December 2016

Academic Calendar & Winter Break Closings

  • Academic Calendar
    • Thursday, December 8, 2016- Wednesday, December 14- Final Exams
    • Thursday, December 15, Fall Commencement Exercises- All Degrees
    • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - Final grades available to students in CaneLink
    • Tuesday, January 17, 2017- First Day of spring classes
    • For a full list of dates, please see the academic calendar here:
  • Facilities/Closings
    • December 15, 2016- January 16, 2017
      • Shalala Student Center (including Kornspan Study Lounge), Whitten University Center
        • Hours 8am – 8pm
          • Closed December 23-27, 2016
          • Closed December 30, 2016 -January 2, 2017
      • UC Pool
        • Closed December 15, 2016- January 8, 2017

Camner Center for Academic Resources

Camner Center for Academic Resources
The Camner Center’s mission is to provide innovative programming and quality services to support learning and academic success. Located on the second floor of the Whitten University Center, The Camner Center provides academic resources to students, as well as support services to parents and faculty members.

The Camner Center is comprised of four distinct units.

Camner Center Tutoring:
The Camner Center offers free peer tutoring to all undergraduate students during the fall and spring semesters. Peer tutoring is run in part by the many student tutors that assist students in courses they have already taken during previous semesters. Peer tutors must have received an A in courses they tutor and often collaborate with professors especially for final exam review sessions.

While peer tutors are available for a wide variety of subjects, students should schedule their appointments well in advance of any upcoming exams or in preparation for upcoming assignments. Tutoring appointments can be scheduled via Appointments are available Monday - Friday in the Camner Center, and also during the evening hours in the Richter Library Monday - Thursday.

UMX 100:
UMX 100 is the first year experience course for all freshmen and transfer students. The course is available to students via Blackboard and is completely s el f - p aced and online. Students are automatically enrolled in the Fall on August 1st or in the Spring on January 1st. Students enrolled in the course will gain access to resources and opportunities essential to first year students! For more information about UMX 100, email

Camner Center for Academic Resources
Learning Specialists:
Learning Specialists work one on one with students to assist them in developing better study and time management skills while in college. Students can meet with a trained graduate assistant up to eight times during the fall or spring semester, or schedule to meet once to address concerns. Focusing on individualized learning strategies geared towards the student, many students find one appointment beneficial.

For students seeking additional guidance or support throughout the semester, undergraduate students can apply to enroll in the Independent Learning Initiative, ILI. Students enrolled in the program will meet weekly with a designated learning specialist to review organizational skills, college reading and note taking strategies, and set and monitor semester goals. Lastly, students are always welcomed to attend an academic workshop during the fall or spring semester. Workshops are hosted up to three times a semester. Check out our website at for the workshop schedule.

Disability Services:
The Office of Disability Services works to coordinate auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities. ODS works to provide students with academic accommodations and support to ensure students with disabilities have access to opportunities available to UM students. Students with disabilities must request academic accommodations through the Office of Disability Services. More information about the accommodations process can be found on our website.
Additionally, ODS encourages students to assist as note takers for students who may need to receive class notes as an accommodation. Students are contacted via email during the semester if a student requires notes. Note takers receive community service hours and a free gift at the end of the semester for their commitment.

If you are interested in learning more about the Camner Center, stop by and visit us today! Our office is located in the Whitten University Center in suite 2400. Office hours are M-F 8:30am-5pm.

Residence Hall
Closing/Opening for Winter Break

Housing and Residential Life

All residential areas, except University Village, will be closing on December 15 at 12pm for all those not participating in Commencement ceremonies, and December 16th at 12pm for those participating in Commencement. University Village will remain open through the break period, all UV residents interested in staying at any point over break (Dec. 16 – Jan. 10) will need to register for Intersession. All residential areas will reopen on Wednesday, January 11th for the spring semester. We may be reached at, or via phone at 305-284-4505 with any questions you may have regarding the Winter Break and Housing.

Very quickly upon the start of the spring semester your student will begin to receive notifications about signing up for housing for Fall 2017/Spring 2018 and while you have your student at home over break, it would be a great time to begin the conversation with them. More information about sign-up will be coming, and will be posted on our website at

A Cause for Celebration:
The Lennar Foundation Medical Center
dazzles in its debut on the Coral Gables campus.

The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

Hundreds of community leaders, University of Miami trustees and administrators, donors and other dignitaries helped dedicate The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the Coral Gables campus Friday, ushering in a new world of health care imagined and realized by the University of Miami Health System.

“This is a monumental day for the University of Miami,” said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs and chief executive officer of the University of Miami Health System. “It is truly a transformational moment in the history of the University of Miami Health System, and it’s also the start of a new vision for health care in South Florida. This is a facility, this is a concept, that really thinks about the patient first.”

In this new vision for health care, the patient experience is transformed into a journey of being well.

Diversity Week & Cane Summit

Diversity Week & Cane Summit

In celebration of the unique and varied cultures of the University of Miami community, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Unity Roundtable student organization coordinated its annual Diversity Week. The week was comprised of many opportunities for students at the U to engage with our diverse population, appreciate their own unique talents, and determine ways to make impactful social change. Diversity week began with Culture Pop-Up: Americana Edition which highlighted the electoral process in the United States in comparison to other countries. Students participated in games on American history, played trivia on the country’s leadership, were challenged on their knowledge of US geography, and enjoyed a BBQ while interacting with members of the university community. The week’s events continued with an Open-Mic Night, which allowed students an opportunity to share their thoughts, experiences, and realities through artistic expression. Last but certainly not least, the week culminated with a two-day leadership development experience. Canes Summit provided students an opportunity to engage in workshops and simulations on issues related to social change nationally and globally. Diversity week was made possible through the many collaborations with campus partners and student organizations such as our Young College Democrats, College Republicans, Get Out the Vote, Speak What You Feel, the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, Housing & Residential Life, and the University of Miami Business School.

Please visit for additional information on programs sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs.

Greek Life process information
for early Spring semester

Greek Life

January and the beginning of the spring semester marks the busiest time of year for Greek recruitment.  The University of Miami is a deferred recruitment campus meaning freshmen cannot join a Greek organization until their second full semester of college.  The Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternity Council have a structured recruitment at the beginning of the school year.  Registration for sorority recruitment closed on November 28th.  Students registered and eligible for sorority recruitment will be allowed to move into the residential colleges after 5:00PM on Monday, January 9th. Panhellenic Recruitment starts with recruitment orientation on Tuesday, January 10th and ends with Bid Day on Sunday, January 15th.  The Panhellenic Recruitment process is governed by the National Panhellenic Council and is a structured mutual selection process consisting of 4 rounds/days.  Students will have the chance to meet each sorority and will narrow down their choices until they finally make a preference for sororities they wish to join on the final night.  Students are encouraged to be themselves and be open minded throughout the process.  Each student will also be assigned a mentor/leader throughout the process called a Rho Gamma who is a great resources for questions and help throughout the process.  Bid Day is an exciting time for students when they find out which sorority they will have the opportunity to join. 

Interfraternity Council (or IFC) Recruitment is a less structured process.  Students are not required to register but they must still meet eligibility recruitments to join a Greek organization that can be found on our website.  IFC recruitment begins with a BBQ on Sunday afternoon, January 15th open to anyone interested in joining a fraternity.  At the BBQ students can meet members of all fraternities and will receive information about their events throughout the week.  Students should visit with all fraternities and decide which events they would like to attend.  During the second week of IFC recruitment students will receive invitations to events historically called smokers where fraternities will meet with only the men they are most interested in extending a bid to.  Students will receive their bids and decide which fraternity they want to join on IFC Bid Day which is Friday, January 27th.


Greek Life
Students who are eligible and want to explore joining a National Pan-Hellenic Council or Multicultural Greek Council organization should visit the Dean of Students Office or visit our webpage to learn more about those organizations and how to contact their leaders directly to express their interest and to be invited to events.

Joining any Greek organization will provide students with vast leadership opportunities, philanthropic and community service involvement, athletic competition and vibrant social life – building lifelong friendships.   All students are encouraged to consider joining, but should know that it is a serious time commitment and financial commitment. 

Parents are encouraged to visit our website and contact our office anytime they have a question or concern about their student’s experience in Greek Life.

Dean of Students Office 305-284-5353

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