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Message from the UM Alumni Association
President Patrick K. Barron and Executive Director Donna A. Arbide
Alumni have undoubtedly helped to move the University of Miami forward, as
evidenced by the University’s recent No. 47 ranking in U.S.News & World Report’s
annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue. Alumni giving is one of the statistics
tracked by the publication, and it’s because of your loyalty and support that
UM has advanced to the top tier of world-class institutions in the country.
UM’s impressive ascent of 20 slots in the last nine years makes it one of the
fastest-rising institutions among national universities in recent times. With each
jump forward, the value of your UM degree increases. Your Alumni Association
strives to connect you to our beloved alma mater and to the more than 156,000
living alumni members who proudly represent the “U” in all 50 states and 148
Your Alumni Association launched several new programs this year, including
C.A.N.E.S. (Career Advancement and Networking Executive Series), which
connects alumni from industries affected by the economy. We also introduced
new signature events, including receptions for alumni women leaders in the
Washington, D.C., area, faculty alumni, and alumni employees of the Burger King
headquarters in Miami. These events, as well as our expanded national tour, which
took six speakers on the road this year, provided many opportunities for ’Canes
to connect, engage, and reminisce.
Further, this year we implemented a new alumni club governance structure
aimed at connecting alumni nationwide through programming and volunteer
opportunities. We also launched a new Alumni Weekend website; increased online
social networking, including Twitter, Facebook pages, and LinkedIn groups; and
launched the Alumni Supporting Alumni initiative for professional development.
Undeniably the greatest accomplishment of the year was the long-awaited
completion of the Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center. In a little more
than 12 months, we witnessed the construction of a four-story, 72,000-squarefoot
building that we call our “home away from home.” The Newman Alumni
Center marks the beginning of a new era in our history and is the only building
on campus completely funded by alumni. A project nearly ten years in the
making, the building personifies UM pride and demonstrates the alumni desire
to give back to the institution that gave so much to us all.
Alumni make the University of Miami special. We thank you for what you’ve done
and what you continue to do to move our alma mater forward. Thank U!