MIami Stories - From the Desk of President Crawford

Dear fellow Miamians,

Our regular lives may have been disrupted by COVID-19, but Miami has rallied to serve our students and communities. Included here are just a few of those stories. We continue to find new ways to uphold some of our cherished traditions. On May 16 and 17, we will host an exciting virtual commencement to honor the Class of 2020. 
Love and Honor,
Gregory P. Crawford
Gregory P. Crawford
CCES offers career help to students - virtually
Jennifer Benz, assistant vice president for the Center for Career Exploration & Success, led the effort to offer virtual career services to students, including mock interviews, on-demand career advising, virtual career fairs, a virtual town hall for employers and Instagram Live sessions. The center also offers Miami faculty prerecorded videos on various career-related topics for use in their classes.
Thousands of miles from home, Chinese students serve their community
Senior computer science major Hanzhou Zhang led an effort by nearly 70 Chinese students remaining in Oxford to collect and donate more than 5,000 protective masks to area health care workers, police and Miami’s Student Health Services. Unable to travel home because of health and travel restrictions, the students “wanted to make a contribution to the university and community because of Love and Honor.” 
Team approach enhances access to Miami's digital library materials 
Carla Myers, the Libraries' coordinator of scholarly communication and copyright expert, led a team including Lori Chapin and Mary Hubbard to ensure that faculty, students and staff could access the materials they needed. When digital copies didn’t exist, the team retrieved and scanned materials and provided them to the requester. In these circumstances, Myers' knowledge of the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law proved indispensable in keeping the Libraries within legal boundaries while safely enabling the Miami community to carry on its scholarship by providing remote access to needed materials.
Humanities module uses COVID-19 to teach students how to interpret and use data
Professor Jim Porter of English and Emerging Technology in Business & Design created modules in two courses to help students access, interpret and use data about the COVID-19 pandemic. The module in his ENG 222 course teaches students to understand and critique complex data visualizations. “These visualizations are providing information, yes, but that information is also guiding public action,” he writes to students. A separate module in Digital Media Ethics identifies the “infodemic” that accompanies the pandemic. “Misinformation travels much farther and faster than accurate information,” Porter says. “That just makes it more dangerous.” 
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M.I.A.M.I. WOMEN virtual Hawk Tank event awarded $128,000 in #grants to 13 student, faculty and staff projects. Thanks M.I.A.M.I. WOMEN Giving Circle members for your continued support of impactful initiatives. View all #MiamiOH recipients & projects here:
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Miami University is transforming our traditional May celebrations into a dynamic, immersive event designed to honor graduates, showcase the Miami Experience, and be enjoyed by family, friends, and @MiamiAlum across the world.⁣

Details: #MiamiOHGrad
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