College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
July 2018
CAS Honorees from 18 of the Last 9
2018 CAS honorees for 18 of the Last 9
Announcing the 2018 CAS Honorees for 18 of the Last 9
Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
My deep and sincere thanks to those of you who responded to our Alumni Survey last month. While going through all the submissions, I found it striking that so many of you, on top of giving financially to CAS, are willing to provide your valuable time and expertise to help mentor and guide our students in a wide variety of ways: speaking in classrooms and on panels, coaching for job interviews and resumes, reviewing research proposals, identifying internships, and mentoring students online or by phone. We will be following up with those of you who want to become more engaged on an individual basis in the coming months.
This year, I am excited to announce that 12 alumni from the College of Arts and Science have been named as honorees of Miami's annual recognition program, 18 of the Last 9. Sponsored by our Alumni Association and based on the "30 under 30" model, 18 of the Last 9 recognizes a total of 18 Miami alumni who have graduated within the past nine years and exhibit achievements and passions in a wide range of fields. This year's group was selected from a pool of more than 150 nominations.
The CAS honorees, who will be visiting our campus on Oct. 25 & 26 for a special dinner reception and other activities, are:
Daniela Pierre Bravo '12
A.B., International Studies
Producer, MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
Lindsey Bullinger '11
B.A., Public Administration
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Tech
Kyle Denman '16
B.A., Political Science
Fashion Designer & Fashion Design Instructor, Freedom and Fashion
Una Hrnjak-Hadziahmetovic '11
B.A., Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs
Sustainability Program Manager, Gap Inc.
Heath Ingram '11
B.A., Public Administration
Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
Emily Kuhn '09
B.A., Strategic Communication
Director of Communications, CNN
Kerry McCormack '10
A.B., International Studies
Councilman, Cleveland City Council
Kevin McLaughlin '09
B.A., Public Administration
Founder/Owner, Larema Coffee
Fia Turczynewycz '05, M.A. '11
B.Ph., Interdisciplinary Studies; M.A., Zoology
Sustainable Communities Advocate, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Rithvik Venna '15
B.S., Zoology
COO and Co-Founder, OROS
Benjamin L. Walker '09
B.A., Math & Statistics; B.S., Integrated Math Education
Math Instructor & Director of Advanced Studies, Walter Payton College Prep
Leena Zahra '15
A.B., International Studies
Community Program Coordinator, Karam Foundation
We are entering the final weeks of summer break, and by this time next month fall classes will already be in session! In my August newsletter, I'll be sharing with you insights and previews into the coming academic year at Miami as we welcome the class of 2022.
I hope all of you have been having fantastic and fulfilling summers.
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry
CAS faculty news
  • Professor of chemistry Scott Hartley wins $742K grant award from the US Department of Energy to conduct research on specific chemical compounds, carbodiimides, used in “nonequilibrium” chemical systems
  • W.E. Smith Professor of History Steven Conn addresses an audience of 1,000 at Chautauqua Institution on the ethics of dissent. His visit was part of a new partnership (funded by a gift from a generous CAS alumnus) between Miami and Chautauqua designed to expand discussion of critical topics of the day through civil dialogue.
  • Professors John Bailer (statistics) and Richard Campbell (media, journalism & film) present the latest episode of Stats + Stories, featuring Hadley Wickham, chief scientist at RStudio, member of the R Foundation, and adjunct professor at Stanford University and the University of Auckland. Wickham builds computational and cognitive tools to make data science easier, faster, and more fun.

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