College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
October 2018
New CAS Ambassadors 2018
CAS welcomes 46 students as our newest group of faculty-nominated CAS Ambassadors, who represent CAS at university-sponsored events and provide insights into life at Miami for prospective students and their parents.
The Supreme Court, insect wings, pool physics, laudable lawyers, and more
Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
This October marked another active and exciting month at Miami's College of Arts & Science (CAS). Scroll down for some CAS highlights in this edition of our newsletter, including:
  • Miami and CAS welcomed back a group of esteemed and enthusiastic young alumni
  • The Department of Political Science hosted a timely and fascinating discussion by two nationally known experts on the future of the Supreme Court
  • A media and culture professor co-authored a major report that details how digital advertising is being used as a political weapon
  • The Western Program unveiled plans for its new Center for Social Impact and Innovation, which will launch in fall 2019 to explore both public and private sector solutions for societal problems
  • CAS celebrated special awards and accolades received by our faculty and students
As always, thank you for your support of CAS, which takes on many forms: your mentorship and engagement with our students, your own professional achievements, your financial contributions to bolster our academic programs, scholarships, and experiential learning opportunities, and much more. All of this helps reflect and advance our proud legacy and commitment to a world-class liberal arts education.
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry
P.S. Back in June, you may remember the announcement of our CAS Alumni Survey. If you haven't already, please submit your responses so that we can provide a summary at the end of the year and announce further steps.
P.P.S. Be sure to connect with CAS (and each other) on our new LinkedIn page.
Katyal and Navarro at Janus Forum
Neal Katyal and Ana Navarro joined to discuss the Supreme Court at this fall's Janus Forum
Who's watching you? MJF professor Matthew Crain's report on digital ads
Who's watching you? MJF professor co-authors a major new report on the influence of digital ads
2018 CAS members of 18 of the Last 9
Recent CAS alums returned to campus for the annual 18 of the Last 9 ceremony
Student News and Spotlights
CAS Student Spotlight: Taylor Gordon
Senior journalism and interactive media studies major Megan Zahneis was awarded The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2018 David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists. It provides $3K for outstanding work by a former Chronicle intern. To learn more about Megan, read her Student Spotlight from 2016.
Senior zoology and environmental science major Katja Diekgers discovered the Western Program's individualized studies minor to help her engage her passion for ecological restoration and conservation.
CAS Faculty News
Ann Wainscott, Kaara Peterson, Matthew Crain, and Yoshi Tomoyasu
Spooky archaeology: In his latest book, Jeb Card (asst teaching prof, anthropology) shows how misinterpretation of early archaeology led to stories of aliens and witches.
Ann Wainscott (asst prof, political science) has been named a Strategy and Policy Fellow by the Smith Richardson Foundation. The fellowship will fund the writing of a book on the Iraqi religious sector for policymakers. It includes fieldwork funds as well as summer salary for 2019.
Kaara Peterson (assoc prof, English) was awarded a Plumer Visiting Fellowship in Early Modern English Literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford (UK) for the spring semester of 2019.
Who's watching you? Matthew Crain (asst prof, media, journalism & film) is co-author of a major report for the Data & Society Research Institute called "Weaponizing the Digital Influence Machine: The Political Perils of Online Ad Tech."
CAS Alumni News and Spotlights
Steve Crutchfield
New books by CAS alumni
Laudable Lawyers: CAS alums are making waves in the legal profession, including:
  • Kevin K. Gluc ‘93, attorney at Hodgson Russ, has been named a 2018 New York Super Lawyer, an attorney rating service published nationwide.
  • Julie Rowe Young-Grabo ’95 founded JMY Law LLC, in the Columbus, Ohio area to specialize in HR and employment law with a focus on compliance and problem-avoidance for employers.
  • Nora E. Loftus '94, partner in Frantz Ward LLP’s Construction Practice Group, has been named to the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2019.
  • David A. Ferris '89 of Roetzel & Andress LPA has been named among The Best Lawyers in America for 2019 in the area of Transportation Law.
  • Steven P. Goodin, Esq. '92, partner with Cincinnati’s Graydon law firm, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the USO of Central and Southern Ohio, covering 65 counties in central and southern Ohio, West Virginia, and northern Kentucky.
  • Stephen Funk '88 of Roetzel & Andress LPA has been named among "The Best Lawyers in America for 2019" in the areas of Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Land Use and Zoning and Municipal Law.
  • Amy Ikerd ‘92, an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, was elected by attorneys in OSBA District 16 to serve a three-year term on the board.
  • Jeff Cox '82 and Erin Rhinehart '01, partners in Faruki Ireland Cox Rhinehart & Dusing PLL (Faruki+) Partners, were named to America’s Top 100 LLC’s national “America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators” list.
  • Douglas Donnel ‘76 has been included in the 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine, an annual listing recognizing lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. 
Kala Allen
Brian Keeley
Kala Allen ('16) lifts up the voiceless through research and volunteerism in Nigeria, Africa as the recipient of a coveted Fulbright U.S. Student Program award in psychology.
Sarah P. Bernhardt (Ph.D. ‘97) is the Bayou Preservation Association's new president & CEO. She will lead the organization in realizing its vision of a network of healthy bayous, streams and watersheds through conservation, preservation, restoration, and responsible watershed management.
Linda (Eble) Brill (’93) was named the executive director of the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, metro Atlanta’s only fully-professional, part-time symphonic orchestra.
Joy (Kaminsky) Columbus has been named vice president of horticulture at the Houston Botanic Garden, where she will lead efforts to articulate and develop the horticultural program and oversee plant conservation and landscape management.
Steve Driehaus ('88), former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 1st Congressional District, visited the Department of Political Science as this year's Visiting Fellow in Public Leadership to give lectures and teach a 3-day short course on the legislative process.
Lisa Hanasono (BA '04, MA '07), associate professor of communication studies at Bowling Green State University, received a 2018 "20 Under 40" Leadership Recognition Award, selected from a record number of 255 candidates. 
Brian E. Keeley ('67), president & CEO for Baptist Health South Florida, was honored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce with the Sand in My Shoes Award, for outstanding community leaders who have made significant contributions to the South Florida region.
Monica Lee Mazur ('04) was named executive director of Lake Erie Wine Country of northeast Pennsylvania.
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