse that it kind of comes with the territory to have so many religious groups," sophomore Nicole Schade said. (0) comments

UPrint: the student printing solution

New program for on-campus printing

UPrint: the student printing solution

The University of Miami's Student Government, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, Student Affairs and Business Services, promoted an initiative to implement UPrint, a wireless printing program that allows students to print, copy and scan documents from any computer on campus, including wireless laptops. (0) comments

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