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March Issue
Giving Day 2023

Business leader and philanthropist Kenneth C. Griffin celebrated for his landmark $50 million gift to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

The generous contribution will accelerate research efforts at Sylvester and rename the Transformational Cancer Research Building as the Kenneth C. Griffin Cancer Research Building.

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Pancakes with Pat, Student Life, and Toppel host special evening with Atlanta ’Canes

Pat Whitely, Ed.D. ’94, brought her signature Pancakes with Pat to the Atlanta ’Canes Community, along with guests Renee Callan, Ed.D. ’18, assistant vice president for student life, and Christian Garcia, associate dean and executive director of the Toppel Career Center.

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Alumna recounts her inspiring journey

Author and entrepreneur Lattisha Bilbrew, B.S. ’07, M.D., is one of only five Black female orthopaedic surgeons in the state of Georgia.


Redheaded alumnae make a splash on “Shark Tank”

Adrienne Vendetti Hodges, B.B.A. ’09, and Stephanie Vendetti Thomas, B.B.A. ’11, share the inspiration behind their highly successful business.

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Frost-made jazz pianist Connor Rohrer is a star on the rise


UM Sports Hall of Fame and Museum unveils 2024 inductees

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Miami Herbert alumna is mastering the business of ballet

March 23 | 3 – 5 p.m. (CT)

’Canes Connect: Dallas-Fort Worth

Whether you’re an emerging or a seasoned professional, we extend a warm invitation for you to share your valuable experiences, forge meaningful connections with fellow ’Canes in your region, and contribute to the robust growth of your ’Canes network. The Dallas-Fort Worth ’Canes will host their ’Canes Connect 2024 at the Community Brewing Company and invite all alumni, friends, parents, and students.

April 2 | 6:30 p.m. (first pitch)

Broward and Palm Beach ’Canes: Miami Baseball at FAU Owls

Bring your orange and green gear and join us in Boca Raton as the Miami Hurricanes take on the FAU Owls. Also, be sure to stop by the stadium gate entrance and grab swag from our ’Canes Communities welcome table right before game time at 6:30 pm. Game tickets are just $15!

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April 11 | 5 p.m.

Tampa ’Canes: Neighborhood Social in St. Petersburg

Meet fellow Tampa-area ’Canes at Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill! This monthly social series will take us to different areas in Tampa to explore our city and bring ’Canes to your neighborhood along the way.

April 13 – 27 | Times Vary

’Canes Day of Service

Our fourth annual ’Canes Day of Service program will bring alumni and friends together in ’Canes Communities across the country to give back to and make a difference in their communities as they participate in local service projects. Currently scheduled projects are listed below. Click on links to learn more and register.

Broward (April 13) | Dallas-Fort Worth (April 18) | Miami (April 20) | Houston (April 20) | Washington, D.C. (April 20) | Palm Beach (April 20) | Orlando (April 20) | San Francisco (April 21) | Boston (April 27)

April 16 | 6 – 8 p.m. (CT)

Pancakes with Pat: Chicago ’Canes

In 2017, inspired by “’Canes Care for ’Canes,” the University of Miami’s Pat Whitely, Ed.D. ’94, senior vice president for student affairs and alumni engagement, began serving everyone's favorite treat, pancakes, to students as a late-night snack after their studies. Join in welcoming Dr. Whitely to Chicago, and enjoy light bites, drinks, and gain insights on academic initiatives and campus life as she continues her national tour, bringing the time-honored tradition of “Pancakes with Pat” to our ’Canes Communities.

April 19 | 5 – 7 p.m. | 7 p.m. (first pitch)

Bites at the Light: Baseball Pregame Celebration

The University of Miami Alumni Association, in partnership with the Miami ’Canes Community, invites fans of all ages to enjoy food and fun before the Miami Hurricanes take on the Louisville Cardinals. Each ticket includes game admission, food, and beverages—including beer, wine, and our famous Mark Light milkshakes—as well as U swag and exclusive giveaways.

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April 25 | 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Black Alumni and Center for Global Black Studies Scholarship Reception

The University of Miami Black Alumni Society and the Center for Global Black Studies cordially invite you to a special reception celebrating our outstanding scholarship recipients. Come together to recognize their scholastic excellence and support their educational journey.

October 24-26 | Save the dates

Alumni Weekend and Homecoming 2024

’Canes, mark your calendars! Alumni Weekend and Homecoming is October 24-26. Don’t miss out on the boat burning, Homecoming fireworks, and other great traditions, culminating when the Hurricanes take the field against Florida State. Stay tuned for details!

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