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What’s Going on..... 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 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

Resident Assistant Selection Beginning for 2012-2013 Year

The Journey Has Begun, Where Will it Lead You? The Department of Housing and Residence Life is announcing the start of the recruitment and hiring process for students interested in being Resident Assistants for the 2012-2013 academic year. As a top student position on campus, individuals interested in helping others, programming for groups, and exploring their leadership potential should consider applying. Students are not required to have on-campus housing experience but must have a minimum 2 semesters of college experience at time of application. Attendance at one of the information sessions is required for application, the final opportunities occurring January 17th – 19th. Students can find out more information through the Housing and Residential Life website (, the UMiami RA Selection Facebook page or by emailing

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 305-2842855.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Reviving The Dream

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an important historical figure who believed racial equality was possible. United Black Students commemorate his life and legacy by hosting several educational programs that honor the dream and contributions of Dr. King. For more information contact MSA at 305-284-2855 or visit

Title Date Time Opening Ceremonies 1/18/2012 7:00 PM Featuring Civil Right leaer Dr. Benjamin Chavis

Location Newman Alumni Center

Day of Service

1/21/2012 9:00 AM

Meet at UC Lower Lounge

”Seperate, But Equal” Movie Screening

1/24/2012 6:00 PM

Cosford Cinema

Alpha Phi Alpha’s High School Male Oratorical1/27/2012 TBA

Shoma Hall

SLC- Leadership Summit 1/28/2012 9:00 AM

University Center

Interesting Facts about Dr. King: - His nickname was "M.L." - His ''I Have a dream'' speech was voted the best speech of the 20th century. - He could shoot a basketball accurately with both hands -His best friend was a white boy at an early age. -He went to college when he was only 15 years old. - Link magazine of New Delhi, in India, listed Dr. King as one of the sixteen world leaders who had contributed most to the advancement of freedom. - His parents were going to call him Michael, but they changed their minds to Martin. -He received over 21 college honorary degrees from numerous colleges in the U.S. and other countries. Fact gathered:

On Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Florida International University’s College of Education is sponsoring a visit by the distinguished scholar, Dr. Sonia Nieto who will conduct a featured presentation entitled, “Good Teachers in Difficult Times: Challenging Teacher Bashing and Promoting the Health of Our Public Schools.” Dr. Nieto’s research focuses on multicultural education, teacher preparation, the education of Latinos and other culturally and linguistically diverse student populations.

Get 2 Know MSA...

Name: Raquel Zaldivar (aka Rocky) Year: Sophomore Major: Visual Journalism/Spanish Position: Student Assistant Interests: Photography; Sing; Dance; and Running Favorite Food: Italian

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

Work it OUT with the Herbert Wellness Center 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).

Try Before You Buy—FREE Week of Cycling and Yoga!

Some classes on the Studio Cycling and Yoga schedule are FREE between January 21 and 27. If you want to try a class before you purchase a semester pass, come to one of the FREE classes listed on the schedule. Entrance to the class is on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to current cardholders.

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 For more information, please visit the Wellness Enrichment Suite or call 305-284-LIFE (5433).

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).

Pre-Season Basketball Tournament

Looking for a fun activity for your floor or student organization? Then sign up for the Herbert Wellness Center’s pre-season basketball tournament taking place on January 28. The deadline to register for the tournament is January 25. A $20 per team special event fee is due at the time of registration. To sign up, go to room 210 of the Herbert Wellness Center. For more information, call the intramural hotline at 305-284-8501 or send an e-mail to

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 tsoria@miami. edu.

Community Classes at the Herbert Wellness Center

Registration is now open for the spring semester community classes offered at the Herbert Wellness Center. Classes include a variety of activities such as swim lessons for children and adults, salsa, belly dance, boot camp, and more. Take advantage of the “try before you buy” policy by attending the first scheduled class for FREE! Classes are open to everyone. For more information or to register, call 305-284-LIFE (5433) or stop by the Wellness Enrichment Suite located on the second floor of the Herbert Wellness Center.

Authentic Northern Italian Cooking Class

$$$$Extra $$$$ 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 305284-8501 or e-mail

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).

Get Involved.....

Committee Of Student Organizations presents: Spring Involvement Fair

When: January 25 Where: UC Foote Green Time: 11am Looking for a club that interests you? Looking for a new hobby? Looking for a way to get more involved on campus? Come get involved at the - Spring Involvement Fair 2012. Student Organizations and Departments will be showcased for one day on the Foote Green .So stop by and take a look at what the University of Miami has to offer you. If you don’t stop by, then you’re missing out on all the wonderful opportunities these organizations have to offer. Even if you’re already involved on campus, stop by the event anyway. You’re guaranteed to have a great time! If you have any questions, please contact me (Bibi Yasmin Moghani) at

MSA’s Horizons Pre-Orientation Program

Applications Due: February 14 to the MSA office in Bldg. 21-P Were you a Horizons Participant? Do you want to assist new students in their journey at the U? Then…Be 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 305-2842855.

Alliance of Latin American Students

The purpose of Alliance of Latin American Students (ALAS) is to unite both Latin American students as well as students interested in learning about Latin American cultures. The committee hosts forums, socials and educational events throughout the semester that promote awareness of the rich and diverse Latin American community. For more information, please contact MSA at 305-284-2855 or contact Luz Paniagua at

Scholarship, Internships & Fellowship Opporunities

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.

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.

Indiana University Simon Cancer Center’s summer program

Deadline: February 17 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 31-July 27) on the IUPUI campus. Students work with faculty who are conducting studies in the most progressive areas of cancer research. 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. 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 www.cancer. Questions? Contact the IUPUI Center for Research & Learning at (317) 274-8880.

Greater New England Alliance of Black School Educators (GNEABSE)

Deadline: 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 www.GNEABSE. org. and mailed to: GNEABSE Scholarship Committee P.O. Box 2633 Hartford, CT 06146-2633

2012 Harold Burson Summer Internship Program Deadline: February 17

The Harold Burson Summer Internship Program is a 10 week, PAID internship at one of our U.S. Burson-Marstelle offices. During the internship students work closely with industry leaders to gain experience in public relations encompassing everything from media relations and research to digital communications and grassroots campaigns. Requirements: • Rising seniors, 2012 graduates, and current graduate students • A cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or equivalent • Strong written and verbal communications skills. Process: The Youth Scholar Academy • Visit to check out FULL program Deadline: February 3 Teach the next generation. Coordinate special programs for high school stu- • Apply online by submitting one appalication that contains all of the following items: dents and have an opportunity to intern with youth serving organizations. Paid internship with housing provided. For more information contact Elijah Heyward • Resume, cover letter, college transcript • Press release and essay submission at 202-659-2832 or email at

2012 Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship

Deadline: Entries must be post-marked by March 31. This award, named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein, recognizes two osteopathic underrepresented minority students at AACOM’s member colleges of osteopathic medicine (one newly accepted student and one continuing student). To be eligible, an applicant must be an underrepresented minority (African-American; Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian; mainland Puerto Rican, or Hispanic) student in good academic standing and currently enrolled in his or her first, second, or third year at an AACOM member college of osteopathic medicine OR an underrepresented minority student who has been accepted and is planning to matriculate at one of the AACOM member colleges. Previous Arnstein Scholarship awardees are ineligible. All entries must include the required Cover Page, with all appropriate signatures, in addition to the required essay. Incomplete entries will not be considered. Awardees will be notified by July 21, 2012. For details, please visit:

Atlantic Coast Conference Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Conference

Deadline: January 20 The 7th Annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Undergraduate Research Conference will be held on March 30-April 1, 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia on the campus of Virginia Tech. This annual symposium showcases undergraduate research from ACC universities. Research from all disciplines is presented as performances, posters, or oral presentations. Note that ACC sports revenues are used to defray some of the expenses of this symposium. For mor einformation or to receive an application, please contact Michael S. Gaines, Ph.D. at the Office of Undergraduate Research & Community Outreach located in Cox 122. Phone: 305-284-5058 Email: uginfo@

Calendar of Events

January 17-31 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 1/18 Newman Alumni Ctr. 7pm MLK Opening Ceremonies 1/21 UC Lower Lounge 9am MLK Day of Service 1/24 Cosford Cinema 6pm “Seperate, But Equal” Movie Screening 1/25 UC Foote Green 11am COSO’s Involvement Fair 1/27 Shoma Hall 7pm Alpha Phi Alpha Male Oratorical 1/28 UC Lower Lounge 9am SLC’s Leadership Summit 1/30 UC Patio 7pm Chinese New Year Celebration February 1-March 2 Black Awareness Month Celebration 2/1 UC Patio 6pm Streaming Live-Live at the Apollo 2/3 TBD 7pm OJU’s Bob Marley Day 2/4 UC Rock 10am Streaming Live- Family Matters D.O.S 2/6 TBD TBD Streaming Live- Black Love Forum 2/8 BUC 7pm Streaming Live- BAM goes to the BB Game 2/9 Mahoney/Pearson 4pm Streaming Live- SoulFood Dining Hall 2/13 TBD TBD ASU- Rock of Africa 2/14 Breezeway 12pm Streaming Live- Chocolate Kisses & Brown Sugar 2/15 TBD TBD SGRho’s Brother’s Appreciation 2/16 TBD 7pm Streaming Live- Black Experience Forum 2/21 TBD 7pm CSA- Pageant 2/22 MRC Master’s 5pm MSA’s Student Success Series Apt. 2/24 Gusman Concert 8pm NPHC’s Greek Extrav Hall 2/25 TBD TBD Black Alumni Society- Economic Fair 2/29 UC Patio 7:30pm Streaming Live- Moving On Up Gospel Explosion 3/2 Fountain 7pm Streaming Live- In Living Color Fashion Show

Unity Newsletter Spring 2012 1st Issue  

The UNITY Newsletter serves as the office's electronic newsletter that is circulated to over 5,000 students, faculty and staff each month. T...