College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
September 2018
SUSI Program Summer 2018
This summer, 20 students from 6 Latin American countries (Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic) were hosted by the Department of Global & Intercultural Studies (GIC) for the Study of the U.S. Institutes on Social Entrepreneurship (SUSI) program.
New CAS faculty research grants, student awards, and more
Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
The fall semester is now in full swing, and the long hot, humid days finally appear to be behind us. It's my pleasure to share with you some of the latest developments from the College of Arts & Science, including recent and upcoming events, new research grants, and student awards.
  • Our annual Discover the Sciences event, which was originated by yours truly as a modest "plug" of sorts for our biology, microbiology, and chemistry programs, was held just this past weekend. Discover the Sciences now highlights 12 CAS programs, and this year we welcomed 333 students and their parents to attend special faculty and student panels, research poster presentations, and building and lab tours -- highlighted by our recently completed renovations in Pearson Hall. More details will be coming in next month's Alumni Update.
  • On October 20, Miami Galleries Day, CAS will once again join forces with the Cincinnati Museum Center to offer a potentially intoxicating new event for our alumni: Chocolate: The Exhibition. Miami faculty experts from chemistry & biochemistry, history, biology, English, and more will be on hand to present on the cultural, economic, and scientific history of chocolate, from its exotic origins in Central America to its technological innnovations in Europe and beyond. Stay tuned for more details next month!
  • The Knolls of Oxford, a local continuing care retirement community, has announced that their affiliation with Miami and the Scripps Gerontology Center has earned them the 2018 LeadingAge Excellence in Innovation Award. This is a great example of Miami making a difference with our local residents.
Be sure to scroll below for more news featuring our CAS students, faculty, and alumni.
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry
P.S. Stay tuned for more about our honorees of the annual 18 of the Last 9 program (Oct 25-26) next time!
CAS student news
8 CAS students receive Provost Student Academic Achievement awards
CAS faculty news
CAS alumni news and spotlights
Marissa Clark, Rebecca Messina, Eric Combs, Breanne McMullen Boyle, Zack Cox, and John Burgman
L to R: Clark, Messina, Combs, Boyle, Cox, and Burgman
  • SPOTLIGHT: Marissa Clark (BS 2007, Mathematics and Statistics; MS 2009, Mathematics; MS 2010, Statistics) tells about her recently acquired role as an advanced analytics senior analyst at Anthem. "I wanted to have a job that I could be proud of, where I wasn't just a cog in the wheel," she says. "Miami helped me achieve it."
  • Rebecca Messina (1994, Spanish and Diplomacy & World Affairs) has been appointed this month by Uber as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Messina is also a member of the CAS Alumni Advisory Board.
  • Eric Combs (1993, Political Science) was named Best Lawyers 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" Cincinnati in the area of "Bet-The-Company Litigation."
  • Breanne McMullen Boyle (2003, English: Creative Writing) was recently promoted to Executive Director of Systems Innovation at Collegewise, where she has worked for seven years and also carries the level of Master Counselor.
  • Zachary Cox (2015, Social Justice Studies) is a senior sales development representative at SAP Concur in Seattle, Washington, which provides travel and expense management services to businesses across the globe.
  • In his new travel memoir, Island Solitaire (Piscataqua Press), John Burgman (2004, Mass Communication) abruptly leaves his job in New York City and moves to the subtropical South Korean island of Jeju—a place steeped in ancient mythology and ocean lore.
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