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ONE small change that will transform your office

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NEWS · EVENTS · DISCOUNTS

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’CANES NEWS AND EVENTS Hurricane Sports discounts, Well ’Canes Marketplace returns, Dolphins Cancer Challenge registration, and more.

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GETTING FRANK WITH FRENK Get to know the University’s sixth president, his path to the Uand his plans for the future.

Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky’s humourous look into time management and organization.

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LEADING THE JOURNEY

Find out how one ’Cane is doing her part to transform the University landscape for a new day.

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GIVING BACK

No matter which cause you support, there is a way to give back.

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INSIDEUM PROFILES

Get to know Marcela Ward, a ’Cane who can help enhance your UM experience.

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HEALTHY BITES

Get creative through the holidays with this unique fall seasonal soup.

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’CANES DISCOUNTS PROGRAM

Give more with less this holiday season.

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MENTAL HEALTH CORNER Take a much-needed break with this ancient Chinese form of stress relief.

HIGHWAY TO WEALTH

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TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH ART We caught up with Christian Garcia from the Toppel Career Center to find out how their space went from ordinary to wow.

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They may look like you and me, but there was a time when their every move determined the safety of countless others. Meet a few of our proud employee veterans.

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InsideUM is the internal publication for faculty and staff at the University of Miami. Published twice a year, each issue takes a look inside UM with stories for and about our very own employees. Each issue includes topics related to our shared common purpose and values, with an emphasis on providing fun and engaging content. InsideUM, Fall 2015, covers topics ranging from wellness to transformational workspaces, and even includes an up-close and personal feature story with our sixth president, Dr. Julio Frenk. We hope you enjoy our latest issue, and look forward to hearing your feedback.

EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Charisse Lopez-Mason MANAGING EDITOR Melissa Cabezas ART DIRECTION AND GRAPHIC DESIGN Geisha Garcia STAFF WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER Steve Pierre CONTRIBUTING WRITER Isaac Prilleltensky, Ph.D.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU If you have a story you’d like to share or a comment about our publication, please send an email to humanresources@miami.edu.

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On the cover: University of Miami President Julio Frenk. Photo courtesy of University Communications.

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The inauguration of Julio Frenk as the sixth president of the University of Miami will take place on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the BankUnited Center on the Coral Gables campus. The UM community celebration will feature a week-long schedule of events including lectures, exhibits, and other activities.

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Since arriving on campus in mid-August, President Frenk has been engaged in an intensive listening exercise during his first 100 days in office, inviting students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors to share their aspirations for the University of Miami. To learn more visit inauguration.miami.edu.

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Have a story or event you would like to share on ’Canes News and Events? We would love to hear it. Email us at humanresources@miami.edu

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’Canes NEWS & EVENTS

DUNK FOR A GOOD CAUSE Back by popular demand, TeamUM will host its annual dunk tank event to raise money for the United Way. Head out to the University Foote Green on Wednesday, November 18, between the hours of 10 a.m and 2 p.m. to put your aim to the test. For a small donation, you can try your hand at dunking your UM leaders in a tank of water over and over again. This year’s confirmed dunkees include Larry Marbert, vice president for Real Estate and Facilities, and Richard Sobaram, director for Parking and Transportation. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the United Way. For more information and to view the complete dunking schedule, visit miami.edu/unitedway.

WELL ’CANES MARKETPLACE The Well ’Canes Marketplace has returned to the Coral Gables campus and made its debut at the Miller School of Medicine. Support local vendors as you fill your senses with the sights and smells of baked goods, artisanal cheeses, local honey, marinades, pasta, and more. The Well ’Canes Marketplace is held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Foote University Green on the Coral Gables campus, and every other Thursday on the Schoninger Research Quadrangle at the Miller School. For more information, please contact the UM benefits team at 305-284-3004.

LET’S DCC TOGETHER Join Team Hurricanes for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) and raise funds to advance lifesaving research at our own Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to ride, run, or walk with you on Saturday, February 20 at Sun Life Stadium. In just five years, DCC participants have raised nearly $12 million to support cancer research. Scientists and physician-experts at Sylvester are making breakthrough discoveries and changing the way cancers are prevented, detected, and treated. Be part of this groundbreaking work by riding, running, walking or becoming a virtual rider. Registration for Team Hurricanes is free when you enter promotion code UMFightsCancer when registering. To learn more and to register,visit TeamHurricanes.org or email DCC@miami.edu. miami.edu/insideum

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Appsent Minded DR. PRILLELTENSKY IS A COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGIST WITH INTERESTS IN INTERPERSONAL, COMMUNITY, OCCUPATIONAL, PHYSICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL, AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING. HE MAINTAINS GOING WELLNUTS: THE HUMOR BLOG FOR WELLBEING TO PROMOTE WELL-BEING IN SOME OF THESE DOMAINS OF LIFE. DR. PRILLELTENSKY GREW UP IN ARGENTINA AND HAS LIVED AND WORKED IN ISRAEL, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, AND THE UNITED STATES. HE SERVES AS DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AT UM.

Getting organized is fundamental to occupational well-being, but unfortunately, only 0.000000000000001% of the population can legitimately claim to be organized: my aunt Eusebia and I. Since she passed away over twenty five years ago, it is now my sole responsibility to make sure there is order in the world. To be organized you need either paper and pencil, or one of the 3 million apps that claim to help with organization, time management, priorities, schedule, goals, objectives, and bad breath -- all essential for success at work. If you are like most people, you are going to spend 278 hours choosing the right time-saving app from the app store. After you download it, you are going to use it for about three minutes until you get an email from your brother telling you that you must watch the latest TED talk on productivity. As you are about to click on the link, you are distracted by various pop-ups with offers to purchase cruise tickets, Viagra, houses in foreclosure, and the latest juicer. By the time you are ready to watch the video on productivity you realize it’s time to go home. After dinner you get your iPad and finally have time to watch the talk on productivity. The speaker recommends that you download a goal setting app. Because you are a discerning customer, you are not going to download just the first app that appears on your screen, so you are going to spend 59 hours comparing features, at which point you forget what you were looking for and settle for the latest version of Angry Birds™.

Want to laugh some more? Follow Going Wellnuts: The Humor Blog for Well-Being at prilleltensky.blogspot.com.

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LEADINGtheJOURNEY A decade ago, Natacha Caballero came to the University of Miami as a temporary employee looking for an opportunity. Today, she serves as the Director of Patient Access at the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also volunteering as a culture coach through the Building a Better U Together initiative. As a culture coach, Natacha has been trained to co-facilitate trainings with the Disney Institute and teach faculty and staff about our common purpose, values, leadership traits, and service standards. We sat with her to find out why she loves the U. SHARE A MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER WHERE YOU REALIZED THE REACH AND IMPACT OF THE UNIVERSITY. Years ago, while working at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, I was able to witness a breakthrough discovery by Dr. Victor Perez, Cornea Specialist. Dr. Perez and other UM physicians successfully restored a blind woman’s vision using her own tooth after nine years of failed transplant surgeries. After witnessing this incredible experience, it was obvious that I was working for an organization that was transforming lives even before the new common purpose was rolled out. SHARE A MOMENT DURING YOUR CAREER WHERE YOU FELT THE MOST PROUD OF WORKING FOR UM. I was part of The Essentials of Leadership pilot program last year and I was able to see how much dedication the U put forth to developing its leaders. Earlier this year, I graduated from the program and was in awe of how much time and effort went into coordinating this opportunity. I shared pictures from our graduation on social media because I was filled with pride to be part of such an incredible organization. I was inspired to become an advocate for the Building a Better U Together initiative by becoming a Culture Coach. This role allows me to promote new changes coming to the University and to be a driving force living the change and encouraging other members of the U to embrace it with optimism and positivity.

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SHARE A STORY OF A PATIENT, STUDENT, COLLEAGUE, OR A LEADER THAT HAS HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE. I have worked with Kassandra Lage, my current executive director, for the past eight years. Her consistent enthusiasm and positive attitude make her an excellent role model. Her approachability and ability to listen have been key in my development, as I feel I can always count on her no matter how difficult the situation may be. She values ongoing learning and growth, and shares her knowledge to motivate me to teach and guide others as well. TELL US WHY YOU CHOSE UM, AND WHY YOU CHOOSE TO CONTINUE YOUR CAREER HERE. The U has seen me grow professionally and mature as a leader. I started working here 10 years ago as a temporary employee and I am incredibly proud and honored to work in a place where growth is valued and made possible. I choose to continue working here because I want to be part of the successes of our organization and continue pushing it towards future growth and culture transformation.

To learn more about the University’s culture transformation and to share your story, visit miami.edu/umculture.

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When introduced during a news conference in April, a year before the University’s 90th anniversary, he told the audience that his first responsibility would be to familiarize himself with the private research university he had just been chosen to usher into its new century. Just four weeks into his tenure, he made good on his promise by inviting the community to share their aspirations for the future with him during a Town Hall Meeting in September. During the event, he also detailed his four major aspirations for the University: the pursuit of excellence in multiple areas including academics, service, the arts, athletics, and administration; achieving relevance in helping to solve the world’s most pressing problems; becoming a model for values such as diversity and tolerance; and becoming what he called “a force of integration across the Americas,” or specifically taking advantage of UM’s geographic location in greater Miami as a gateway to the world.

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Julio Frenk, physician, former dean at Harvard University, and former minister of health for Mexico, has taken the helm as the University of Miami’s sixth president.

President Frenk and his wife, Dr. Felicia Knaul, a survivor of breast cancer, have become increasingly involved in campus life. In October, the couple hosted the Cobb Fountain Lighting, in partnership with Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Subsequently, the lights around the Coral Gables and Miller School campuses, as well as the fountain at the Miller School’s Schoninger Research Quadrangle, were turned pink. As he continues to gather feedback from thousands of members of the UM family, and outlines the roadmap to the University’s second century, he graciously took a few moments to open up with us about his career, his views on diversity, his vision for the future of the University, and even some of his favorite quotes.

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WHO HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION, PROFESSIONALLY OR PERSONALLY? My personal inspiration is my paternal grandmother. She lived to reach 106 years of age. She had a rough period when she escaped from Germany and started a whole new life with two young children—my father and my aunt. But through it all she kept an incredibly positive attitude towards life. She was a very creative woman who never stopped writing, and published a second edition of one of her books at age 103. She remained active until three days before her death at 106. She always encouraged me to do things that were not exactly conventional.

EVERY LEADER HAS A FAVORITE QUOTE THAT THEY LIVE BY. WHAT IS YOURS? My favorite quote is one by Martin Luther King, Jr., “It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

The third pivotal point in my career was when I was working at the World Health Organization. Through a series of fortuitous causes and circumstances, I ended up attending a reception for the recently appointed president of Mexico, Mr. Vicente Fox. I didn’t know him, but when he walked in, he said hello to me and then he said, “At some point I would like to talk to you.” And I said, “Well, Mr. President, I live in Geneva. I’m leaving in about five days.” I would not return until December, which would be after he would have taken office and I was very straightforward that I had a few days if he wanted to talk with me before he took office. I went to see him the next day and our conversation changed my life. An interview that was scheduled to last fifteen minutes became an 90-minute meeting. He was so engaged with what I was telling him he could do with his health agenda, that eventually he appointed me as his minister of health. But had I not been in that reception, had I not been standing in the spot where he was walking in, had I not been a little bit assertive, my path would have been different.

The notion that whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly, is my guiding principle. Everything we do affects other people, and we have to be mindful of how connected we are to each other.

WHAT ARE THE THREE MOST PIVOTAL MOMENTS IN YOUR CAREER THAT YOU EITHER LEARNED FROM OR HELPED GET YOU WHERE YOU ARE? In my junior or senior year of high school, I made a trip to Chiapas, Mexico. I was trying to decide whether to study medicine or social anthropology; so I went to live with indigenous communities. It was in that very, very direct, immersive contact with extreme poverty that I decided to study medicine because I thought to myself, ‘I’m not just going to study these people, I’m going to serve these people.’ A second pivotal moment was when I finished my doctorate degree at the University of Michigan. My mentor and distinguished professor of public health, Avedis Donabedian, encouraged me to apply for a tenure track position. I had a very clear academic career in front of me. My destiny there was to be the heir to my mentor. Instead, I quit and decided to take my chances. The department chair couldn’t believe that I was giving up such an incredible opportunity at one of the country’s top universities to go to a developing country to work for the government and its bureaucracy. But I realized I owed it to my country to go back. Taking this chance brought forth what is now the National Institute of Public Health, which is, by any objective indicator, the most important research and higher education institution in public health in any developing country, not just in Mexico. The institute is celebrating its 30th anniversary soon, and I’m very proud that I founded it. 12

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AS THE UNIVERSITY’S FIRST HISPANIC PRESIDENT, HOW WILL YOU LOOK TO EVOLVE OUR CULTURALLY DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE CAMPUS? I think I personify diversity because I am Hispanic, and very proud of my origins. Each of my four grandparents have very different ethnic, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds. I’m also married to a Canadian. I very strongly believe that diversity is not just the right thing to do from an ethical point of view, but it is also the smart thing to do. Diverse organizations are strong, precisely because of their capacity to bring together people who bring different understandings of the same complex reality. Diversity is what makes a university and, in general any institution, strong. So I will work very hard to continue to assure that the University of Miami is a diverse and inclusive campus.

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HAVING SERVED AS MINISTER OF HEALTH FOR MEXICO AND COMING INTO A COMMUNITY THAT IS A CULTURAL MELTING POT, HOW DO YOU ENVISION THE MILLER SCHOOL AND UHEALTH’S GROWTH AND ROLE IN PROVIDING THE BEST CARE FOR THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY? The Miller School and the academic health system are an essential part of the University, not only for the academic mission of conducting research and education, but because they are two of the most visible faces of service to the community. I believe that we have the obligation of extending the concept of excellence from research and education to service. The search for excellence is what defines quality. And quality in healthcare has two dimensions: a technical dimension – providing the correct diagnosis, adequate prevention, and successful treatment; and an interpersonal dimension – providing the best possible patient experience. Excellence in both dimensions is crucial.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

“I VERY STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT DIVERSITY IS NOT JUST THE RIGHT THING TO DO FROM AN ETHICAL POINT OF VIEW, BUT IT IS ALSO THE SMART THING TO DO. DIVERSE ORGANIZATIONS ARE STRONG, PRECISELY BECAUSE OF THEIR CAPACITY TO BRING TOGETHER PEOPLE WHO BRING DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDINGS OF THE SAME COMPLEX REALITY. DIVERSITY IS WHAT MAKES A UNIVERSITY AND, IN GENERAL, ANY INSTITUTION STRONG. SO I WILL WORK VERY HARD TO CONTINUE TO ASSURE THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI IS A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE CAMPUS.”

I’ve received so much good advice. I go back to my grandmother. People used to ask her, “What’s the secret of your longevity?” She would answer, “I take care of myself, but that’s not it. I live according to a Buddhist saying.” She was not a Buddhist, but the philosophy of life that is embedded in the religion is what she lived by. The way she paraphrased it is: “If I fall seven times, I get up eight times.” What that means to me is that you should not go through life thinking that you will never face adversity. There will be adversity, always. The key is to get up. Not just to get up every time you fall, but to get up one more time. That extra time is the lesson you derive from adversity.

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY THAT YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Right now, the laptop computer, because I use it to write, to communicate, and to listen to music. I could also say the iPhone but my computer has become my favorite piece of technology because it provides a lot of satisfaction and it’s a work tool as well.

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TELL US AN UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF. A lot of people don’t know that I have a twin sister. As I tell everyone, when you have shared your mother’s womb, you develop a very strong sense of sharing. Living with my sister has shown me that there’s no question that women are the improved version of the human species. This is not a patronizing attitude. It’s just that I have lived every single second of my life, including before I was born, next to a woman. I have grown more as a person because of my sister. She’s a much more well-rounded person. Our relationship has allowed me to develop the very deep sense of respect I have for women and my intolerance for anything that denigrates, objectifies, or discriminates against women.

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TransformingLives through Art By Steve Pierre, B.Sc.’13

Fire. The Internet. Selfies. Changes in culture have defined human lives throughout the ages. At the Toppel Career Center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, change has been top-of-mind for as long as Christian Garcia, associate dean and executive director of the center, can remember. “I love the word culture. It’s something we’ve been focusing on for many years at Toppel,” said Garcia. “We’re in a permanent state of reinvention.” For Garcia and his colleagues, part of that reinvention came in the winter of 2014 as the Career Center was poised to move into its new building and new location on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. State-of-the-art furniture, large bright spaces, and multiple rooms welcomed the staff into their new home, but there was something missing. “I knew we needed to bring this building to life somehow,” he said. Upon returning from the holiday break, a former colleague presented him with a special gift: a Gapingvoid book featuring images of various art pieces touching on entrepreneurship.

“I remember flipping through [the book] and falling in love with not only the illustrations, but the messages conveyed through them,” Garcia recalls. “They were very tongue in cheek and modern, and in the back of my mind, here I was, in this building that had nothing on the walls, knowing that we needed to bring this building to life somehow.” At the end of the book, Garcia knew it had fallen into his hands for a reason. “I saw that they [Gapingvoid] were based in Miami Beach, and the first thing I did was give them a call to ask them if they’d ever feature a full scale installation of their art at an institution of higher education,” Garcia explained. Soon after the call, Jason Korman, co-founder and CEO, Hugh MacLeod, co-founder and creative director, and their team infiltrated the Toppel Career Center. Gapingvoid provides creative services based on the drawings and sensibilities of MacLeod, who in this case, was more than excited at the prospect of helping Garcia achieve his goal of creating a dynamic space for visitors. Over the month leading up to the dedication ceremony, the Gapingvoid team observed the staff

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and their interactions with students, alumni, and partner companies. As Gapingvoid roamed the hallways of Toppel, they began picking out messaging that would be included for certain areas of the building based on the area’s purpose. “One of the things I thought was interesting from the beginning was how they actually wanted to partner with us to create personalized pieces for our spaces, rather than have us select from their existing pieces,” said Garcia. “We believed in what they did, but they also wanted to learn about us and understand what we do and our vision.” That partnership led to continuous dialogue resulting in 80 unique pieces of art curated specifically for the center. “I knew that we had a huge responsibility to add a sense of inspiration for our students and visitors,” Garcia said. “There were so many options we could have gone with, but Gapingvoid inspired us with their elements of motivation through art.” With no expectations set in stone on what the building should look like, Garcia and his team were able to capitalize on the opportunity to inspire not only visitors to the center, but themselves as well, by transforming their workspace. “The art is inspiring and motivating because it is so unique and eccentric. It makes a simple task like walking down the hall more fun and energetic,” said Samantha Haimes, associate director of career readiness and staff member at Toppel since 2012. Haimes attributes Gapingvoid’s pieces to a visually and mentally stimulating setting for herself and her colleagues. “I constantly find myself noticing pieces that I haven’t given much attention to in the past or haven’t thought about the same way, which makes my everyday work environment more exciting.” The staff has even found themselves infusing the pieces into their presentations with students, employers, and alumni. One of Haimes’ favorite pieces, “Inspire, Be Inspired,” motivates her to help students follow their passions, while others continuously inspire her. This has resulted in a positive experience for students, especially those who have an opportunity to work with the staff at Toppel. “The artwork conveys the message that you can do anything you put your mind to, and creates an inspiring environment that is supported by the staff at Toppel,” said Amelia Abe, a junior marketing major and student employee at Toppel.

“When it comes down to it, you’re spending more time in your workspace than you are at home. We spend a lot of time making sure our homes look a certain way, so why not expand that to your workspace?” – Christian Garcia

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“When it comes down to it, you’re spending more time in your workspace than you are at home. We spend a lot of time making sure our homes look a certain way, so why not expand that to your workspace?” Garcia explained. “As beautiful as your home or office may be, even a change such as adding artwork can go a long way.” He also believes that knowing the purpose of your work, your environment, and your primary audience is critical when considering this type of transformation. In this case, Garcia felt that what Gapingvoid had to offer in terms of innovative art was just right. “Gapingvoid inspired us with their personalized pieces that are motivational, thought-provoking, and contemporary.” More than a year later, and with the collection now at a total of 85 pieces, the artwork continues to serve as a daily reminder for the Toppel team of their goals day in and day out. “We really believe in working hard and being passionate about what we do. We have fun, but we take our work seriously,” said Garcia. The walls immerse visitors in the true purpose of the center and explain more than any presentation or flyer could ever do. “Sometimes you have to take a chance on transforming your workspace. With one change you can truly make a positive impact on cultural transformation.”

If you would like to view the Gapingvoid installation at the Toppel Career Center, you can stop by during normal business hours. For more information, please visit hireacane.com. For more information about Gapingvoid, visit them at gapingvoid.com. miami.edu/insideum

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G VIN G BACK

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – Arthur Ashe

By supporting the programs you believe in, you help make an impact in the local community. Every gift, no matter the size, truly makes a difference in someone’s life while bringing satisfaction to your own. We sat down with three ’Canes who make giving back a priority.

I ride in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge in honor of my mother, Indiana Vanegas — my best friend, my confidant, and well, my world. Sadly, she passed away unexpectedly three years ago. But even in her passing, she remained inspirational. In her honor, I joined the fight against cancer by riding the DCC. I ride, not only because it’s fun, but also because the funds raised directly support the innovative cancer research being conducted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. My participation in the race also encourages others to ride and support the same fight. Cancer not only affects the individuals living with the disease, but also their loved ones. If we all do a small part in helping to raise awareness about cancer and cancer research, I know we will find a cure. Over the last three years, I have learned that I am stronger than I give myself credit for. I have also learned not to take my family and friends for granted. Each day, as I remember the great times I had with my mom, I remind myself to cherish every moment I’m given as if it were my last.

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It’s exciting to see how the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus has transformed since the beginning of my college career in 2000. The construction of the new Lennar Foundation Medical Center, Lake Osceola Walkway, and the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 1, are just a few of the extraordinary additions to mark the progress of the U. I want us to continue moving forward, which is why I give back. And every dollar helps build our great university. You can choose to give to a particular area or department, or give unrestricted dollars, which are applied where they are needed most. I’m a die-hard Miami Hurricanes sports fan, so part of my donation goes to support the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. I know that my donation goes to help support the continuation of our great sports programs. Go ’Canes!

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I was very fortunate growing up. My parents were able to put me in hockey, soccer, basketball, and pretty much anything I wanted. I met children from all over. Kids I may have never met had I not been involved in those activities. The excitement I felt when I was on the soccer field or basketball court, playing with other kids, is something I can’t quite explain. So when I got older, I knew I wanted to help kids who may not be as fortunate as I was. I first got involved with the Miami Dolphins Special Teams after high school, by volunteering for community events. I saw how important it was for kids to have access to programs outside of school. A few years ago, when I started my career with UM, I was asked to donate to the TeamUM United Way campaign. It was an easy sell for me. The United Way helps fund before and after school programs, as well as weekend and summer learning opportunities. The money I donate helps keep kids involved in structured programs outside of school time. For me, that’s important.

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The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC), February 20, 2016. Help fund cutting-edge research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UM Miller School of Medicine by sponsoring a participant or joining Team Hurricanes as a rider, runner, walker, or event volunteer.

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By Melissa Cabezas

You may walk past them on the Green or wave hello to them on the Quad. Military veterans are hard at work all across the University of Miami. They serve in information technology, research, facilities, athletics, and more. They value integrity, discipline, and responsibility above all else. They take immense pride in the work they do, and count on their colleagues day in and day out to accomplish their mission. Today, that mission is to make a difference in the lives of a patient, student, colleague, or visitor. But there was a time when their mission was to provide support to troops on the front line in a hostile territory or to organize supplies on a space-starved submarine. Their goal was to provide aid to the people of a foreign country, and to ensure the safety of our own.

DARREN ROACH Information Technology

LONNETTE HALL Athletics

After serving his country for 20 years in the United States Air Force, Darren Roach returned to serve his alma mater.

On a submarine tender, organization is everything. In such a small space, if you fail to keep everything in its place, life can be rough.

During his military service, Darren served as a communications officer. He was part of an aircrew that deployed regularly overseas. They worked and lived together. They built a sense of pride and camaraderie that very few ever experience.

From 1986 to 1988, Lonnette Hall was responsible for ensuring the supply room on her United States Navy submarine tender was kept stocked and orderly at all times. She credits her loyalty to her colleagues and the ability to keep her area in top working order to her military background. “I want everyone to know that I’ve got their back, and I want to trust that they have mine as well.”

It was an adjustment, but Darren made the move from military to civilian life and has found a great new family in the Information Technology department. “In a sense, I have come full circle from learning IT at the U, developing those skills and gaining experience in the military, and now using those skills and experience in my role at the U.” 22

Her love for the U began when Jimmy Johnson was head football coach. When she was given the opportunity to join the staff of the women’s basketball team, she jumped at it, and has been living the dream ever since.

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We sat down with four of our employee veterans and asked them a few questions. Their profiles below offer just a glimpse of these proud few who are now changing lives at the U. If you are interested in meeting other employee veterans, the University’s Employee Resource Group is a great place to start. For more information and to join, please visit miami.edu/wep or contact Alice Kerr at akerr@miami.edu or 305-284-4213.

ADRIANA BROOKS Lois POPE Life Center

From 1999 to 2003, Adriana Brooks served as a logistics specialist in the United States Army. During a 19-month deployment to South Korea, she was put in charge of a tanker supply warehouse providing support to the infantry on the front lines. Her time in the service made her appreciate her team and their mutual trust. Leaving that behind made the transition from military to civilian life a bit rough. “It was hard for me to leave the Army, but when I was given the opportunity to work for UM, I was very excited.” At the U, Adriana serves as a research associate for clinical trials. In this supportive role, she values responsibility and discipline, and credits the Army for instilling those values in her. “The Army helped me for the next chapter in my life, and for that, I am grateful.”

DAVID SIQUEIROS Facilities Management

When David Siqueiros transitioned from military to civilian life, he did so fearlessly, and with a laser-like focus on mission completion. As a member of the United States Marine Corps from 1992 to 1999, David came to understand the meaning of teamwork. He learned that keeping your word and commitments kept you alive. He knew that without the other members of his team, his missions would be impossible. Today, as part of the Facilities Management team, he relies on his colleagues to help him accomplish daily tasks. David credits his strong work ethic, professionalism, and attention to detail to his time in the service. “I’m not afraid of working hard. When I put my mind to something, I don’t quit until it’s done.”

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Working in human resources, I don’t always get to witness the discovery of an emerging technology that can help cure a disease or hold the hand of a family member of a terminally ill patient. But when I hear those stories, I am reminded about why I do what I do here at the U. By doing my job well, it helps to ensure that my clients can focus on what truly matters – our patients and their families. I am Marcela Ward, human resources manager for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and the Divisions of Cell Biology, and Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. I have worked in human resources for 10 years, the last five of which have been at UM. I strive to provide my clients with the best service, which means partnering with them, listening to their needs, and applying my knowledge and access to resources to help them meet their individual business goals. I also work closely with my clients during times of change. The launch of Workday and the continuation of the Building a Better U Together initiative are two examples of recent change at UM. These changes are exciting, but at the same time, these changes can be unsettling. It is important that I listen to my clients to ensure they understand the changes, adjust to them, and help their colleagues do the same. 24

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I can honestly say that the most exciting part about our culture journey is the common purpose and set of values the University has embraced. Each one of us can apply these things to our daily responsibilities and use them to become better leaders, and better people.

My guilty pleasure? I have been watching General Hospital since 1994 and I can’t stop.

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EMPLOYEE

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HealthyBITES ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

By Jenny F. Lopez Human Resources Finance

WHATEVER YOU CARE ABOUT, THERE IS A GROUP FOR IT.

Ingredients: 1 small butternut squash (about 1kg), quartered lengthwise

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3 sprigs fresh thyme 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled 3 tbsp olive oil 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely sliced

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1 carrot, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 6 fresh sage leaves, chopped 500ml vegetable stock 500ml water Salt and freshly ground pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the butternut squash on a

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baking tray, brush all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes. Add the unpeeled garlic and thyme, and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until soft. Let the squash cool slightly, and then scoop out the flesh and discard the skin. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and sage as you cook on low heat for 10 minutes until soft, but not brown. Pour in the stock, and bring to a boil. Simmer vegetables for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add the butternut squash and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Take the soup off the heat. Blend the soup with a hand blender or in a food processor. Check for seasoning and serve. Serves 4.

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With the holidays right around the corner, why not reward youself by taking in extra savings while purchasing the perfect gifts for family and friends this season. Explore the discounts that are offered to employees year-round as part of your ‘Canes Total Rewards for some unique gift-giving ideas.

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SIMPLY UNIQUE BABY GIFTS Welcome new bundles of joy to their first holiday season with high quality gifts for babies from Simply Unique Baby Gifts. UM faculty and staff can take 10% off craftfully designed and personalized baby gifts by using promo code UMIAMI during checkout. Each gift is truly a work of art! simplyuniquebabygifts.com

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Know someone who loves gourmet food, fruit and wine, and flowers (especially those that are freshly delivered on the same day)? GiftTree is a great choice for a variety of items, including personalized gift items and much more. UM faculty and staff receive 10% off most gifts and gift baskets with the promo code UMIAMI. gifttree.com

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APPLE Get your hands on some of the most coveted items of the holiday season, including the iPhone 6, MacBook Pro, and much more. UM faculty and staff are eligible for educational pricing on Apple branded products online and in store. Visit apple.com/education or visit a local Apple Store with your valid University ’Cane ID card. apple.com/education

FTD FTD.com provides quality flowers and bouquets to brighten up any room, table arrangement, or office. UM faculty and staff can utilize the FTD employee website to save 20% on their order. Place your order online or by calling 1-800-Send-FTD using the University of Miami’s promo code #10017. ftd.com/umemployee

BRANDSMART USA Upgrade from that tube television with exclusive privileges and discounts from BrandsMart USA. Through the BrandsMart USA Corporate Affinity Program for UM faculty and staff, you can save on items for the home, the office, and the road. Contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 to obtain the affinity code. brandsmartusa.com/affinity

COSFORD CINEMA Want to spend quality time with loved ones or just want to take a break from the holiday hustle? UM faculty and staff pay only $7 admission when presenting their ’Cane ID at the Cosford Cinema. Showings include independent films, documentaries, and even recent films that have made it to the big screen. cosfordcinema.com

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Improve your well-being. Earn up to

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Designed to help you learn about your personal health, motivate you to maintain or improve your overall well-being, and earn up to $300 by completing various wellness-related activities. When you earn 750 points, you will receive $150 in your UM payroll check. If you earn an additional 750 points (1,500 total) you will receive an additional $150 in your UM payroll check. You must complete the Cerner Wellness Online Health Assessment yearly to earn incentives. All faculty and staff enrolled in a UM/Aetna medical plan as primary policy holders are eligible to participate in the incentives program. Deadlines to complete wellness activities vary.

Download the HealthyNow mobile app and manage your Well ’Canes account on the go.

LEARN MORE AT MIAMI.EDU/WELLCANES

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MENTAL HEALTH CORNER

RELAXATION TECHNIQUES FOR COPING WITH STRESS Learn to manage day-to-day anxiety and stress by using calming and effective relaxation techniques. This free, lunch-time seminar will teach participants to accurately identify stress sources and reactions, and will discuss specific stress reduction methods that can be used at home and at work to manage daily stressors. Gables Campus Tuesday, December 8 | 12-1 p.m. Whitten University Center, Room 2300H Miller School Campus Wednesday, December 9 | 12-1 p.m. Dominion Tower, Room 301 C RSMAS Campus Tuesday, December 10 | 12-1 p.m. Library, Media Room Register today at ulearn.miami.edu. For help with ULearn registration, or to receive email announcements about upcoming seminars, please contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 305-284-6604 or visit miami.edu/fsap.

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MANAGED ACCOUNT Managed for the investor’s personal situation Those who want more personalized attention or are navigating a complex financial situation may benefit from a managed account service, in which a team of investment professionals will partner with you to create and manage your portfolio. You’ll get a personalized investment strategy that’s based on your particular situation. It will also take into account your workplace savings, comfort with the ups and downs of the markets, financial goals, investment horizon, and other sources of retirement savings for you, or you and your spouse. Financial professionals handle the ongoing monitoring and management of your account and make adjustments to help ensure that it continues to meet your needs. If your needs change, your investment strategy can be revisited to help ensure that the asset allocation remains appropriate. Like all personalized, professional account management there typically is a fee to get the ongoing help and monitoring which comes with a managed account.

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But DIY doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. You can benefit from a number of online tools and other services to help you build a portfolio that suits your circumstances and ensures you’re making progress toward your longterm goals. In order to build an appropriate portfolio, you’ll need to understand the major types of investments, how to put them together in a mix, and stay informed about the state of the economy and the markets. You will also need to evaluate investment products and navigate the strategies, costs, and quality of different solutions. Another essential element of DIY is the selection of an appropriate asset mix (one that reflects your risk tolerance, investment horizon, and financial situation) and the discipline to stick with it. Of course, your investment portfolio is built around your life, your goals, and the markets, which will evolve over time - so your portfolio will need to change with them. Major events, such as sending a child to college, receiving company stock, or getting ready to retire, will require a corresponding adjustment to your investment strategy and financial plan.

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Official employee magazine of the University of Miami.

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Official employee magazine of the University of Miami.

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