Spring into the new semester

Students lounge on the Lakeside Patio prior to the start of the spring semester. Photo: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami

By Amanda M. Perez

Students lounge on the Lakeside Patio prior to the start of the spring semester. Photo: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami

Spring into the new semester

By Amanda M. Perez
Here’s a go-to list of dates you should keep an eye on throughout the semester, along with some tidbits of news that happened over the break.

With the start of the 2019 spring semester, there are a few things that have happened over the break you might be interested in.

The Market

Check out The Market inside the Hurricane Food Court, the newly revamped store that has a new look and a new vibe.

The University of Miami also unveiled plans for a new on-campus residential village called Centennial Village, which will replace the current towers with four residential colleges that will be built in two stages.

And, Hurricanes football has a new coach. Manny Diaz, the team’s former offensive coordinator, was named head coach on Dec. 30 following the retirement of former head coach Mark Richt.

News@TheU also caught up with students around campus to find out what they’re looking forward to the most this semester.

“I just moved here from New Jersey and I’m loving the weather so far. It’s like I’m on a permanent vacation,” said Charlie McNamara, a freshman biomedical engineering major. “I can’t wait for the opportunities that UM will provide me. I’m looking forward to using this degree in the future to attain success in the real world.”

Lucia Yannuzzi, a freshman studying marine science and biology, is ready for the new semester. “I’m really excited for all my new classes. I’m eager to meet all my new passionate professors,” she said.

For others, today marks the start of an entirely new experience.

“I’m an exchange student from Australia so I’m pretty excited to experience the American culture and student life in the United States,” said Ravhel Mcisaac. “The whole college experience is so different. I’m in awe of the whole campus and college environment here at UM.”

Quincy Jalink, an international business exchange student from The Netherlands, said he is still learning his way around campus. “I’m not used to such a big school, it’s amazing. Everybody has been so social and easy going. I’m looking forward to getting involved in the soccer team and the scuba team during my time here.”

Below are important dates to know (just seven weeks until spring break):

Jan. 16: Well ’Canes Farmers Market reopens on the Foote University Green

Jan. 18: Looking to add some stamps to your passport? Check out the Study Abroad information session

Jan. 21: University observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 23: Don’t lose any credits! Last day for registration and to add a course

Jan. 25: Application deadline for spring break intersession study abroad programs

Jan. 28: 2019-2020 application opens for on-campus housing for continuing students 

Jan. 30: Last day to drop a course without a “W,” apply for inactive status, and make a change in credit-only designation

Feb. 6: Seniors, put this day in your calendar! Application for graduation opens

Feb. 7-9: Sportsfest 2019

Feb. 18: Midterm reporting begins

Feb. 26: Get those resumes ready and head to the Career Expo at the Watsco Center from 1-5 p.m.

March 1: Last day to apply for graduation for spring and summer

March 9-17: Spring Recess

March 27: Last day to drop a course

March 30: Patricia A. Whitely Women's Leadership Symposium

April 5: Relay for Life

April 8: Registration for fall semester 2019 and summer 2019 begins

April 26: Classes end. Make sure to check out Canes Carnival. 

April 27- April 30: Hit the books and prep your presentations during reading days

May 1-May 8: Final exams

May 8: Semester ends

May 9 – May 11: Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies