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[December 03, 2013]

Amid the Buzz and Excitement of Homecoming, University of Miami Dedicated Its Student Center Complex

CORAL GABLES, Fla. --(Business Wire)--

Inside the newsroom of The Miami Hurricane, Erika Glass, the student newspaper's multimedia editor, was about to sit down in front of her computer to hammer out a story for the next edition. "What I like about our new space in the Student Activities Center, is that it's a true newsroom," said Glass. "It's allowed us to be much more productive and efficient."

Not far from her publication's second-floor office, students sat at tables outside the renovated Whitten University Center, some of them talking with classmates, others reading textbooks, or enjoying an afternoon snack.

And over on the Foote Green, students joined alumni and employees in taking pictures in front of the 7-foot-tall U Statue that has become one of the most recognized landmarks on campus.

As they have since the beginning of the fall 2013 semester, the components of the University of Miami's Student Center Complex buzzed with activity. But what made the day special was that the UM community-from administrators and trustees to alumni, donors, and students-gathered for the official dedication of the complex that Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Whitely described as "transformational."

"Today, we recognize an age-old notion that a dream can become a reality," Whitely said at the ceremony, which took place on November 7 inside the SAC's third-floor grand ballrooms with more than 400 in attendance-some of them in town for the Univesity annual Alumni Weekend and Homecoming activities.

For some in the audience, it was their first time seeing the sprawling Student Center Complex, the crown jewel of which is the 119,000-square-foot Student Activities Center.

"More than any other building on campus, the Student Activities Center is the house that 'Canes built," said UM President Donna E. Shalala. "It's allowed us to become a true residential campus…and it is a building about people and for people."

A $20 million lead gift from the Fairholme Foundation, as well as a 2006 referendum in which students voted overwhelmingly to impose a fee on themselves, made the center possible. Other gifts funded everything from student organization suites to a patio and terrace.

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The University of Miami's mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.

Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami seeks to advance learning, elevate scholarship, and make bold strides in health care in the community, across the country, and around the world. Momentum2 comes on the heels of the institution's record-breaking Momentum (News - Alert): The Campaign for the University of Miami, which concluded at the end of 2007 and raised more than $1.4 billion for endowed chairs and professorships, scholarships, facilities, academic and medical programs, and other initiatives.

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