October 2016

Upcoming Dates

  • October 18, 2016 - Extended deadline to register to vote in FL
  • October 20-23 - Fall Recess
  • October 24 - November 6- Early voting in Miami
  • October 28 - November 8- University of Miami Homecoming
  • November 2 - Deadline to request vote by mail
  • November 7 - Registration for Spring 2017 Begins
  • November 8 - Election Day (voting available in BankUnited Center)
  • November 19-27 - Thanksgiving Recess


Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight

My name is Hannah Breedlove, and I am originally from Durham, North Carolina. I am at the University of Miami in the School of Architecture, and am currently in my final year of the five-year Bachelor of Architecture program. Each year, architecture students take a studio class, during which we use the entire semester to complete a project—sometimes hypothetical, sometimes real—for a client. This semester, I am participating in a studio collaborating with the well-known New York architecture firm, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, also known as RAMSA. We are also working in collaboration with the St. Stephens Episcopal School and Church, located in Coconut Grove, who is the client for our project.

My studio recently took a sponsored trip to New York City. During our four-day visit, we visited several construction projects and saw prominent city landmarks and buildings. On the final day, we went to the RAMSA office and presented our work from the current project to the head partner of the firm, Robert Stern. It was a privilege to receive feedback from an architect who has made such a name for himself and his firm in the field.

These types of incredible opportunities are not new to students in the University of Miami, School of Architecture. Upper-level studios (studios for the fourth- and fifth-year students) are known for visiting their project sites in person, wherever they may be—New York City, Granada, Barcelona, Toronto. Even electives within the school take advantage of travel opportunities. Last semester, I participated in a historic building documentation elective that took us on a sponsored trip to Harbour Island in the Bahamas. These chances to see the world and learn about our projects in the context of their cities are unique to the University of Miami. The University goes out of its way to organize classes for its students that give them an experience and education that they cannot get from looking on Google Earth.

Over the course of the semester, Robert Stern will be visiting Miami several more times to see our work, and several of the architects from his firm fly down from New York to Miami every single week to help us with our progress. This focus on giving the students the best possible education by providing the best possible resources is why I am so proud to be a student at the University of Miami.

Be Election Ready

Flu Shots
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Flu Shots

Flu Shots

Flu season is approaching and immunization is important to prevent the spread of this common and potentially serious illness. If your student has not already been immunized, please encourage them to do so.  Flu shots are available at various locations around campus and by appointment at the Student Health Service.  Appointments can be scheduled on-line at mystudenthealth.miami.edu (for "Visit Reason" choose "Flu Shot').   More information is available on our website.

Wishing all a healthy and successful semester.

University of Miami Student Health Service
Website: www.miami.edu/student-health
Email: studenthealth@miami.edu


Dear World

Dear World
As part of the Dear World three-day storytelling event at the University of Miami, students and others were encouraged to share a message, written or drawn, on their body about a story that inspires them each day. Hundreds of students passed through the doors at the StormSurge room in the Whitten University Center on Thursday to share emotional, inspirational and joyous stories with their fellow ‘Canes.

Read the full story here: http://news.miami.edu/stories/2016/09/wearing-their-stories.html

Supporting your Student
through a Roommate Conflict

Family Weekend 2016

The fall semester is in full swing and students are finding their routine on campus with academics, involvement and living on campus. The months leading up to this point have been both exciting and anxious for students. The roommate experience is certainly considered a big transition for students which can be overwhelming and may require effort from both students to create the best living experience.

The first few weeks of college are a time of transition and growth for college students. During this time, students are learning their living style, becoming involved, learning about university resources and after a few weeks of living together students may see changes in themselves or their roommate. It is easy for roommates to have conflict within the first few weeks. I write today to let you know of the resources available for your student at the University of Miami.

The goal of Housing and Residential Life is for students to have a resident community where they can grow and create a space students feel comfortable calling home.

One resource residents on campus can use is their Resident Assistant (RA) on their floor. The RA serves on the floor in assisting students in the transition to college, hosting programs and being a leader for others. The RAs are trained to help a student talk through roommate issues and connect students with other campus departments for support. Another resource that each resident has received and completed during the month of September is a roommate agreement form. This form which is completed by both roommates allows them to talk about their space, routines and set some guidelines in how they plan to share their space as roommates. As the semester continues the roommate agreement may be reviewed and referred by the residents. The roommate agreement is a guide to assist students in understanding how to live with others and respect each other’s space.

For parents and families, you can support students by asking them if they’ve utilized the campus resources, reached out to their RA or talked with their roommate. These are simple steps that students sometimes forget are provided for their support in this transition. A roommate conflict can arise from miscommunication or no communication at all. From a distance it can be hard to support your student nevertheless your encouragement to seek this resources can be valuable in your student’s success. If your student needs support empower them to take advantage of the resources that are here at the University of Miami that supports them when living on campus!

University of Miami Department of Housing & Residential Life
Website: http://www.miami.edu/sa/index.php/residential_life/

Bicycle Security & Safety

Family Weekend 2016

Does your student have a bike on campus? University of Miami policy requires all bikes on campus to be registered with the University of Miami Police Department. Here’s the good news: UMPD provides free U-Locks and a registration sticker to every student, faculty, or staff member at the time of registration.

To register a bicycle and receive a free bicycle lock, your student should bring their bicycle and ’Cane Card to UMPD on the ground floor of the Flipse Building. UMPD is open 24/7, so students can register at any time. If a bicycle is ever lost, stolen, or confiscated for non-compliance with the University bicycle policy, registration will aid UMPD in locating and returning your student’s bicycle. UMPD can be reached at 305-284-6666 anytime.

UM Police (UMPD)

Website: http://www.miami.edu/ref/index.php/umpd/CampusSafety_faqs/bicycle_security_safety/

News at UM

Dear World exhibit captures struggles and triumphs of UM community.



The University of Miami is Now 90 Years Strong. http://news.miami.edu/stories/2016/10/the-university-of-miami-is-now-90-years-strong.html

Student Organizations Make an Impact.

UM Among Leaders in Least Student Debt.


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