Miami University’s towering landmark to come down

A 63-year-old landmark visible throughout the Miami University campus will soon be coming down.

a large tall tower with a forest in the background: A 63-year-old landmark on the Oxford campus of Miami University is coming down soon. The Williams Hall Transmission Tower, which is visible for miles around the campus, is being dismantled. The 342-foot-tower once broadcast Miami's public TV and radio programing. (Provided PhotoJournal-News)

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A 63-year-old landmark on the Oxford campus of Miami University is coming down soon. The Williams Hall Transmission Tower, which is visible for miles around the campus, is being dismantled. The 342-foot-tower once broadcast Miami’s public TV and radio programing. (Provided PhotoJournal-News)

The Williams Hall Transmission Tower, once used for both Miami radio and television broadcasts from the school’s Oxford campus, will be dismantled later this month, said school officials.


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The 342-feet-tall tower has been highest and most visible structure on the school’s campus since 1957.

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But it’s long outlived its usefulness, said Cody Powell, associate vice president for facilities planning and operations for Miami.

“It’s been part of the campus for a very long time,” said Powell,

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Miami University’s board of trustees approves two new degrees in nursing


The board of trustees approved plans to move forward with an addition to the stables located at Miami for the equestrian program. (Architectural rendering.)

Two new degree programs in nursing at Miami University were approved by the board of trustees at its regular business meeting held Monday, Nov. 30.

A Masters of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice will add 50 new courses within the College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science at the regional campuses. The master’s program includes three areas of study concentrations: nurse practitioner, nurse leadership and nurse educator. The doctor of nursing will provide coursework to prepare nurses for advanced leadership and patient care.

These are two of the newest emerging and in-demand degrees that Miami is launching to meet changing workforce needs. This year the university rolled out plans for 14 new undergraduate degrees, 12 graduate offerings, and 20 certificates and micro-credentials.

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New coronavirus breathalyzer test in the works at University of Miami

Researchers at the University of Miami are working on a new COVID-19 test that they say will be quick, easy and painless. 

“This is a totally non-invasive test that you just blow three times into a little breathalyzer. It’s like a kazoo and the breath is then caught into this apparatus and in 40 seconds it can be analyzed in order to tell whether or not the SARS-CoV-2 virus is in the exhaled air,” Dr. Roy Weiss, the COVID-19 chief medical officer of the University of Miami health system, said. “It can also distinguish whether or not there are other viral particles, such as the influenza virus.” 

The university is the first college in the nation to participate in this research. It’s running trials with its patients and students, but it hopes the test will be available to the general public soon. 

Depending on the results, the new testing method may receive emergency authorization from the FDA to use across the country.

Depending on the results, the new

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She’s still a Hialeah girl — and, now, she’s Miami Dade College president, too

The controversial presidential college search took 19 contentious months.

There was so much at stake.

The county’s movers and shakers watched — at times, in horror — and faculty and students vehemently protested what became worrisome months of political, partisan wrangling over the leadership of Miami Dade College.

But on Tuesday, the Board of Trustees unanimously chose educator Madeline Pumariega, a former MDC campus president, to replace the legendary Eduardo Padrón, who retired in August 2019 after serving as president since 1995.

The Cuban-American Pumariega, 53, becomes the college’s fifth — and first female — president, another glass ceiling shattered in an institution billed as the most diverse in the nation. Another first for a woman who also was the first Hispanic and first woman to serve as chancellor of the Florida College System.

Born and raised in Hialeah and a former president of MDC’s Wolfson campus, she’s currently

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University of Miami basketball team signs four-star Class of 2021 guard from Maryland

The Maryland pipeline to the University of Miami basketball program continued flowing with the announcement Monday that the Hurricanes signed four-star recruit Jakai Robinson.

The 6-4, 200-pound guard is a native of Ossining, New York, and attends Rock Creek Christian Academy in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

He is the fourth player either from Maryland or out of a Maryland high school to sign with the Hurricanes in the last five years, following Chris Lykes, Anthony Walker and Earl Timberlake. He joins Nasine Poplar in the Canes’ 2021 signing class.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jakai and his family to the Miami basketball program,” said UM coach Jim Larrañaga. “Jakai is a great competitor and scorer who comes from the most highly competitive basketball area in the country. He has been extremely well-coached and is well-prepared to come in and help us right away as a freshman.”

All three major recruiting websites

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Ferris State University alum signs contract extension with Miami Dolphins

Ferris State University football alum Zach Sieler of Pinckney has signed a contract extension through the 2023 season on Monday by the Miami Dolphins.

Miami’s defensive lineman has played in all nine games with three starts for the Dolphins this season, and he has racked up 26 tackles, including 13 solos with four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and eight quarterback hits. He’s played nearly half of all the defensive snaps and was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the year.

Sieler joined the Dolphins on Dec. 5, 2019 when he was awarded off waivers. He also spent two seasons (2018-19) in Baltimore, having entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick (238th overall) by the Ravens in the 2018 NFL draft.

Sieler, who joined the Ferris program as a walk-on, became the first Ferris player drafted by an NFL team.

The Dolphins defense has been

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College football: No. 9 Miami rallies to win; No. 2 Notre Dame prevails

BLACKSBURG, Va. — D’Eriq King threw for 255 yards and a touchdown and ran for a score to rally No. 9 Miami to a 25-24 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.

The Hurricanes (7-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit to win their fourth straight and stay very much alive for a spot in the ACC championship game.

Miami scored the game’s final 12 points and held the Hokies (4-4, 4-3 ACC) scoreless on their final five possessions.

King guided the Hurricanes on two long second-half scoring marches. A 13-play, 75-yard drive ended with Cam’Ron Harris’ six-yard touchdown run and cut the lead to 24-19 with 1:27 left in the third quarter. Miami failed to convert a two-point conversion.

Miami put together a 10-play, 82-yard drive that ended with King throwing a dart to Mark Pope for a 36-yard touchdown to take a 25-24 lead with

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One of these four candidates may be named president of Miami Dade College on Tuesday

Four finalists toured campuses, sipped café and pitched the community this week in hopes of being named the next president of Miami Dade College next week.

Spread out over four days, the candidates — Morgan Phillips of Pima Community College, Lenore Rodicio of Miami Dade College, Gregory Fowler of Southern New Hampshire University and Madeline Pumariega of Tallahassee Community College — each had day-long itineraries to acquaint themselves. Their days centered on giving 90-minute presentations and taking questions from the audience of faculty and Board of Trustee members.

The Board will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday to interview the final candidates, deliberate and select a winner. That’s 19 months after the original search first launched and 16 months after the retirement of Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College’s president for nearly a quarter century.

Former provost for operations Rolando Montoya came out of retirement to serve as interim president.


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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Miami on road vs. Virginia Tech

A wave of postponements and cancellations related to COVID-19 issues raided the Week 11 college football schedule. But there are still 12 games on the Saturday docket involving ranked teams, and the stakes will be particularly high in the Big Ten. After cracking the top 10 for the first time since 1969 this week, Indiana will be in action during the early wave of games as the Hoosiers look to prove their merit as a contender in the Big Ten. But they will be facing a Michigan State team that showed a propensity for upsets two weeks ago when it beat then-No. 13 Michigan.

In addition to Indiana in action early on Saturday, another top 10-ranked team, No. 9 Miami, will take center stage as the Canes battle Virginia Tech in the noon ET slot. Also, playing under the lights Saturday will be No. 6 Florida, No. 11 Oregon and

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From career in peril to Miami Dolphins’ future

DAVIE, Fla. — Watching Tua Tagovailoa wiggle on a crucial fourth-quarter third-down play, delivering a dead-leg juke on Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker last Sunday, it’s easy to forget all that the Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback has endured to get here.

Monday will mark one year since Tagovailoa suffered a scary hip injury at Alabama that could have ended the career of a player who might become one of this generation’s best. The journey began with a helicopter ride off the field to the hospital and continued through months of rehab and outside uncertainty about whether Tagovailoa would ever be the same football player.

“Tua’s ability to overcome adversity speaks for itself,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told ESPN. “I don’t think that anybody has had to work harder or do more to get back to playing relative to his situation.”

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