University of Miami Newsletter

March 2016

Safety Tips for Spring Break

Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education & PIER 21

The Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education & PIER 21 encourages you to speak with your students about ways to have a Safe Spring Break this year. Whatever their plans are, make sure they include these tips:

  • DO set a limit for yourself before going out and having drinks.  You should know, according to your body type and tolerance, how much alcohol you can safely have.
  • DON’T go out with people who make you feel uncomfortable about not drinking. The people worth hanging out with are the ones who will respect you and your choices.
  • DON’T guzzle, play drinking games, or use devices to consume more quickly (funnels, shot slides, tubes, double shot glasses, etc.). Your body can only safely process .5 oz of alcohol (about half the amount in an average drink) an hour. So, have one drink/hour and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • DO take a break from drinking. Show yourself and your friends that you don’t need alcohol to go out and have a good time. If you can’t do that, then that is an indication that you may have a problem with alcohol.
  • DO eat before and during drinking alcohol. It will slow down the absorption rate of the alcohol into your bloodstream. However, eating after you drink will not change anything - once alcohol is in your bloodstream, nothing can speed the rate of absorption.
  • DO talk to your friends before going out to discuss what to do if: (1) someone is drinking too much, (2) someone gets drunk and starts hooking up with someone they probably wouldn’t want to, (3) someone wants to leave but the others want to stay out. Prepare yourself and your friends to take care of each other and to support each other in making responsible choices.
  • DON’T leave your drinks unattended, let someone else get your drink for you, or drink from a punch bowl - predatory drugs are out there!! They are colorless, odorless, and will leave you completely vulnerable to be taken advantage of.  You are not always in a “safe place” with “safe people”—Get your own drink, watch it being made, and keep it with you where you can see it at all times.
  • DO get involved when you see someone else putting him/herself in danger. Alcohol poisoning, accidents, sexual assaults, drug overdoses, and drunk driving deaths are all real!  Better to have someone ask you why you tried to keep them from having a good time, then to have his/her parents ask you why you let them leave the party drunk. Care enough to get involved and do the right thing.  Wouldn’t you want someone to do that for you?

The University of Miami also encouraged all students to attend PIER 21’s Safe Spring Break Week 2016: “Hang Ten” last week on Monday, February 22 through Friday, February 26. Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of events, all designed by PIER21 to get important information out prior to Spring Break on topics such as personal safety, travel safety, alcohol, impaired driving, sleep and sun safety. Last week gave PIER21 the opportunity to showcase healthy activities free from harmful behaviors and to combat recklessness during the collegiate spring break activities. Plus there were great giveaways necessary for a spring break trip and free food!

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education / PIER21 don’t hesitate to contact us at or 305-284-6120.

Spring Break Reminders:
Dining, Transportation & Housing

Hours of Operations - Spring 2016

Dining options will be limited during Spring Break, with altered hours. All restaurants in the Shalala Student Center with the exception of Starbucks will be closed March 5-13. You can see the hours for all dining facilities during Spring Break here: [Download PDF]


The UM Hurry ‘Canes Shuttle service will run a limited service during Spring Break, running 7:00am-7:00pm with approximately 20-25 minutes between shuttles (instead of the normal 7-8 minutes).
In terms of parking, color zone restrictions will be lifted for the week of Spring Break (Monday March 7th through to Friday March 11th, 2016) with the following exceptions:

  • Purple and Blue lots will continue to be enforced as usual:
    Purple – 8am to 6pm, M-F
    Blue – Enforced 24/7/365
  • Reserved / Preferred / Service spots will be enforced as normal 24/7/365
  • All metered spaces will be enforced as normal (8am through to Midnight, 7 days a week)

A valid UM parking permit is still required to park on campus. UV permit holders remain restricted to parking in the UV lots only. During this time, the shuttle service will operate a limited schedule. Please click here for the current schedule.


Housing facilities will run as normal during Spring Break and there is still plenty of time to secure housing for the fall. When students return from break, individual upper-classmen will be able to select a space in Eaton, Mahoney and Pearson Residential Colleges. Individual upper-classmen room selection will be followed by all current first-year residents who can fill an entire suite (groups of 4), then those groups of 2 who can fill an open room, and lastly those individual first-year students who can fill remaining spaces. Those students who currently live off-campus, are studying abroad, or did not apply for housing earlier in February can go onto CaneLink and apply for housing now. Once the current process is finished, communication will go out to those students regarding their room preferences for Fall 2016. As a reminder, any housing cancellations at this point, whether a room has been selected or not, are subject to the $500 penalty, and after May 31st students who cancel are responsible for the full fall housing charge.
For summer housing, the application will go live toward early April via CaneLink. Your student should keep an eye on their email, as well as their mailboxes for more information regarding summer school and University Village housing.
If your student is going to be interning in or around Miami this summer – please have them get in touch with Housing at, as we may be able to assist them in finding housing on campus for the duration of their internship.

Republican Debate

MSA Students

On Thursday, March 10th, the University of Miami will be the site of the CNN Republican Primary Debate. A limited number of tickets have been distributed to students on a lottery basis. For more information, read the full story here:

A Look at Multicultural Student Affairs

University Center Pool Reopening Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) provides support, resources and programming for all University of Miami students.  MSA offers co-curricular programs, diversity training, leadership and personal development workshops.  Throughout the year students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of programs that will enhance their experience at the University of Miami.

This year has been one to remember for the University of Miami and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.  In the fall semester, MSA hosted an annual diversity week which featured programs centered on diversity, inclusion and building community for students.  The week ended with 'Canes Summit for Leadership, Diversity and Social Change. 'Canes Summit is a two-day leadership and diversity conference for University of Miami students which seeks to increase awareness of self through the lens of identity, leadership and social change and is co-sponsored by Housing and Residential Life and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership.

MSA started the spring semester with programs celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) and co-sponsoring MLK Day of Service with the Butler Center for Service and Leadership. This annual service day provided an opportunity for students to go into the local Miami community and complete service projects. In February, students participate in Black Awareness Month which takes place February 1st – February 29th.  Black Awareness Month, commonly referred to as BAM by students, is the University’s celebration of Black History Month, which was created as “Negro History Week” in 1926. The creator, Carter G. Woodson, chose February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, two crucial contributors in the progression of Black people in America.

This year’s BAM celebration was entitled “Black by Popular Demand.”  BAM Opening Ceremonies were on Monday, February 1st and featured student musical, poetry, and dance performances that explored African American history through the decades.  On February 5th, students had a chance to visit the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts and see Motown the Musical live. This show featured Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and many others.  With over 40 classic songs including “My Girl,” “What’s Going On,” “Dancing in the Street,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” this explosive Broadway event was an experience students will never forget. The remainder of the month included BAM Day of Service, Gospel Explosion, House of Black Culture and Confronting Ourselves: Promoting Diversity, Cultural Competence and Inclusive Excellence featuring Dr. Derek Greenfield. Dr. Greenfield is a visionary speaker, consultant, and thought leader dedicated to inclusive excellence and positive change. With his dynamic and interactive approach, creative ideas, track record of success, and sense of humor, Dr. Greenfield has become a highly requested presenter across the globe. His powerful keynotes and workshops on issues such as diversity and inclusion, motivation, team building, student development, innovative pedagogy, and hip-hop culture have been featured at a wide range of conferences, companies, and colleges. For the complete calendar of events please visit

MSA Students

March continues with academic support programs, special events, and student organization elections which provide a great opportunity for students to get involved and enhance their leadership skills.  April is also filled with programs that include Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, International Week, and awards ceremonies.  The academic year will end with the annual Senior Mwambo Ceremony which acknowledges the achievements of graduating seniors.   Families of graduating students are encouraged to attend the ceremony which takes place on May 5, 2016 at 2 pm in Gusman Hall.

Please visit for additional details on MSA and the calendar of events.  Also encourage your student to take advantage of the opportunity to get involved and diversify their college education.

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PHONE: (305) 284 - 2855
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Sports Fest Review

Sports Fest is one of the University of Miami’s oldest traditions

Sports Fest is one of the University of Miami’s oldest traditions, with Sports Fest 2016 now being the 31st Sports Fest! What began as a challenge to a horseshoe game between Hecht and Stanford has evolved into two days of athletic games, brain games, and video games where each of the residential colleges, the University Village, and Commuters compete for individual team accolades as well as the coveted overall winner and trophy for bragging rights. Sports Fest XXXI featured 40 competitions for 57 teams and 1,919 competitors! Sports Fest is a joint venture of Housing and Residential Life, the Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement, and the Herbert Wellness Center.

While a competition, Sports Fest is also ultimately a community builder and allows students to bond with their fellow team members while also getting to know other members of the campus community. Sports Fest is truly anyone’s game to win with the last 3 winners being the University Village, Hecht Residential College, and Stanford Residential College, respectively. Each year Sports Fest leaves the campus buzzing with activity and preparations leading to the big event and across the weekend team spirit and UM spirit fill the campus. The end of Sports Fest closes with the Alma Mater where all teams (win, lose, or draw) celebrate being a Miami Hurricane!

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Spring Academic Dates

March 5-13:
Spring Recess

March 23: Last day to drop a course

April 4:
Registration for Fall Semester 2016 & Summer 2016 begins

April 22:
Last day of classes

April 23-26:
Reading days

April 27- May 4:
Final Exams

May 5:
Honors Day Convocation, Spring Commencement for graduate degrees

May 6:
Spring Commencement for undergraduates, Housing closes at noon for non-commencement participants

News at UM

Former UM President Foote Remembered:

Black Awareness Month 2016:

South Florida Unites to Fight Cancer:

Noted Civil Rights Activist Assisting UM on LGBTQ Vision:

UM Among Peace Corps Top Volunteer Schools:


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