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Dean Kahn Takes the Field at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium to Toss First Pitch

May 03, 2008
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Dean Kahn and Berg first pitch
Dean Barbara Kahn tosses out a ceremonial first pitch, with Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg looking on.

ean Kahn with UM President Donna E. Shalala

Dean Kahn gets some last-minute coaching from UM President Donna E. Shalala before the pitch.
Dean Kahn and Dean Berg Pose with the Ibis
Dean Kahn and School of Music Dean Berg pose with Sebastian the Ibis.
UM School of Business Dean Barbara Kahn had the honor of throwing out one of the ceremonial first pitches at the Florida Marlins game on Saturday, May 3. It was among several special moments that were part of the University of Miami’s third annual Family night with the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium. More than 17,000 University of Miami employees and family members showed up to cheer on the Marlins who faced the San Diego Padres in an important National League matchup.

Marlins players autographed baseballs, T-shirts, hats, and game programs. Employees displayed their pitching prowess at the dunk tank, and many had their pictures taken with Sebastian the Ibis and Billy the Marlin. Although the Marlins lost to the Padres 7-2, it was a good night for the fans from UM.

“I invited three of my friends and we all had a great time,” said Megan Tice, who works at the School of Business. “The weather was great and it was a perfect night for a ball game.”

During an on-field pregame ceremony, Marlins President David Samson and Florida Marlins Community Foundation Executive Director Nancy Olson presented UM President Donna E. Shalala, Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc, and School of Education Associate Dean John Andrew Gillentine with a $7,500 scholarship check. The money will go toward the School of Education’s Sport Administration program on behalf of the Florida Marlins Community Foundation.

Dean Kahn was joined by Shelton “Shelly” Berg, dean of UM’s Frost School of Music, and three UM employees, Lucy Montoya, Crystal Rivera and Miguel McKinney, in throwing out the ceremonial first pitches.
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