News and announcements for CAS alumni, faculty, and staff
News and announcements for CAS alumni, faculty, and staff
College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
May 2023
CAS 2023 President's Distinguished Service Award Recipients
CAS students, all graduating seniors, represent 10 of the 18 total 2023 President's Distinguished Service Award recipients, "whose service to Miami and to the surrounding community demonstrate the spirit of being a citizen leader of uncommon quality."
Chris Makaroff, Dean of CAS
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
Yet another academic year is behind us, and we are in the midst of preparation for our annual recognition ceremony on May 13, where we will send off the CAS Class of 2023. Jay Livingston '94, CMO of Shake Shack and our alumni guest speaker, was recently kind enough to talk to us a bit about his experiences as a Communications major at Miami and how his liberal arts courses helped him launch into a successful career. He also offers some excellent career advice for our graduating students.
Our student speaker will be Bunsi Chapadia, a Public Health major, Premedical Studies co-major, and member of my Dean's Student Advisory Council. As a 2022 Undergraduate Summer Scholar, she was also recently featured for her research that investigated mental health support for resettled Bhutanese refugees.
Each year, CAS students receive national recognition for their academic achievements, and this year's Goldman Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholar, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year, and Fulbright Grant recipients are no exception.
I wish to congratulate our faculty, including our 12 faculty members granted promotions and tenure as well as our 20 teaching, clinical professors, and lecturers (TCPL) who received promotions this spring from Miami's board of trustees. Their collective dedication to their students  both in and outside the classroom — as well as their important contributions to research and scholarship represent the best of what CAS offers.
I'm also happy to report that the board of trustees approved Miami's proposed renovation of Bachelor Hall, which will house the Departments of English; History; Media, Journalism, and Film; Comparative Religion; Philosophy; the American Culture and English program; the Ohio Writing Project; and the Humanities Center. Work is set to begin in summer 2024.
Thank you all for your support, congratulations to the Class of 2023, and best wishes for a wonderful summer.
Love and Honor,

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CAS Student News and Spotlights

Professional Writing capstone seniors produce and redesign content for local community partner and visitors bureau, Enjoy Oxford
Stories on Undergraduate Student Research
These students presented their work along with dozens of other CAS and Miami research scholars at Miami's annual Undergraduate Research Forum on April 19 the first in-person Forum in three years!
Bunsi Chapadia
Bunsi Chapadia
Hannah Seinfeld
Hannah Seinfeld
Luke Croner
Luke Croner
Elea Cooper
Elea Cooper
Nico Jaworski
Nico Jaworski
Caroline Bartoszek
Caroline Bartoszek
Madison McQueen
Madison McQueen
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Emmanuella Welsh
Emmanuella Welsh
Hannah Wudke
Hannah Wudke
Cameron Tiefenthaler
Cameron Tiefenthaler
Camber Hayes
Camber Hayes
CAS Fulbright Grant winners
CAS Fulbright Grant winners

CAS Alumni News and Spotlights

Xavier A. Cole '95 will be the 18th president of Loyola University New Orleans, the first Black president in the school's history
Xavier A. Cole '95 (MA, American History) will be the 18th president of Loyola University New Orleans, the first Black president in the school's history, when he begins his tenure on June 1.
Jason C. Brown '99
Brown '99
Zack Cox '15
Cox '15
Mona-Mae Juwillie '19
Juwillie '19
Candace Kuo '04
Kuo '04

CAS Faculty and Staff News and Spotlights

12 CAS faculty receive promotions/tenure in March 2023
Miami University's board of trustees granted promotion and tenure to 12 CAS faculty in March 2023. 
2023 CAS TCPL faculty promotions
20 teaching, clinical professor, and lecturers (TCPL) from CAS were also promoted this spring.
Tammy L. Brown
Meredith Erb
Kelly Knollman-Porter
Mike Vanni
In Memoriam
David B. Phillips, emeritus professor, retired from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the late 1990s. He taught a variety of classes in the area of Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry and was a strong advocate for the undergraduate curriculum and student advising.
Joseph Urell, emeritus associate vice president for academic affairs, was a member of the Geography faculty and associate dean of the College of Arts and Science.
David Wells, emeritus professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film, joined the Miami faculty in 2011 and was the founding editor of the Oxford Observer. Before teaching at Miami, Professor Wells was the editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer's editorial page.
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