5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU

5 things you need to know this week

By Life@TheU
A weekly series designed to highlight events, benefits, perks, and items of interest for University of Miami faculty and staff.

Join Sebastian’s Reading Squad.
Winter reading season runs through Feb. 28.
Children in grades kindergarten through 5th are invited to join the winter season of Sebastian’s Reading Squad. Presented by the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the initiative encourages elementary schoolchildren to proactively read. Students enrolled in the program can track their progress as they aim to read a minimum of 120 minutes within each season. Participants who reach their goal may attend an exclusive online celebration hosted by the University’s athletic department. Learn more and register your child.

Activate your free membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. 
As part of a new initiativeled by Dean Willy Prado, vice provost for Faculty Affairs, and Provost Jeffrey DuerkUniversity faculty members, as well as postdoctoral, and graduate students can access professional development programming for free through an institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. This membership grants on-demand access to online members-only resources, which provide external mentoring and professional development training centered on helping scholars achieve outstanding research and writing productivity. Learn more and activate your free personal membership account.

Athletics compliance: Understanding NCAA bylaws.
NCAA bylaws help ensure those participating in college sports are amateurs and that intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of life for a college student. As part of the regulations, the bylaws prevent student-athletes from profiting in any way based on their athletic abilities or reputation. Boosters, local businesses, and corporate entities are prohibited from using a student-athlete’s name, picture, or likeness to promote any commercial product, and the student-athlete’s name or picture may not appear on commercial items, including posters, T-shirts, playing cards, and other paraphernalia.  Learn how NCAA bylaws affect student-athletes.

FYI: New email security feature now implemented. 
In an effort to further protect the University's email system and individual mailboxes, a new email security feature has been implemented to block file attachments that are commonly used to transmit viruses or malicious software. Now, when an in-house email is blocked, the University sender will receive a notification that the email was not delivered. If a sender receives this notification, they must use the University's approved cloud storage and collaboration solutions—Box or OneDrive—to share files. These solutions enable the University community to securely store, collaborate, and share files with internal and external users. Learn more.

Experience the University’s sculptures virtually, interactively.
Available online.
With GeoMuse—a virtual and interactive experience—you can explore the University’s Coral Gables Sculpture Park, which consists of more than 30 artworks by leading sculptors from around the world. Learn more about these sculptures that are in the collections of the University of Miami and the Lowe Art Museum. Use interactive map features at geomuse.as.miami.edu to explore the GeoMuseUM guide to the Public Sculpture Collection.