Congratulate and celebrate our employee grads

Congratulate and celebrate our employee grads

By Life@TheU

Congratulate and celebrate our employee grads

By Life@TheU
Among the thousands of students finishing another chapter of their academic careers this spring, a number of University of Miami employees will also graduate. In recognition of their accomplishments, we’re highlighting several employees and sharing their advice for colleagues who are considering going back to school.

Nicolle Castañeda

What were some highlights of your time as a student and employee? 

“As an eternal student, I truly loved learning new skills in class and applying them in practice during work meetings and conversations. It really brought my worlds together! I enjoyed meeting fellow students who would become colleagues and finding mentors who will be a part of my career for years to come!” Read more.

Alejandro Rengifo

What is a favorite UM memory?

“My favorite memory at UM will always be Homecoming week and the boat burning/fireworks. As a triple ’Cane and former member of the Homecoming Executive Committee, it is always amazing to relive the memories of my time at UM and share that love for The U with all of the alumni, students, and community members that come out.” Read more.

James W. Carras

Please share any advice that you might have for employees looking to go back to school.

“Do it! There is never a wrong time to dedicate time for self development. It may seem intimidating, but we have such amazing faculty and staff members at the U that make the process seem less stressful.” Read More.

Elena Flores-Cuellar

What were some highlights of your time as a student and employee? 

“As a student and employee, my greatest highlight was to meet and work with top University of Miami professors and leaders. Their leadership principles impact me on a daily basis, and I am grateful to have been in the company of such brilliant individuals." Read more.

Jacqueline Ryan

What were some highlights of your time as a student and employee? 

“As an immigrant, first-generation college graduate, and a single mother, I first enrolled as a student in the School of Continuing Studies in 2000. This accomplishment represents more than a degree or a diploma for me. Because it validates my resilient and tenacious nature. But I could have not done it without the congeniality and inspiration from this amazing cohort and the enthusiasm and support from the dedicated faculty.” Read more.

Flora Fox

Please share any advice that you might have for employees looking to go back to school.

“I was hesitant to start this journey. I had a young family. I was still learning the ropes of a new position, and it had been more than 14 years since receiving my undergraduate degree. Now, after completing this program, I can say with full conviction that this has been one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of my life, which also resulted in lasting friendships. I did not think that I could do it, but I am proud and elated to have this accomplishment.” Read more.

Mery Poynter

What were some highlights of your time as a student and employee? 

“One of the biggest highlights was the fact that I had the opportunity to interact and learn from individuals in an amazing cohort, a lot of whom are also employees at the University. Had I not taken advantage of this opportunity, I never would have had the pleasure of meeting them and becoming part of such an exceptional group.” Read more.

James Carras

What were some highlights of your time as a student and employee? 

“As a student at the Miami Herbert Business School, I witnessed the tremendous improvements made by Dean Quelch. I learned about myself and my colleagues through courses, including negotiation, high-performing teams, and leading change.” Read more.

Melanie Goergmaier

Please share any advice that you might have for employees looking to go back to school.

Take advantage of your tuition remission benefits as soon as possible. It’s not about how long it takes to obtain a degree. It’s about the finish line and ultimately achieving your goal.” Read more.

John Ness

Please share any advice that you might have for employees looking to go back to school.

“Don't ever question your ability or dedication to earn your UM graduate degree. You can do it.  Make the most of all your experiences as both a student and employee at the U.” Read more.

Ivette Diago

Please share any advice that you might have for employees looking to go back to school.

“Do it! One of the best reasons to work at the U is the opportunity to work in an environment of higher education, where education is celebrated and colleagues are always looking to better themselves. To have the opportunity to receive a high- quality education at a discounted price is something that should be greatly appreciated.” Read more.

Logan Caswell

What is a favorite UM memory?

“I have so many fond memories being at UM, but there was something special about being in a program where I was truly learning about the music industry from professors who are still active in the field and have all been so involved in the industry for decades. It was special to walk into my production courses and get to work on projects in the impressive studios that Frost has to offer." Read more.

 

Interested in learning more about the employee tuition remission benefit?

Visit the Benefits Office website for more information and eligibility details.