College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
April 2021
Chris Makaroff
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
Spring has returned to campus, and with the rising temperatures come rising hopes that the Miami community, like communities all across the country, is heading into the familiar and sorely missed sights of summer. Here at CAS I am proud to share a number of encouraging developments, including:
  • On April 7, Miami began Oxford campus vaccinations for all faculty and staff, and vaccination clinics are being planned for over the summer and fall before classes begin for students as well.
  • CAS will hold our annual Recognition Ceremony in person on May 15, 2021 at Yager Stadium in two parts: 1:30 pm for students in Anthropology through Mathematics, and 7 pm for students in Media, Journalism & Film through the Western Program. Tickets are required and are limited to 6 per graduate - also see Miami's Commencement website for more details.
  • Miami's incoming class for fall 2021 will be among the largest, most diverse, and academically accomplished in university history. This class was test optional, meaning they were not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores when applying for admission. Fall classes will resume on-campus and in-person.
  • Miami's new Clinical Health Sciences and Wellness (CHSW) facility, scheduled to open in March 2023, will comprise three wings, connected by a “wellness ribbon,” which include employee and student health centers, the student counseling service, the Oxford cohort for the BSN nursing program, the Speech and Hearing Clinic, and more.
Of course, once again, let me reiterate that none of these accomplishments would be possible without the hard work, generosity, and patience exhibited by Miami and CAS faculty, staff, students, and alumni throughout the past year (and then some). It makes me all the more proud to serve as dean during such a momentous and transformative time for CAS, the university, and the community at large.
Best wishes, and I hope to see many of you here in Oxford in May and in the fall.
Student News and Spotlights
Alexandra Will Carson Katherine
Alexandra "Lexie" Adams, Will Carson, and Katherine Stahlhut have been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSFGRF).
11 CAS students receive the 2021 President's Distinguished Service Award for demonstrating "the spirit of being a citizen leader of uncommon quality":
  • LeeAnn Burczynski
  • Grace Chaney
  • Julian Johnson
  • Jannie Kamara
  • Charles Lynch, Jr.
  • Molly McNamara
  • Sarah Moss
  • Nicole Newsome
  • Brandon Small
  • Allison South
  • Jessica von Zastrow

Ethan Klein, majoring in Geology and Environmental Science, has been named a Goldwater Scholar this year. His mentors are professors Mark Krekeler and Claire McLeod, both in the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science.
  • According to associate professor of physics and Goldwater campus representative Paul Urayama, this is the tenth year in a row for a Miami student to be named Goldwater Scholar.
  • Over the last 6 years, two-thirds of Miami's nominees have received recognition as Scholar or Honorable Mention.
More student highlights:
Hanah Bloom Lyric Rains-Bury Jaycee Streeter Michael Barr
CAS Alumni News and Spotlights
Stuart Pearl (’73) anthropology graduate, 1971 Paulin Dig Group
Recognize anyone? Stuart Pearl (Anthropology ’73), professional photographer and translator
of anthropological perspectives, posing in 1971 with the Paulin Dig Group. Let us know if you can identify anyone in this picture! (photo provided by Stuart Pearl)
More alumni highlights:
Tim Capehart '90
Capehart '90
Jonathan Meyer '15
Meyer '15
Jennifer Bailer
Bailer '84
Erica J. Bolden '02
Bolden '02
  • Tim Capehart '90, member of the prestigious Newbery Committee, is the published author of a short story collection, Seeking the Link, a middle grade novel, Shadowangel, and a young adult novel, Summer Stranger than Fiction.
  • Andrew Sawyer will begin on July 1 as an Educational Outreach staff specialist at the Myaamia Center, where he will serve as a university-wide resource to provide increased opportunities for infusing the work of the Center and topics related to the Miami Tribe and other native/indigenous peoples.
  • Jonathan Meyer '15 is showcased in our new CAS alumni spotlight. He is obtaining an M.A. degree in Conflict Management at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. He has spoken to Miami students about the great value of learning a foreign language and studying abroad.
  • Jennifer Bailer '84, health commissioner for Butler County Health District, was profiled as a Leader in Action responsible for all aspects of COVID response in Butler County, Ohio.
  • Erica J. Bolden '02, Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Responsibilty at Mercedes Benz USA, has become a member of the CNBC Workforce Executive Council, which "brings together Chief Human Resources Officers, diversity and inclusion leaders, and top talent and benefits executives."
    Courtney Cochran '10
    Cochran '10
    James M. Alexander '70
    Alexander '70
    Vic Hatcher '12
    Hatcher '12
    Charles Doan '11
    Doan '11
      Ali (Striggow) Kuehn '18
      Kuehn '18
      Rachel (Steizer) Phipps '04
      Phipps '04
      Al Karlin '78
      Karlin '78
      Jason Barrie '97
      Barrie '97
        CAS Faculty Spotlights
        2021 Faculty Scholar and Junior Faculty Scholar Awards
        Miami University Faculty Scholar Awards for 2021 have been presented to CAS faculty John Jeep, professor of German, Russian, and Middle East Languages & Cultures (GRAMELAC) and Ellen Yezierski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
        Miami University Junior Faculty Scholar Awards (formerly Distinguished Junior Faculty Awards) have been presented to CAS assistant professors Carolyn Hardin (Media, Journalism & Film and Global & Intercultural Studies) and Jessica McCarty (Geography).
        More faculty highlights:
        Sandra Garner
        Kimberly Hamlin
        Amber Franklin
        Jeffrey Hunger
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