UM names degree program for Mariano UM names degree program for Mariano June 1, 2011 Regular News The University of Miami has received a $1.5 million pledge to name the triple degree — J.D., M.B.A., LL.M. — program at the law school for Steven M. Mariano, CEO and chair of Patriot National Insurance Group, Inc.A scholarship offer from the University of Miami’s School of Law some 25 years ago almost sent Mariano down a path of studying torts, judicial rulings, and peremptory challenges. But the southern New Jersey-born and -bred Mariano turned it down, electing instead to become an entrepreneur — a decision he’s never regretted.Still, even as he launched and led successful businesses, first in North Carolina and now in Florida, Mariano continued to think highly of UM, praising the university for the positive impact it’s made in the community.Now, his $1.5 million gift to the institution has established a permanent connection with the professional school he almost attended.Mariano’s gift will create what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind program in which students who were undergraduate business majors will earn three degrees—a J.D., an LL.M. in taxation, and an M.B.A/—in just four years.“This generous gift to the law school bolsters the cross-disciplinary initiatives that are a top priority at UM,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala. “Steve Mariano has provided the law school with a gift that will benefit our most brilliant law students.”The Mariano J.D., M.B.A., LL.M. Program will begin next academic year, awarding scholarships to students who will be known as Mariano Scholars.
BASKETBALL BY BIG PAT HE is only 10-years-old and barely into his teens. And the rusty ring at the old Rabaul basketball court at Page Park in Rabaul may be high but it is certainly not lofty enough to be a physical challenge for this nuggety youngster. With his good looks, flaming yellow top and black hair band, little Israel Vicky is already shaking the basketball court with a flair not often seen in the glory days of Rabaul town. And the fans and rule book is taking notice. Even mum Deffie Timothy is looking for new shoes for her budding young son who eats and sleeps basketballs and dreams of becoming an NBA star one day. The second year student of the SDA elementary school in Tavui, East New Britain is currently the talk of Page Park with his forward showing and daring basketball skill. He is currently the outstanding best player for Medics in the Rabaul under-15 competition. The number seven is so good that he gets promoted to the under -18s when they need an extra pair of dribblers. His dad Chris Vicky also plays for Medics, the team of medical staff from Nonga Base hospital. “Young Israel loves his basketball,” proud dad Chris said last night from Nonga. “He is always training after school. His mum supports him by buying his shoes. “His two sisters also follow us to the court. Everybody loves him. “The fans get disappointed when he is rested. They always call for Izzy to be on the court.” Rabaul basketball administrator Rowen Kwache spoke highly of his young charge. “Israel is a rare talent, although he is very humble, he plays with a lot of heart,”Kwache said. “He actually energises a lot of the kids who turn up to play.” Dad Chris said that his son plays as a guard, can dribble with his left and right hands and likes to be challenged with outside jump shots. “He is developing very fast and I am sure in the next five years, will be a regular senior.” In a province like East New Britain, known for its softball madness, he is one little agent for basketball. Go Izzy.