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What is Going On... Calendar of Events

1/30 UC Patio 6:30pm Chinese New Year Celebration 2/1 UC Patio 6pm Live at the Apollo 2/2 Clarke Recital Hall 7:06pm Alpha Phi Alpha’s Miss Black & Gold 2/3 UC 233 6:30pm Filipino Student Assoc. Meeting SOC Courtyard 7pm OJU’s Bob Marley Day 2/4 UC Rock 10am Family Matters Day of Service 2/6 SRC Master’s Apt. 7:30pm Love Jones; Are relationships a thing of the past? 2/8 BUC 7:30pm BAM goes to the Women’s BasketBall Game UC 233 8pm Alliance of Latin American Students Meeting 2/9 Mahoney/Pearson 4pm SoulFood Dining Hall 2/14 UC Breezeway 12pm Chocolate Kisses & Brown Sugar 2/15 UC Ballrooms 7:30pm SGRho’s Brother’s Appreciation 2/16 Newman Alumni Ctr. 6:30pm Black Identity, Perpetually Under Construction 2/17 UC 233 6:30pm Filipino Student Assoc. Meeting 2/21 Clarke Recital Hall 7:30pm Miss UM CSA Pageant 2/22 MRC Master’s Apt. 5pm MSA’s Student Success Series UC 233 8pm Alliance of Latin American Students Meeting 2/24 Gusman Concert Hall 8pm NPHC’s Greek Extrav 2/25 Shoma Hall 9am UM Black Alumni Society Entrepreneurship Smart Fair 2/29 SOC Courtyard 7:30pm Moving On Up Gospel Explosion 3/2 Fountain 7pm In Living Color Fashion Show ****Events in RED denote Black Awareness Month Programs

Black Awareness Month Day of Service February 4th, 10am UC Rock

The Day of Service is an opportunity for University of Miami students to volunteer at the OverTown Youth Center that promote positive development of Miami’s youth. Both the student volunteers and the youth in the greater Miami area will be about to broaden their horizons as they share and learn about the experiences of other cultures, as well as their own. If you are interested, please register at this link: dqVjV2Wmc6MQ

Senior Mwambo

The Senior Mwambo is an African rite of passage ceremony that marks the transition of black graduates from their lives at the University of Miami to advanced education and professional careers. This ceremony was established in 1992 through the vision and love of a very dynamic and caring international student from Malawi, East Africa; Mr. Patrick A. Masala. The term “Mwambo” literally means ceremonial rite of passage. It is Chichewa and comes to us from Malawi, East Africa where it was founded. The Senior Mwambo is an African rite of passage ceremony designed to recognize the accomplishments of our black graduates and their families. It is a celebration of the transition from one stage of life to the next. This year’s ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 2:00pm in Gusman Hall. For additional information regarding the Senior Mwambo, please contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 305-284-2855.

ATTENTION!!!!! IMPORTANT!!!! It’s Time to File Your 2012-2013 FAFSA for Financial Assistance

The preferred date to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is February 1 for Undergraduate students and March 1 for Graduate and Doctoral students. Remember, students who want to be considered for need-based and Florida state financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, the Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan, University of Miami Grants, Florida Bright Futures, Florida Resident Access Grant, and Florida Student Assistance Grant opportunities must apply every year. Students applying after the preferred date will be awarded on a funds available basis. The easiest way to complete your FAFSA is through FAFSA on the Web at http://www. You will need to have your Personal Identification Number (PIN) ready to sign the FAFSA when you complete it. If you have forgotten your PIN you can request or create a new one at

UM’s First Chinese New Year Celebration January 30th, 6:30pm UC Patio In the year of the dragon, we are having our first Chinese new year celebration. Explore a different culture, learn Kung Fu, participate in traditional tea making, and find your zodiac. Enjoy performances of lion dance, Sichuan opera mask changing, and Chinese yo-yo. All food and activities are free for the campus community.

Dear Undergraduate Students: The Office of Undergraduate Research is proud to offer you the opportunity to learn firsthand about the research projects that your fellow undergrads are working on! Your peers will be making presentations on their current research projects. By attending, you will: 1. Become familiar with valuable presentation techniques 2. Make contacts with other students interested in research 3. Learn about the latest research being conducted at UM 4. Get answers to your research related questions from Dr. Michael Gaines, Biology Professor 5. Provide support to your fellow undergrads that are presenting their research. When: January 31 Time: 5pm Where: Cox 213 Please RSVP to For questions or comments please email Undergraduate Research at

Find us on Facebook: Hosted by Asian American Students Association and Chinese Students & Scholars Association Sponsors: Division of Student Affairs, University Center/Student Life, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, International Student & Scholar Services, New York Service center for Chinese study fellow, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt urged her husand & President of the United States Franklin D.Roosevelt to utilize the 99th Squadron in combat missions after she took flight with one of the Tuskeege pilots. This is how the Tuskeegee Airmen were born.

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Work out, Win Prizes! Studio Cycling, Yoga or Both! Studio Cycling and Yoga passes are on sale now at the Herbert Wellness Center. The new cycling studio with a video wall has taken the indoor cycling experience to a whole new level. For variety, the yoga schedule includes different styles of yoga—Sivananda, Vinyasa Flow, Power, and Hatha. A semester pass gives the member unlimited access to all the classes on the schedule. The cost of each pass is $60 per semester for student members and $96 for non-student members. Can’t decide? Buy a combo pass for only $90 for student members and $144 for non-student members. The combo pass gives you unlimited access to all cycling and yoga classes. To purchase your pass, go to the Wellness Enrichment Suite located on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center. For more information, call 305-284-LIFE (5433).

Working out has its rewards! We all know that being physically active is good for your physical and mental well-being. Now it can also be good for your wallet! The Herbert Wellness Center is partnering with to bring a new fitness program to the U. is a program that rewards students for exercising at the Wellness Center. By simply recording your workouts, you can win prizes such as gift cards, iPads, and cruises. Students must workout 2.5 hours per week during the four-week program to be eligible to win the grand prize. Each week smaller prizes are given away to reward students for achieving their goals. The program starts February 6 and ends March 4. It’s easy to participate. Just register with before February 6. Each time you exercise at the Wellness Center, record your workout online. As long you accrue 2.5 hours of exercise a week, your name is entered into a drawing for weekly prizes. Meet your goal each week of the four-week program and your name is entered into the drawing for the grand prize! For more information, go to

Group Exercise: Spring Session Looking to add some variety to your workout routines? Try one or many of the group exercise classes offered at the Herbert Wellness Center! Classes like Zumba, Guts and Butts and Core Conditioning are just some of the many great classes offered FREE for all Wellness Center members. A complete schedule is available online at wellness. For more information, please visit the Wellness Enrichment Suite or call 305284-LIFE (5433).

Meditation Class Namaste students! Are classes, social life, and work stressing you out? Take a break and meditate! You will develop mental clarity and discipline that will help you focus and improve concentration (great skills when it comes to studying!) Lunthita Duthely, a follower of the teachings of Sri Chinmoy, will guide and instruct participants through the meditation. The meditation is Friday, February 3, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Herbert Wellness Center. Instruction is free and open to everybody. Please RSVP to let us know you are coming by calling 305-284-LIFE (5433).

3-Point Shooting Contest Slam-dunk your way into next semester with a 3-point shooting contest the week of February 6 at the Herbert Wellness Center. Registration for the contest occurs on site and is FREE to UM students. To sign up, go to the outdoor basketball courts the week of February 6 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, call the intramural hotline at 305-2848501 or send an e-mail to

Pilates Session I Registration Registration is now open for the spring semester’s first session of Reformer Pilates. Pilates is one of the many community classes offered at the Herbert Wellness Center. You do not have to be a member to sign up. A complete schedule is available online at For more information, please visit the Wellness Enrichment Suite or call 305-284-LIFE (5433).

Flag Football Mini Season Football season is over but that doesn’t mean you have to stop playing the game. Registration is now taking place for intramural flag football leagues. The deadline to register is January 31 and the captains meeting will take place on February 1 at 5:00 p.m. A $20 refundable entry fee is due at the time of registration. Don’t have a team? No problem! Just sign up as a free agent at the meeting on January 31 at 5:30 p.m. To register a team, go to room 210 of the Herbert Wellness Center. For more information, call the intramural hotline at 305-284-8501 or e-mail

Officials Training (Flag Football) Want to earn some extra cash? Consider becoming an official for the intramural flag football leagues. No experience necessary and the hours are flexible. Training will be held in the Herbert Wellness Center Classrooms on February 1st 6:00 p.m. For more information, call the intramural hotline at 305-284-8501 or e-mail

Authentic Northern Italian Cooking Class Mama mia! Chef Lori starts the spring semester off with the taste of Italy. When most Americans think Italian cuisine, their minds focus on pasta, tomato sauce, and pizza. Explore Northern Italian cuisine as we prepare turkey and goat cheese polpettini (small meatballs), fish fillets with orange, sage and almonds. Cap the menu with baci di dama con nutella. (You already translated the NUTELLA, right!) Baci di dama means ladies’ kisses. The class is Monday, January 30, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center classrooms. The cost is only $20 for UM students and Wellness Center members; $25 for non-members. The fee includes cooking demonstration, recipes, and food tasting. To register or for more information, go to the Wellness Enrichment Suite located on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center or call 305-284-LIFE (5433).

Graphic Design Student needed *MSA is looking for a Graphic Design student with experience in InDesign, Photoshop & Ilustrator. If you are interested or know someone with skills, contact Jeniffer Ruggiero at 305-284-2855. *Student MUST have work-study funding.

Get to know MSA.... Name: Jaclyn Casal (aka Jackie) Year: Sophomore Major: Public Relations/Psychology Position: Graphic Designer Interests: Fashion; Fitness; Dance; Design Favorite Food: Desserts

“Coming in as a freshman I was unaware of many things regarding campus life and through MSA I was able to learn about the different opportunities available to me as a student.” Reverse Career Fair by Toppel

February 2, 2012 12pm – 2pm UC, International Lounge What is a Reverse Career Fair? In a typical career fair, employers set up booths and students walk around to meet with recruiters representing each company. What if we turned the tables and had student organizations set up booths and the recruiters are the ones who walk around to meet with students representing each group? Employers will approach tables to network with students and possibly gain an invitation to come speak to the group as a whole on a separate date. Registration Fee: There is no fee for companies that are attending Spring Career Expo. If your organization is not registered for Career Expo the registration fee is $200. Questions? Veronica Soto, Assistant Director, Career Events, or 305-284-1820

Get Involved... Create Your Own Special Interest Housing Community!! Group Applications due February 8 by 5 PM Office of Academic Enhancement, Pearson Residential College, Suite #144 The Office of Academic Enhancement and the Department of Housing and Residential Life invite groups of students to submit applications to create Special Interest Housing (SIH) communities for 2012-13. Groups should be organized around a specific themethat brings students together to enhance their on-campus living experience. SIH provides an opportunity for students united by a common interest, activity, or cause to live together in a themed living-learning environment. In addition to living together, groups will receive specialized funding for programs, as well as advising and training to assist in the programming and management of thecommunity. Groups interested in creating an SIH Community for 2012-13 should visit to download and submit a group application by February 8, 2012. Approved SIH communities will be announced on February 17, 2012 and will receive community space in Mahoney, Pearson, or Eaton Residential Colleges. For additional information please contact or (305) 284-3187.

Hispanic Heritage Month Applications Applications Due: February 20

Are you interested in the Latino/Hispanic culture? Do you want to create new and exciting events commemorating the Latino culture? Then you should be part of this the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Committee. If you are interested or know someone who would be, have them visit files/pdfs/HHMCOMMITTEE_APPLICATION_2012.pdf , fill out the form and submit to Luz Paniagua at

UM Abassadors

UM Ambassadors is a student organization that's primary goal is to connect alumni with current students. As an UM Ambassador you will have the opportunity to interact with alumni, donors, key UM alumni association leaders and attend exclusive UM events and meetings (maybe meet someone to get your dream job on day!!) We are a tight nit, fun, group that meets bi-weekly sometimes just to play catch phrase for a quick study break. If you guys are looking for an organization to get involved with, I recommend applying! If you have any questions please contact me, here is the link:

Horizons Pre-Orientation Program Applications Due: February 14

Were you a Horizons Participant? Do you want to assist new students in their journey at the U? Then‌Be a Horizons Counselor! You can help our newest multicultural students learn about the University of Miami and become better acclimated to the campus community. Horizons takes place the day before New Student Orientation, for more information, please visit . Counselors will be responsible for interacting with new students and their families. Responsibilities include: 1. Serve as a guide and mentor to new multicultural students. 2. Participate in all Horizons activities. 3. Welcome parents and families. 4. Assist with execution of event, including: set-up and clean-up 5. Be friendly, outgoing, and honest. 6. Follow-up with students after Horizons is over. 7. Have fun! You can find an application at If you have any questions, contact MSA at 305-284-2855.

Nineteenth Annual Harambee Weekend

The Nineteenth Annual Harambee Weekend is scheduled for March 29th- April 1st, and the Office of Admission is recruiting hosts!!! Harambee Weekend provides African-American/Black high school seniors who have been accepted into the University, a valuable opportunity to experience firsthand what makes the University of Miami a wonderful place to pursue a college education. As a host, you will not only act as an ambassador for UM, you will also provide a young man/woman their first direct connection to the UM college experience. To sign up to be a Harambee host, please email visit or contact Noelle McMahon at if you have additional questions.

Passionate about educating students on oppression in society today? Come to a Tunnel of Oppression Interest Session! TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 at 9pm in UC 241

Tunnel is April 16-18th

Tunnel of Oppression is a sensory based experience that exposes students to various issues of oppression in society today. The UC Ballrooms are divided into different rooms each dealing with a specific issue. In past years, issues such as Religion, Sexual Assault, Disabilities Issues, Education, and LGBTQ among others have been covered. Last year 552 students went through Tunnel of Oppression, and over 50 volunteers and10 student organizations helped make the event a success. This year we want Tunnel to be better than ever!! If your organization or you as an individual are interested in helping plan and create a room in this year’s Tunnel of Oppression please attend an info session to learn how to get involved!!

Toppel Career Center Programs All programs held at the Toppel Career Center

Effective Resume & Cover Letter Writing- February 8 at 4pm Freshman/Sophomore Orientations: February 6 at 4pm; February 7 at 5pm; Ferbaruy 8, at 3pm Interviewing Skills: February 6 at 5pm Leveraging LinkedIn for the Job Search: February 10, 12pm

Scholarship, Internship, and Fellowship Opportunities... The Pickering Graduate Fellowship Deadline: January 30

The Pickering Graduate Fellowship selects individuals seeking admission to graduate school for the following year. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Visit :

The Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship Deadline: February 3

The Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship selects undergraduate students in their junior year of college. The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Visit:

The Youth Scholar Academy February 3, 2012

Teach the next generation. Coordinate special programs for high school students and have an opportunity to intern with youth serving organizations. Paid internship with housing provided. For more information contact Elijah Heyward at 202-659-2832 or email at

Google Anita Borg Scholarship Deadline to apply: February 6

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encouraging women to pursue careers in computing and technology, they have announced the 2012 Google Anita Borg Scholarship, through which they hope to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders. Scholarships of $1,000 - $10,000 will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and demonstrated leadership. A group of female undergraduate and graduate student finalists will be chosen from the applicant pool. All scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View, California for a networking retreat which will include workshops with a series of speakers, panelists, breakout sessions and social activities.

Greater New England Alliance of Black School Educators (GNEABSE) February, 10

The Greater New England Alliance of Black School Educators (GNEABSE) is happy to announce its Annual GNEABSE-Lou Irvin Scholarship Program. The Scholarship aids juniors and seniors in college who have been accepted into teacher certification programs in schools of education. Two one thousand ($1,000.00) scholarships will be awarded to deserving students of color from Connecticut. Applications can be downloaded from our website and mailed to: GNEABSE Scholarship Committee P.O. Box 2633 Hartford, CT 06146-2633

IU Simon Cancer Center’s summer program available to underrepresented populations Deadline is Februray 17; program is May 31-July 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- (December 7, 2011) -- High school and college students from underrepresented populations interested in cancer research careers can gain hands-on experiences during next summer’s Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program. The cancer center’s annual Summer Research Program, held in partnership with the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Center for Research and Learning, places students with a mentor physician or researcher for nine weeks (May 31July 27) on the IUPUI campus. Students work with faculty who are conducting studies in the most progressive areas of cancer research. The program’s primary goal is to increase the number of underrepresented populations engaged in basic, clinical, and prevention and control cancer research by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to those fields. Each student receives a stipend (payment) of $3,200. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements. The Summer Research Program provides students an opportunity to: • interact with any one of five cancer center research programs, 10 shared facilities and more than 100 world-renowned investigators • gain exposure to a wide-range of basic science, translational, and clinical research activities • continually interact with and learn from other students, clinical and post-doctoral fellows, and faculty • attend weekly workshops that deal with issues related to gaining admission to graduate and professional programs of study Students are selected on interest in biomedical or behavioral science, grades, and personal interviews. High school students who participate must have completed at least their junior year and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduates in the program must have completed 24 hours of college credit, be majoring in a biomedical or behavioral science, and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.2. Additional information and an online application is available at srp. Questions? Contact the IUPUI Center for Research & Learning at (317) 274-8880.

UM's Cosford Cinema, 2nd floor Memorial building With the support of the Kenneth Lattman Foundation, the Bill Cosford Cinema is pleased to invite filmmakers Pamela Yates and Paco de Onis to discuss their latest film, GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR. On Thursday, February 2 at 7PM, as part of the Kenneth Lattman Foundation Lecture Series, GRANITO will be screened for its Miami Premiere followed by a Q+A with the filmmakers. GRANITO is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s past, and how a documentary film intertwined with a nation’s turbulent history emerges as an active player in the present. In GRANITO our characters sift for clues buried in archives of mind and place and historical memory, seeking to uncover a narrative that could unlock the past and settle matters of life and death in the present. Each of the five main characters whose destinies collide in GRANITO are connected by the Guatemala of 1982, then engulfed in a war where a genocidal “scorched earth” campaign by the military exterminated nearly 200,000 Maya people. Now, as if a watchful Maya god were weaving back together threads of a story unraveled by the passage of time, forgotten by most, our characters become integral to the overarching narrative of wrongs done and justice sought that have pieced together, each adding their granito – their tiny grain of sand, to the epic tale. The Kenneth Lattman Foundation Lecture Series at the Bill Cosford Cinema features eight films build on innovative storytelling and created by some of the brightest filmmakers today. The series brings audiences “back to the movie theater” to watch and discuss exceptional films together. Each screening is followed by a discussion with University of Miami experts, distinguished industry VIPs, the audience and other guests who explore the scholarly, professional, and artistic merits of each film. This special event came to fruition through the generous support of Eliot and Shelley Abramson of the the Lattman Foundation, UM’s Center for Latin American Studies, the Women and Gender Studies program, and the University of Miami School of Communication. Tickets are $9 General Admission, $7 for Seniors (62+), UM Employees, UM Alumni, and Non-UM Students. This event is Free for UM Students with the Cane ID.

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