College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
January 2019
Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
Students have recently returned to a wintry Oxford campus after the holiday break and our month-long Winter Term. With the spring semester now underway, there's that familiar palpable excitement in the air, especially for graduating seniors who are now wistfully marking their final weeks at Miami.
A special thank you to those of you who responded to our CAS Alumni Survey. We received a wealth of qualitative information, including suggestions, reminisces, and advice that will all prove extremely useful as we continue working to step up our alumni-student engagement opportunities at both the CAS and department level. In the coming months, many of you should expect to be contacted by faculty chairs who are planning in-class lectures, panels, and other events.
As always, we welcome alumni involvement as our students embark on career paths in an uncertain global economy, whether it be in terms of direct guidance and mentorship, internship opportunities, financial donations, or simply networking. Joining Miami Alumni Connect -- where you can engage in conversations with thousands of other Miami alumni about college, careers, living in a new city, and more -- is a great way to get started.
Be sure to scroll down for the latest news on CAS students, alumni, and faculty.
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry
Terence Moore
Sports journalist Terence Moore (‘78) named Miami’s Wiepking Distinguished Professor
CIQS Day 2019
Miami's CIQS Day, marking its 5th anniversary, helps pave the way for a new generation of young women interested in STEM careers
Andor Kiss
Biologist Andor Kiss's research on liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS) is a scientific breakthrough
Student News and Spotlights
Lucy Eisgruber ('19, Political Science)
Six CAS students named Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship recipients or alternates:
CAS Gilman Scholarship winners
  • Joshua Atkinson (Biochemistry, Spanish; not pictured): Miami's 2019 Summer in Spain program
  • Aiyana Green (Psychology, Public Administration): 2019 IES Abroad Summer Psychology program in Vienna, Austria
  • Rebecca Heftel (Professional Writing; Administrative Assistant in Dept of Anthropology): Miami's Italy: Visions & Contrasts winter term program
  • Zachary Martin (Diplomacy & Global Politics, Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies): School of Russian and Asian Studies' Central Asian Studies program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in summer 2019 (also recipient of a Critical Need Language Award for Russian)
  • Jessica Vesco (Spanish, Critical & Classical Languages & Cultures): Miami's Integrating Spanish Language and Afro-Peruvian Culture & Service winter term program
  • Angela Famera (Computer Science, Diplomacy and Global Politics): Gilman alternate
CAS Alumni News and Spotlights
CAS welcomes our twelve newest alumni advisory board members:
Announcing the 12 newest members of the CAS Alumni Advisory Board
  • Kris Bahner leads the global Corporate Affairs function — including Communications, Philanthropy, Sustainability and Government Relations — for Kellogg Company.
  • Summer Crenshaw serves as the COO and Co-founder at tilr, a revolutionary algorithmic hiring solution for companies and job-seekers that automates recruitment.
  • Karen Crone is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Paycor, which provides human capital management (HCM) solutions to small and medium-sized companies.
  • Kevin George has a 30-year career in sales and marketing and is the Chief Marketing Officer at Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc.
  • Timothy Lloyd is a partner in the Washington D.C. office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, where his legal practice focuses on tax planning and business transactions.
  • Kim Lubel serves on the Board of Directors of WPX Energy, Inc, an oil and gas exploration and production company, as well as the Board of Directors of PBF Energy. 
  • Jeneen Springer Marziani is the Market President for Ohio and the Servicing Communication Executive in Consumer Marketing at Bank of America.
  • Joy Mason is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Strategist, formerly at Eli Lilly as a Global Quality Consultant, and now President and Senior Business Strategist at Optimist Business Solutions, LLC.
  • Karah Parschauer serves as Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Directors for Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, a biotechnology company.
  • Dave Schuette is a business management executive with 25+ years experience, most recently as an Executive Vice President at public tech company Synchronoss Technologies.
  • Jason Singh is Sr. Vice President, Doctors & Retail Field at Visionworks of America, which empowers their doctors to be the premier providers in vision care.
  • Beth Whelley is Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, Southwest Ohio, for Fahlgren Mortine and works in corporate communications and public relations.
Other Alumni Highlights
Ken Pulkkinen
Spotlight: Ken Pulkkinen (MS, 1971)
Rebecca Jorgensen
Spotlight: Rebecca Jorgensen (BS and MA, 2016)
Stephen Markley
Stephen Markley (BA, 2006) featured in OZY to discuss his novel Ohio
Joy E. Mason
Joy Mason (BA, 1989) published Purpose: A Shift from Driving It to Embracing It
CAS Faculty Spotlights
Miami's Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) awards grants to 21 CAS faculty for 2018-2019 
Chemistry faculty Dominik Konkolewicz and Carole Dabney-Smith (both pictured, right) receive awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Margaret Luongo (English) received a fellowship for a writers residency in Hawthornden Castle, Scotland this summer
Two faculty from the Department of Statistics have been spotlighted this month:
  • Lisa Werwinski: "I consider it an honor to be a part of my students' journeys and always love receiving emails from students years later telling me that they are grateful for what they learned in my class."
  • Qingcong Yuan: "I hope those courses will not only provide my students statistical knowledge but also the way to think critically in statistics. I hope to arouse their interest to learn other statistical courses and work on a job related with statistics."
Jessica Mccarty
Jessica McCarty's (Geography) research on forest fires was featured in a video created for global climate change discussions at the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Poland
Mark Curnutte
Mark Curnutte (Media, Journalism & Film) was awarded the Governor’s 2018 Nuestro Amigo for his work on race and social justice issues
Elena Albarrán
Elena Albarrán's (History/Global & Intercultural Studies) history class students host a Skype chat with students in Mexico City
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