Latest news from CAS to alumni, faculty, staff, and friends
Latest news from CAS to alumni, faculty, staff, and friends
College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
December 2021
The College Tour - featuring Miami University and CAS students and faculty
The College Tour, a new streaming show available on Amazon Prime, features an episode on Miami University. Environmental Science co-major Denali Selent appeared for a segment with associate professor Jonathan Levy. Eight other CAS students and recent graduates are highlighted in the episode.
Chris Makaroff
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
As we reflect on this past year and look forward to the future, I want to thank all of you for the countless ways so many of you have engaged with CAS to support our students. We have been fortunate to count on our alums to provide student mentorship and experiential learning opportunities, participate in classroom visits and career panels, and provide financial assistance to our students in need.
My last update elicited strong feedback from the CAS alumni community, with offers to volunteer and engage with our students. We appreciate all of your suggestions and have asked our Alumni Relations team to work with as many of you as possible. Again, thank you, and please be sure to keep your ideas coming.
In addition, please consider making a year-end donation to support CAS student scholarships, fellowships, technology upgrades, and other resources that enrich the student experience at Miami. Everything you do truly makes a difference.
We continue to make great strides in our efforts to control and contain the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. Recently we achieved an important milestone: more than 90% of Miami students and over 80% of faculty and staff have been fully vaccinated. Many thanks go to Miami's COVID response team for this important accomplishment.
Enrollment for next fall is also going strong. As of Nov 23, CAS applications are up 14% over this point last year, and nearly 23% over five years ago, all largely in line with numbers across Miami. This suggests that despite the setbacks our country has suffered since the start of the pandemic, prospective students and their families are feeling renewed motivation and drive for the future. Here's hoping that the positive trend continues.
Finally, I would like to thank those of you who reached out to congratulate me on my Honorary Alumni Award from the Miami University Alumni Association, of which so many of you are a vital part. I am extremely humbled to have been given this recognition having been at Miami for over 30 years and being the father of two Miami graduates, this award truly means a lot to me.
I wish all of you the best this holiday season. I hope that the new year brings everyone great joy and happiness, and I am looking forward to seeing many of you and having a chance to catch up in the coming year. Here's to a great 2022!
Love and Honor,

CAS Top Stories   (See our News page for more.)

Cryptocurrency experts debate its viability and call for students to get involved in its future development
Todd Buchholz and Rosie Rios discussed their opposing viewpoints at the Fall 2021 Janus Forum, titled “Cryptocurrency: The Future of Money, or the End of the State as We Know It?”
“We cannot stop the innovation of crypto, but we can certainly guide the process forward,” said Rios. “Crypto is not going anywhere.”
Former Procter & Gamble CEO John Pepper vouches for the humanities
The Miami University Humanities Center welcomed John Pepper for a talk on “History, Leadership, and the Good Life” on Sept 22.
“There are so many professions where the liberal arts provide the foundation for who a person is,” he said. “At the end of the day, companies are interested in how well you think, how well you express yourself, and how well you write.”
Pepper is also former chairman for The Walt Disney Company and co-chairman of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Wil Haygood's new book wins national accolades
Wil Haygood '76, Miami's Boadway Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Dept of Media, Journalism & Film, has published "Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World."
The book, which goes behind the scenes of Black artists in the film industry, has been garnering accolades from across the country, including Shondaland and The New York Times.

CAS Student News and Spotlights

The College Tour - featuring Miami University and CAS students and faculty
The College Tour, a new streaming show available on Amazon Prime, features nine CAS students and recent graduates in an episode on Miami University
Inside Washington summer 2021 with Reps. Liz Cheney (R) and Jamie Raskin (D) Inside Washington summer 2021 students and friends with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D)
Summer 2021 Inside Washington students and friends ran into some familiar faces by chance on the U.S. Capitol steps. Twelve students are enrolled in the spring 2022 program, to be taught by Rosemary Pennington. Applications for summer 2022, with Annie-Laurie Blair, are currently under review.
JJ Togans
Immaculee Ingabire
Immaculee Ingabire
Hannah Freeman
Hannah Freeman

    Student spotlights:

    Wil Stevens
    Wil Stevens
    Madison Miner
    Madison Miner
    Mhalicki Bronson
    Mhalicki Bronson
    In this newsletter, we are featuring three more CAS student athletes who balance the rigors of their academics with personal development on and off the court, ice rink, or track!

      CAS Alumni News and Spotlights

      Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Sharon Bannister '88
      Miami University has named Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Sharon Bannister '88, a Chemistry alumna, the spring commencement speaker for May 14, 2022. She is director of medical operations of the Office of the Surgeon General of the U.S. Air Force.
      Up for a fun and interesting challenge? The Miami Lingua Mater competition invites students and alumni to translate Miami's Alma Mater and/or Miami's Fight Song into a different language and submit a video of the performed translation. Submissions are due Feb 25!
      Vanessa Kentris Smith '98
      Smith '98
      Gary Sirak '73
      Sirak '73
      Cathy J. Cohen '83
      Cohen '83
      Mary Kubica '00
      Kubica '00
      Sylvia Gaye Stanfield '65 and Nichole Mustard '95
      Stanfield '65 and Mustard '95
      Isabelle Hanson
      Hanson '18

        CAS Faculty News and Spotlights

        Cameron Hay-Rollins, Kendall Leser, and Carolyn S. Craig Prodesse Quam Conspici Award
        On Dec 2, Carolyn S. Craig, Cameron Hay-Rollins, and Kendall Leser were honored with Miami University's Prodesse Quam Conspici Award, given to those who "embody servant leadership with great humility."
        Carolyn, the CAS director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, was recently selected by Dean Chris Makaroff as the CAS 2021 Outstanding Advocate for First-Generation Students. Cameron and Kendall direct Miami's Global Health and Public Health programs respectively and since August 2020 have engaged over 160 undergraduate and graduate students to work with Butler County Health District to serve as contact tracers helping to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
          Captain Jeffrey Lamphear
          Rodney Coates
          Rob Baker
          Nik Money
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