Author Archives: Nastasia Boulos

TV host and Cancer Survivor Finds New Purpose.

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Emmy-award winner Dave Aizer, B.S.C. ’96, was living the dream.

From hosting Nickelodeon’s popular Slime Time Live and the Kids’ Choice Award red carpet show, to Disney’s ESPN club, and even American Idol’s online content, he had built a successful career in …

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Carlos Lowell: Financial Guidance to Athletes

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Alumnus provides financial guidance to athletes while staying committed to South Florida community.

Carlos Lowell’s confidence and enthusiasm as he speaks makes financial planning, an intimidating task to most, sound exciting and even easy. It’s just about taking smaller steps …

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Winston Warrior: Teaching and Trailblazing

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There’s something about Winston.

Maybe it’s the kindness, the politeness, the smiles – a relic, he says, from his Southern upbringing. Maybe it’s the way he combines strict with cool, modern with old-fashioned, alternating seamlessly between the serious professor and the …

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Taghreed M. Al-Saraj: Social Change Through Education

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Alumna promotes social change through education

She is an international education and entrepreneurship consultant, a leadership coach and a motivational speaker. She is a researcher, an author, a mother, and a sisterAt the core, thoughTaghreed M. Al-Saraj, B.F.A. …

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Kim Griffin-Hunter: From UM Student to Managing Partner at Deloitte

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For more than 30 years working at Deloitte, Kim Griffin-Hunter, B.B.A. ’88 has been a leader and mentor within the company every step of the way. As a managing partner for Deloitte’s South Florida practice, Griffin-Hunter gives much of the …

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Olivia Ramos: Entrepreneur & Architect

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Olivia Ramos is an entrepreneur, architect, and founder and CEO of Deepblocks, an artificial intelligence company that uses data to optimize real estate development. A native of Cuba who grew up in Miami, Ramos obtained a master’s degree in architecture from …

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Using Data to Prevent Disease

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As a 17-year-old lifeguard, Dr. Wesley Smith, Ph.D. ’07, discovered that by simply educating and warning people about shore breaks (which cause waves that violently slam people into the sandbar), they could prevent dozens of injuries. Through a focus on …

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An Emmy for your Thoughts

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Eight.

That’s how many regional Emmy awards Kid Stew, a show created by best-selling author James Patterson, in partnership with South Florida PBSwas nominated for last year. It won five.  

Amongst the Emmy winners for the show is Scott …

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A Celebration of Freedom

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UM Black Alumni Society celebrates Juneteenth

Juneteenth Independence Day is a holiday commemorating the effective end of slavery in the United States. More specifically, June 19, 1865, marks the day that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived …

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Wielding Words

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Alumna and team win Pulitzer Prize for Parkland Coverage

It’s the highest honor in journalism, the prize aspiring reporters dream of winning. For one group of journalists at the Sun Sentinel, the dream became a reality, albeit a bittersweet one, …

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