Every so often, we hear an inspiring story of hope and survival that reminds us to put things into perspective.
In May 2015, Diana Donnarumma graduated from the University of Miami and had begun working at a PR firm in downtown Miami where she was living full-time. A successful student and working professional, she did not expect she would also be a multi-organ transplant survivor.
Most wouldn’t expect a middle-aged man wearing a set of pastel-blue women’s scrubs, a floral scarf and a so-obviously fake wig to be prancing loudly around their public library, with a cameraman capturing his every move. But hey, this is Miami – anything’s possible.
Vanessa Alonso, B.S.C. ’08, has made a name for herself in broadcast meteorology after being awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval in February. The certificate known as the AMS CBM seal is one of the highest accolades that a broadcast meteorologist can receive in the industry from the American Meteorological Society.
Marvin Shanken, B.B.A. '65, known to many as the founder of M. Shanken Communications and a round-up of prominent niche magazines like Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado, struggled and starved just like most journalists starting out. Shanken didn’t even know if he really wanted to be a journalist at first. But, he knew one thing – he loved wine.
Bill Koenigsberg, B.B.A. ’77, can add one more award to his impressive collection. Later this year, he will be inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame, one of the greatest recognitions an advertiser can receive.
UM School of Communication alumnus Derek Stanley, B.S.C. '07, thought he might be a newspaper designer when he grew up. Today, he is managing a Southern rock band based out of Nashville, TN – The Steel Woods.
“I had no intentions of getting into music,” said Stanley. “I loved it – as in I listened to music, but I didn't know that there was a whole business behind it.”