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Growing Students’ Financial Literacy

While parenting 2 college students, I have found that sharing my life’s finance experiences (both positive and negative) has been an integral part of their path to financial success. We all wish we knew “then” what we know “now”, and this is why our Money Management Program is such an integral `Cane success resource. Our goal is to help their future selves proudly boast about their early financial awareness and how they effectively achieved their Life Plan goals. In addition to helping them create and strive to achieve this Life Plan, our free Money Talks series guides them on credit development, budgeting, investing, financing, home ownership and much more. I invite you to visit our site, share your experiences with them, and help your `Canes earn a distinct advantage in life through participation in our programming. Remember: “Making money does not make them financially successful. Knowing what to do with it before they start making it, and acting on the knowledge they gain, is the true key to their long-term financial success!”

- Christopher Magnan, Program Director


Important Dates


Student Success


Employment Opportunities

Are you a student or do you know a student looking for an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn some extra money? The Department of Housing and Residential Life has opened hourly position applications for desk assistants, programming assistants, and security assistants on February 6th with a priority application deadline of Monday, March 6. Students can join a dynamic team and get the chance to make a positive impact on campus life while developing transferable skills. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity! Apply now and be a part of a thriving community. 


Skyfactor Survey

Your student may be receiving an invitation via email to complete our Skyfactor survey. The Skyfactor survey asks student various questions about their experience living on campus and is a great source of feedback for our residential experience. Please ask your student to complete the survey if they receive it.


Weekly Programs

We are continuing our weekly programs in each of our residential areas. Please see schedule of our weekly programs below and share with your students!

  • Eaton: Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. in Dr. Wang’s Apartment
  • Lakeside: Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. in Lakeside Lobby A
  • Mahoney: Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. in Dr. Harriell’s Apartment
  • Pearson: Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. in Dr. Beverly’s Apartment
  • Stanford: Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Dr. Knecht’s Apartment
  • University Village: Tuesdays from 7-8 p.m. in the UV Front Office


Spring Recess Break

Housing will remain open from March 11-19.


Student Academics


Registration, Holds, and Swap

Registration for both Summer and Fall 2023 begins on Monday, April 3. The ’Canes Central team will be sending additional communication via their newsletters about registration preparation, holds, and tips & tricks over the coming weeks, so please encourage your students to keep an eye on their UM email. Click here for a sneak peek into some of the most common questions during the registration period.

 Not receiving ’Canes Central’s newsletters? Complete proxy access with your student to be added to the listserv so you can receive regular information on registration and records, billing and payment, financial aid, and ’Cane Cards. You can also follow ’Canes Central on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn for timely updates, upcoming deadlines, and important events.


Health and Wellness


Safe Spring Break

As Spring Break approaches, the Sandler Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education is here to make sure your student can enjoy this well-deserved break, while making healthy and responsible decisions.  

Here are some tips for discussing Spring Break safety with your student: 

  • Review what your student may want to bring with them such as cash, their health insurance card, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle to prevent dehydration.  
  • Set expectations ahead of time, including how often you will be in contact.
  • Emphasize that you trust their decision-making. Talk to your student about some potential dangers related to binge drinking, peer pressure, and traveling. Remind them of the importance of taking safety measures, such as pacing their drinks, avoiding mixing drugs and alcohol, and always sticking with friends. 
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of the break and use this time to practice self-care so they can return recharged and ready to finish the Spring semester off strong.  

For more guidance on engaging in a successful dialogue with your student about their well-being, check out this page




A Note from Dr. Whitely

The necessity of discussing safety precautions both on and off campus. My deepest sympathies to any families who have been directly impacted by the tragedy at Michigan State University or other tragedies. Our Chief of Police recently sent out a message to remind students of the resources available to them. The safety of our students remains our largest priority. We are committed to constant awareness of our community and encourage you or your student to immediately contact UMPD in the case of an emergency or urgent matter. For less pressing but still important matters, there are a variety of resources available, including myself.

Safety also applies to travel outside of campus. As an international University, our students come from all over the world. Many of you may be reading this from a different state or even country. Students should continue to pay attention to their safety if they choose to travel for Spring Break. Our Sandler Center for Alcohol and Other Drug prevention will feature programming around campus as well as messaging through Instagram with tips to be safe from sunscreen usage to safe habits when out. We will also send students a message prior to Spring Break as a personalized reminder of safety tips. Immediately following Spring Break, the City of Miami will host Ultra Music Festival. This event often attracts many students either to the Festival or to activities hosted throughout Miami. We will similarly send out reminders of safety and expectations about behavior to students. 

Spring Break is also a wonderful time for students to reflect on the semester so far. Make a plan to improve their academic performance such as tutoring with the Camner Center if applicable or commit to continued achievement. They can also consider what they intend to do over the summer by exploring internship opportunities through the Toppel Career Center. Regardless, the time is intended to be a break—to get much needed rest before they continue on to complete the semester. I encourage you to remind them to take advantage of this rest time. I hope that you and your family are doing well. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything.



Produced by Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement, the Family Resource Guide is designed specifically for families of current undergraduate students and includes a variety of resources for academics, student life, campus safety, and other critical resources.


The University of Miami welcomes families of current students to attend Family Weekend 2023, which will take place from Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 8. Registration goes live on Monday, June 5 at 9 a.m. ET. As registration for Family Weekend must be completed online through your Proxy/Delegate Access account in CaneLink, it is recommended to create your Proxy/Delegate account in advance. 

Family Weekend is an annual tradition that brings over 3,000 family members to campus to spend time with their students and learn about the University of Miami. Reconnect with your students and experience student life for yourself during this weekend packed full of events like model classes, interest sessions, family receptions, and a football game against Georgia Tech.


Community through Competition


Student Note

There is nothing quite like being a student at the University of Miami. We have an abundance of opportunities to meet new people, explore beautiful scenery, expand our knowledge, and participate in unique experiences. Though we may often think of football season and homecoming week as the hallmarks of one's time in college, they are just two of many other exceptional experiences that students can have at UM. One such event in particular that students look forward to and remember fondly is Sportsfest. This event brings both residential and commuter students together for a competitive weekend of recreational sports and activities that begins with the passing of a torch around campus and ends with a ceremony to announce the overall and individual winners. Though the ultimate goal is to win, students will find themselves making very special memories. They may create stronger bonds with current friends, meet new friends, discover new abilities or passions, and take some much-needed time to relax and de-stress. Though there are many things to do at UM, I can say with certainty that Sportsfest has tremendously deepened my school spirit and enriched my college experience. I couldn't imagine a year without it.

- Genesis Leiva Cerna, B.A. Global Health Studies, Class of ‘23



Proxy Account Guide

How to Pay Your Bill

How students make an appointment with Student Health Service

How students make an appointment with the Counseling Center




That's So Metro: South Miami

One of the easiest ways to get around the City of Miami is hopping on the Metrorail, our above-ground train system (which conveniently stops right in front of the University of Miami)! We have consulted with current ’Canes to ensure you’ll know how to enjoy this 25-mile stretch of The Magic City.


All the Buzz About Frost's Music Engineering Program

The names of Frost-made music engineers are buzzing around in the industry. They're recording, mixing, designing, and refining sounds while turning heads with their splendid talents, awards, and grand prize-winning scholarships.


University Libraries appoint Emerging Technologies Librarian

Nicolas Aponte serves in this role for Creative Studio at Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology Center.


Students a primary part of $6.74 million experiment

Students at the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science are working side-by-side with scientists and researchers on a U.S. Navy-funded project that will help improve weather forecasting.


Finalize your DCC game plan

Here’s what you need to know if you’re participating in this year’s DCC.


Passion for fashion and luxury takes center stage

The Luxury and Fashion Club student organization introduces University of Miami students to the world of vogue and opulence through biweekly meetings—as well as panel discussions and networking opportunities that include professionals.


Ohio town faces possible health, environmental disaster

Five of the 38 cars of a Norfolk Southern Railroad train that derailed Feb. 3 near the small town of East Palestine were carrying vinyl chloride, a known human carcinogen. University of Miami experts in chemistry, public health sciences, and law weigh in on the recent chemical spill and its potential consequences.