College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
April 2018
JCOC 2018
This month, Dean Chris Makaroff took part in the Dept. of Defense's Joint Civilian Orientation Course (JCOC), 
its oldest and most prestigious public liaison program.
Announcing one of the College of Arts and Science's largest gifts ever
Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
Just last week, I joined 23 fellow university educators in Norfolk, Virginia to spend an exhilarating four days with members of the U.S. military for a "mini" version of the annual Joint Civilian Orientation Course (JCOC), run by the U.S. Department of Defense. It was an honor to be selected for this program, which focused on military education and troop training.
I offer my sincere thanks to the men and women of the U.S. Navy (Assault Craft Unit 4 - Little Creek, VA), U.S. Marine Corps (Security Forces Regiment - Chesapeake), U.S. Air Force (633d Air Wing - Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Newport News/Hampton), and U.S. Army (733d Mission Support Group - Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Newport News/Hampton). I'm proud to say that I made it through the course unscathed, and it's an experience I'll not soon forget.
On May 19 CAS will hold its annual recognition ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2018: 165 Master's graduates, 1352 Bachelor's graduates, 42 Associate's graduates, and 11 certificates. Our alumni guest speaker, CMO at Spark Foundry Scott Hess (English: Creative Writing, '89), will be there to help us recognize our students' accomplishments and offer some words of encouragement and inspiration.
Finally, our biggest news: David Dafoe (Zoology '84), founder of the Flavorman beverage development company, has given CAS a stunning gift of $30.1 million to provide scholarships for high-need students. This will enable the dream of attending Miami within financial reach for many. We are immensely grateful to Dave for his vision and generosity.
Please read on about other CAS news featuring our students, faculty, and alumni -- and don't forget to drop us a line on what you're doing. 
Until next month!
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry

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Spark Foundry CMO and Miami alum Scott Hess is CAS commencement ceremony featured speaker
Scott Hess has been chosen as this year's featured speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences Recognition Ceremony on May 19. It’s not the first time the English: Creative Writing major will be back in Oxford since graduating in 1989, but it's a visit that he's especially looking forward to.
Today, Hess serves as the Chief Marketing Officer at Spark Foundry in Chicago, IL, one of the world's largest media agencies. Apart from overseeing the brand and working with clients like Taco Bell and Starbucks, Hess continues to study, write, and speak about generational theory, the field of sociology that aims to understand how people born around the same time share common attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
"I'm so honored to come back to Miami and think it's going to be fun," Hess said. "I've really spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to talk about with the students."
Ohio Public Leader fellows reflect on their experiences from J-Term 2018 
Ohio Public Leader Fellows - Jan 2018
Eighteen Miami students with majors in political science, public administration, history, and more completed their Ohio Public Leader fellowships during the 3-week winter session in January 2018.
The Ohio Public Leaders Fellowship program (OPL), with the support of its advisory board, "provides students with a practical, co-curricular experience that enhances their understanding of the inner-workings of state and local government institutions," according to the OPL website.
The program was founded by political science professor Philip Russo in 2013.
CAS student spotlights and achievements
CAS students April 2018: Max Leveridge, Audrey Short, Bob Krueger, and Sara Al-Zubi
  • Senior Max Leveridge (environmental earth science) selected as student representative for 2018 CAS recognition ceremony (see our Spotlight next month!)
  • Audrey Short (biochemistry) and Bob Krueger (mathematics & physics) receive 2018 Goldwater Scholarships
  • Sara Al-Zubi (premedical studies) wins Truman Scholarship
  • Spotlights: Arcadia Davies, Amanda Ryerse, Alexandra Apicella, Harrison Graydon, and Lindsey McCready
CAS faculty news
CAS alumni news
CAS alumni April 2018: David Dafoe, Jennifer Lovett, Becca Jorgensen, Mariel Padilla, Kristen Saranteas, and Matt Francis
Remember: If you can't make it to Oxford, you can submit our online Alumni Spotlight form to be featured.
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