College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
October 2022
2022 UniDiversity Festival
Miami students unfurl national flags to commemorate the 19th annual Latin American and
Caribbean UniDiversity Festival, held in Uptown Oxford.
Chris Makaroff, Dean of CAS
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
As we head into the second half of the fall semester and ready ourselves for the cold winter months ahead, I am eager to provide a glimpse of Miami's most ambitious and exciting fundraising campaign ever, launched during our recent Homecoming Weekend:
For love. For honor. FOR THOSE WHO WILL.
Our goal is to raise $1 billion.
There are four cornerstones of this campaign:
  • Scholarships
  • Clinical health sciences
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • Digital innovation and technology
CAS, of course, has an exciting role to play in this endeavor, with recent achievements such as:
  • The upcoming launch of our new Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Physician Associate (PA) Studies Program, which just received provisional accreditation to begin classes next May
  • Enhancement and expansion of our diversity, inclusion, and student success efforts, including our award-winning LSAMP and HASS scholars programs
  • Our offerings of several new degrees and certificates, including Bachelors of Art degrees in Analytics and Organizational Leadership, Masters of Science in Biomedical Science, and certificates in GIS, premedical preparation, and more
  • Special focus on our academic programs in Health and Translational Science, Environment and Sustainability, Data Analytics, the Western Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Public and Digital Humanities, and an expansion of experiential learning opportunities throughout all of our majors
If you are interested in contributing to our goal, engaging directly with our students, or simply would like more information, please visit our campaign website or send me an email. I'm always happy to work with any of our tens of thousands of alumni living all over the world, and I know that together we have the ability to tap into something truly special to offer our students.
I promise to provide updates in the months to come. As always, thank you for all you do for Miami and the College of Arts and Science.
Love and Honor,

CAS Top Stories

Meredith Erb and Monica Schneider named 2022 Distinguished Educators for the College of Arts and Science
Meredith Erb (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Monica Schneider (Political Science) have been named the 2022 CAS Distinguished Educators.
Cricket Meehan and Miami's new School-Based Center of Excellence
Miami's new School-Based Center of Excellence (SBCOE) for Prevention and Early Intervention, headed by Cricket Meehan, receives $5M to address ongoing mental health crisis in Ohio K-12 schools.
Physician Associate Studies Program accreditation
Miami's Physician Associate Studies program receives official provisional accreditation and is currently interviewing students for its first cohort in May 2023 in the soon-to-be completed Clinical Health Sciences and Wellness facility.
Nicole Fleetwood '94
Nicole Fleetwood '94, the inaugural James Weldon Johnson Professor of Media, Culture, & Communication at NYU, is Miami's spring 2023 commencement speaker.

CAS Student News and Spotlights

Peren Tiemann
Peren Tiemann, a first-year Public Administration and Strategic Communication major, creates local change in Oxford by starting a gun control advocacy group and encouraging voter registration.
VaLanDria Smith-Lash
VaLanDria Smith-Lash
Cece Meinking
Cece Meinking
Maddie Webber
Maddie Webber
Sophia Thompson
Sophia Thompson
Elise Belanger and Michael Mrsan with astronaut Chris Ferguson
The national Astronaut Scholarship was presented by Astronaut Chris Ferguson to CAS students Elise Belanger (Engineering Physics, left) and Michael Mrsan (Physics and Premedical Studies) on Oct 5.

CAS Alumni News and Spotlights

Rithvik Venna '15 and Michael Markesbery '15
J. Michael Denton '14
Denton '14
Shefali Razdan Duggal '93
Duggal '93
Sheryl Long '10
Long '10
Nicholas Mafi '09
Mafi '09
Dr. Mark Mussman, Steal the Street
Mussman '01

CAS Faculty and Staff News and Spotlights

Del Rio-Tsonis, Michael Robinson, and Natalia Vergara '08
Miami biologists Katia Del Rio-Tsonis, Michael Robinson, and Natalia Vergara Ph.D. ‘08 win second place in the 3D Retinal Organoid Challenge (3D ROC).

More Faculty and Staff News

Stacey Lowery Bretz
Mack Hagood
Andrew Peck
Rosemary Pennington

In Memoriam: Edward M.V. Plater

Our former colleague Edward Plater passed away in Oxford on Sept 3 at the age of 84.
Edward M. V. Plater started teaching in the German Program at Miami in 1967, after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He retired as an Associate Professor of German in 2005. During his long and distinguished career at Miami, he directed the Language Laboratory (now ILRC) and was known as one of the founding members of the Film Studies committee. He was the first in the program to teach and publish on German film, in addition to his scholarship of German literature. Due to his initiative, King Library's collection of films expanded significantly in the 1990s, and German cinema found a solid place in the curriculum.
He is remembered by former students and faculty as a kind soul, a dependable colleague, and a good friend to many. He is survived by his wife of 47 years Debbie, who taught Speech Communication and whom he met in Irvin Hall.
In honor of Edward Palter's dedication to students, memorial contributions may be made to the Department of German, Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures.
Mila Ganeva, Chair and Professor of German
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