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September 18, 2017


Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to welcome you back to the Coral Gables campus. To the hundreds of employees who have been working tirelessly to help bring the University back into full swing—thank you, thank you, thank you. Without your help, we would not have made the progress we have, in the time that we have. You have done an outstanding job. We are equally grateful and thankful to our colleagues on the RSMAS, CSTARS, and Medical campuses who have already returned.

Over the past two weeks, our entire University of Miami community has had to overcome many unexpected challenges—large and small, at work and at home. As we transition back to normal operations, let us remember that we are all in this together and that we are at our best when we work as a team.

Patience, understanding, and compassion will be needed over the next several weeks as we continue hurricane recovery efforts. All of us were affected by Irma—some more than others. While our return to work will give the appearance of normalcy, for many there will continue to be stresses outside of work. Patience, understanding, and compassion will go a long way to making this a successful semester.

Many operational departments in the university (Facilities, Auxiliary Services, Parking and Transportation, among others) will continue to be in hurricane response mode and prioritizing essential items and services related to our recovery. Because of this, we ask for your patience and understanding of these circumstances. Every request will be attended to, but there will be necessary prioritizing that may cause a delayed response.

In addition, we ask that during the next few weeks please be particularly aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of the yellow caution tape you will see on campus that ropes off hazard areas that are to be avoided. They are there for your protection.

What has been the most evident to both of us since we started at the U just a few months ago is the passion and pride this community has for the University of Miami. We’ll continue to succeed because we are ‘Canes—and ‘Canes care for ‘Canes.

Wishing you a good week, and thank you for all that you do for the U.


Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed. D.
Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey L. Duerk, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Provost