Miami Magazine | Spring 2016

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Inauguration Week  |  A New Take on House Calls | Coach Richt Arrives


What legal footing will we have in the new techno landscape? Miami scholars help forecast the future and draft laws aimed at protecting our rights.

Weathering the Cyber Storm


Gratitude UM President Julio Frenk with student leaders.

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Top scholars work overtime trying to keep up with issues of privacy, civil rights,


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Eye on Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Faculty Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 On Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Student Spotlight

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Alumni Digest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Class Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Alumni Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Big Picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Remotely in Control and ethics in the age of cyber stalkers, drones, and self-driving cars.


A Bridge to the Future Take a look at Inauguration Week’s engaging activities, inspirational lectures, and a stirring speech from the University’s newly installed sixth president.


A Clinical Collaboration Troubled by the legal hurdles her patients faced, Lisa Gwynn, director of UM’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic, put a groundbreaking partnership in motion.


The Richt Stuff Coach Mark Richt has come a long way since his UM quarterback days. Now back on his home turf, he’s putting into play plans to lead the football team to victory.






The stories in the fall issue of Miami magazine are informative, illuminating, impressive, and inspiring. The U seems to be advancing on multiple fronts.

R.J. Stead, M.B.A. ’87 Edmonds, Washington

Puppy Approved The UM service puppyraising club is official and is called U PUP! Thanks for all of your help! Your article (“Ruff Life: Canine Companion Comes to College,” Fall 2015) was instrumental in moving us forward.

Joy Beverly UM Lecturer, Department of Mathematics Associate Faculty Master, Pearson Residential College Coral Gables, Florida

G.I. Rowe I especially enjoyed the article “From Military Barracks to Modern Treasure” in the Fall 2015 magazine. I was there during that period. I remember the finishing

Service). My bathtub had been painted with hardware store enamel pink!

N. Richard Boutin, B.B.A. ’53 Tallahassee, Florida

South Campus & Sports Cars For the last couple of years, my only contact with the U has been through Miami magazine. You do a great job. I’ve been following with

the course, while the Rally Master, Marty Dareff, B.B.A. ’69, followed. The route took us from the main campus in Coral Gables to the South Dade campus. On turning into the South Campus, we started to follow the rally directions around the runways, but within about five minutes, we were surrounded by at least six cars with flashing lights, and a lot of men with guns! It

Richard Rowe, B.B.A. ’50 Melbourne, Florida


Alliterative Affection

of the “skeleton” Merrick Building. People don’t realize that when we G.I.s descended on the school, we kick-started the development of things after years of the Depression and World War II. We came on the G.I. Bill by the thousands, and our tuitions were paid in full. It was a great school then and is even greater each year! Julio Frenk looks like a great leader for the future!

A Colorful Past While only a memory now, the University of Miami campus in the late ’40s, early ’50s was a mixture of pink concrete sidewalks to nowhere, a skeleton building as a reminder of the Great Depression, palmetto/pine/ weed-covered land, and the beginning of our great modern campus today (“From Military Barracks to Modern Treasure”). The old North Campus on University Drive still had remnants of the Navy pilot training program within its walls. As a Navy officer training program transferee from Georgia Tech in 1950, my introduction to UM was in the temporary wood barracks/classroom building with several classes in the newly completed central campus building. The student center on the lake had also just been completed. San Sebastian dorm became home, which had recently been vacated by a contingent of WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency

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Joseph Hackney, right, at Fun Run ’70

interest the letters from the South Campus veterans (Inbox, Summer and Fall 2015). My experience with the South Campus was two decades later than theirs, though. I belonged to the University of Miami Sports Car Club in the late ’60s and participated in several rallies through the runways of the South Campus, but the last was the most interesting. I graduated in 1968 and was drafted. When I returned to grad school in the fall of 1970, the Sports Car Club had the first rally of the year already planned. The night prior to the rally, the members ran the rally route to make sure there were no closed roads or detours. That night, Ray Justice and I ran

seemed the South Campus had reverted back to the federal government a few days before. Fortunately, Marty had all the documents regarding the rally with him, including the permission from the Dean of Men at the U of Miami to run the rally through the South Campus. After checking the documents, we were chased off with a warning to change the rally route.

Joseph Hackney Jr., B.Ed. ’68, M.Ed. ’72 Miami, Florida

Change Is the Only Constant I enjoy the magazine. It is very interesting to see how much the school has changed

in the last 50 years. I am a member of the Class of 1965. That was the first year the school was integrated and University College started. I lived four years in an apartment on campus built during World War II for RAF fighter pilots training at Homestead Army Air Force Base. I was a member of Delta Sigma Pi and spent hours with my fraternity brothers in the Pit, which is not on campus anymore. There was one comment in the Summer 2015 magazine I found disconcerting—about how when I went to Miami it was known as Suntan U and today it is known as the U. I know I couldn’t get into the U today. The cost and the academic challenge 50 years

ago isn’t what it is in 2016. But we students were just as proud of Suntan U then as today’s students are of the U. Last year I returned to Miami to say goodbye to my late friend Melvin Rubin, B.B.A. ’65, who served as an adjunct law professor at Miami in his later years. Mel and I ran the Business School Student Government from 1964-65. The trees we helped to plant in memory of President Kennedy along the walkway between the Memorial and Merrick buildings represented the future for us. As I walked around the campus last year, I looked at all the construction past and present. The growth of the infrastructure is amazing and scary at the same

time—it takes a lot of money to maintain all that growth. The only thing I found exactly as it was 50 years ago was the sound of the chimes ringing out from the Merrick Building. Keep them ringing.

Richard S. Fyfe, B.B.A. ’65 Jacksonville, Florida


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In fourth grade we were assigned to build a bridge out of toothpicks. Watching our creations tested one by one, our excitement grew. Would our construction withstand the weight the teacher was adding, or snap like, well, toothpicks? Some of these structures turned out to be shockingly sturdy. Mine, on the other hand, taught me I had a future as an English major. But the project instilled lessons beyond the mechanics of engineering and the science of physics. It taught me that strength comes not just from strong materials but from creating the proper support systems, implementing smart structural design, and learning to make the most of the materials at hand. Bridges can be built from concrete, glass, and steel. They can also be built from less traditional materials found all around us: understanding and knowledge, communication and cooperation, shared language and laughter. As you’ll see in this issue, building bridges through the community is a priority of the University of Miami’s newly installed president, Julio Frenk. And his global vision for linking UM’s rich past to its 100th year in the next decade is clearly reflected in the kind of learning and research taking place at this institution. You can read about some of the innovative ways in which students, faculty, and alumni are engaged in the enterprise of building bridges—from a medical-legal partnership to improve the well-being of vulnerable children in South Florida, to a coach who is creating a path toward team spirit and victory, to professors working on narrowing the divide between our pursuit of technology and our right to privacy, just to name a few. In a sense, I did end up building bridges for a living—but with words and pictures instead of toothpicks. Consider this magazine one of your bridges across time and space to a vibrant and evolving ’Canes community worth staying connected to. —Robin Shear, editor

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GOP Debate Puts All Eyes on the U Matthew Deblinger, president of the portion that was not televised by CNN. University of Miami School of Law’s “There are still many months to go Student Bar Association, walked into before November 1, and I have no doubt the CNN Republican Presidential debate that our state and our city will play a on March 10 hoping to see an intellectucrucial role by making sure that voices ally driven discussion about improving are heard and votes counted.” the nation. Senior Renee Reneau put her exper“Our country has serious issues tise as a member of the UM Debate that need to be resolved under the Team to work, grading the candidates’ next administration, from a big national debt to an imminent environmental crisis,” he said. “But these global concerns have gotten lost in the theatrics of this year’s primaries.” Deblinger, who plans to pursue a career in politics, was one of about 60 UM students who attended the debate inside the Student journalists from UMTV and The Miami Hurricane worked side BankUnited Center, by side with professionals in the media filing center, photographing, where Donald blogging, and reporting on the debate. Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio, J.D. ’96, performances. She gave Cruz an A, squared off for the 12th time, five days Rubio an A-, Kasich a B, and Trump a ahead of the Florida and Ohio primaB-. “Rubio would have won the entire ries. The candidates sparred over issues debate had he given better opening and ranging from the economy and immiclosing remarks,” she said, adding that gration to education reform and social while Trump talked over Rubio only security during the two-hour debate once, he lost points for “flip-flopping moderated by Jake Tapper. The live on the issues of H1B high-skilled worker broadcast reached 11.9 million viewers, visas and Israel. Contradictory advocacy according to Nielsen. is a cardinal sin in debate, and this isn’t UM President Julio Frenk and Board the first time Trump has changed his of Trustees Chair Stuart A. Miller, J.D. position.” ’82, were among those in attendance. Student Monica Bustinza, who con“Democracy is more than an ideal—it is ducted nonpartisan voter registration a rigorous and participatory exercise of drives on campus twice a week as presiour rights and duties,” Frenk said to the dent of UM’s Get Out the Vote initiative, audience during the debate’s opening watched every other debate this election 4 MIAMI   Spring 2016


Students weigh in on the action as Republican hopefuls face off

Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo host New Day on the Foote Green during debate week.

season from home. She said witnessing a live debate right before voting in the primary was a privilege that gave her “a better understanding of how debates work internally and the efforts that go into making them possible.” Various departments such as UM Information Technology, which laid a mile of fiber optic cable, and the UM Police Department helped pull the televised debate together from behind the scenes. The Herbert Wellness Center’s second-floor gym was transformed into a media filing center and spin room for 500 members of the media— CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, and Anderson Cooper among them. The Student Center Complex was another hub of activity. CNN en Español broadcast from the Whitten University Center while the UM College Republicans hosted a debate watch party in the Shalala Student Center. For most of the week, CNN aired its popular news lineup from the Foote Green in front of the Otto G. Richter Library, the iconic U statue often visible in the background. The international media coverage UM garnered from the event was valued at $12.9 million. —Robert C. Jones Jr.

R+D Update and land cover with dengue or malaria outbreaks, the new Visualization Lab at the University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science (CCS) allows faculty, scientists, and students to display high-resolution images, data, charts, and other information in visually stunning formats. Not only that, explains Joel Zysman, director of high-performance computing for CCS, researchers can also “do something with that data, such as perform live analysis,” thanks to a tie-in with CCS’s Pegasus supercomputer. The Viz Lab’s 22-footlong 2-D monitor is capable of displaying one large image or breaking up different components of data into as many as ten individual screens. A smaller 3-D monitor is also available. “Just imagine what can be done with hurricane tracks and climatological data,” adds the center’s director, Nick Tsinoremas. The CCS Viz Lab,

Professor Kunal M. Parker, Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the School of Law and a 2014-15 resident fellow of the National Humanities Center, published his second book on immigration, Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Sharply relevant to today’s headlines, his 230-page tome examines, among other issues, how the United States has made foreigners of its own people—from Native Americans to free blacks to women—and how the problem of undocumented immigrants emerged. “We need to rethink what immigration is,” argues Parker. “Immigration is not so much about welcoming or rejecting outsiders as it is about naming as ‘outsiders’ those whose claims society wishes to reject or minimize.”

Visualize This From a drone’s-eye view of a shantytown to an illustration of a neuron’s branched projections (called dendrites) to correlating mosquito


Rethinking Immigration

located on the third floor of the Ungar Building, is a free resource for the UM community, but first-time users must complete an orientation session. For more information, email

Patently Impactful Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center pathologist Andrew V. Schally, who received the 1977 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking research into the endocrine system, was inducted in April as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. His 40-plus patents, which have provided millions of dollars in royalties to public and academic institutions committed to medical research, include one of the first commercially available luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone antagonists, cetrorelix, a drug now in wide use for in vitro fertilization around the world. Named an inaugural Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research and a “Legend in Urology” by the Canadian

Urological Association and Canadian Journal of Urology, Schally is the Distinguished Leonard M. Miller Professor of Pathology and Professor of Hematology/Oncology, International Medicine Institute research scientist at the UM Miller School of Medicine, and distinguished medical research scientist and Schally

head of the Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute, Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami. He currently works with Sylvester urologic oncologist and Miller School professor Norman L. Block and Joshua Hare, the Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine and Director of the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, to study how growth hormones can accelerate healing after a heart attack and how hormone agonists may help stimulate the pancreatic islet cells that produce insulin. He also assists and advises clinicians in implementing the therapeutic methods he developed for treatment of multiple cancers.      Spring 2016  MIAMI 5


Remembering Edward ‘Tad’ Foote II Memorial service draws more than 400 attendees to honor UM’s fourth president Former UM President Edward Thaddeus “Tad” Foote II, who had a tremendous influence on the growth and development of the University of Miami over more than two decades, died in Cutler Bay, Florida, on February 15. He was 78. A memorial celebration took place April 26 on the Coral Gables campus. Foote’s legacy is marked by “farreaching and rigorous pursuit of academic excellence that helped to distinguish our students and faculty among the finest in the nation,” said UM President Julio Frenk. “Together with his late wife, Roberta ‘Bosey’ Fulbright Foote, they made Miami their home, and we are a far better and stronger institution and community thanks to them.” By the time Foote came to lead the U in 1981 at age 43, he had already served in the Marine Corps, turned down a contract from RCA Records, worked as a reporter and a lawyer, authored a plan for the desegregation of schools in St. Louis, and helmed Washington University’s law school as dean for seven years. He went on to significantly raise UM’s academic and research stature, spearhead a capital fundraising campaign that was the second-largest in the history of American higher education at the time, and institute a series of reforms that ranged from improved facilities to new academic programs. Despite coming to Miami-Dade County at a turbulent time in the area’s history, Foote said he was “convinced early on that the University of Miami was one of the most exciting institutions in the nation.” A major element of his long-term strategic plan for UM included reducing the student body acceptance rate to make it more academically competitive. A capital campaign, launched in 1984, raised a staggering $517.5 million—well 6 MIAMI   Spring 2016

above the campaign’s already-ambitious $400 million goal. The School of Architecture, School of Communication, and Graduate School of International Studies opened. The number of fulltime faculty members increased by 560. Foote built the James L. Knight Physics Building, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the R. Bunn Gautier Biochemistry Building, the School

of Law Library, the Wellness Center, the Frances L. Wolfson Building, the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute, and many other facilities. The University’s endowment, competitive research funding, and philanthropic dollars all multiplied during his leadership. UM also became a national power in collegiate athletics under Foote, winning four national championships in football and three College World Series titles during his presidency. Devoted to community concerns, he co-chaired the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community, a

precedent-setting task force that helped establish treatment programs, demolish crack houses, secure federal funding to strengthen law enforcement, create drug-free school zones, and much more. As a staunch defender of women’s rights, Foote advised the once all-male Iron Arrow Honor Society that it would not be allowed back on campus until it decided to admit women, a motion that passed in 1985 after six previous attempts. The next year Foote was tapped into Iron Arrow. When Hurricane Andrew ravaged South Florida in 1992, Foote led the University community through a swift and complete recovery effort. Within a year, the campuses were in better shape than ever. Foote, who retired in 2001, was the longestserving president at a U.S. private institution at the time. He received multiple awards and honors for his leadership from the University and the South Florida community. UM established the Foote Fellows Honors Program, a scholarship initiative for highly motivated students who demonstrate intellectual rigor and interest in a broad-based curriculum, and the verdant oasis in front of the Otto G. Richter Library was renamed the Edward T. Foote II University Green. “He was a remarkable leader and a real gentleman,” said Donna E. Shalala, who succeeded Foote as president. “The University improved greatly under his tenure.” Memorial donations may be sent to the Foote Fellows Honors program, University of Miami Division of University Advancement, P.O. Box 025388, Coral Gables, Florida 33102-9811. Read more at


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“In the context of Zika, we face intense challenges related to identification, eradication, diagnosis, treatment, access to health care services, and so on.” —Kenneth W. Goodman, professor of medicine and founder and director of the Miller School of Medicine’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, delivering welcoming remarks at UM’s “Zika Forum: State of the Science, Public Health Safety, and Ethics,” held at the Shalala Student Center, March 23.

Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown Award won by UM’s Ibis yearbook. The printed edition of student magazine Distraction was also a winner, earning its second Gold Crown at the College Media Association conference in March.


Financial need met for Fall 2015 freshman class (up from 59% for Fall 2014). President Julio Frenk is committed to boosting financial aid to meet 100% of student need.


“The audiences come to the arena to watch the gladiators, and we are the gladiators. They want to see us bleed.”

—Ben Vereen, Tony-winning actor, during a February 15 master class with musical theatre students at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre.

Retention rate for Fall 2014 freshman class, second highest in UM history.


Students took part in the Gandhi Day of Service, a UM tradition since 1997, contributing a record-breaking 5,500-plus hours of service on October 3.

1,000 “They will have to create experiences that differentiate themselves.” —Arun Sharma, UM marketing professor, on SeaWorld’s announced plan to end its orca breeding program and killer whale shows. (Associated Press, March 19)

Wins notched by Jim Morris as skipper of the Hurricanes baseball team after a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted fourth-ranked Miami to a series-clinching 5-4 victory over Clemson on March 26 in Coral Gables. Morris recently earned his 1,500th career victory when UM beat Louisville 8-4 on March 18, also at home.    Spring 2016  MIAMI 7


Hurricane Prado UM’s new Graduate School dean is a beacon of its success On faculty at the University of Miami since 2007, Guillermo “Willy” Prado, M.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’05, has pioneered internationally recognized intervention programs, including Familias Unidas, aimed at decreasing health disparities such as obesity and reducing risky behaviors like drug abuse and HIV/AIDS among Hispanic youth. Now the Leonard M. Miller Professor of Public Health Sciences and director of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health at the Miller School of Medicine has the opportunity to “raise the Graduate School at UM to a new level of excellence, thanks to his passion as a researcher and educator,” says Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. Prado stepped into his new role as dean of the Graduate School on February 1. “This appointment is particularly meaningful to me because the University of Miami has been my academic home for over 15 years,” says Prado, who earned his Ph.D. in epidemiology and public health and his Master of Science in statistics at UM. “My plan is to work collaboratively with University

leadership, graduate program directors, and the rest of the University community to continue to increase the quality of graduate education for our students.” At the Miller School, Prado served as principal investigator of approximately $10 million of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. He also served as mentor and co-investigator of approximately $60 million of NIH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding, including a leadership role on two NIH-funded center grants. His research has appeared in more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics, American Journal of Public Health, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Prado led the development of the Ph.D. program in Prevention Science and Community Health, as well as redesigned the epidemiology doctoral program. As chief of the Division of Prevention Science and Community Health since 2013, he has overseen a research program endowment of $375,000. Before that, he led the

Dean Willy Prado, M.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’05

Ph.D. in Epidemiology Doctoral Program and served as acting chief of the Division of Epidemiology. Prado is the “best of the best,” says John L. Bixby, vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology and neurological surgery, who chaired the search committee for the Graduate School. “Even among a number of highly impressive applicants who interacted with the search committee, Willy’s personality, accomplishments, and insight stood out.”

UHealth Has a New Leader Physician led Philadelphia hospital to recurring No. 1 spot Renowned physician and administrator Steven M. Altschuler, who served as president and chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and The Children’s Hospital Foundation from 2000 to 2015, started January 1 as the University of Miami’s senior vice president of health affairs and the chief executive officer of UHealth - the University of Miami Health System. Steven M. Altschuler

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Altschuler is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the University’s hospitals, faculty practice plan, and clinics. Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, the founder of UHealth and dean since 2006, continues to serve as the head of the school—currently ranked 44th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. He describes Altschuler as “an extraordinarily accomplished leader of medicine for the 21st century” whose past accomplishments are “simply formidable.” Before UM, Altschuler led CHOP’s transformation from traditional academic medical center to world leader in pediatric health

care, research, education, and advocacy for children. With approximately 14,000 employees and strong ties to the Uni­ versity of Pennsylvania, it has been ranked the No. 1 children’s hospital in the nation every year except two since 2003. In FY 2015, CHOP’s foundation, hospital, and affiliates had approxi­ mately $5.4 billion in assets, $115 mil­­ lion in charitable contributions, and $340 million in research expenditures. “I am extremely grateful for the University’s confidence in me to lead this amazing system, along with the help of a skilled and dedicated team,” says Altschuler. “The opportunity to be part of the institution during such an innovative era in health care and scientific research is exciting.”

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associate athletics director for communications and sales. ESPN3 broadcasts now employ 20 UM students, most from the School of Communication. Backed by Director of Athletics Blake James, the live-stream broadcasts were started from a portable control room at Mark Light Field. The payoff was immediate. More than 25,000 combined viewers tuned into the first two games the department produced last year, when UM baseball faced FSU. In addition to baseball and volleyball, UM Athletics is live streaming untelevised soccer and basketball games. —Maya Bell

Celebrating Women in Sports Alexis Wright stood at the podium under the bright lights, but probably would have preferred to be in the starting blocks at one of her track meets. She admitted to being both “really nervous” and honored to be chosen to speak at UM’s Celebration of Women’s Athletics luncheon. Then the senior track and field star from Tampa told the more than 200 people in attendance what it has meant to her to be a UM student-athlete, how she

Students are at the controls with new ESPN3 broadcasts from UM.

Tiffany Okieme, track and field; Alexis Wright, track; and Kalysta White, volleyball. The event—founded last year by UM Trustees Hilarie Bass, J.D. ’81, vice chair; Barbara Hecht Havenick, A.B. ’72, J.D. ’75; and Laurie Silvers, A.B. ’74, J.D. ’77—kicked off a week of inauguration activities to honor President Julio Frenk and was followed by a women’s basketball game against Florida State University. Head women’s basketball coach Katie Meier, who recorded the 200th win of her UM career, said it’s only at the U where every coach of the

has been able to volunteer to help people in the community and be involved in leadership programs while majoring in microbiology and preparing for medical school. “Athletics has given me a platform, given me a chance to see myself in a whole new light,” she said. “Women’s athletics has personally transformed my life.” In 1973 UM became the first in the nation to award collegiate athletic scholarships to women, just a year after the passage of Title IX—the federal law that leveled the playing field for men and women involved in educational programs and activities that receive federal Deputy Athletic Director Jennifer Strawley and funding. Athletic Director Blake James flank the honorees At January’s at the Celebration of Women’s Athletics event. celebration, 10 student-athletes repmen’s teams would attend resenting each women’s a celebration of women’s sport at the U received athletics, and where the awards: Adrienne kickoff for a presidential Motley, basketball; Kara inauguration would include McCormack, diving; attending a women’s basDaniela Darquea, golf; ketball game. “I love it!” Sarah Aschebrock, rowshe said. “A confident ing; Catalina Perez, soccer; woman can change the My Fridell, swimming; world. We are changing Stephanie Wagner, tennis; lives.” —Peter Howard


A voice on the speakerphone begins the countdown to the volleyball match against Boston College. “Four minutes to live…Three minutes to live,” intones the producer from ESPN’s college headquarters, prompting senior Bianca Anuforo to utter aloud what’s on everybody else’s mind. “Oh, that’s nerve-wracking,” she says. Pre-game jitters are understandable. For the first time since UM Athletics began to live stream games to ESPN’s Internet service six months earlier, the production crew for this October home volleyball match consists almost entirely of UM students. Like Anuforo, an education major who is at the replay machine, most are filling critical roles in their first live broadcast. The broadcasts are made possible by the University’s $1 million investment in a state-of-the-art video control room in the Hecht Athletic Center. UM can now broadcast two live games simultaneously—a valuable recruiting tool that increases exposure to University athletics, engages more fans, and provides unparalleled handson experience to students through paid positions. “Our goal is to make this a real teaching program, where students will learn how to operate all the equipment and even get a chance to direct,” says Jason Layton, senior


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UOnline Celebrates First Year Meet two grad students who are benefiting from UM’s growing online initiative Stacey Humphrey, B.B.A. ’09, knows where a UM degree can take you. As an international finance and marketing major, she studied abroad twice. She finished her degree early and was hired by Abercrombie & Fitch to conduct market research. Then she moved to New York to analyze consumer behavior for Coach. Now managing website analytics for Philosophy brand skin care (and running marathons), she’s back at UM for an M.B.A.—this time via UOnline. The M.B.A. is one of eight master’s degrees launched since fall 2014 under the UOnline banner. In just over a year, they have attracted successful professionals from more than 20 states— many are UM alumni, like Humphrey. “My Miami degree got me this far, so I knew it could take me to the next level,” she says. “I have already seen an impact in my career.”

Stacey Humphrey, B.B.A. ’09, far left, and Leslie Fitzpatrick, above, are advancing their careers through UOnline.

game, and he sees the program opening those doors for him. “The networking is unbelievable,” he says. “I’ve gotten access to front offices and people in the industry.” Some of the UOnline programs also offer graduate certificates, and each

“ My Miami degree got me this far, so I knew it could take me to the next level. I’ve already seen an impact in my career.” UOnline programs are also attracting new top-notch students to UM. Born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised part-time in Holland, Leslie “Tiger” Fitzpatrick was a star student and soccer player. During his final two seasons as an undergraduate, he helped lead Columbia University to its best record in six years—while double majoring in economics and political science and earning All-Ivy recognition. For a decade he played professional soccer in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Trinidad and Tobago, helping his native country qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Retired from professional play since 2012, he’s transitioned into a successful youth coaching care. Now in UM’s Online Master’s in Sport Administration, Fitzpatrick’s goal is to work on the business side of the 10 MIAMI   Spring 2016

program is taught by full-time faculty who also teach on campus. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants. “UOnline expands and enriches the ’Canes family by opening the University’s superb faculty and distinctive programs to a global audience,” says William Scott Green, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. “By creating new opportunities for learning, UOnline helps people advance their careers and transform their lives. We are excited to celebrate our first graduates this May.”

UOnline Master’s Degrees • Professional Accounting • Business Administration (M.B.A.) • Communication Studies • Finance • Health Informatics • Nursing Informatics • Public Administration • Sport Administration

UOnline Students 14% are UM alumni 44% live in Florida States represented: 27 Average age: 33 Average years of work experience:



Faculty Files

Going to Great Lengths, and Depths, for Science In a way, Claire ParisLimouzy, M.S. ’87, has been training for free-diving competitions her whole life. Her love for the ocean stems from growing up in France. Even landlocked for a decade in Alsace-Lorraine, she frequented swimming pools to practice holding her breath underwater. It was in a pool last August that the associate professor of ocean sciences at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science set a national record at the California Cup Freediving Competition in L.A. In the Dynamic No-Fins discipline, which tests stamina across distance, she clocked three minutes, seven seconds swimming 420 feet (about the length of 1.5 football fields) in a single breath.

Introduced to free diving six years ago by husband and fellow Rosenstiel School alumnus Ricardo Paris, M.A. ’92, ParisLimouzy vied as a member of Team USA for her sport’s world championships in 2014. She continues to compete internationally and hopes to requalify for the world championships in September. “The great thing about free diving is the peaceful feeling of being one with the water,” she says. Going 200 feet down without external apparatus also enables her to collect data with minimal disruption to her undersea subjects. She is currently striving to mainstream the use of scientific free diving in the Rosenstiel School curriculum, with the hope of standardizing these

research techniques in universities nationwide. An accomplished scientist with a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook, Paris-Limouzy pioneered the concept of Lagrangian observation to detect the movement of fish larvae, once believed to be passive, in response to environmental cues. She also released the now widely used open-source Connectivity Modeling System, a Lagrangian biophysical application for tracking dispersion of planktonic larvae and pollutants in ocean currents, and, in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, developed algorithms to study the effect of dispersants on oil transport and fate. At Rosenstiel’s PhysicalBiological Interactions Lab,

she leads a team of students and postdocs in exploring the movement of larval populations and how climate change and pollutants affect their transport and migration. She notes that human disturbances to healthy coral reefs, which provide marine larvae with both a home and important homing cues like odor and sound, have left many larvae to wander aimlessly, at greater risk of death. No matter how deep she dives, Paris-Limouzy is reminded of our human impact. “Even in the most remote, supposedly pristine place, you see a lot of micro-plastic and trash,” she says. “It’s pretty sad, but there is hope to reverse the damage.” — Jessica M. Castillo      Spring 2016  MIAMI 11


From a bioreactor designed to study intervertebral discs, to a phantom gauge to measure radiation, to a microinjection chamber for transplanting islet cells—the skilled machinists inside the McArthur Engineering Annex’s high-tech Machine Shop collaborate with researchers University-wide to turn complex designs and drawings into reality. They can make just about any gadget or gizmo imaginable with their vertical milling machines, drill presses, radial arm drills, computerized milling and lathe machines, and welding and wood shop. But the Machine Shop has another job, too, says veteran machinist Angel Morciego. Education. “A plus or minus tolerance of that much can make or break a design,” says Morciego, holding his thumb and index finger millimeters apart for emphasis. He’s advising a group of students on using a vertical milling machine to remove metal fragments from a puzzle

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Hands-on training gives edge to future engineers piece they’re finishing for their professor. In another part of the shop, mechanical and aerospace engineering majors Alex Cunnane and Colin Ruane are tackling their senior design project—a metal beach chair that converts into a hammock. Elsewhere Angel Morciego, far right, gives pointers on the vertical mill. a group of freshmen works on a mousetrap car with The College of Engineering currently CDs for wheels, while UM Hybrid Rocket Club member Jeremiah offers four Machine Shop instructional Truesdell, a sophomore, fabricates a labs, including Design for Manufactur­ rocket to enter into a contest. ability and a required Senior Design Since 1993, the Machine Shop and Fabrication lab. The student groups has been training undergraduates on Rocket ’Canes and ModLab also take machine techniques, measuring tools, part in the shop’s training. “I’m seeing and reading and interpreting prints, a return to basics,” Morciego observes. successfully addressing concerns from “I’m seeing more and more students industry professionals that “their green saying, ‘I want to get my hands dirty. I graduates were book smart but couldn’t want to get in there and build something, work with their hands,” recalls Morciego. whether it’s right or wrong.’”


On Course


Student Spotlight Like most college students, O’Shane Elliott knows his way around a package of ramen noodles and a can of Chef Boyardee. But his palate is also infused with memories of time spent cooking Caribbean favorites with his late grandmother. Fulfilling a childhood dream, Elliott had the chance to combine those worlds of flavor on national television as a contestant on the hit Food Network show Chopped. In his bright-orange Miami T-shirt, the senior political science major represented the U in style on the first-ever Chopped College Challenge episode, which aired last September. The show pitted four students against each other in a grueling three-round cook-off for college chef supremacy. “I can’t let down the University of Miami!” said Elliott, who compared the pressure of cooking on camera to that of a football game day. As the schedule manager for Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis, Elliott is used to performing under pressure. He showed the Chopped judges how ’Canes handle the heat of the kitchen. Wrangling “college-style” ingredients such as instant ramen, frozen vegetables, and pizza turnovers, he served up tasty treats, like an Alfredo turkey sandwich with lemon aioli and a steak that one judge described as being “cooked perfectly” to beat out two competitors.

Feast or Ramen O’Shane Elliott heats up TV’s culinary competition.

But his signature curry broccoli was shy on spice—belying his Jamaican heritage—and his dessert, “Sebastian Soup with Eye of the Hurricane Doughnuts,” cost him the win, which went to a New York University student. Still, the experience was well worth it for Elliott, who, as a child, petitioned The Food Network to put more kids on its shows. As fate would have it, over a decade later, he saw an email from the network seeking student chefs. An application and two interviews later, he was off to New York City to compete. At UM, cooking is just one of Elliott’s passions. He served as chair of the 2015 Homecoming Executive Committee, vice-chair for the Committee on Student Affairs, and co-chair of the Black Awareness Month Committee. “I am a huge Hurricanes sports fan,” he added, not to mention a talented writer whose short story “The Hill, Named after Some White Man”—written for his African-American Literature class—is part of the “Slave Narrative Project” permanently preserved in the UM Libraries Scholarly Repository. But Elliott won’t soon forget the lessons he’s learned from cooking—and competing. As he told The Miami Hurricane: “Don’t be afraid to do things on the spot,” and, “Life is salt. Always salt your food.” — Andres Tamayo and Robin Shear      Spring 2016  MIAMI 13

The efforts of Holly Jacobs, left, and Miami Law’s Mary Anne Franks have helped laws against “revenge porn” be enacted in 26 states.

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Technology designed to make our lives simpler, safer, and more efficient is keeping some stellar legal minds exceptionally busy with evolving concepts of privacy, autonomy, free speech, and the very nature of human interaction. BY CARLOS HARRISON PHOTOS BY DONNA VICTOR

A FEW MOMENTS OF INTIMACY BECAME AN INTERNET NIGHTMARE FOR HOLLY JACOBS. It cost her her name. Literally. Then it made her a crusader. “It takes an incredible amount of strength and support and money and psychological treatment to be able to come out of this and be OK,” Jacobs says. “You’re never the same. It is possible to get past it, but it completely changes your life.” In 2011, Jacobs was a victim of nonconsensual porn disseminated via the Internet. Nonconsenual porn, also referred to as “revenge porn” in the media, refers to the distribution of sexually graphic images of individuals without their consent. With no laws addressing nonconsensual porn at that time, Jacobs found help at the University of Miami, with Miami Law professor Mary Anne

Franks. Together their efforts have led to laws against nonconsensual porn in 26 states and given birth to the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI), a collaborative support and advocacy organization housed at the School of Law and aimed at helping victims, educating the public, and fighting Internet abuse on an increasing variety of fronts. “We’re concerned about people having equal protection of civil liberties online. That includes privacy, and it includes lots of other things including our right not to be discriminated against,” says Franks. “In some ways, discrimination can take place much more easily using online resources than it could have taken place 10 or 15 years ago.”      Spring 2016  MIAMI 15

Franks and Jacobs aren’t alone in tackling the tricky legal issues arising when our technological capabilities outpace our laws. UM is in the vanguard in many facets of “cyber law.” From existing issues such as revenge porn to evolving challenges posed by drones and artificial intelligence, professors are grappling with issues that hold the potential to dramatically affect our world. Jacobs is keenly aware of this need. When her odyssey began, she found herself in an uncharted legal limbo. In an attempt to protect herself, she changed her email, removed her social media profiles, and paid $500 to legally change her name. Then, one day, she decided retreat was not the answer, not for her. Her pain and anger coalesced into something new—inspiration. She decided to make a difference. She found a paper by Franks that talked about revenge porn. Jacobs contacted the professor with a bold request: “Do you think you can help me change the world?” Franks wound up writing model legislation that has served as the basis for the avalanche of revenge—or, as Jacobs and Franks prefer to define it, “nonconsensual”—porn laws spreading across the United States. That battle is far from over, but now they are widening their focus to tackle other forms of online abuse—images of sexual assaults, defamation as a form of domestic violence, and the thorny intersection where the perpetuity of information, even legally public records, can damage reputations years after the fact. “We do have a lot of victims of so-called revenge porn, but then there are also cases where victims are being defamed online,” says Jacobs. “There are websites created [using the victim’s] name, like ‘,’ that completely defame them and say they’re into drugs, say they beat their kids, all kinds of lies which can affect every single aspect of their life.” The harm goes beyond the emotional injury, she explains. “There’s obviously the psychological impact that can have, but it can also keep you from getting a job or keeping a job. It’s gotten a lot of people fired 16 MIAMI   Spring 2016

and maybe not necessarily because a Employee and Student Online Privacy company believes what’s up there but Protection, which is working to provide because they just can’t have that kind of states with model legislation “concernmaterial associated with you.” ing an employer’s access to employees’ Franks sees a particularly challenging or prospective employees’ social media problem with mug shot sites, enteraccounts and educational institutions’ prises that post arrest photos online for access to students’ or prospective stuweeks, months, or even years after the dents’ social media accounts,” states the event, even when the person involved committee’s website. was erroneously detained or later found “I think a big concern is the reality innocent. of consent and coercion,” Abril says. “It’s intriguingly similar in some “Under what circumstances do we ways to the revenge porn question,” share information? If someone who is Franks says. “They’re not naked in a position of power over you says, pictures—and in fact they’re public re‘You know, if you want to continue cord—but they have an outsized impact working here, give me access to your on people’s reputations and their ability private Facebook page,’ that’s a little to get jobs. And part of the question is bit different from the situation in how we balance the fact that, yes, these are public records the public has a right to know about against the kind of impact their widespread publication can have on people’s lives. Without any context or explanation of what actually happened in the case or the circumstances of the arrest, these records can have quite an unfair and destructive impact.” This spring, Franks is teaching a new course, “Law, Policy, and Technology,” which includes a practicum at the CCRI. “What we’re trying to do is think about these problems in a comprehensive, multifaceted way,” Franks says. “We want to make sure we look at legislative reform but that we don’t think of the law as the beginning and the end of the solution. We have to look at technology. We have to look at policy. We really want to make sure we can export the success CCRI has had with nonconPatricia Abril studies how the abundance of private sensual pornography to other information now shared online should be governed. issues.” An associate professor of busiwhich you do something foolish, you ness law at the School of Business publicize it to the world, and then you Administration, Patricia Abril, too, is somehow expect people not to judge looking at how we govern information you on it.” available on the Internet and who can It’s complicated, she says, by the fact see it. She has been invited to particithat people nowadays share so much of pate as an observer on the Uniform Law their lives online. The digital revolution, Commission’s Drafting Committee on she suggests, has changed the way we

From drones to self-driving cars, the law “is always playing catch-up” with technology, says A. Michael Froomkin.

by a private business—and they are dictating the way we interact as human beings and our concept of privacy in our modern world.” The question of who should be allowed access to what kind of information— and under what circumstances—is a growing concern in the world of sports, too, says visiting professor Peter A. Carfagna, co-director of the sports law track for Miami Law’s graduate program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law. The NBA, in particular, has increased its reliance on collecting and analyzing information about players to increasingly intrusive levels. “Every team has a big data guy,” he says. “Going into the draft they know every shot the kid has taken from every spot on the floor. Under three minutes, what was the score. Under two minutes, what was the score.”

“ How much do we care about privacy? How much do we care about free speech? What is the individual’s responsibility in protecting his or her own privacy?” interact and, in the process, forced us to reconsider our conceptions about the rules regarding those interactions. “How much do we care about privacy? How much do we care about free speech? What is the individual’s responsibility in protecting his or her own privacy?” Abril asks. “They’re legal issues, but they’re also normative issues and, ultimately, I would argue, they’re also business issues because the rules of engagement on social media are promulgated by businesses. “Facebook or Twitter’s privacy policy and the way you friend someone, the way you interact online, no one sees those as rules, but in essence they are rules made

Every one of the 30 NBA arenas has installed sets of six cameras each to track and record the exact position of everyone on the court—at a rate of 25 times per second. Thirteen teams coupled that with wearable GPS trackers able to gauge the players’ fatigue levels. Some teams want to go even further. They want to record player biometrics off the court as well, 24 hours a day. “The players’ union is fighting it,” Carfagna says. “I know a lot of the teams, the players have to agree individually.” Social media and omnipresent cameras are one thing to manage in this brave new world. Artificial intelligence and

autonomous machines are quite another. The unique set of legal and ethical questions related to the evolution of robotics is the focus of the annual We Robot legal and policy conference, held at the School of Law. A. Michael Froomkin, the School’s Laurie Silvers and Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law, launched this international gathering of lawyers, roboticists, ethicists, and philosophers in 2012 to explore the transformative impact of robots and robotic systems. Referencing a timely topic, Froomkin asks, for example, whether a landowner has the right to shoot down a trespassing drone. Lawmakers grappled with that very question last year as an estimated 1.5 million new drones took to the skies. Finally, at the end of 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration stepped in with rules about drone registration. “Technology is almost always the first mover,” Froomkin explains. “There would be no point in making rules for time travel right now. Time travel is not real likely. The law is always playing catch-up because there is no point in having the law until you understand that there is a need for it.” Around the same time as the drone debate, California decided that self-driving cars must have a licensed driver behind the wheel who is able to control it. “Liability is a huge concern for a number of these things,” notes Froomkin. “If you have a self-driving car, for example, and there’s an accident, there’s a lot of tough liability questions,” he says. “In designing selfdriving cars, should we have prioritized the safety of the occupant over the safety of the bystander? If there’s a choice, should we have it run over the person or run into a telephone pole and kill the occupant? Someone’s got to decide that. And who’s liable for the outcome either way?” As the work of Froomkin and his colleagues suggests, our technological advances are leading us down some complex roads that will require a great deal of human reasoning to navigate. “There’s lots and lots of choices,” Froomkin says. “We’ll be very busy for a long time.”      Spring 2016  MIAMI 17


A Bridge to

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the Future A week of celebrations culminating in the installation of UM’s sixth leader reflect President Julio Frenk’s vision for a hemispheric, excellent, relevant, and exemplary institution.

Delegates from 99 universities and learned societies. Diplomatic representatives of 28 nations. Students and faculty, civic and business leaders, alumni, and trustees. Not to mention members of the president’s immediate family. University of Miami President Julio Frenk greeted an audience of thousands in five languages at the BankUnited Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus before beginning his inaugural address, “Charting the Course to Our New Century.”      Spring 2016  MIAMI 19

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Charting the Course to Our New Century An abridged adaptation of President Frenk’s inaugural address


t about the time I was named this University’s sixth president, we broke ground on a construction project. This project was borne from a desire to strengthen connection. For decades, the eastern part of Lake Osceola on the Coral Gables campus had been impassable to the western side. The bridge that got under way last summer was meant to address that limitation. Three months ago, on a warm, clear October day, we officially opened what is now called the Fate Bridge, and together we crossed it for the first time, celebrating not just completion but connection. When I think about all I have come to know about this University and where I believe we should head, I find myself focused on the opportunities that come from building bridges. Before constructing a bridge, engineers draw up plans, and surveyors chart the terrain. I have been myself a surveyor of ideas these last six months, immersed in listening, learning, and leading. I have learned that we are immensely proud of our roots and our humble beginnings. We are resilient—enduring and growing through times of turmoil, threat, and challenge. And we have an extraordinary capacity for renewal— reinventing ourselves and leaning in to hurricane-strength forces that reshape


our landscape, literally and figuratively. Just 10 years from now the University will celebrate its centennial. Where should we set our sights for the next decade? What must we do to fulfill our potential in our new century? Today I will share what I have come to see as our greatest aspirations—four defining visions for our future. We aspire to be the hemispheric university, the excellent university, the relevant university, and the exemplary university. Being hemispheric means capitalizing on our distinct geographic endowment—our unique capacity to build bridges that connect the Americas. Many universities seek global engagement, but the University of Miami is uniquely positioned to be the hemispheric university. Our founders spoke of a Pan-American spirit that should imbue their new university. Today that early aspiration continues to unfold—even as the bridges that span cultures and continents grow in number and strength. We will develop a hemispheric strategy based on broad partnerships and institutional consortia that will include research collaborations, an innovation hub, and exchange programs for students. We often call such programs “study abroad,” but we might better call them “study within”—the opportunity to live

inside another culture in ways that both enrich and transform. Building on our founders’ prescient vision, we are on track to become a force for integration across the Americas and, ultimately, throughout the world. Next: the excellent university. Our drive for excellence permeates every domain of our work—from research to public service, from teaching to athletics, from health care to the arts. Yet, the pursuit of excellence is being challenged by the pressure to demonstrate short-term value. Increasingly, research funders require evidence of immediate impact, forgetting that many technologies that have changed the world began with a researcher asking: “Why?” Or “what if?” Similarly, the arts and humanities are often dismissed on the grounds that they lack so-called practical value—despite their crucial role in giving context to our choices and meaning to our lives. Another threat to excellence is fragmentation into silos that divide people, ideas, and disciplines. The result is that the whole can become less than the sum of its parts. We must combat this tendency in academia by striving to build bridges, not empires. Much of this University’s potential stems from the fact that—for all the diverse strengths of our 11 colleges and schools—we are      Spring 2016  MIAMI 21

Before President Frenk delivered his inaugural address, his former boss, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, described him as an “extraordinarily able and effective leader.”

one U. In this spirit, we will foster connections across disciplines spanning from molecules to meaning. Between now and our centennial, I am committed to mobilizing the re­ sources to fund 100 new endowed faculty chairs, with a mix of senior, junior, and visiting professorships. Building on our current strengths, I am delighted to announce a major new initiative to support basic and applied science and engineering, thanks to an extraordinary gift of $100 million from Phillip and Patricia Frost. Their generosity will carry us further and faster in our quest for excellence, across all domains critical to 21st century advances. Educational innovation represents another exciting frontier for universities. We owe the relentless pursuit of pedagogical excellence to our students, who are our most enduring legacy and the most energizing force on our campuses. We will therefore develop a University-wide platform to take full advantage of the current revolution in teaching and learning. If education is to fulfill its crucial function of expanding opportunities, we must build a bridge between excellence and access. Excellence without access leads to frustration and deepens social inequality. Access without excellence 22 MIAMI   Spring 2016

leads to waste and can reinforce inequality by segmenting opportunity according to wealth. While it may take a while, I am committed to boosting financial aid to meet 100 percent of student need.


long with excellence, we must commit to relevance—from the beginning, this University has served the local and global communities to which it belongs. More than ever, we must build a sturdy bridge that connects scholarship to solutions. For instance, rising sea levels are a major threat to Miami as well as the rest of the world. Climate change is an arena where virtually every academic discipline has something to contribute and one where our institution is already showing the way forward. In the coming months, we will announce a new University-wide effort to expand our considerable expertise in sea-level rise. This is exactly the kind of transformative, global contribution that Miami can and should be making to the search for sustainable solutions. We are enormously proud of our academic health system, but this is a time of profound change. Only health systems that successfully navigate this

uncharted territory will thrive in the future. We at the University of Miami will lead the way in the new era of valuebased integrated health care. Technological innovation offers yet another opportunity for expanded impact. The University of Miami is uniquely positioned to propel the development of a major innovation hub with hemispheric scope, one that draws on our strengths in the life sciences, nanotechnology, and computational science, among other fields. Finally, we aspire to be an exemplary university. Our value is indivisible from our values. Integrity, respect, diversity, tolerance, resilience—such qualities are at the heart of who we are and who we want to be. Our athletic programs draw millions of eyes to the University and give us a chance to model the importance of fair and respectful competition. One of the most important ways to be exemplary is by embracing diversity, whatever form it takes. We have adopted the recommendations from the Task Force on Black Students’ Concerns. We have also announced a plan to develop gender-inclusive housing to better meet the needs of the students who have done so much to open our eyes to gender identity issues.

Inauguration Week

Firsts at UM Golfer Terry Williams Munz, B.B.A. ’77, the first woman in the U.S. ever awarded an athletic scholarship, and professor emeritus of history Whittington Johnson, the University of Miami’s first black faculty member, both hold important places in Hurricanes history. And both were among the special guests who were celebrated at “Firsts at UM,” a wide-ranging public conversation between UM President Julio Frenk and Arva Moore Parks, M.A. ’71, a senior member of the UM Board of Trustees, held two days before Frenk’s official installation as UM’s sixth president. History professor Donald Spivey moderated their exploration of many UM milestones at the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center—the first LEED-certified building on the Coral Gables campus. Frenk, UM’s first Hispanic president, credited his paternal grandmother with inspiring him to create his own collection of “firsts” as a new member of the Hurricanes family. Over her 106 years, Mariana Frenk-Westheim, who fled the Nazi regime of 1930s Germany to begin life anew in Mexico, chronicled her first-time experiences in the book Y mil aventuras (A Thousand Adventures). Frenk and Parks, author of the recently published George Merrick, Son of the South Wind, discussed how Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables, declared early on his intent to build a University of Miami in Coral Gables and understood even then the value of the city and university to bridge North and South America. Their discussion also touched on the capacity of the University, chartered in 1925, to triumph over adversity, its many innovations and research discoveries, the influence World War II and the G.I. Bill had on its growth, and the role athletics and athletic achievements have

always played in student life. In addition to Munz and Johnson, other “firsts” in attendance included the grandchildren of UM’s first president, Bowman Foster Ashe; Joan Feil Clancey, M.S. ’55, the first woman admitted to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science; and Norman Kenyon, M.D. ’56, the first student president of UM’s first class at Florida’s first medical school. Finlay Matheson spoke on behalf of his family, who sponsored the Firsts at UM event. —Maya Bell Pan American University: The Original Spirit of the U Lives On is on view at the Otto G. Richter Library through the summer.

Clockwise from top left: Finlay Matheson introduces Firsts at UM; Professor Donald Spivey moderates the event; President Julio Frenk and archivist Koichi Tasa examine early University records; Trustee Arva Moore Parks, M.A. ’71, discusses some of UM’s key achievements.

Inauguration Week Snapshot

Inauguration Week Snapshot

President Frenk and longtime UM benefactor and Trustee Phillip Frost toast to a new era during an inauguration eve dinner held on the Foote University Green. The next day, during his inaugural address, Frenk announced a landmark $100 million gift from Frost and his wife, Patricia.

A day before his formal investiture, President Frenk participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Miller School of Medicine Center for Medical Education and the renaming of the Clinical Research Building, both made possible by major gifts from the Miller and Soffer families.      Spring 2016 2016  MIAMI 23

Board of Trustees chair Stuart A. Miller, J.D. ’82, and Aileen M. Ugalde, J.D. ’91, vice president, general counsel, and secretary of UM, conduct the investiture and passing of symbols of office to Julio Frenk.

I must stress that diversity by numbers is not enough. We will develop policies and practices that foster inclusive, respectful, and safe interactions throughout our campuses. Diversity can flourish only in a climate of tolerance. Universities must lead the way by intentionally cultivating the free expression of diverse perspectives. This is deeply personal. My father and his family were forced to leave Germany in the 1930s. I would not be here today if they had not found a welcoming refuge in Mexico, a country that was poor economically but rich in the ways that matter most—tolerance, kindness to strangers, solidarity with those who suffer persecution. These values are as important today as when my family was given the opportunity to start a new life. I know that many of you share similar stories. I am proud to be this University’s first Hispanic president. At the same time, I am keenly aware that each of us holds diverse identities. The resolve to stand against the external forces of discrimination and intolerance can be strengthened if we embrace our inner diversity. In this way we can counter an exclusionary definition of the “others.” Each of us is all of us. National 24 MIAMI   Spring 2016

politics and international diplomacy would be much more effective if they were driven by this conviction. Exemplary universities must demonstrate to the larger world that such an enlightened pathway is indeed possible. I commit to serve this University as everyone’s president. I have often thought how fitting it is that a force that once threatened our existence has become the symbol of our strength. We are Hurricanes—now and always. That invincible spirit is also reflected in the symbol of the ibis—a symbol

of the resilience and renewal that define us as a University. Resilience is the capacity to not just overcome adversity, but to be strengthened by it. To be smarter for it. From our finances to our football program, that is who we are. Renewal is not just the act of rebuilding. It is the process of reimagining, reinventing, and reinterpreting. From music to medicine, that is who we are. I have no doubt that this same spirit will fuel our work as we continue to chart the course to our new century. Together, we will build new and necessary bridges to become a truly hemispheric, excellent, relevant, and exemplary university. The University of Miami can be a model of renewal—redefining the global agenda and leading the way in the hemisphere, in the laboratory, in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in service to society. With resilience and renewal, we can be looked to as a leader, and we can shape our destiny. With resilience and renewal, the University of Miami can, like the ibis, take flight, and soar. —UM President Julio Frenk To watch a video of the inauguration, go to

Inauguration Week

’Cane Talks Waiting in line for a cup of coffee. Reading your morning email. Filling up a tank of gas. All of these things take more time than it takes to hear one mind-expanding ’Cane Talk. Modeled after TED Talks, ’Cane Talks are 10-minute-long live presentations that are archived for future viewing at President Julio Frenk enthusiastically introduced the first installment of this stimulating new series the morning of his inauguration as UM’s sixth president. “The idea behind this is to showcase the enormous breadth and depth of talent in our faculty, the great amazing students that we have, and the success and devotion of some of our alumni,” Frenk explained. The first 10 speakers on January 29 included a student, an alumna, a cave-diving anthropologist, a pioneering AIDS researcher, two deans, a neuroscientist, an awardwinning playwright, an expert in data visualization, and a professor specializing in the law as it relates to education, race, and identity. During his talk, former Royal Shakespeare Company playwright in residence Professor Tarell Alvin McCraney, who recently joined UM’s Department of Theatre Arts, shared video from the hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet he staged for the National YoungArts Foundation. Held in a Miami park—outdoor events being a key aspect of Miami culture, McCraney noted—the production united a host of local talent, from ballerinas to break dancers. “Miami now has a chance to tell its own story,” said McCraney, “a chance to capitalize on its own cultural awakening.” In another talk, School of Architecture Dean Rodolphe el-Khoury guided listeners on a fast-forward journey from Elisha Otis’s 1852 invention of the elevator safety brake to the outer limits of the imagination—a world in which houses

detect airborne viruses and bridges converse digitally with skyscrapers and highways. “What if this world of computers and the Internet was integrated with the built environment? What if you could access it and engage it with your body and your senses?” asked el-Khoury. “Now this is the world we are fleshing out here at the University of Miami.” Commenting on the transformative power of ’Cane Talks, Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s executive vice president and provost, said, “There are so many fascinating and wonderful things going on here at the University that people don’t know about. If you can attend a 10-minute talk and it causes you to follow up with some additional readings, or maybe come to some additional lectures, we can get more people engaged in the intellectual work at the University.”

Watch all 10 ’Cane Talks at

Clockwise from top left: Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney; School of Communication Dean Gregory J. Shepherd, right, introduces Frost School Dean Shelly Berg; Neuroscientist Amishi Jha talks about training the brain to be more attentive; Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, discusses the power of visualization.

Inauguration Week Snapshot

Inauguration Week concluded at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science with a forum on teaching, research, and discovery in the new century, attended by President Frenk; Lady Blanka Rosenstiel, widow of Lewis Rosenstiel, the school’s namesake; and Dean Roni Avissar.

Carrying congratulatory signs in English and Spanish, Sebastian and students gather at the Student Center Complex Lakeside Patio for a community reception to celebrate the installation of their sixth president.


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Forging an innovative interdisciplinary partnership, a team of health care providers and law students work together to diagnose the medical, social, and legal hurdles impacting Miami-Dade’s most vulnerable families. BY ROBERT C. JONES JR. PHOTO BY DONNA VICTOR


Attorney JoNel Newman, left, and physician Lisa Gwynn formed a partnership to help some of Miami’s most marginalized residents.

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who likes playing with dolls and feeding the chickens on the South Dade farm where she lives, had come to the University of Miami Health System’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic for a routine vaccination. But not long after the little girl arrived with her maternal grandmother, Marcela Alvarez, the clinic’s health care providers discovered she had a problem they didn’t know how to treat. Though Pavon could already read and was bright beyond her years, her immigration status and her grandmother’s lack of formal guardianship papers prevented her from registering for school. “We had no papers on her,” Alvarez explains via a translator. With 14- and 17-year-old daughters of her own, Alvarez has been raising Pavon since “coyote” smugglers brought her into the United States from Mexico when she was less than a year old. While Pavon’s predicament exceeded the scope of services the clinic’s staff provides, they didn’t have to look far to get her the help she needed, turning to a team of second- and third-year law students whose swift and effective actions resulted in the youngster becoming a lawful permanent resident and, much to her grandmother’s delight, a kindergarten enrollee. Lawyers working hand in hand with a health care team—as allies, not adversaries? It is not as strange as it may sound.      Spring 2016  MIAMI 27

In one of the few medical-legal partnerships of its kind, students at the University of Miami School of Law’s Health Rights Clinic are providing pro bono legal assistance to patients of UHealth’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic (PMC), filing legal documents on their behalf, representing them in court, and helping them obtain social services such as food stamps and Medicaid. “Our patients don’t come looking for legal help, only medical attention,” says Lisa Gwynn, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Miller School of Medicine and medical director of the mobile clinic. From Hialeah to Homestead and Little Havana to Little Haiti, the PMC, a 20-foot-long municipal-style bus equipped with three modern exam rooms and a communications link for telehealth services, visits sites across Miami-Dade County, offering physicals, immunizations, screenings, and diagnoses for medical conditions that can range from minor to severe. Many of the patients who seek care at the mobile clinic live in poverty and lack health insurance. Some are undocumented aliens. As a result, their needs for legal services can be dire, and often, adds Gwynn, the guardians of their patients are unaware of and have no access to the very services and benefits designed to help vulnerable populations like themselves. It’s a conundrum Gwynn took note of two years ago. “It became an increasingly frustrating situation—treating patients for their health care problems but not being able to do anything for them from a legal standpoint, like helping them get a green card,” she says. As the number of unaccompanied minors slipping across the U.S.-Mexico border surged in 2014, Gwynn’s frustration grew. Some of those undocumented children were making their way to South Florida, where they had relatives, and were beginning to show up at the Pediatric Mobile Clinic in greater numbers. They were never denied health care, but what disheartened Gwynn was that for reasons rooted in poverty those patients lacked the financial resources to initiate a legal process to adjust their immigration status. 28 MIAMI   Spring 2016

From left, law student Roodelyne Davilmar conducts a legal intake with a Haitian mother; medical students like Patrick Azcarate are often the first point of contact for patients; research associate Clara Choi, B.S. ’14, enters patient data in the system.

“It reached a point when I finally said, ‘We’ve got to do something about this,’” recalls Gwynn. So she reached out to School of Law professor JoNel Newman, who leads the Health Rights Clinic. While Newman was aware of the compelling problems Gwynn’s patients faced, she was a bit hesitant to commit initially because the student fellows in her clinic were inundated with other cases. The law clinic, which Newman launched 11 years ago, already represented hundreds of clients receiving services at the UM Comprehensive AIDS Program/South Florida AIDS Network, the Jefferson Reaves Sr. Health Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Operation Sacred Trust of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Another medical partner would only stretch its limited resources even further. Nevertheless, Newman, long devoted to social justice, public interest, and civil rights-oriented legal causes, agreed to dedicate two of her students to conducting intakes at the Center for Haitian Studies, one of the PMC’s countywide sites, every Tuesday, as well as litigating the cases of patients from other sites the mobile clinic visits. It is now standard practice for PMC personnel, which includes undergraduate and medical

students, to include in their screening questions about what a patient’s legal needs might be. Cases run the gamut—from a Panamanian mother of five seeking information on becoming a legal permanent resident to a Haitian woman wanting help with her son’s behavior to a wheelchair-bound girl having difficulty getting her insurance to cover critical medical equipment. “Now, over a hundred cases later, we’re still at it,” says Newman, who, along with associate director Melissa Swain, supervises the students. “The need is profound, and it’s by far our most challenging partner.” Challenging, she says, because of the many legal hurdles that are part of any case involving immigrant juveniles, which make up many of the PMC’s patients. “You can’t help the child unless you fix the family’s problems first,” explains Newman, noting that her students often initiate the naturalization process for the mothers and fathers of their child clients. “We’ve had great success with some cases,” says Newman. “Others are working their way through the system.” The case of Yoselin Pavon is one of their most successful. On August 25, 2015, she became a lawful permanent


resident when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved her application for residency as a special immigrant juvenile. Had it not been for the determination of a loving grandmother, Pavon might not have ever become a resident. Pavon’s mother, wanting a better life for her baby daughter, entrusted the 9-month-old to smugglers (also called coyotajes, or coyotes), who got her into the U.S. through Mexico but would later press Alvarez to pay a $3,500 ransom for the baby’s release. Borrowing from family and friends to raise the ransom, Alvarez met the smugglers at a secret location to hand over the money and take custody of her granddaughter. Five years went by before Alvarez brought Pavon to UM’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic for vaccinations. It was there that the mobile clinic’s staff learned of her difficulties enrolling in school and referred her to law students from the Health Rights Clinic. “I bless all of those students who helped me,” says Alvarez, who is now Yoselin’s permanent legal guardian, “because now my granddaughter has a chance to study in the United States.” Third-year law student Roodelyne Davilmar, who conducted the initial intake with Alvarez on Pavon’s behalf, says establishing trust with the grandmother was one of the keys to the successful litigation of the case. “We

made it a point to reassure the grandmother of all of her legal options and the possible outcomes,” says Davilmar, who speaks Spanish and Haitian Creole fluently. “The fact that I was able to speak to the grandmother in her native Spanish language also allowed her to trust me even more.” In another case, law students Diana Jordan and Bethany Bandstra successfully petitioned the court on behalf of a 16-year-old girl who fled her native Honduras because she was allegedly being abused by her stepfather and mother. The Juvenile Division of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida ruled that it was in the best interest and welfare of the teenager to remain in the United States, paving the way for the teen to eventually gain lawful permanent resident status. The girl came to the attention of the students only after her aunt brought her to the Pediatric Mobile Clinic for the routine immunizations she needed to enroll in school. The aunt had already tried on her own without success to resolve the girl’s legal situation and confided her concerns about the girl being forced to return to a dangerous environment. “One of the reasons this partnership is so successful is that our clients are already in a place where they feel safe because they know and trust their doctors,” says Newman. “Providing legal services out of a medical site is the best model because there’s already that bond of trust and security that people usually

feel with their doctors. So we play off that and counsel them as lawyers.” Newman expects no fall off in clients, as the PMC’s caseload—currently about 3,000 patient encounters a year, according to Gwynn—continues to rise, keeping staff busy from the moment the bus’s doors open to the time it shuts down. A site visit on an early Tuesday in January at the Center for Haitian Studies is evidence of that demand. Hardly a few ticks past its 9:30 a.m. opening, the first patients of the day— an 18-month-old girl and a little boy, both led by their mothers—enter the vehicle’s narrow doorway. Like many of the young patients who receive care at this mobile medical unit, they are there to be immunized. Nurse practitioner Evette Torres explains that the little boy couldn’t enroll in school because he didn’t have his shots. A medical assistant inside the clinic quickly solved that problem, administering the required round of vaccinations. “Anything and everything comes through our doors,” Gwynn says of the mobile clinic, which began rolling in 1992 in response to Hurricane Andrew. The partnership with Newman’s clinic has only made the PMC more responsive and effective. “We recognize that there may be a social determinant of health that’s going to impact a child negatively,” Gwynn says. “And that’s the importance of partnering with a legal team to fill in that gap and try to resolve the issue.”      Spring 2016  MIAMI 29

The Richt Respected by coaches and players alike, decorated football coach Mark Richt makes a surprise return to lead his alma mater’s storied football team.



After 15 seasons at Georgia, Mark Richt, B.B.A. ’82, is back on familiar turf to lead the Miami Hurricanes.

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His old school had come calling before, but former Hurricanes quarterback Mark Allan Richt, B.B.A. ’82, who achieved coaching stardom at the University of Georgia, had always told them “no.” Then, at the end of the 2015 college football season, something happened—Richt, who compiled a 145-51 record and won two Southeastern Conference titles and nine bowl games during a 15-year stint as head coach of Georgia, found himself out of a job. So when his alma mater called this time, Richt listened. And not long after that call, you might say both parties got what they wanted. Richt was named Miami’s 24th head football coach at a press conference in the Shalala Student Center on December 4, 2015, giving diehard Hurricanes fans something to cheer about after a rocky season in which the team fell short of expectations. “All I can say is that their loss is our gain,” said search committee member Vinny Testaverde, ’86, Richt’s former teammate whose son is now a Hurricane. Richt, who played at the U under legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger and the late Earl Morrall with teammates like Testaverde, Jim Kelly, B.B.A. ’83, and Bernie Kosar, B.B.A. ’85, went on to achieve unparalleled success at one of the SEC’s most celebrated programs. “Every sport looks for a difference maker,” said Hurricanes radio analyst Don Bailey Jr., B.S.Ed. ’85, also a former teammate of Richt’s. “UM’s leadership has found a difference maker for Miami.” Bailey couldn’t have put it better. Richt’s .740 winning percentage ranks fifth best among active Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) head coaches, and he is tied for ninth among the winningest head coaches in SEC history. A two-time SEC Coach of the Year, Richt led Georgia to 14 straight bowl game appearances and seven AP top-10 finishes. During his tenure on the sidelines in Athens, 77 of Richt’s players were selected in the NFL Draft over the last 14 years, including eight chosen in the 2002 and 2013 NFL Drafts—the most Georgia players ever selected in a single year. “He comes in with a certain type of swagger that we all really appreciated,” sophomore kicker Michael Badgley said of his new coach. “Everyone is ready to see what he can do.”

Despite three decades away from the U, Richt, a finance major who earned his business degree in 1982 then spent more than a decade in Seminoles territory before becoming a Bulldog, was quick to emphasize that Miami is home—even if he almost didn’t recognize it at first glance. “I didn’t know if the landscaping just got phenomenal, or I just never noticed it when I was 18 years old, but it’s a beautiful place,” he said. “There will be a lot to sell when it comes to recruiting.” Though Richt, 56, considered sitting out a year and recharging his batteries after Georgia let him go, a couple of things changed his mind. One was an outpouring of support from current and former players who wished him well and thanked him for being a positive influence in their lives. “That was big, to know that in this position you have the opportunity to affect lives. So that got me,” said Richt, noting that he even received text messages from former players he’d dismissed from his teams for various transgressions. “The other thing that happened was Miami,” said Richt, referring to the UM job opening up after the University parted ways with its previous coach, Al Golden, following a midseason loss to Clemson at Sun Life Stadium. “When you coach, you want to go to a place where you’ve got a chance,” explained Richt, referring to Miami’s potential for winning Atlantic Coast Conference titles and national championships. He said UM’s odds are boosted because South Florida’s fertile recruiting ground—many experts call the region the best high school recruiting hotbed in the nation—supplies the Miami program with exceptional players. “We absolutely want to recruit this area,” said Richt, “but there’s too many for one school to have. We can’t get them all. We have to find the ones that fit our program the best. But we’re absolutely committed to recruiting Miami because for sure we know how great the players are.” Another key, Richt insisted, is assembling a coaching staff both competent at what it does and committed to helping his players build character. There were plenty of suitors—Richt said he received an average of 200 text messages and 50 phone calls per day. He finalized his new coaching staff by the start of spring semester. Richt, who also had coaching stints at East


Stuff Carolina and Florida State, where he served as offensive coordinator for the legendary Bobby Bowden, said he loves coaching at the collegiate level because student-athletes are at what he considers the most important stage in their lives of becoming young men. He wants his players to “take care of business academically and behave socially and do their very best in every area of their lives.” “Sooner or later football is going to end. Then what?” said Richt. Players have to be prepared for life after athletics, he explained, and coaches play a significant role in preparing them for that next stage. UM President Julio Frenk, who noted the University followed the same rigorous screening process in finding a new coach as it does in recruiting any position, said Richt’s winning record impressed him. He added that they also share the philosophy that success for student-athletes “is measured both on and off the field.” UM Director of Athletics Blake James said Richt embodies “the competitiveness, the integrity, the passion, the abilities, and the experience” necessary to put UM in a position to win ACC and national championships. Though Richt wouldn’t make promises about when those titles would come, he did make at least one commitment clear. On behalf of his wife, Katharyn, with whom he has four grown children, the Omaha-born, Boca Raton-bred Richt assured, “This is our home. We love it. And this is where we’re going to finish our coaching career.” The 2016 Hurricanes football season kicks off Saturday, September 10 against Florida A&M at Sun Life Stadium.

Even with teammates such as Jim Kelly, B.B.A. ’83, and Bernie Kosar, B.B.A. ’85, Richt still managed to get his fair share of snaps at Quarterback U.

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Bringing Black History to the Forefront at UM Even after a long day’s work, Denise Mincey-Mills, B.B.A. ’79, would often spend countless hours at home sifting through the pages of old University of Miami Ibis yearbooks, looking at the faces and jotting down the names of students. Sometimes, the repetitive motion of writing so many names would cause her hand to go numb. But she didn’t mind. There was a story that needed to be told— one of the trailblazing black students who helped break the color barrier at UM. Now, through a new UM Black Alumni Society initiative chaired by Mincey-Mills, that story has a voice. The First Black Graduates Project will honor black students who graduated from UM during the 1960s and ’70s. Plans include a library exhibition featuring documents, photographs, and other archival materials, and a weekend

the Lowe Art Museum to mark the 50th anniversary of desegregation at her alma mater that MinceyMills, a UM President’s Council member, recognized the need to study and share the history of the institution’s first generation of black students in greater detail. Determined and persistent, she spent eight months reviewing the Denise Mincey-Mills, B.B.A. ’79, brings awareness to an important pages of every single UM aspect of UM history as chair of the First Black Graduates committee. yearbook from 1926 to 1979 and writing down the names of the Mincey-Mills also witnessed UM 685 black students whose photos aphistory firsthand. She was a student peared in those volumes. in 1976 when a small bomb shattered a During her “detective” work, she cafeteria window prior to black activist learned quite a bit about the history of Angela Davis taking the stage. No one was injured. “There are a lot of good stories and a lot of bad ones,” she says. “But it’s all a part of our history, and it’s important that we know it.” After working with UM’s registrar to verify the names and degrees of hundreds of black graduates, MinceyMills, co-chairs Phyllis Tyler, B.B.A. ’79, celebration, kicking off next February 24. desegregation at UM: That Ray Bellamy, and Antonio Junior, A.B. ’79, as well as “Many of today’s students aren’t B.S.Ed. ’72, M.S.Ed. ’97, was not only other committee members contacted aware that, while the University started the first African-American to sign a as many of those alumni as they could classes in 1926, it wasn’t until decades football scholarship to play for the find, inviting them back to UM “to relater [in 1961] that blacks were actually Hurricanes but also the first Africanengage and reconnect.” admitted,” says Mincey-Mills, whose American to serve as UM student body “U Trailblazers: Celebrating Black own son, Jacob Mills, B.B.A. ’10, didn’t president. That in the spring of 1968, Graduates of the ’60s and ’70s”—set know much about that history until she members of United Black Students for February 24-25, 2017, on the Coral shared it with him. staged a lie-in in President Henry King Gables campus—will include a gala, a It was while attending a luncheon at Stanford’s office, protesting the lack of Greek step show, campus tours, and a black studies promore. Fundraising drives for these U TRAILBLAZERS gram, black-oriented activities, additional recognition courses, black faculty, initiatives, and the creation of a First Ray Bellamy, B.S.Ed. ’72, M.S.Ed. ’97 and funds for students Black Graduates endowed scholarship 1967  First African-American to sign a football in need. Fourteen are under way. To learn more, visit scholarship to play for the Hurricanes UBS members were, call 1971  First African-American to serve as UM arrested, but charges 1-866-UMALUMS or email UMBAS@ student body president were later dropped. —Robert C. Jones Jr. 1972 IBIS YEARBOOK PHOTO

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Alumni-led First Black Graduates Project to honor students who broke the color barrier

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LGBTQ Alumni Launch Network One of the UM Alumni Association’s newest affinity groups, LGBTQ ’Canes, chose an ideal setting for its first-ever reunion, debuting amid the jubilation of Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2015 with a student, alumni, and employee mixer at the Rathskeller on November 5 and a gathering on Alumni Avenue a day later. “I created this group to bring LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning] and allied alumni from all generations and backgrounds together through shared experiences as ’Canes and to create and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships between LGBTQ alumni and the University,” said Judson Dry, B.B.A. ’07, a former regional ’Canes Community leader who serves as president of the new affinity group. “We are building a dynamic, volunteer-led organization that seeks input from our members to create unique ways for LGBTQ alumni


New affinity group augments UM ‘culture of belonging’ to engage with each other and the University.” Planned LGBTQ initiatives call for creating regional networking and professional development Judson Dry, B.B.A. ’07 opportunities, scholarship programs, and targeted annual giving campaigns; expanding student mentoring programs; and supporting UM initiatives aimed at making the institution a leader in LGBTQ student inclusion. The group’s founding comes as UM, under the leadership of President Julio Frenk, continues to foster a “culture of belonging.” Recently the school unveiled gender-neutral restrooms on its Coral Gables campus and announced plans to establish gender-inclusive housing

Save the Date! November 3-6, 2016 Join fellow Hurricanes of all ages and areas of study as we celebrate another great Alumni Weekend and Homecoming! Take part in this annual event where all ’Canes come together to reminisce about timeless traditions and reconnect with classmates!

and a new center dedicated to supporting students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. A website,, launched last year, provides more information. LGBTQ ’Canes will work closely with the student group SpectrUM to build a stronger bridge between the student and alumni experience. To learn more, visit groups/lgbtq.htm.

Get involved as a volunteer! Here’s how: n

Become a member of a class or affinity reunion committee.


Recommend a classmate who would also be a great addition to a reunion committee.


Help generate excitement by spreading the word among fellow ’Canes!

For information, visit or contact the UM Alumni Association at 866-UMALUMS (862-5867), 305-284-2872, or Follow us on social media with #AWH16.

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’Canes Connect with New President Alumni share their talents and time to make Inauguration 2016 a success

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of Yes and Why: The Journey to Happiness, Success, and Fulfillment.” Watch at edu/cane-talkers/ neri-karra.

From G. Holmes Braddock, A.B. ’49, M.Ed. ’53, to Obianuju Nwamah, B.S. ’15, UM’s more than 174,000 alumni were represented by the 30 alumni grand marshals selected to be part of the installation procession for UM President Julio Frenk. Jackie F. Nespral, A.B. ’89, a UM Alumni Association past president, conducted the Salutation from Alumni. Board of Trustees chair Stuart A. Miller, J.D. ’82, and Aileen M. Ugalde, J.D. ’91, vice president, general counsel, and secretary of UM, conducted the investiture and passing of symbols of office to Frenk.

Making the U Their Business 5 Alumni entrepreneurs, such as Ted Tate, B.B.A. ’74, M.P.A. ’98, and his wife, Janice, owners of Hirni’s Wayside Garden Florist, showed their pride in the new president by posting signs that read “Congratulations Julio” and displaying U decals in their shops. For more information on these and other ’Canes who are making an economic footprint around the nation, visit the new interactive map,

A Joyful Duet 2 Opera star Elizabeth Caballero, B.M. ’99, and Broadway performer Joshua Henry, A.B. ’06, united on stage during President Frenk’s installation to perform “Make Our Garden Grow,” from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Soprano Ana Collado, B.M. ’15, sang “The National Anthem.”

mailed 20 traveling watch party kits to ’Canes Communities across the nation, where alumni gathered to celebrate President Julio Frenk. The kits came complete with a cardboard suitcase, orange and green balloons, removable U window stickers, “We Are One U” pamphlets, and more.

Party in a Box 6 Welcoming alumni to Inauguration 2016, the UM Alumni Association

A Lovely Bouquet 3 Fifth-generation vintner Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo, M.B.A. ’84, a director of the UM Alumni Association from the Basque region of Spain, created a wine label in honor of President Frenk’s inauguration to accompany his mediumbodied Viña Alberdi tempranillo from the Grupo La Rioja Alta, S.A. vineyard in Haro, Spain.


Triumphant ’Cane Talker 4 Entrepreneur, author, fashion designer, and academic Neri Karra, B.B.A. ’99, was the alumna selected to present one of 10 inaugural ’Cane Talks during Inauguration Week 2016. She described her path from refugee to reinventor of her own destiny in a moving 10-minute talk titled “The Power





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New Officers Take Helm at UM Alumni Association President Brenda Yester Baty to intensify focus on engagement, career resources Brenda Yester Baty, B.B.A. ’90, and Frank Jimenez, B.S. ’87, have distinguished themselves as leaders in their careers and communities. Now they are serving as president and president-elect, respectively, of the UM Alumni Association—ambassadors to UM’s more than 174,000 alumni around the world. “We are thrilled to have Brenda Yester Baty and Frank Jimenez as our strategic volunteer leaders for the fu-

Yester Baty’s two-year term continues through May 31, 2017. Throughout her career, she has prioritized service to the community. Currently Yester Baty is the Brand Advancement Committee chair for the Make-A-Wish of America board of directors and a past chair of the board for Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida, which awarded her its Nancy J. Strom Spirit Award.

of the Massachusetts-based Raytheon Company, a leader in defense, civil government, and cyber-security markets. He previously served as general counsel, secretary, and managing director of Corporate Affairs at Bunge Limited, and general counsel of the U.S. Navy under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In his remarks at the School of Law Homecoming Breakfast in November, Jimenez emphasized the importance of connectivity among ’Canes. One way to reinforce that connectivity, he said, is by “hiring our alumni, and providing internships for our students and young alumni. The UM alumni network is a strong one, and by hiring a ’Cane, you are helping to cement the bond even further.” He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Deborah, and their young daughter. Another alumna in a new leadership role is Susan Lytle Lipton, A.B. ’67, J.D. ’70, who was elected to the UM Board of Trustees as an alumni trustee. A former investment banker, lawyer, and scholarship student at UM, Lipton is a She has been named one of the top community volunteer and president of 25 Influential Business Women by the the Lipton Foundation, a private founSouth Florida Business Journal, one of dation. She and her husband, attorney Travel Agent magazine’s “Rising Stars” Martin Lipton, live in New York. of the travel industry, The UM Alumni and an Alumna of the Association Board of Year in 2011 of the HuiDirectors also welzenga Business School comed new directors of Nova Southeastern Carlota Espinosa, University, where she B.S.C. ’90, and earned her M.B.A. Spencer B. Weinkle, A strong believer in B.S.C. ’07. Vance passing on experience Aloupis, B.B.A. ’05, and sharing knowledge, J.D. ’08, was named she has been a mento the newly created tor for Big Brothers role of Young Alumni Big Sisters and for the Leadership CounUM School of Business Frank Jimenez, B.S. ’87, president-elect cil representative. Administration. of the UM Alumni Association. Brianna Hathaway, She lives in Broward president of UM StuCounty with her husband, Greg Baty, dent Government, is the new student her teenage son, and her three stepsons. representative. Jimenez is the vice president, genSee page 47 for complete leadership eral counsel, and corporate secretary and club information.

ture,” said Donna Arbide, M.B.A. ’95, associate vice president of Alumni Relations and Individual Giving and executive director of the UM Alumni Association. “With their combined experience and dedication to the University of Miami, we are well poised to succeed in all our endeavors.” Yester Baty spent 14 years at Carnival Cruise Lines, where she was senior vice president of revenue management. Prior to Carnival, she held a variety of finance and accounting positions with Royal Caribbean Cruises and Ryder System, Inc. Most recently she led strategic initiatives for the Lennar Corporation. She says she is committed to continue to build stronger alumni engagement, including through a new initiative focused on growing the University’s network of career and business opportunities for all graduates and alumni-in-training. 36 MIAMI   Spring 2016


Brenda Yester Baty is committed to a new initiative focused on growing the University’s network of career and business opportunities for all graduates and alumni-in-training.

Tooting Their New Horns Frost Band of the Hour surprises special guests during halftime show

His-tree Repeats Itself

Amy and Rob Milo

Golden reunion and anniversary offer romantic reminiscence When Shel Silverstein wrote The Giving Tree, he might as well have had the Milos in mind. Robert Milo, B.B.A. ’65, and Amelia “Amy” Milo, B.B.A. ’65, have their very own giving tree on the University of Miami campus. When they arrived at their alma mater from New Jersey in November for their 50th reunion, they knew the event would give them the chance to rekindle their first kiss in the very same spot, beneath the very tree that had helped their romance blossom more than half a century earlier. Thankfully, a photographer was on hand to capture the occasion, which also happened to be the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.

“We drove right to our tree by the lake to commemorate the occasion of our very first kiss,” says Rob Milo. “We re-created it just as we remembered it 50 years ago. Some events you always remember. We both said about the same words together, and it was very special to us.” They first spotted their uniquely shaped tree one rainy night on their way back home from a church dance on campus. Rob first fell for Amy after a brief meeting on a bus their freshman year. “I did not know her name,” he recalls, “so I waited by her dorm for two days until I spotted her coming into the building. The rest is history.”

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A week before Thanksgiving, there was Shelly Berg, and myself,” said Rees. Frost Band of the Hour students plenty to be thankful for inside Sun Life “The Band of the Hour’s new uniform are getting another big boost from the Stadium. The Hurricanes were up 24-7 adds excitement to our field choreograMarch On: Carmine Parente Band of the against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as phy, and it sparkles under the lights.” Hour Challenge. Band alumnus Carmine the Frost Band of the Hour took Parente, B.S. ’89, launched to the field for its halftime show. the challenge to help supJoining UM’s 90-year-old port the M. Mann-C. Parente marching and pep band on Scholarship Endowment the gridiron were the group’s Fund, which he established director, Jay C. Rees, B.M. ’84, with Michael Mann, the diPresident Julio Frenk, and rector of the Band of the Hour Director of Athletics Blake from 1991 to 2000. The fund James to make a special presenrecognizes student leaders in tation in honor of UM trustee the Frost Band of the Hour, and Frost School advisory board said Rees. Parente is matchmember Judi Prokop Newman, ing every donation and pledge B.B.A. ’63, and her husband, of up to $50,000 to the fund Robert Newman, Hon. ’08. through May 31. As of press The Newmans’ donation had time, his challenge drive had enabled the Band of the Hour UM President Julio Frenk, drum major Colton Freitas, Robert and Judi surpassed 88 percent of its to purchase 115 new marching Prokop Newman, and band director Jay Rees revel in a new look. goal. “The scholarship has band instruments and a full set allowed me to enjoy what I of new uniforms, reinvented with a The Newmans, for whom the do—and that’s band,” said M. Mann-C. sleek, shimmering design by New York Newman Alumni Center is named, also Parente scholarship recipient Trenton costume designer Michael Cesario. support the Frost School’s William Hipp Voytko. Added Gregory “Gray” Kafkes, “We were thrilled to recognize the Endowed Scholarship Fund and its analso a beneficiary of the fund: “Without Newmans’ contribution to the band nual Winter Wonderful gala to benefit the generous donations of the alumni program by surprising them with a music mentoring scholarships. and fans of the Band of the Hour, I commemorative white shako hat with The band was able to put its upwouldn’t even be here at UM today.” orange-tipped feather plume, personally dated instruments and style to good use autographed by President Frenk, Blake throughout the game, which ended in a Visit to learn more James, Frost School of Music Dean 38-21 victory for the Hurricanes. about this initiative.


the Future for

Tomorrow’s Leaders

“ My family and I feel grateful to be able to give a gift that expresses our appreciation and that will have a strong impact on students down the road.” —Joshua “Josh” Cohen, A.B. ’96

Joshua “Josh” Cohen, A.B. ’96, loved his time at the University of Miami, particularly being involved in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity and serving as president of the InterFraternity Council—so much so that he went to work for SAE’s national office after graduation. Josh’s gratitude for and belief in the value of a UM education and the Greek system led him and his wife, Megan, to make a planned gift to the University through the donation of a life insurance policy to create an endowed scholarship. The Cohen Family True Gentleman Endowed Scholarship Fund will, upon Josh’s passing, provide annual scholarships to fraternity and sorority student leaders. Josh is glad he could make a gift to the place that means so much to him and his family, including his three sons, ages 7, 10, and 12, who are also huge Hurricanes fans. “There’s a certain bond that exists between people who went to Miami,” says Josh. “Giving back to the school is a way of saying, ‘Thanks for everything you’ve done for me.’ ” As a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual, Josh knows what a great planning tool—for all ages—life insurance can be and how it can allow a donor to make a significant charitable gift in the future for relatively little outlay now. Using life insurance as the vehicle for his gift was a no-brainer for Josh, who uniquely leveraged his company’s matching gift program to increase the size of his policy. Whether you make the University the owner and beneficiary of a policy and receive tax benefits, as Josh did, or name the University as the beneficiary of a new or existing policy, using life insurance is an advantageous and satisfying way to give back to the U. 38 MIAMI   Spring 2016

Any gift, no matter the size, can make a lasting impact for generations to come. To learn more about making a planned gift, please visit our website at or contact Cynthia Beamish, Office of Estate & Gift Planning, at 305-284-2914 or um.plannedgiving@

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Beatrice F. Cayzer, A.B. ’46, published her 18th book, The Secret Diary of Mrs. John Quincy Adams (The Grumpy Dragon, 2013). Eris Stevens Floyd, B.B.A. ’47, has been retired since 1986 from the National Bank of Georgia. She lives in Georgia. G. Holmes Braddock, A.B. ’49, M.Ed. ’53, was featured in The Miami Herald and The New York Times for his extensive history of attending Miami Hurricanes football games, missing just 12 out of the last 431 home games over the past 69 seasons.


E. Leonard Rubin, A.B. ’56, J.D. ’59, a copyright, trademark, entertainment law attorney, and former vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Playboy Enterprises, Inc., has opened LRubinLaw firm in the Chicago area. An arbitrator, a certified mediator, and an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, he is also immediate past president of the Copyright Society of the United States, Midwest chapter. A. Jay Cristol, A.B. ’58, J.D. ’59, Ph.D. ’97, chief judge emeritus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, received the 2015 American Bankruptcy Institute William L. Norton, Jr. Judicial Excellence Award. He recently made a $2 million commitment to the University of Miami School of Law to create the Judge A. Jay Cristol Endowed Chair in Bankruptcy.


Colorado. His large public art commissions include pieces at the Palm Beach and Miami international airports, the awardwinning Fire House Project for the Seattle Arts Commission, and the Buell Children’s Museum in Pueblo, Colorado. Joseph Leniado-Chira, B.M. ’61, active for more than four decades as conductor of 11 professional symphony and chamber orchestras, operas, ballets, and brass ensembles, has composed over 41 works performed all over the world by leading musicians. He earned 19 medals in music competitions, five conducting scholarships and fellowships, including an RCA-Rockefeller conducting fellowship grant at the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Asilomar Institute Project, the Harvard Dictionary of Music Award, and the VFW Award in Music, as well as recognition from the Connecticut State Legislature and the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut. Leon J. Hoffman, A.B. ’61, enjoys his practice of psychology in Chicago, specializing in individual and group psychotherapy. As a lifelong chamber music cellist and former member of the Miami Symphony, he thrives on his ensemble involvement around the world. He also writes articles and letters for lay and scientific journals, including the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. He is delighted to keep hearing from UM-connected colleagues. Richard N. Friedman, A.B. ’62, J.D. ’65, popularly known as the “Singing Attorney,” had his third music album, Red Carpet, released by U.S.A. All-Star Music. It includes his renditions of 13 Academy Award-winning songs.

Kenny Schneider, A.B. ’60, is an

Rodolfo R. Rodriguez-Oliva,

artist, filmmaker, and educator who lives and works in La Veta,

B.S.E.E. ’63, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Citizen ’Cane Out of This World When the time comes, Elisa Mallis, B.S. ’95, will be decked out in a full space suit, carrying a picture of her husband and two young sons, as she rockets upward at three times the speed of sound, above the Karman Line to the edge of space. For Mallis, the highlight of this hour-long voyage will be the 15 minutes she’ll spend at the apex, suspended in zero gravity, observing her home planet 340,000 feet below. Having lived on several continents during her 42 years, she’s used to shuttling between worlds. Growing up, Mallis split her time between her native Miami and her parents’ native Greece. And she has long used outer space as a metaphor in her work, helping leaders of government and multinational organizations learn to thrive in an increasingly complex environment. Her “global mindset” training program resonated with XCOR, a commercial space flight enterprise, which included Mallis in its Founder Astronauts group, the first 100 individuals who will travel in their craft 103 kilometers above the Earth. “For years I have used this perspective of looking at the Earth from space to help broaden our mindset and solve problems in a different way,” says Mallis, who is based in Beijing as head of executive development and coaching at Management Development Services. Now, with XCOR’s prototype “pretty much complete,” Mallis expects she could be ready for liftoff sometime in 2017, by which time XCOR engineers and pilots, its Pioneer group, will have made test flights up to 60km. “We’re currently waiting through a rigorous testing and safety process,” she notes. Her training has already included a flight simulator in Holland called Desdemona and an aerobatic ride in a Slingsby aircraft to simulate G-force acceleration and zero gravity. “All of that went very well so far,” she says. At the University of Miami, Mallis majored in psychology and biology before earning advanced degrees in organizational and counseling psychology at Columbia University. A management consultant who has worked in New York, London, Australia, and, for almost a decade, Asia, she views space as the next great horizon for unlocking creative solutions to our environmental predicament. “We’re one human race, and it’s going to be collaboration that will help us save ourselves and our precious planet,” she says. “We should also be working toward broader possibilities for our long-term evolution. I believe we do have the potential to be more than a single-planet species.” —Robin Shear      Spring 2016  MIAMI 39

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Cami Hofstadter, M.C.L. ’71, has published the reference book The Foreign Consuls Among Us: Local Bridges to Globalism (Seagreen Press, 2015). Robert J. Colombo Jr., B.B.A. ’72, was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to his second two-year term as chief judge of Michigan’s largest court, the Third Judicial Circuit Court

(Wayne County).

Mixed Media

Robert A. Dulberg, J.D. ’72, celebrated his 25th anniversary as a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Florida. He is also certified as a mediator in the Southern District of the U.S. District Court. David M. Goulet, A.B. ’72, has retired and closed his business of 25 years. He was an adjunct professor for nine years in the Department of Business and Information Technology at Glendale Community College and was a Glendale City Council member for 12 years. A past president of several community organizations who helped bring the first Super Bowl to Glendale, he now devotes his time to writing.

How to Be a Redhead Sisters Adrienne, B.B.A. ’09, and Stephanie Vendetti, B.B.A. ’11, have capitalized their blog and Rock It Like a Redhead beauty tour with How to Be a Redhead (Page Street Publishing, 2016), a colorfully instructive guide for hair care, makeup, fashion, and more.

Boniato This nightmarish horror flick set in a Florida migrant community turned out to be a dream come true for its creators when it was selected to screen at the 2016 Sundance film festival. Brothers Diego, B.S.C. ’09, and Andres Meza-Valdes, B.S.C. ’09, were co-directors (Andres also cowrote the script). Cory Czajkowski, B.S.C. ’07, co-produced, and Shawn Sutta, B.M. ’09, and Adam Robl, ’07, composed the music for Boniato (Borscht Corp., 2015). The short was also an award winner at the Diabolique International Film Festival, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Fright Night Horror Weekend, and Freakshow Film Festival.

Robert “Rhyno” Rhynearson, B.B.A. ’72, purchased Zoo World, a small zoo in Panama City Beach, Florida, with his two daughters. Robert J. Kavlock, B.S. ’73, Ph.D. ’77, deputy assistant administrator for science in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development, was a finalist in the Partnership for Public Service’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals “for his efforts to transform how the EPA tests the toxicity of industrial and household chemicals, dramatically increasing the number that are assessed for potential health risks, while reducing the cost, time, and need for animal studies.” His achievements were profiled in The Washington Post. William P. Burns, J.D. ’74, of Hawaii, self-published the autobiographical book Soundtrack. Jerry M. Markowitz, J.D. ’74, co-founder and managing shareholder of Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog P.A., was appointed to the board of directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute for a three-year term. Patricia M. Byers, B.S. ’75, M.D. ’80, professor of surgery at the Miller School of Medicine, a

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Selling War During his quarter-century military career, retired Major Steven J. Alvarez, B.S.C. ’92, commanded an Army public affairs detachment and was the public affairs officer for several general officers and presidential appointees, including David Petraeus after the U.S. military invasion of Iraq. Alvarez’s first book, Selling War: A Critical Look at the Military’s PR Machine (Potomac Books, 2016), describes what he calls “the failed communications efforts of the U.S. military.”


for inventions to analyze blood and separate blood components that enable widespread clinical therapies. He is chief scientific officer and founder of Advanced Animal Diagnostics, Morrisville, North Carolina. Jerold S. Greenfield, B.S. ’65, ran a private optometry practice in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area for nearly 30 years. He has authored three books in the Dark Angel trilogy: The Eye Doctor, Dark Angel (2011), The Rectification Committee, Dark Angel II (2013), and The Guardian, Dark Angel III (2014). He practices optometry in Pensacola, Florida, where he lives with his wife and granddaughter Olivia. Leeomia Minnis Kelly, B.M. ’66, is a reverend, piano instructor, and composer who has performed with the Greater Bethel A.M.E. Choir in Miami. As a UM music student, she received the National Music Honor Society Award and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society Award. Thomas R. Spencer Jr., A.B. ’66, J.D. ’69, a Miami lawyer, co-authored Recent Trends in National Security Law 2015 (Thomson-Reuters). Russ D. Jobson, B.B.A. ’68, a senior vice president at Colliers International in Atlanta, Georgia, is president of the Georgia chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. He recently represented RaceTrac Petroleum in its headquarters relocation to Atlanta.

Joey Barreiro, B.M. ’12, is starring in the North American tour of Disney’s hit musical Newsies. Barreiro, who graduated from UM the year the Tony Award-winning show debuted on Broadway, plays Jack Kelly, the leader of the newsboys who go on strike against publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst in 1899 New York.

Michael “Pete” Piechoski, B.B.A. ’76, UM Alumni Association trustee, was named chair of the USA Bobsled and Skeleton organization’s board of directors.

Raymond Angelo Belliotti, M.A. ’76, Ph.D. ’77, is the author of Why Philosophy Matters: 20 Lessons on Living Large (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). Alan Matarasso, M.D. ’79, was elected vice president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He practices in New York City. Jeff Coopwood, B.F.A. ’79, the voice of the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact (“Resistance is futile”), appeared at the 2015 Official Star Trek Convention, on TV’s Major Crimes, and in the 2016 movie Gods of Egypt.


Carlos Halley Jr., B.B.A. ’80, a vice president with FirstBank Florida, was appointed to a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation. Matthew E. “Matt” Rubel, M.B.A. ’80, a UM President’s Council member, was named president

and CEO of Varsity Brands. Charles M. Burkett, M.D. ’81, of Radiology Associates of Daytona Beach in Florida, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology. Thomas Kirchhoff, B.Arch. ’81, launched Palm Beach-based Kirchhoff & Associates Architecture in 1994, specializing in high-end residential with award-winning designs. His team includes associate Betsy Rossin, B.Arch. ’86. His wife of 35 years is Carol Passanisi-Kirchhoff, B.S.Ed. ’81. Their daughters are Nicole Kirchhoff, B.S. ’05, and Catherine Kirchhoff, B.Arch. ’08. Kristian Truelsen, M.M. ’81, was cast as Peter John Friar in the world premiere musical adaptation of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal, Quebec. Henry N. Butler, J.D. ’82, was named the fifth dean of the George Mason University School of Law. Previously he was executive director of George Mason’s Law & Economics Center. Marcia Silvers, J.D. ’82, an attorney in Coral Gables, was named to the Super Lawyers magazine list of “Top 50 Florida Women Lawyers.” David Ake, B.M. ’83, returned to UM’s Frost School of Music as a professor of musicology and chair of the Department of Musicology. Edith G. Osman, J.D. ’83, shareholder at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami, received the Daily Business Review Professional Excellence Lifetime Achievement award. Jeffrey Sloman, J.D. ’83, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, has formed the Miami law firm O’Quinn Stumphauzer & Sloman. Geisha J. Williams, B.S.I.E. ’83, a UM President’s Council member, was promoted to president, Electric Operations, at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Abigail Price-Williams, J.D. ’84,

Citizen ’Cane Harnessing Emoji Mania Emojis have become so popular that the Oxford Dictionaries 2015 word of the year wasn’t a word at all. It was    . One person who knows exactly how popular emojis are is Travis Montaque, B.B.A. ’14. Instead of joining an investment firm after majoring in finance at the U, he invested in his own startup, Emogi, which developed and trademarked the Emotion Engine, a proprietary technology that allows consumers to express their feelings by clicking on the wide range of smiling, sad, pensive, and angry emoji faces and symbols used in text and email messages. This year Forbes magazine recognized Montaque, 23, on its national list of “30 Under 30 in Marketing & Advertising” for his innovative approach to helping brands and publishers measure the effectiveness of their online advertising. “We are the first company that allows brands to elicit and understand emotion in real time with a high degree of accuracy,” says Montaque, who recently announced a partnership between IBM and his New York company with 20 employees. Emogi also partnered with Kargo, the largest mobile marketplace for premium mobile brand advertising, to introduce emoji-enriched advertising in mobile. Born in Jamaica and raised in South Florida, Montaque began working at a Chik-fil-A restaurant at 15. By 19 he was managing two locations with $7 million in revenue and 120 employees. But rather than continue in the fast-food industry, he enrolled at the School of Business Administration, founding the University’s Economics Club and becoming vice chair of the Dean’s Undergraduate Advisory Board and a Titan on the school’s Hyperion Council, which consults with businesses in disadvantaged communities. In his sophomore year, Montaque launched Splyst, a social media platform to deliver Internet content to users based on their interests. “I had an opportunity to pursue a career in finance but decided to go my own way,” he says, adding that Splyst evolved into Emogi as he realized the need to improve the effectiveness of digital advertising. “Rather than click or ignore ads, we integrate emojis into the content to give consumers an opportunity to express their feelings and increase brand engagement,” he explains. “Advertisers can use those responses to learn consumer preferences so they can retarget and deliver ads with greater relevancy.” Being ahead of the emoji curve gives Montaque plenty to about. “In my career, I’ve gone from food to finance to technology to marketing,” he says. “I like exploring new fields and capitalizing on new opportunities.” —Richard Westlund, M.B.A. ’83      Spring 2016  MIAMI 41


faculty member in the Division of Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and Jackson Memorial Hospital South’s trauma medical director and chief of surgical nutrition, received the Florida Department of Health Injury Prevention Section’s Injury Prevention Award. She is principal investigator for the Motorcycle Education and Injury Prevention Program: Survive the Ride. Lourdes Perdomo, A.B. ’75, exhibited the visual arts show “State” at Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston Campus. Timothy Patten, B.B.A. ’76, M.B.A. ’78, wrote his first book, Money, Family, Murder (TMP Novels, 2014), a thriller partially set in Miami. He lives in Irvine, California, with his wife, Kathy.

Class Notes was unanimously approved by Miami-Dade commissioners as Miami-Dade County attorney. She is the first black woman named to that role.

Jorge L. Alonso, A.B. ’88, is a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Before being confirmed by the U.S. Senate to his current appointment, he was an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County from 2003 to 2014. Spencer M. Aronfeld, B.B.A. ’88, J.D. ’91, founder of Aronfeld Trial Lawyers in Coral Gables and the Attorney Breakfast Club networking group, created the nonprofit Lawyers to the Rescue to help individuals and communities in need after natural disasters. Named a Florida Super Lawyer for the past six years, he speaks regularly at seminars and conferences, like the Maritime Law Association of the United States spring 2015 event. Jackie Nespral, A.B. ’89, anchor of NBC6 News in Miami, received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Silver Circle award for her career excellence and more than 25 years of contributions to the television industry. Jonathan D. Reich, M.S.B.E. ’89, M.D. ’92, left private practice as a pediatric cardiologist after 17 years. He has taken a position at the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C., as a medical officer in charge of regulating pacemakers and defibrillators. He’d love to hear from his classmates, jdreich@


Carlos J. Martinez, J.D. ’90, Miami-Dade County public defender, was appointed as a liaison to the Florida Bar’s board of governors and has been honored for his commitment to “diversity and economic, family, and social stability” by the Theodore Roosevelt Gibson Memorial Fund’s board of directors. Diana Brooks, B.S.C. ’91, co-CEO of VS Brooks Advertising in Coral Gables and immediate past



When U.S. Attorney Wifredo “Willy” Ferrer, A.B. ’87, walked into the kindergarten class, many of the youngsters shrieked with delight and swarmed him in a group hug. “Kids jumping up and down when you give them a book—that’s exactly what we want,” says the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Latino Lawyer of the Year who launched his pre-K reading program as part of a Violence Reduction Partnership in 2011. Volunteers read to 900 kids monthly and have distributed more than 11,000 books in 20 “hotspot” South Florida schools. Read more at miami. edu/magazine. Email, subject: ’Cane in the Act.

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board chair of Feeding South Florida, won the American Red Cross South Florida Region’s Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Award for Women in the volunteerism category and the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade’s Mujeres Giving Back Award in the talent category. Daniel Tarman, J.D. ’91, was named chief communications officer and a senior vice president at eBay after eight years as executive vice president and global head of corporate communications at PIMCO. Beth Cohen, B.M. ’92, is a vocal coach in Miami who was selected to tour with the classic rock band Boston as a singerkeyboardist-rhythm guitarist. Gary S. Lesser, J.D. ’92, managing partner of Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, received the AntiDefamation League’s 2015 Palm Beach Jurisprudence Award. Joe Sullivan, J.D. ’93, was hired as chief security officer at Uber. Previously he was chief security officer at Facebook. Thomas “Tom” Balcom, B.B.A. ’94, M.B.A. ’00, of 1650 Wealth Management, was appointed chair of the executive board for the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Chamber of Commerce. Jonathan Brooks, B.S.C. ’94, is a Miami-based artist whose skull images have appeared on the TV series The Vampire Diaries. Lisa S. Lullove, A.B. ’95, J.D. ’02, an associate in the West Palm Beach office of Roig Lawyers, has been appointed by the Florida Bar to serve on the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “D” through 2017. Marc M. Camille, M.A.L.S. ’96, vice president for enrollment management and communications at Loyola University Maryland, was invited to participate in the Council of Independent Colleges’ yearlong Executive Leadership Academy. Grace Grau, B.S.N. ’96, instructor in the University of Alabama at

Birmingham School of Nursing, was named an associate of the American College of Cardiology. She is enrolled in UAB’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program with a research focus on the best time to treat women with non-chest pain myocardial infarction. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, B.B.A. ’96, Florida’s current and first Hispanic lieutenant governor, received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Independent Colleges and Universities. Beverly J. Mayo, B.B.A. ’96, of Jacksonville, Florida, retired as an administrative assistant at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, where for 15 years she had proudly displayed her University of Miami diploma. Doyle N. Beneby, M.B.A. ’97, a University of Miami alumni trustee, was honored by the Keystone Policy Center for his “groundbreaking work collaborating with clean technology firms and other partners to create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, and support energyefficiency projects in Texas” as president and CEO of San Antonio’s CPS Energy. Last October Beneby left CPS to become CEO of New Generation Power International, a Chicago-based renewable energy company. Crissa-Jean Chappell, B.S.C. ’97, M.F.A. ’99, Ph.D. ’03, earned a Florida Book Award bronze medal for her third young adult novel, More Than Good Enough (Flux Books, 2014). Charlotte Cosner, M.A. ’97, who earned her Ph.D. in Atlantic history at Florida International University, published her first book, The Golden Leaf: How Tobacco Shaped Cuba and the Atlantic World (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015). Rosa-Alicia Lopez, B.B.A. ’97, chief marketing officer at Greenspoon Marder Law, was selected to serve on the Broward Health Foundation’s board of directors. Humberto Reboredo, B.B.A. ’97,

Florida youth from foster, relative, and non-relative care for educational success. HANDY (Helping Abused, Neglected and Disadvantaged Youth) reports

ate admissions at Nova Southeastern University. Sandra M. Ferrera, J.D. ’99, opened SMF Law in Coral Gables and continues to practice in the areas of real estate, corporate, and title matters. Allison Holbrook, A.B. ’99, is pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, where she received a scholarship award for academic excellence. She is a Children’s Services library associate at Rising Sun Branch Library in Cecil County, Maryland. Paul Mora, M.B.A. ’99, was promoted to president after five years at SkillStorm, a technology service company headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Rebekah Bernard, M.D. ’99, a family physician in private practice in Estero, Florida, wrote How to Be a Rock Star Doctor: The Complete Guide to Taking Back Control of Your Life and Your Profession, self-published on Amazon. Sandra Narayanan, B.S. ’99, M.D. ’01, a stroke and interventional neurologist, was promoted to associate professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology, Wayne State University School of Medicine.

that 95 percent of its participants graduate from high school, with 100 percent of those graduates continuing their education. Alumna Suzanne M. Driscoll, A.B. ’86, J.D. ’89, a partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP, is a member of the HANDY board of directors. Chad Perlyn, M.D. ’00, attending plastic surgeon on the medical staff at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery for Florida International University College of Medicine, was elected president of the Greater Miami Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Maria McGarrity, Ph.D. ’01, professor of English at Long Island University, has published Allusions in Omeros: Notes and a Guide to Derek Walcott’s Masterpiece (University Press of Florida, 2015). Bill Sommer, B.M. ’01, a drummer based in Atlanta who studied jazz performance at UM, is coauthor of the young adult novel A 52-Hertz Whale (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015). He also wrote the screenplay for Tony Tango, winner of Best Feature Film at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival. He has an M.F.A. in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. Brian Bandell, B.S.C. ’02, released his second book, Famous after Death (Silver Leaf Books, 2015), a Miami-set murder thriller. Michael D. Dwyer, A.B. ’02, assistant professor of media and communication at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, published his first book, Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties (Oxford University Press, 2015). Scott R. Karp, B.B.A. ’02, M.S.Tx. ’04, is a senior associate in the

Mouhsine Benjelloun Zahr, M.B.A. ’99, mentions his UM experiences in his nonfiction book, My Weight Versus Me, which he self-published on Amazon last year. In 2014 he launched Benjelloun Pictures and wrote a script for Le Choc Des Generations (The Clash of Generations), a Moroccan feature film comedy.


Evan Goldman, J.D. ’00, is the CEO of the HANDY Scholars program, which prepares South

Citizen ’Cane Livin’ La Vida Sofía Raquel Sofía’s road to a Latin Grammy “Best New Artist” nomination last year began when she was just 7, singing and writing songs about boys she had crushes on. In between, she discovered jazz and, later, a like-minded cadre of musically “obsessed” peers at the University of Miami. She supported herself as a wedding singer and then sang backup for Juanes and Shakira before becoming a breakout indie star with one of Sony’s first digital recording deals, measured in streams and views instead of simply album sales. Sofía, B.M. ’09, grew up listening to an eclectic mix—James Taylor and the Beatles, Bob Marley and Juan Luis Guerra. Then, at 15, she says, “I fell in love with jazz. I don’t know where or how or why, but all of a sudden I discovered it and I wanted to be Ella Fitzgerald.” That led her to the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music—“one of the best things that happened to me,” she says. “When you’re in high school and you want to be a music major, especially in a small town like Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, you’re more than likely the only one. So I always felt like I was different,” she continues. At UM, “you’re surrounded for the first time in your entire life by people like yourself. You’re surrounded by other musicians who want to do this.” Sofía’s break came about three years after graduation, when the Colombian rocker Juanes hired her as a backup singer for his “MTV Unplugged” tour. She seized the opportunity and returned to her writing roots. “And as soon as I switched from English to Spanish, things just started growing and just sounded more natural. I found my own voice. And it all started happening right then.” She launched a YouTube channel that got her noticed. By the following summer, she was opening for Juanes on tour. That led to her first EP, Te Odio Los Sabados (I Hate You on Saturdays), including the single “Agridulce,” which has grossed over 11 million streams and made her a Spotify “Artist To Watch.” In 2015, Sofía returned to her alma mater to perform at Festival Miami. Her repertoire included tunes from her first album, Te Quiero Los Domingos (I Love You on Sundays), which debuted last June at No. 1 on iTunes Latino’s “Top Latin Albums” chart. “Raquel is one in a million,” says Sony A&R Manager Isabel DeJesus. “Without a doubt, we are witnessing an icon in the making.” —Carlos Harrison      Spring 2016  MIAMI 43


was promoted to managing director and named Head of Tax, Americas at Credit Suisse. Deanna “Dee” Voss, M.S.Ed. ’97, was named dean of undergradu-

Class Notes Boca Raton, Florida, office of Yip Associates. Christina Alexander, M.M. ’03, appeared as Joanne in a Miami production of the musical Rent, performed her solo show Hate! An American Love Story at the Miami Theater Center’s SandBox, and served as musical director for Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy at GableStage. Jenna Arnold, B.S.Ed. ’03, won Verizon’s Powerful Answers $1 million competition in the health care category for 2014 for ORGANize (, the database technology- and marketing-based project she cofounded to make it easier for individuals to register as organ donors. Zachary N. James, J.D. ’04, was promoted to of counsel at Meland Russin & Budwick, the Miami law firm he joined in 2011. Eric W. Ostroff, J.D. ’04, was promoted to partner at Miami law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, which he joined in 2010. Jessica Piha, B.S.C. ’04, is the head of media relations at Seattlebased tech startup Simran Singh, J.D. ’04, produced the movie Where Hope Grows, released nationwide in 2015. Hunter Stephenson, B.S.C. ’04, is co-writer and a producer of the feature film Hot Sugar’s Cold World (Amplify, 2015) about electronic musician Hot Sugar. It screened at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, the BFI London Film Festival, and the New York Jewish Film Festival, among others, and earned honorable mention for Best Feature at Hot Docs in Toronto. It can be seen on Netflix and at http://noisey. Ali Iyad “Yado” Yakub, J.D. ’04, married Margaret Brennan in Washington, D.C. Major Yakub is a judge advocate in the Marine Corps, stationed at the Pentagon. Rob Barry, B.S. ’05, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles

exposing abuses in the Medicare system. Michael Delgado, B.B.A. ’05, a foreclosure defense specialist, joined the Law Offices of Daryl L. Jones, PA in Miami. Jesse Flowers, M.B.A. ’05, joined Center State Bank as Palm Beach County community president. Luis Fernando Manrique, B.B.A. ’05, a former UM tennis player, coached Jean-Julien Rojer to the 2015 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles Championships in England.

Morgan Fraser Mouchette, B.A.I.S. ’06, associate at Blank Rome LLP, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the New York Women’s Bar Association. She concentrates her practice in matrimonial matters and is committed to pro bono service. Jessica Wallace, B.S.Ed. ’06, earned her Ph.D. in kinesiology at Michigan State University and joined Youngstown State University as an assistant professor. Hannah DeLetto, B.B.A. ’07, married Bryan Mochizuki in Roslyn, New York. Both work for the Clinton Global Initiative. Valerie “Val” Gibbons, B.S.C. ’07, is an integrated project manager at Zehnder Communications. Josh Rubens, J.D. ’08, and Richard Segal, J.D. ’08, were both promoted to partner at Miamibased Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine. John Sparks, M.B.A. ’08, was recognized as a Top 100 Social Media Power Influencer of 2015 by StatSocial.Com and as one of The Top 50 Most Valuable Social Media Influencers, 2015 by General Sentiment. An adjunct professor at the University of North Texas teaching courses in online journalism, he published the book 365 Ideas to Go from Good to Great on TWITTER! (2015). Last August Sparks served as keynote speaker at a Dallas-Fort Worth ’Canes Tweetup networking event.

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Mike Battaglia, B.S. ’09, Sean Murphy, B.S.B.E. ’09, M.D. ’13, and Amanda Zelman, B.M. ’11, launched Triomi, a portable 12lead EKG startup company that was one of 10 health care startups selected to the Techstars seed accelerator, which awards $120,000 to the most promising startups entering its program, for which it accepts less than 1 percent of applicants. Joshua Rosen, B.B.A. ’09, married Rachel Glickman in Oceanside, New York. He is a brand manager at Osem USA, an exporter of kosher foods, in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Christina Ruby, A.B. ’09, who earned her master’s degree in international relations from the City College of New York, married London native Daniel Cleary May 20, 2015 in New York City. They look forward to attending ’Canes games together. Julie C. Stroh, M.A.L.S. ’09, was named associate vice president of Alumni Relations and executive director of the University of Central Florida Alumni Association.


Stanley Linder, B.S.Ed ’11, graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine and was accepted to an internal medicine residency at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Thomas “Tom” Saul, B.B.A. ’11, is an analyst for Tonkinson Financial in Miami. Whitney Valins, M.D. ’11, married Terence Perez Tan in a ceremony that incorporated Filipino and Jewish traditions. Valins was the chief resident of dermatology at New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia hospital before joining the private practice TriBeCa Park Dermatology in New York City. Andrew J. Blitman, B.A.M.A. ’12, M.P.S. ’14, spoke at Books & Books in Coral Gables about his second book, The Blitman An-

thology, a self-published collection of poems, quotes, and essays chronicling life lessons culled from his college experiences. Trevor J. Lee, B.B.A. ’12, a New York City-based financial services professional, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the global water crisis through Laura Suarez, B.S.C. ’12, was promoted to multimedia/Hispanic outreach specialist at BoardroomPR in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Timothy Bow, J.D. ’13, an associate with Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty & Hartog P.A., was elected to the board of directors of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida. Daniela Delgado, B.S. ’13, received a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to support work toward her degree in medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she is a student. Victoria S. Humphrey, B.S. ’14, Miss Pasco County Fair in 2015 and Miss Coral Gables in 2014, was named Miss Winter Park 2016 in the Miss Florida pageant. As part of her platform, she began a charity called Apples 4 Education, which donates school supplies and gently used SAT and ACT prep materials to Florida schools in need. She is applying to medical school. Tim Warren, M.F.A. ’14, creative director and partner at Artex Productions, won a finalist award at the New York Festivals’ International Advertising Awards and two Gold ADDYs at Miami’s local American Advertising Awards for a Johnnie Walker brand commercial he created as part of his UM master’s thesis. Marc Schaevitz, M.B.A. ’15, an associate with Goldman Sachs, was appointed to the board of directors at Communities in Schools of Miami.

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In Memoriam* Legacy of Service Excellence and Equal Rights Rita Deutsch, M.A. ’76, longtime associate dean of student academic services in the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, began teaching courses through the Department of English, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Judaic Studies, and the American Studies Program in 1980. She served as associate dean in the Office of Student Academic Services for 30 years, earning numerous prestigious awards, including the inaugural Rita Deutsch Spirit of Excellence Award. Deutsch, who retired in 2013, also served on the Foote Fellows program steering committee at its inception in 2002. She was a three-time past president of the UM Women’s Commission. She loved classical music, the American songbook, and Broadway musicals. Her dream to become a Radio City Hall Rockette was never realized, but she performed in many Ring Theatre shows. Deutsch died August 4 at 83. Elaine A. Fischer, A.B. ’40, M.Ed. ’61 Neil Hawkins, B.Ed. ’40 Mary L. Horn, A.B. ’40 Lynn B. Paskewich, A.B. ’40 Selma Phillips, A.B. ’40 Herbert Potash, A.B. ’40 Anna F. Smith, A.B. ’40 Elizabeth M. Wylie, A.B. ’40 Jerome S. Bass, A.B. ’41 Lawrence M. Kaplan, B.B.A. ’41 Hedwig L. Winans, A.B. ’42 Thelma A. Hall, B.M. ’43 Rita Lefkort, A.B. ’44 Helene M. Ramos, A.B. ’45 Fred Faulkner, B.S. ’46 Donald G. Kuhl, B.B.A. ’47 Myril S. Love, A.B. ’47 Charles H. Parker, B.B.A. ’47, J.D. ’50 Edward Ruzomberka, B.B.A. ’47 Paul J. Apt, B.B.A. ’48 Frederick S. Grossberg, J.D. ’48 Mack Nichols, B.B.A. ’48 Albert L. Rosen, B.B.A. ’48 John A. Samuelson, B.B.A. ’48, M.A. ’49 Charles F. Carpenter, B.B.A. ’49 Alfred M. Deuel, B.B.A. ’49 Alvin C. Hudson, B.Ed. ’49 Jack M. Pincus, B.B.A. ’49 Robert I. Shandloff, B.S.I.E. ’49 Hector Silvestre, B.S.E.E. ’49, B.S.M.E. ’49 Frank C. Stokes, B.S. ’49 Arthur E. Sweet, J.D. ’49, M.B.A. ’55 Earnest A. Beasley, M.B.A. ’50

Chester B. Beattie, B.B.A. ’50 Howard L. Byrnes, B.S.E.S. ’50 Clyde W. Cimarik, B.B.A. ’50 John B. French, B.B.A. ’50 John A. Giaquinto, B.Ed. ’50 Helene N. Goodman, A.B. ’50 Howard E. Higgins, B.B.A. ’50 Kay W. Kroepsch, B.B.A. ’50 Arlene S. Levinson, A.B. ’50 Calvin H. Long, B.S. ’50 Lucius W. McClellan, B.Ed. ’50 Fred M. McGilvray, B.S.E.S. ’50 Donald R. Miller, B.B.A. ’50 Clive Shrader, B.S.C.E. ’50 Leon D. Slepow, B.S.M.E. ’50 James E. Tomerlin, B.Ed. ’50 Joseph Wisniewski A.B. ’50 Molly K. Adams, B.Ed. ’51 Carol Alexander, A.B. ’51 Richard E. Boddy, B.S.M.E. ’51 Thomas M. Courtney, B.B.A. ’51, J.D. ’59 Howard C. Dickerson, B.B.A. ’51 Alan H. Drake, A.B. ’51 Walter R. Greenwell, B.B.A. ’51 Nelda R. Josepher, B.Ed. ’51 Robert M. Kane, B.B.A. ’51, M.B.A. ’53 Lillian M. Kern, A.B. ’51 John P. Mandly, B.B.A. ’51 Walter E. Margicin, A.B. ’51 Douglass M. Phillips, B.B.A. ’51 Ellen E. Power, A.B. ’51 Samuel L. Saady, J.D. ’51 Faye L. Landrum, A.B. ’52 Kenneth H. Lynn, B.S.C.E. ’52 Charles A. Nugent, J.D. ’52 Thomas V. Parise, B.S. ’52

Glen E. Smith, J.D. ’52 Elizabeth K. Talbott, B.S.N. ’52 Thomas E. Todd, B.S.M.E. ’52 John F. Vucetich, B.B.A. ’52 Jerome R. Barnes, B.M. ’53 Franklin D. Brown, B.B.A. ’53 Philip S. Eby, A.B. ’53 Phyllis R. Foster, B.B.A. ’53 William C. Irvin, J.D. ’53 Mary E. Jackson, B.B.A. ’53 Joyce Kleinberg, A.B. ’53 Giles W. Nolan, B.B.A. ’53 Joseph J. Pasquini, B.B.A. ’53 Ernst Rosenkrantz, B.S.A.E. ’53 Bruce E. Silvers, B.S.E.E. ’53 Elting L. Storms, J.D. ’53 Howard J. Tyson, B.B.A. ’53 Barbara A. Walker, B.B.A. ’53 Paul S. Archambault, A.B. ’54 Stanley H. Arkin, B.B.A. ’54 William Bikoff, B.B.A. ’54 William C. Cosgrove, B.B.A. ’54 Elmer Debrei, B.B.A. ’54 Charles M. Demos, J.D. ’54 Jack E. Diamond, B.S. ’54 Robert A. Dyer, A.B. ’54 Marvin B. Guberman, J.D. ’54 Edwin F. Heyer, B.S.C.E. ’54 Alan B. Hochman, A.B. ’54 Richard P. Hoffman, B.Ed. ’54 John S. Langer, B.S. ’54 Armando Maraio, J.D. ’54 Raymond A. Polizzi, A.B. ’54, M.D. ’63 Thomas A. Serena, B.B.A. ’54 Theodore C. Slack, A.B. ‘54 Edward J. Stys, B.B.A. ’54 Ralph R. Dowling, B.B.A. ’55

John Krain, B.B.A. ’55, J.D. ’57 Lawrence B. Leiter, B.B.A. ’55 Gary O. Morehouse, B.B.A. ’55 Thomas J. Noto, B.S. ’55 Alan Sigman, B.B.A. ’55 Sam Bloom, B.B.A. ’56, J.D. ’56 Alfred A. Hall, B.S.I.E. ’56 Robert M. Hinkelman, B.S.C.E. ’56 Gretchen S. Waterbury, A.B. ’56 Stephen J. Avrach, B.B.A. ’57, J.D. ’65 James T. Baggs, B.B.A. ’57 Howard H. Bennett, J.D. ’57 Suzanne F. Butterfield, A.B. ’57 Brian C. Deuschle, B.B.A. ’57 Sam G. Distefano, B.B.A. ’57 Stuart B. Elias, B.B.A. ’57 Philip H. Fink, B.M. ’57, M.M. ’58, Ph.D. ’73 Nelson Hanover, A.B. ’57 Barbara L. Holtzman, A.B. ’57 Dorothy F. Jasiecki, A.B. ’57, D.C.T. ’72 Rhoda C. Lerman, A.B. ’57 Patricia A. McDonald, B.S.N. ’57 Joseph T. Meyer, B.B.A. ’57, J.D. ’63 Carlos J. Muxo, B.Ed. ’57 Judith S. Polak, B.Ed. ’57 George B. Satz, B.B.A. ’57 Alan J. Serrins, M.D. ’57 William R. Bean, B.S.A.E. ’58 Joseph G. Brusco, B.Ed. ’58 William M. DeLong, B.B.A. ’58 Anthony A. Fernandez, M.D. ’58 Mary A. Gotfraind, A.B. ’58 Marlyne M. Kaplan, B.Ed. ’58, J.D. ’81 Joseph N. Lococo, B.B.A. ’58 Philip H. Mann, A.B. ’58, M.Ed. ’61 Donald L. Miller, B.S.E.S. ’58 Russell C. Riegler, B.B.A. ’58 Harold Songdahl, B.B.A. ’58 Andre E. Storfer, B.B.A. ’58 John B. White Sr., B.B.A. ’58, M.B.A. ’60, J.D. ’62 Johnny Bouras, B.B.A. ’59 Joseph T. Calay, B.S.M.E. ’59 Alan Caruba, A.B. ’59 Duane A. Franceschi, A.B. ’59 Wendell C. Heaton, M.D. ’59 Irwin L. Hollander, B.B.A. ’59 Morton Shapiro, M.A. ’59 Clifford J. Simpson, B.S.A.E. ’59 Patricia A. Sullivan Jones, A.B. ’59, M.S.Ed. ’80      Spring 2016  MIAMI 45

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Trustee Left Enduring Mark on Community University of Miami trustee Stanley Arkin, B.B.A. ’53, a lifelong Hurricane, civic leader, and volunteer who chaired the board of governors at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital from 1995 to 2015, passed away August 22 at 82. As president of Arkin Construction, Arkin built parts of Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Miami Beach Hilton, and the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center, among other projects. He formed Arkin Consulting after retiring, working on projects such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Braman Management, and Jungle Island. He was also a Miami Beach City Commissioner from 1984 to 1991. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jill, with whom he had three sons, including Bradley Arkin, B.B.A. ’84. Donations in Arkin’s memory may made to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Daniel A. Wilhelm, M.D. ’59 Alfed C. Bowen, M.D. ’60 Jay R. Brenner, B.S. ’60 Edmond J. Gong, J.D. ’60 Theodore H. Keith, B.B.A. ’60 Jacob C. Muscanera, B.M. ’60, M.M. ’61 Ellard V. Nunnally, A.B. ’60 Barbara H. Pezzino, B.B.A. ’60 Robert W. Rivenbark, J.D. ’60 Abner I. Salkin, A.B. ’60 Panayotis P. Siatis, B.S.E.E. ’60 Robert L. Carter, M.D. ’61 Barth H. Goldberg, B.B.A. ’61, J.D. ’64 Jerold Locke, B.Ed. ’61, M.Ed. ’69 Russell D. McGovern, M.S. ’61 Joseph W. Pavese, A.B. ’61 Gordon J. Shannon, M.D. ’61 Edward Belin, B.S.E.E. ’62 John M. Dunn, B.Ed. ’62 Edgar L. Joines, M.Ed. ’62 Margaret M. Roper, A.B. ’62 Robert W. Stahl, B.B.A. ’62 Marvin I. Tamarkin, B.B.A. ’62 Lewis H. Buzzell, B.Ed. ’63 John A. Corrigan, B.B.A. ’63 Morton Kronengold, B.S. ’63 Neil Matheson, B.B.A. ’63 Christine V. Mudge, B.Ed. ’63 Robert C. Mumby, M.D. ’63 Clarence W. Pahnke, M.B.A. ’63 Robert B. Smith, B.S.E.E. ’63 Charles E. Gutke, B.Ed. ’64 Aristides Martinez, B.S.M.E. ’64 John A. Ritz, B.S.E.E. ’64 June M. Ashton, B.Ed. ’65 L L. Burch, B.B.A. ’65 James J. Cerniglia, B.B.A. ’65 Susan M. Hangge, B.S.A.E. ’65

Irwin R. Katz, B.B.A. ’65 Melvin A. Rubin, B.B.A. ’65 Cesar E. Serrano, B.S.C.E. ’65 Sheila R. Velaney, M.Ed. ’65 Elaine D. Weiss, B.Ed. ’65 Bonnie E. Butt, B.Ed. ’66 Esther L. Enriquez, B.S. ’66 Charles K. Ragland, B.Ed. ’66 J’Neese A. Strozier, A.B. ’66, M.A. ’72 David R. Vogt, B.B.A. ’66 Edward J. Waldron, B.B.A. ’66 Peter M. Cogen, A.B. ’67, J.D. ’70 Caridad L. Del Valle, C.T.P. ’67, M.Ed. ’73 Julia Gurri, C.T.P. ’67 Fredric M. Hitt, J.D. ’67 Gerald H. Kratz, B.S. ’67 Michael S. Spiegel, M.S. ’67, Ph.D. ’74 Merrill A. Yarbrough, B.B.A. ’67 Lemmie Deliford M.Ed. ’69 Stephen T. Downey, A.B. ’69 Allan L. Folkins, B.B.A. ’69 Elia E. Garcia, B.Ed. ’69 Jarrett T. Jordan, B.B.A. ’69 Bruce R. Kessler, B.B.A. ’69 John C. LoZito, M.D. ’69 Janet R. Moreau, B.M. ’69 Robert E. Rieck, A.B. ’69 Jose L. Sacerio, B.S.E.E. ’69 M.S. ’72 John S. Snodgrass, M.S. ’69 Geoffrey B. Lynch, B.Ed. ’70 Michael J. McHugh, M.Ed. ’70 Neil A. Palent, A.B. ’70 Robert F. Siegmund, Ph.D. ’70 James B. Vass, B.Ed. ’70 Richard C. Warwick B.S.E.E. ’70 Donald M. Allen, M.D. ’71

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Karla K. Layden, A.B. ’71 Mary M. Miller, B.S.N. ’71 Santiago E. Miranda, B.B.A. ’71 Ralph Molinary, A.B. ’71, J.D. ’80 Robert D. Murphy, A.B. ’71 James G. Nealis, M.D. ’71 Regina R. Peterson, A.B. ’71 Gerard C. Sabatino, B.B.A. ’71 Jesse H. Stevenson, B.Ed. ’71 Thomas S. Wilson, J.D. ’71 James V. Avery, A.B. ’72 Peter D. Cashore, A.B. ’72 John M. Cassel, B.S. ’72, M.D. ’78 Joseph M. Colpitts, B.Ed. ’72 Michael B. Mendelson, B.S.C.E. ’72 Robert W. Schwalb, B.B.A. ’72 Georgina M. Vital B.S. ’72 Thelma S. Harris, B.C.S. ’73 Abraham Kredi, B.B.A. ’73 Oliver A. Parker, A.B. ’73, J.D. ’76 Ethel M. Raddon, A.B. ’73 Carol A. Sherman, B.F.A. ’73 James R. Stephens, M.Ed. ’73 Maria I. Zanetti-Alonso, A.B. ’73 Nancy Appleton, J.D. ’74 Linda L. Farmer, M.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’77 Michael D. Kimball, A.B. ’74 Robert F. Craver, M.A. ’75 Ofelia M. San Pedro, B.S.I.E. ’75, M.B.A. ’79 James R. Ballinger, M.D. ’76 Monte W. Bernstein, M.D. ’76 Robert J. Papeika, B.S.S.A. ’76 Marc S. Kaminer, A.B. ’77 Rae Koshar, C.N.P. ’77 Florence A. Smith, Ph.D. ’77 Paul P. Creech LL.M.E. ’78 Richard P. Haleck, B.Arch. ’78 Rosalind Kahn, M.S.N. ’78

Helen L. Kohen M.A. ’78 Oswald B. Levermore, B.B.A. ’78 Deborah L. Cole, M.S.Ed. ’79 Karen A. Seykora, A.B. ’79 Robert E. Westerfield, Ph.D./ M.D. ’79 James R. Bitterman, B.B.A. ’80 Dean F. Cornwell, Ph.D. ’80 Regina C. Fernandez, B.C.S. ’80 Darcy Heagy, B.S.N. ’80 Zenaida I. Lara, M.S.Ed. ’80 Louis E. Rovere, B.S. ’80 Luella P. Saunders, M.S.Ed. ’80 James C. Wilmot, B.Arch. ’80 Mark J. Edelson, A.B. ’81 Delfin A. Molins, B.S.C.E. ’81 Vickie M. Horn, B.S. ’82 Jeffrey M. Jones, B.S.M.T. ’82 Robert W. Bottorff, A.B. ’83 Frank L. Denoff, M.D. ’83 William N. Krause, M.B.A. ’83 Dana R. Smith, B.S.Ed. ’84 Roy L. Ferree LL.M.E. ’85 Joseph S. Masucci, B.S.M.E. ’85 Gail E. Rasmussen, M.D. ’87 Annie B. Baker, A.B. ’91 Ruth M. McIntosh, Ph.D. ’91 Patricia K. Powell, M.D. ’91 Janie F. Rodriguez, B.S.N. ’91 Tamara F. Fox-Meyerson, B.B.A. ’92 Laura H. Heinzel, M.S.N. ’93 Frantz L. Tassy, B.S.C.E. ’94 Monty G. Williams, B.B.A. ’94 Leonore G. Senfeld, Ph.D. ’95 Richard R. Cochran, J.D. ’96 Steven D. David, M.F.A. ’98 Sambamurthy Subramanian, J.D. ’98, M.B.A. ’02 Oscar Sandez, M.S. ’99 Michael B. Williams, M.D. ’99 David A. Lairson, M.A. ’01 Rosemary D. Goldman, J.D. ’02 Christina Lindemann, LL.M.C.L. ’03 Charles J. Samborsky, M.B.A. ’07 Charlie B. Hernandez, B.S.A.E. ’09 Cosette A. Meerbott, M.S.Ed. ’09 Stefano F. Rotati, A.B. ’09 Tigran Sarkissian, B.B.A. ’10 Gloria Floreani, M.S.Ed. ’14 * Names recorded as of September 30, 2015.

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Board of Directors Executive Committee

Brenda Yester Baty, B.B.A. ’90, President

John Calles, A.B. ’89, J.D. ’92, Immediate Past President

Alumni Trustees

Doyle Beneby, M.B.A. ’97 Susan Lytle Lipton, A.B. ’67, J.D. ’70 Michael “Pete” Piechoski, B.B.A. ’76


Guillermo de Aranzabal Agudo, M.B.A. ’84 Taghreed Al-Saraj, B.F.A. ’99, M.S.Ed. ’01 Suzanne M. Block, A.B. ’81 Cristie A. Carter, B.S.C. ’95 Victoria A. Colon, M.B.A. ’98 Santiago Corrada, A.B. 86, M.S.Ed. ’91 Jose Felix Diaz, A.B. ’02 Jorge Duyos, B.S.I.E. ’85, M.S.I.E. ’88 Carlota Espinosa, B.S.C. ’90 Bill J. Fisse, B.B.A. ’75, M.B.A. ’77 Martin J. Ganderson, B.B.A. ’73 Cynthia Hudson, A.B. ’84, M.A. ’97 Brian L. Itzkowitz, B.B.A. ’90 Noelia Moreno, B.B.A. ’86, J.D. ’89 Robert J. Munch, A.B. ’73 Kourtney Ratliff, B.B.A. ’03 Spencer B. Weinkle, B.S.C. ’07 Doug Weiser, A.B. ’78, J.D. ’82

Young Alumni Leadership Council Representative Vance Aloupis, B.B.A. ’05, J.D. ’08

Faculty Representatives

Manuel A. Huerta, M.S. ’67, Ph.D. ’70 Shawn Post, B.Ed. ’73, M.Ed. ’74, Ph.D. ’78, Delegate, Faculty Senate

Frank Jimenez, B.S. ’87, President-Elect

Devang B. Desai, A.B. ’97, J.D. ’03, Vice President

Student Representatives Brianna Hathaway, Student Government Casey Rea, Student Alumni Ambassadors

’Canes Communities

Atlanta John Fenton, B.B.A. ’80, M.B.A. ’81, Austin Dayna Chettouh, A.B. ’78, M.B.A. ’80, Boston Michaela Hennessy, B.A.M.A. ’14, Brazil Ric Scheinkman, ’01, Broward County Daniel Markarian, B.S.Ed. ’86, M.S.Ed. ’89, Charlotte Jason Wilson, B.S.E. ’98, Chicago Brian Kidder, B.S.E.E. ’03, Cincinnati Marc Bouche, B.Arch. ’84, Colombia Gloria Duque, B.B.A. ’99, M.B.A. ’04, gpduque2001@yahoo. com Dallas Bryan Dolgin, B.S.C. ’97, Denver Alicia Montoya, A.B. ’05, Detroit Joshua Lopez, A.B. ’10, Houston Edward Perry, B.M. ’07, Indianapolis Danielle Bruno, B.S.B.A. ’10,

Victoria Corrigan Fine, B.S. ’80, M.B.A. ’81, Vice President

Andrew Potter, M.B.A. ’04, Vice President

Jacksonville Catherine Lewis-Tubre, M.S. ’98, clewis-tubre@comcast. net London Maria Newstrom, B.Arch. ’09, Los Angeles Emerson Davis, B.S.C. ’08, Louisville Clifford “Dean” Furman, A.B. ’90, Middle East Reyadh Al-Rabeah, B.S.I.E. ’87, Nashville Ben Bruno, B.M. ’07, New Jersey Jennifer Smith, B.B.A. ’94, New York Michael Gohari, B.B.A. ’11, Orlando Adrian Burrowes, M.D. ’00, Palm Beach County Jordan White, A.B. ’05, Philadelphia Annette R. Ponnock, A.B. ’07, annetteponnock@gmail. com Phoenix Jason Hutzler, J.D. ’10, Portland Jason Gershenson, A.B. ’07, Richmond Molly R. Manuse, B.S.C. ’08, San Francisco Samantha Ku, B.B.A. ’10, Sarasota Sam Waldron, B.S. ’09, Savannah Eugene Bloom, M.D. ’60, Seattle Jordan Louie, ’07,

Oti Roberts, B.B.A. ’03, Vice President

Winston Warrior, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ’96 Vice President

Southwest Florida Barbara Woodcock, A.B. ’08, canesgrl13@ Spain Jaime Escalante, B.B.A. ’93, M.B.A. ’11, St. Louis Ethan Silverman, B.B.A. ’01, Tampa Stuart Bromfield, A.B. ’09, Washington, D.C. Rachel Papeika, B.S.B.E. ’05, J.D. ’08, M.S. ’09,

Special Interest Groups

Black Alumni Society Cynthia Cochran, B.B.A. ’01, M.P.A. ’06, Band of the Hour Debbie Baker Robinson, B.B.A. ’84, dbrstitch@ LGBTQ Judson Dry, B.B.A. ’07, Public Health Sciences Daniella Orihuela, B.S.B.E. ’11, M.P.H. ’14, UM Sports Hall of Fame Gerard Loisel, B.S. ’76, goldensounds@

School and College Groups

College of Engineering Tamara Ali, B.S.I.E. ’04, M.B.A. ’06, M.S.I.E. ’08, School of Law Edward Shohat, A.B. ’69, J.D. ’72, eshohat@joneswalker. com Miller School of Medicine Vicky Egusquiza, B.S. ’83, M.D. ’87,

Donna A. Arbide, M.B.A. ’95, Executive Director

School of Nursing and Health Studies Sonique Sailsman, B.S.N. ’00, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Peter Chaibongsai, A.B. ’00, M.A. ’07,

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“Hey, Mom. Want to build a bridge?” student Hannah Weese asked, half joking, But Elizabeth Grass Weese agreed, donating $1 million from the Grass Family Foundation to create the 210-foot Fate Bridge across Lake Osceola in memory of Hannah’s grandfather Alexander Grass, the Rite Aid founder who lived by the last lines of the poem “Invictus”: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” Read more at

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