Blogs, UBuzz

Names behind campus buildings: Looking into legacies

Whitten University Center. Giancarlo Falconi // Staff Photographer

Whitten University Center. Giancarlo Falconi // Staff Photographer

Whitten University Center, Whitten Learning Center

Norman A. Whitten worked in student activities at UM during the 1950s. He was instrumental in the building process of the original Whitten University Center, which opened in 1965 as the student union. Whitten served as the first director of the student union but passed away after only one year of service, so the building was renamed the Whitten Student Union. According to the Association of College Unions International’s September 2005 issue of The Bulletin, Whitten also created the first concept of Sebastian the Ibis. 

Jerry Herman Ring Theatre

Jerry Herman graduated from UM with a bachelor of arts in drama in 1953. He composed music for the hit Broadway musicals “Hello, Dolly!,” “Mame” and “La Cage aux Folles.” Herman has been nominated for a Tony Award five times and won twice. He received the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009 and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.

Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center

The “official lovers of UM,” Patti McBride and Allan Herbert met at the university in the 1950s. Patti was sitting at a typewriter in The Miami Hurricane office as a freshman, and her friend approached to introduce her to Allan. She graduated with her bachelors in business administration in 1957 and he, with his masters in 1958. They have been married for more than 50 years. 

Ashe Building. Giancarlo Falconi // Staff Photographer

Ashe Building. Giancarlo Falconi // Staff Photographer

Ashe Administrative Building

Bowman Foster Ashe was the first president of UM, and he served from 1926-1952.

Pearson Residential College

Jay F. W. Pearson took over as president after Bowman Foster Ashe had his first of two debilitating strokes. He served for 10 years, and the university became desegregated under his tenure.

Stanford Residential College. Giancarlo Falconi // Staff Photographer

Stanford Residential College. Giancarlo Falconi // Staff Photographer

Stanford Residential College

Henry King Stanford’s presidency from 1962-1981 was marked by further emphasis on research activity, additions to physical facilities, and reorganization of the university’s administrative structure, according to

Edward T. Foote University Green

The fourth president of UM, Tad Foote served from 1981-2001 and helped raise undergraduate admissions and academic standards, recruit top faculty, secure private and government funding, and increase the university’s national and global profile.

April 9, 2015


Lyssa Goldberg

Lyssa Goldberg is online editor of The Miami Hurricane. She is a senior majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in math. She has interned at Mashable and the Miami New Times, and her work has also been featured in The Huffington Post.

Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • Error

University of Miami linebacker Jamie Gordinier has had another unfortunate setback, effectively side ...

The calmest coach on the planet got mad Friday after football practice. University of Miami coach Ma ...

Lester Williams wasn’t on the field playing for the Miami Hurricanes when they won their first natio ...

An extremely frustrated University of Miami football coach Mark Richt began his media availability b ...

UM chatter: • One lesson learned in recent years, as one UM official put it: Don’t get your hopes up ...

UM’s new chief academic officer holds some 40 patents, and in 2017 was inducted into the National Ac ...

University of Miami students and researchers are blogging during a month-long expedition in the Gulf ...

María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, a world-renowned economist and former ambassador, fills a new role for ...

Through the U Dreamers Grant, DACA students find essential support as they pursue their college degr ...

UM students talk about their internships up north in a city that never sleeps. ...

RSS Error: A feed could not be found at A feed with an invalid mime type may fall victim to this error, or SimplePie was unable to auto-discover it.. Use force_feed() if you are certain this URL is a real feed.

TMH Twitter Feed
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly on Thursdays during the regular academic year.